Thursday, October 30, 2014

Agents of the Apocolypse by Dr. David Jeremiah

Agents of the Apocalypse: A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times
by Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. Jeremiah has presented a book that focuses on the main players in the book of Revelation.   The key players or events are the apostle John in exile on Patmos, the martyrs, the 144,000 Jewish witnesses, the two witnesses, the dragon, the beast from the earth, the beast from the sea,  the Victor, and the Judge.  Each one is described through a scripturally based narrative and explained afterwards through scripture.
This book is not a comprehensive study of the book of Revelation, but a highlight.  The narratives each bring forth engaging characters and interesting storylines based on the scripture subject.  Each narrative is independent of the other, with the common thread of the books subjects. 
I wasn't sure how I felt about the book at first, because I hadn't thought about the narrative aspect of it when I started to read it.  I still am a little ambivalent towards them, but I do believe that many people will like this aspect of the book.  I was glad to see exposition of the stories with scripture.  We know that that any fiction is just that, but it is nice to see good explanations  of scripture alongside the narratives.  This dual look at Revelation is a new perspective as opposed to only one or the other.
Overall, I would recommend this book, especially to those who have more difficulty understanding the book of Revelation.   If someone wanted to do an in depth study of the whole book of Revelation, this book wouldn't be it, but it has a place in supplementing an in-depth study. 

I received this book from the publisher.  I was not required to give a positive review.  All ideas are my own.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Willie's Redneck Time Machine by John Luke Robertson

Willie's Redneck Time Machine
by John Luke Robertson
with Travis Thrasher
Tyndale Publishing

You are Willie Robertson, and you have to choose your adventure.  As someone who has never watched an episode of Duck Dynasty but was exposed through the various marketing efforts of the TV world, I was interested in reading this book.  As a kid, I liked the choose your own adventures to some degree, and now as a parent, would I want my children to read them?  First, I liked the cover... Yes I know, but... I live on a cattle ranch and we have a "time machine free one" by one of the old outbuildings.  I'm glad it is no longer put into use!    One the few occasions that I have had the opportunity to use one, made me appreciate modern convenience.  So, that piqued my interest in the book.  It sounded funny, and overall the book had some funny parts.  There was one particular storyline that I enjoyed because, I have to confess, I graduated high school in 1990, and I'll leave it at that.  There are a few different storylines to travel through, some better than others. 

So how was the book?  Overall there were some funny storylines that kids will like.  I would have liked fewer storylines and a little more development on the better lines.  I thought a few ended too abruptly for my taste.  As far as the writing, it was a little easy reading for  the higher end of the age range it is geared to (8-12?). 

Would I let my kids read it?  Yes, I think it's clean and would provide some entertainment for them.  On the other had, I would like to have seen a little more of the Robertson's faith embedded into it.  It is a great opportunity to introduce children to Biblical truth.

Overall, I think it is a good book for kids.  They will enjoy it.

I received this book from the publisher, and all opinions are my own.