Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Review: The Last Temple and Giveaway!


And the winner is . . . (selected by random.org) Jonathon!  Congratulations!  I will be emailing you shortly.



The Last Temple by Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer concludes a three book series that traces the lives of several key characters leading up to the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 A.D. Vitas, the main character, is a Gentile Roman who marries a Jew and in addition to the main twists and turns of the plot, wrestles with the beliefs of those who follow the "Christos." This wrestling with the claims of the gospel takes place in the midst of intrigue, betrayal, surprise, conflict, and intervention, as Nero's grip on the Roman Empire hangs by a tenuous thread. 

The book is well written, the characters are developed and believable, and Vitas' struggle with the Christian faith can be related to by thousands who have asked the same questions. In his case, the claims of Christ revolve around His prophecy that the Jewish temple would fall, a claim that Vitas believes is impossible. The book spans the time from 67-70 A.D., and at 340 pages, at times struggles to maintain continuity. Because there are large gaps (sometimes a year or more) in between segments of the book, it can feel choppy at times. 

Also, the authors promote a preterist interpretation of Revelation, which culminates the events of Revelation with the destruction of the temple. While they give some brief arguments for their interpretation, they are weak and unconvincing, which adds something of a disappointing note to the book, and the story would have been well told and captivating while simply emphasizing the specific predictions of Christ concerning the temple. 

Overall, the book is a good read, though it falls short of the top tier of Christian fiction. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a fair and honest review.  Check out a trailer of this book here.


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If you would like to win a free copy of this book, simply leave a comment below. Yep, it is really that easy.  Just tell whether you have read any of the other books in this trilogy or just simply state why this book interests you.  Please make sure to leave an email address where you can be reached if you win and I will pick a random winner next Saturday (closes midnight Friday, Aug. 24).

 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Review: My Pop-up Bible Stories



Few things are more important to me as a mom than to train our son in the Word of God.  So I am always looking for age-appropriate resources to accomplish this task.  My Pop-Up Bible Stories by Juliet David is an adorable, hardcover Bible storybook with exciting pop-up bible scenes. 

The stories included in this book are baby Moses, Daniel in the lion's den, Jesus raising Jairus' daughter from the dead, the shepherd and the lost sheep, and Jesus calming the storm.  As you turn each page, you see a beautifully illustrated pop-up scene bringing the story to life and a very short summary of the story.  The thing I like best is that each story includes the Bible reference for where you can find the whole story.  That way you have the option of telling your child more of the narrative once they are old enough to sit that long.

I always feel that pop-up books are a bit too fragile for many kids.  But we just decided to make this more of a "special" book and put it up on a shelf to be enjoyed with mommy or daddy.

I am sure this book would be a hit with any child and it makes it easy for parents to find those precious moments to teach our children about the love of God.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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