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Warrior 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!<