April 19, 2018
My favorite novel from Joel C. Rosenberg is The Ezekiel Option. And I’ve enjoy most of the rest. The Kremlin Conspiracy however does not meet my expectations. Now don’t misunderstand me, it is well-written with sections of intrigue, suspense and heart-pounding action but—overall, I was disappointed with the buildup to those adrenaline pulsing sections. Please remember this is my opinion and like any opinion, it may vary greatly from yours.
I wanted more suspense, excitement, mystery and inability to figure out where it was going. This did not happen. As for his writing style, it is superb and well crafted. His ability to bring life to the characters is grand and clever. They became real quickly.
So—give it a read and see if you might disagree with my observations. The Kremlin Conspiracy is certainly worth a read.
Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy with no strings attached.
A friend asked me if I had read John MacArthur’s latest book, Strange Fire. What follows is my answer:
Well, I read bits and pieces but finally gave up. I have been in Baptist, Assy. Of God, 4 Square, Nazarene, Non-Denominational and Presbyterian churches since I’ve become a Christian and find that within each one, there are some precepts or dogmas that I do not line up with. I’ve also discovered that no matter which denomination we talk about, there are extremes. And that is what MacArthur has focused on in this book. Of course the people he listed are loose cannons, idiots, charlatans, heretics, etc. God will certainly sort the Wheat from the Tares on that final day or perhaps before that final day.
I do not understand devoting an entire book to this issue. It is clear that the Gifts of the Spirit has caused dissention and sides to be drawn over the years but has it taken away someone’s salvation? I think our time is better spent pointing people to the elements of Christianity that will shore up our faith, increase our love, teach us to pray and remind us of the fact we are new creations in Christ Jesus.
Just as I would not read a book telling me I have to be Baptized in the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, I don’t want to read MacArthur’s book pointing out the fallacies in what we call the Charismatic movement. Let’s write books and preach sermons that will unite the Body of Christ.