By popular demand, a revised book with an additional 14 chapters is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retail outlets. The revised Christian suspense novel, 244 pages, is also available on Kindle.
Christian Fiction and Suspense with an Apologetics Edge
(1888PressRelease) January 10, 2011 - Derik R. Girdwood's The Church of Jezebel, Hijacking the Gospel is a Christian fiction novel depicting the dark side of some churches-hidden beneath a thrilling mystery novel. The purpose of this work, other than to superbly entertain, is to unveil popular false doctrines and misguided faith.
By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) 5.0 out of 5 stars. "Lined with scripture and a powerful message, "The Church of Jezebel" is a fine Christian novel, highly recommended."
The Church of Jezebel weaves a fictional mystery amidst the concepts of the Christian faith, and not only exposes false doctrines and misguided faith, but also enlightens readers through Scriptures from the Bible. The main character of the story is Christina, an eighteen-year-old who is excited about being admitted to Bible college. Although she is easily awed by the power of the dynamic speeches and doctrinal messages, there is unmistakably a sense of foreboding from the beginning of the book.
Christina's roommate, Becky, is dating the pastor's son and becomes pregnant. A few weeks later the college announces that Becky committed suicide. However, a no-nonsense detective informs Christina that Becky was murdered and that Christina is a suspect in Becky's brutal death. Christina's journey is fraught with twists and turns but she eventually succumbs to the Jezebel spirit only to find that it almost destroys her.
The antagonistic figures in this novel are Pastor Smith, who is only concerned about bringing a cash flow-at all costs-into the church, and the church prophet, whose private lectures are more sinister and spine chilling than they are Christian.
The suspenseful novel moves towards a missions trip to Haiti where everything is not what it seems and concludes in an ultimate confrontation that reaches to the highest levels of this mega-church.