The Big Picture: Brendan and Erc in Exile, Volume 2 by Amadeus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Paperback, 175 pages
Published May 25th 2016 by Catholic Answers Press
Source: Received a print review copy from the publisher
Brendan and Erc in Exile (Vol. 2)
This is an intense book! Not as entertaining as the first volume but practically exploding with information. It is a lot to take in and not a book to be read all at once. I ended up reading a chapter, of this graphic novel, at a time to fully process all the information. Brendan has decided to become a Catholic and is taking his RCIA classes from the Father while he and Erc travel around space on their job. Sometimes they meet the Father in person, other times it's over the screen. Erc is the sceptic, he is a lapsed believer and sceptical of everything that his taught. This volume covers the entire Bible from creation to Judgement Day with the focus being on the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah and then how and why Jesus was that Messiah. How he brought salvation and redemption to mankind. The conversation goes through a teaching mode with Father then Erc being the sceptic asking the usual questions and bringing up the usual answers non-Christians (esp. atheists) bring to the table. Father refutes them all with reason, logic or turning the question back to Erc. Brendan is a questioning mind, as is encouraged of the Catholic student, and sometimes he finds Eric's comments/questions reasonable and discusses them with Father in a more seeking-the-answers manner. As an up-and-coming convert, Brendan also has his own intelligent questions. Father's teaching and answers are always true to scripture and the magisterium. Very well researched book on the mystery of God's plan for our salvation written by a contemplative monk. The book makes excellent reading for recent converts, those participating in RCIA and older teens. Even long-time Catholics will find it useful for logical answers to questions or confrontations we are often subjected to. It most certainly is recommended for use in a teaching environment.