50 Days by Katie Vorreiter is a Christian speculative novel that answers the question “What if Jesus was born today, rather than 2000 years ago?”.
Speculative fiction, according to Wikipedia, encompasses “genres with elements that don’t exist in reality, recorded history, nature, or the present universe.” I believe that 50 Days falls within the Alternate History sub-genre, which focuses on changes to historical events and their effects today, e.g. Christ born 2000 years later than in our own history.
And, if you’ve read any of my posts, I love science fiction and fantasy stories. But, in my humble opinion, there isn’t enough Christian speculative fiction. This book is an interesting entry into a wide and deep genre.
It’s a unique take on a piece of our own history. The description reads like a suspense novel but once into it, the parallels between Maggie (Mary Magdalene), Jarrett (Jesus), Andy (Andrew), and others become obvious. It took on a different tone, for me, looking at it through this lens. I have a better appreciation for the mental and emotional impact Jesus’ death and resurrection had on his followers.
And, let’s be clear, this is a well-written, emotional story. Well worth your time to sit down. Make sure you have a chunk of time set aside, though, as you won’t be able to stop once you get started!
I’d recommend this for Christian readers 14 years and up who enjoy speculative fiction. I don’t think this would be a good first look at Jesus’ life and death for non-Christians. I’d give them a Bible, instead, and have them read the book of Luke first then Acts.
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ I really liked it.
About the Book
Book: Fifty Days
Author: Katie Vorreiter
Genre: Christian Spec Suspense
Release date: March 28, 2021
Three days ago, Maggie Lehman’s beloved mentor and friend, Jarrett Adams, was murdered on live television. Grief stricken, Maggie traverses a Washington DC under curfew, but when she arrives at the morgue, the body is missing—and her presence is recorded on the security video.
As dawn breaks over the city, Maggie encounters Jarrett on the street—and he’s very much alive. Either she’s gone mad—again—or Jarrett really is back.
While the US loses its grip on democracy, government thugs eager to contain what Maggie knows hound her every step, and the good intentions of a man from her past only tighten the noose. The powerless and bewildered Maggie seeks Jarrett and the return to how things were, but finds she must give up what she wants most to gain what she can hardly imagine.
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About the Author
Katie Vorreiter makes her home in the diverse and beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. She works in high tech as a proofreader as well as a freelance fiction copy editor for a small press. While she admits to being a grammarian, she considers herself a fun one.
After studying and later interning in Madrid, Spain, Katie continues to use and improve her Spanish as much as possible—especially when a travel opportunity arises. Aside from that, she DIYs at home with her husband in their almost empty nest, travels to Colorado where their two young-adult children study, and snuggles with her pup who promises not to grow up and go away to college.
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Fifty Days was inspired one Easter Sunday as I sat admonishing myself to listen with new ears and to not feel that I’d been there, done that for the most amazing story ever told. But those women at the tomb: I had no concept of what their day-to-day lives were like. I wanted to identify with them, but how could I walk in their shoes when I couldn’t envision their sandals?
I said to myself, “it’s not like the events could take place in my world”… and my imagination took off as Maggie walked into my life. More precisely, she walked through the pre-dawn streets of Washington DC, driven to get to the morgue to see Jarrett’s body. But when she got there, he wasn’t there. His body was missing, and unfortunately for Maggie, she was caught on the security video.
From Easter to Pentecost (hint, that’s a period of fifty days), we see the followers of Jesus experience a huge change. We don’t know much about the weeks that intervened, and we never see Mary Magdalene again in scripture after Easter morning. So that gave me a lot of room to imagine: what would it be like to go from hiding in bewilderment and fear to the bold empowerment of Pentecost?
For Maggie it’s a matter of keeping one step ahead of the thugs pursuing her and the man from her past whose good intentions only create havoc for her, while she searches for a way to clear her name, or better yet, be reunited with Jarrett.
Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Thus, whether in a robe, jeans and a tee shirt, or a spacesuit, Jesus and his truth are unfailing, unchanging. Fifty Days isn’t about “updating” those truths. But boy, imagining hanging out with his followers at Starbucks made them seem a lot more three-dimensional to me. And to be honest, I find myself a little jealous of Maggie’s relationship with Jarrett—she is completely sold out. Totally confident in his character and power. There is not only love between them, but affection. Fleshing that out has made me look at my relationship with Jesus in a new light.
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