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Jesus Swept by James Alexander Protzman

February 28th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Amy at Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists for the opportunity to review this book.

I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Description: In “Jesus Swept,” 19-year-old Gary Gray discovers a mysterious silver bracelet on the shores of Myrtle Beach. The words engraved on the object transform him into a new Jesus overnight. Down-and-out hooligans Mark and Luke jump on his bandwagon, and the three young men work their way up the Carolina coast, sweeping floors for cash and spreading the good news to anyone who will listen. They lose the bracelet, which is found and re-found by raucous twins Hook and Sinker and married couple Liz and Frank. Then all hell breaks

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I have to admit I was a little leery when I first heard about this book as I am not religious and do not care much for preachy books.  I was surprised as I read further and further into this book.  The cast of characters you meet are completely unexpected.  Gary, Mark and Luke are three gay men who take turns being Jesus as they travel sweeping where ever they happen to be.  Hook is a surly and uncouth young girl who despite all the rough edges you can’t help come to like.   And it was hard to decide what to make of the married couple, Liz and Frank.  This book is an entertaining and light hearted story that ultimately comes down to a new philosophy of life and religion: “Do good, be nice and have fun”.

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  1. James Protzman


    Thanks for reading my book. I’ll take a 3.5 over a 2.5 any day. Much appreciated.

    Glad you like Hook. She’s my favorite, too. (She started as a guy in the first few drafts, but when I finally decided she was a woman, things got a lot more interesting.)

    Thanks again!

  2. dsuzuki

    I’m glad Hook turned out to be a guy :) I loved her story line.

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