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).

 

4 comments:

  1. Wow, I've been waiting for this book for several years! I just happened to google search for it again today. I would love to be entered into the drawing.

    BTW I am a preterist, and I don't think this series is trying to argue for preterism, only to explain the timeline in a engaging way.

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  2. I have not read any of his books but looks interesting.

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  3. I, also haven't read any of his books. I would enjoy the book to have for our grandsons to read...Two of them can now, I believe and several more very soon! Thanks for the chance!

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  4. Haven't read any of the trilogy, and didn't realize that Hanegraff had written any fiction. -dep

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