Yes - that says it well. In her afterword she reveals alot about her faith, and the path she followed to write this remarkable story. A work of faith, imagination and quite a bit of scholarship.... and a powerful devotional story. Highly recommended.This novel is Anne Rice's most ambitious project and certainly her most unexpected. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt imaginatively re-creates the childhood of Jesus based on the gospels and on current New Testament scholarship. Rice's moving portrayal presents the youthful Nazarene as he gradually adjusts to his divine nature and calling.