In an extraordinary conversation Andrew Klavan talks about his book, The Great Good Thing, taking us on his life’s journey. Raised in a secular Jewish family, Andrew recounts the path that took him from despair to discovery and, ultimately, to his baptism in the Christian faith. One need not be an adherent of the faith to appreciate Andrew’s honest account of a remarkable story. Along the way, Andrew and Dave talk writing, the arts, and Andrew’s optimism that the Great Conversation will ultimately lead to great things. Speaking of great things, we’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy this podcast.

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There are 13 comments.

  1. DocJay Inactive

    Great interview and testimony.

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    • January 25, 2018, at 7:00 PM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    Two of my favorite people together on Radio Deplorable.

    • #2
    • January 25, 2018, at 7:56 PM PDT
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  3. Dave Sussman Contributor

    Excellent interview Dave. Someone should get that Klavan guy his own show.

    • #3
    • January 25, 2018, at 8:06 PM PDT
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  4. Jules PA Member

    Most deplorably excellent.

    Thank you!

    • #4
    • January 25, 2018, at 8:19 PM PDT
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  5. Dave Carter Contributor

    Dave Sussman (View Comment):
    Excellent interview Dave. Someone should get that Klavan guy his own show.

    I was going into to suggest something like that to Andrew but we were running short on time. But mark my words, we haven’t heard the last from him!

    • #5
    • January 26, 2018, at 4:13 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  6. Dave Carter Contributor

    Arahant (View Comment):
    Two of my favorite people together on Radio Deplorable.

    Thank you sir!

    • #6
    • January 26, 2018, at 4:13 AM PDT
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  7. Andrew Klavan Contributor

    Dave did an excellent interview. I choked up just remembering how God transformed my life. In all seriousness, I’ve never understood why He sought me out for rescue. Just the kind of Guy He is, I guess!

    • #7
    • January 26, 2018, at 6:41 AM PDT
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  8. Columbo Member

    Two of my favorite Rico people (D Carter & Klavan) … I must carve out the time to listen! #Deplorable!

    • #8
    • January 26, 2018, at 8:05 AM PDT
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  9. Blondie Thatcher

    Columbo (View Comment):
    Two of my favorite Rico people (D Carter & Klavan) … I must carve out the time to listen! #Deplorable!

    It is worth your time and undivided attention.

    • #9
    • January 26, 2018, at 8:25 AM PDT
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  10. Aaron Miller Member

    Two of my Ricochet favorites as well. Great podcast.

    I admit, though I own the audiobook, I haven’t listened to Klavan’s testimony yet. That last excerpt was beautifully written. I have read one of his novels and enjoyed it.

    When Klavan said it didn’t initially occur to him what a great story burying the gifts in garbage is, it made me think that’s probably how his storytelling began. We all tell stories because we all organize our life reflections into stories about ourselves. Like a photographer frames reality to reveal a particular and meaningul perception, so each person frames his or her own memories, personality, hopes and fears into a meaningful narrative.

    One of the most difficult lessons in Christian humility is to let go of that story, to let God be the storyteller. He knows us far better than we know ourselves.

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    • January 26, 2018, at 8:39 AM PDT
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  11. Dave Carter Contributor

    Andrew Klavan (View Comment):
    Dave did an excellent interview. I choked up just remembering how God transformed my life. In all seriousness, I’ve never understood why He sought me out for rescue. Just the kind of Guy He is, I guess!

    It was a compelling conversation, made so precisely by the heartfelt experiences and thoughts you so movingly shared. Thanks for such a wonderful book and for spending some time chatting, Andrew. It was a pleasure indeed.

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    • January 26, 2018, at 11:24 AM PDT
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  12. Aaron Miller Member

    I was surprised to hear an agnostic secular Jew (Klavan senior) practicing Pascal’s Wager. That philosophy doesn’t really mesh with the central Jewish concept of being God’s chosen people.

    “Well boy, if there is a God, we’re His favorites.”

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    • January 26, 2018, at 12:09 PM PDT
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  13. Gil Reich Inactive

    Very disappointed in @andrewklavan. The proper line isn’t “I don’t know if it’s ignorance or apathy.” It’s “I don’t know or care if it’s ignorance or apathy.” Get your act together Klavan!

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    • January 28, 2018, at 1:42 AM PDT
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