I received this question from a friend and member of the Coming Home Network Forum:
The Booklist review cited on the amazon page notes that "many of the basic plot elements draw on The Da Vinci Code." And we get this further enlightening tidbit as well: "This is a unique and creative telling of a vital story . . ."--Lewis Perdue, New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Legacy.
I would strongly urge any Christian to avoid this sort of material. It is one of a long line of Christian-bashing or specifically Catholic-bashing books like The Last Temptation of Christ, The Da Vinci Code, and (in some ways), The Shack and the Joshua series. We are what we eat. If we start taking in lots of heretical nonsense (even if appropriately skeptical at first), we may start believing it; one can never know. Every heresy or apostasy starts with one little change of belief in a wrong direction. One step onto the wrong path in a fork in the road, can lead to ending up hundreds of miles away from where one would have been on the other path (the narrow way).
There are plenty of orthodox Catholic books on the life of Christ, without having to delve in to agenda-driven heterodox nonsense. Here are some:
Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVIThe Lord, Romano GuardiniLife of Christ, Fulton SheenJesus and His Times, Henri Daniel-RopsJesus: The Man Who Lives, Malcolm MuggeridgeLife of Christ, Giovanni Papini