Clement, Catherine Theo's Odyssey

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Theo's Odyssey

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Does for religion and spirituality what Sophie's World did for philosophy. Theo is fourteen, Parisian, and slow to get up in the mornings. His parents love him, and want him to choose his own life, his own faith, so they have deliberately avoided giving him a religious education. Theo is very clever, reads a lot, loves computer games and the Greek myths. But then, suddenly, he falls ill. His rich aunt Martha decides that they must roam the world to find a cure for his malaise. What follows is a tour of the world's religions and religious sites, with the sceptical, quizzical Theo being shown the varieties and depths of faith that exist in other places, other cultures. All this is handled with real style, pace, wit and clarity. The book is a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to why and how people believe in their God -- even Dave Allen would have liked it.

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An advanced student who loves computer games and ancient mythology, 14-year-old Theo is diagnosed with a mysterious terminal illness. But instead of withering away in his bedroom or a hospital ward, Theo is sent off to travel the world with his eccentric and enlightened Aunt Martha. Rather than a generic tour of the world's greatest sights, Theo's aunt takes him on a pilgrimage to learn about the world's greatest religions--from Sufism to Islam to Taoism to the Southern Baptist denomination of Protestantism. Clement's rich storytelling guides Theo through an informative and deeply touching journey as he begins to understand others' relationships with God, as well as his own. Beneath the surface, Theo's Odyssey is a spiritual love story, one in which the love of family, a girlfriend and God sustains and heals a dying boy. -- Gail Hudson

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'I frowned at the prospect of a remake of Sophie's World with added spirituality. But, miracle of miracles, from the very first pages of Clement's book, the reader must concede: little Theo deserves exactly the same applause as his big sister Sophie. The questions posed in this book are those that concern us all, the explanations have a biblical simplicity to them, and, at a time when many men of God seem so fuelled by hate, Theo's journey of discovery makes for astonishing news.' Elle 'A wonderful book that both adults and adolescents like Theo will find richly rewarding.' Le Populaire 'With its fluent and alert prose, this encyclopaedic novel will entrance any smart reader keen to extend their spiritual understanding.' Madame Figaro 'Clement has written her great book of questions. The reader needs to dive into it as they would plunge into crystal-clear waters: it will open their heart and refresh their spirit.' Magazine Litteraire

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