Work Title: A Secret of the Universe: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Discovery of an Eternal Truth
Work Author(s): Stephen L. Gibson
576 pages, Hardcover $26.95
Reviewer: Carol Lynn Stewart
Lifelong friends Ian and Bill begin down the path of Midwestern middle class marriage, family, jobs, and neighborhoods. Then, tragic events push Bill deep into the comfort zone of his family and Christian fundamentalism, while Ian takes off on a quest for truth, examining all beliefs through the lens of reason. A rift in the friendship grows into a chasm as Ian delves into an endeavor that may detonate the foundation of Christianity.
Through his employer, Ian meets a group of scholars who open a door to knowledge that both stuns and captivates. This path of inquiry is hidden in plain sight, known by some historians and biblical scholars, yet concealed from the public by academic reluctance to spotlight such a provocative theory without comprehensive proof. It is Ian who spearheads the task of bringing together scientists and theologians to assemble proof for the theory that one character describes as "revealing a secret of the universe."
Ian's questions, however, lead him to reveal just how out of step he is with his Midwestern community. "At some point, I just need to stop letting people...