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Bronte's Book Club by Kristiana Gregory
Cat and Mouse by Günter Grass
Destination Moon by Georges Remi Hergé
Doctor Who and the Three Doctors by Terrance Dicks
The Egyptian Box by Jane Louise Curry
Explorers on the Moon by Georges Remi Hergé
Fairy Glade and Other Enchanting Stories by Dawn Beaumont-Lane
Firehorn by Robert Reed
Fishing, for Christians by Tim Roux
The Girls by Helen Yglesias
The Glenn Miller Conspiracy by Hunton Downs
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Harriet's Hare by Dick King-Smith
I Spy Fantasy by Jean Marzollo
Land of Black Gold by Georges Remi Hergé
The Motorman's Coat by John Kessel
The Mouse, The Cat and Grandmother's Hat by Nancy Willard
Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman
Mysterious Magical Circus Family Kids: The Chocolate Cake Turkey Lip Crumb Trail Mystery Adventure by R. Hawk Starkey
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
One Bright Star to Guide Them by Mark C. Wright
Poor Puppy by Nick Bruel
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
A Rebel in Time by Harry Harrison
Retrograde Summer by John Varley
The Second Ship by Richard Phillips
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
She and I: A Fugue by Michael R. Brown
The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl
A Walk in the Rainforest by Kristin Joy Pratt
Warrior from Heaven by Kermit Zarley



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Comments for Warrior from Heaven

Warrior from HeavenWarrior from Heaven: 07/09/09

This "nonfiction" book claims to be an alternative The Left Behind Series. Warrior from Heaven was sent to me unsolicited and has my blood boiling since it arrived in my mailbox a few months ago. My initial impulse was to recycle the book without acknowledging its arrival but I feel its better to let my readers know just how terrible this book is.

There is a small minority of Christians who are obsessed with Revelations and the so-called "end of days" prophecies. Warrior From Heaven begins with a preface that says all of the prophesies are true and "the most difficult portion of the Bible to interpret." (p. ix) Of course, though, this book will be able to accomplish that Herculean task! Further more the book accomplishes three goals: 1) it highlights the prophesies not yet fulfilled, 2) it puts them in chronological order and 3) are written about the present-tense in a journalistic fashion.

The very first chapter starts off with Christianity's biggest flaw, namely, that only Christians will make it into Heaven at the end of days. Extremists will go one further and say that only the most devout of certain sects will get in. The second problem is the agreed upon location, Jerusalem, a holy city to not only Christians but Jews and Muslims. The book tries to dance around the unpleasant truths of Christian hatred to non-Christians.

The book goes on to explain how we should be wary of a peace talks in the Middle East because the man who brings them together (and will be from there) will be Gog (Anti-Christ). He will collude with Israel in the name of peace. So there you go, non-Christians despite the initial promise to not fall into the old anti-Semitic traps will still be the cause of the world going to hell in a hand basket.

The book goes on like this for another 200 pages. I will spare you the details. It's an incoherent rambling on the most whacked out book of the New Testament. Interspersed with the author's "journalistic" account of the "future" are long quotes from the Bible slapped right onto the page with little thought to formatting. The chapter and verse citation are then in the margins making for a busy and eye hurting display of text. At least it fits the ranting tone of the message!

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