Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The DaVinci Book Boom

sample book coverIt’s now difficult to get a handle on the plethora of DVC-themed books that are now available, but if you want a site with more coherent reviews than Amazon’s usual amateur-night coverage, the co-owner of a US church-run website has made an effort to comparatively review over a dozen of them, here.
The books covered are mainly written by American pastors and other theologians, and are of course those which mainly point out the novel’s errors, not only factual but theological, and almost all get positive ratings and reviews. They are: Breaking the Da Vinci Code by Darrell Bock; The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code: A Challenging Response to the Bestselling Novel by Richard Abanes; The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction? by Hank Hanegraaff & Paul Maier; Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts by James Garlow & Peter Jones; Reinventing Jesus by J. Ed Komoszewski, M. James Sawyer, Daniel B. Wallace; Exploring the Da Vinci Code: Investigating the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie by Gary Poole & Lee Strobel; De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code by Amy Welborn; Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine by Bart D. Ehrman; The Gospel According to the Da Vinci Code: The Truth Behind the Writings of Dan Brown by Kenneth Boa & John Alan Turner; The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci by Ben Witherington III; The Da Vinci Deception by Erwin W. Lutzer; The Da Vinci Codebreaker: An Easy-to-use Fact Checker by James L. Garlow, Timothy Paul Jones, April Williams; The Da Vinci Myth versus the Gospel Truth by D. James Kennedy, Jerry Newcombe; The Da Vinci Deception Experience by Erwin W. Lutzer. Actually, not all have full reviews: the reviewer says on the site that he could only cover about 13 of a planned 17 before he was so saturated he abandoned the idea. There are of course other DVC-themed books that would not be covered by such a site, like the tourist guidebooks The Rough Guide to The Da Vinci Code (Movie Edition), and Fodor’s Guide To The Da Vinci Code: On The Trail of the Bestselling Novel.