An outstanding French novelist portrays here not so much the actual incidents in the life of Jesus, although they are included, but his conception of Jesus the man through his words and his acts. He feels that the New Testament is the story of a man with definite traits from which each one of us can attempt a psychological portrait. Present day believers have a tendency to worship a de-personalized deity, and Mauriac here gives his portrait of a flesh and blood man, showing that in no other story do we feel anyone really lives as in this story. Due to subjective interruption of the man and the writings, this is undoubtedly controversial material, as it has proved in France, but his conception is provocative and the sincere and sensitive profession of a man of great faith and great artistry. Sell to those who liked. In the Steps of the Master. Suggest for Lenten reading.