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Are You Having Trouble With #BagThePeak Challenge?

#BagThePeak Challenge began on Monday, September 1. Three people participated that day. The #BagThePeak Challenge goes until September 27 when we celebrate our fundraising efforts by hiking Mount Humphreys (click here to RSVP). But I thought I should clarify HOW you can do a video or picture of you overcoming an obstacle or fear as some seemed to view it more difficult than it really was designed.

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The obstacle can be anything:

1: An item you carry for half a mile or three trips up and down your stairs or half a mile on your treadmill or whatever you do. The object you carry can be named. You are carrying the object to show that this is what you need to overcome right now in your life and that you are committed to overcoming it.
2: Running a marathon for the first time.
3: Doing twenty push ups.
4: Doing one push up.
5: Losing weight.
6: Overcoming cancer or battling cancer with courage.
7: Hiking a new trail or hiking for the first time.
8: Trying out for a sport for the first time.
9: Your first short term missions trip.
10: Reading a book that takes 48 hours in 24.
11. Walk an extra mile.
The fear can be anything:
1: Sharing your testimony.
2: Smashing a spider.
3: Trying crafts or quilting for the first time.
4: Reading a Stephen King novel.
5: Asking to pray for a stranger.
6: Serving at a homeless shelter.
7: Getting your shoes muddy.
8: Fighting your agoraphobia.
9: Target practicing.
10: Going to the gym for the first time.

The fear can be anything:

1: Sharing your testimony.

2: Smashing a spider.

3: Trying crafts or quilting for the first time.

4: Reading a Stephen King novel.

5: Asking to pray for a stranger.

6: Serving at a homeless shelter.

7: Getting your shoes muddy.

8: Fighting your agoraphobia.

9: Target practicing.

10: Going to the gym for the first time.

See how simple it can be to share with the world how God is helping you overcome and live couragiously?

How to Do The #BagThePeak Challenge:

1: Video tape or photo is shared on your social media of you overcoming a fear or an obstacle, using #BagThePeak Challenge, and challenging your friends or family to recipricate.

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2: Give to http://www.bagthepeak.com and share that on your social media, challenging your friends to do the same…either give to this missions organization or do a challenge.

The most important part of this challenge is the message you share in your photos or videos. For everyone who participates, I will link back or post your video or photo on TRC Magazine’s many sites. What do you want to tell the world about your sense of courage?

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#BagThePeak Challenge Coming Monday!

TRC Magazine and bagthepeak.com have come together to create this awesome challenge. A few people were let in on it early so we can make this challenge go viral. While ALS had their controversy with embryonic stem cell research being done and a small percentage of the donations being used for research, #BagThePeak challenge is about raising awareness for #missions (International Sports Federation) to raise funds for bagthepeak.com, but also to spread a positive message and help you see that the obstacles or fears in your life aren’t a roadblock, but instead, something you can learn from and overcome. This can be anything from trying a new sport, smashing a spider, climbing a new and difficult trail, or doing a creative project that requires skills you aren’t sure you have.

The fact that you tried says a lot about your courage. I hope you will join us. The challenge will go from Monday, September 1 til the end of the fundraiser on Saturday, September 27, when a group hike will happen to the top of Mount Humphreys in Arizona to celebrate sports missions and bagthepeak.com fundraising. Information will post tomorrow how to do the challenge. Please participate. Make this a fun way to spread a positive message and make people mission-aware, because missions is every Christian’s responsibility. Recognize your own apathy.

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Ex-Muslim Review

Diversity usually has a negative tone. One relates it to tolerance to everything except Christianity. It’s what liberals use, but indexEx-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever by Naeem Fazal gives a great definition of it through his actions without compromising the Gospel.

Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever is written in a friendly, warm, and conversational tone. The book begins with Naeem’s story in Kuwait before the war. As he tells his story, and how he came to know Christ, Naeem also goes into the beliefs of a Muslim. Naeem goes on to explain how he started Mosiac Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. People who attend are not necessarily believers, but from varying cultural backgrounds. As Naeem tells his story, he also teaches how to reach the lost, how the church confused him, and the bumps he experienced when he launched Mosiac.

I read this book during an electronic fast. Even as I prepare for my own ministry next year, I am encouraged by his words. A person always assumes people who attend church are saved, but that is not the case. Jesus doesn’t expect people to come to Him after first expunging their own sinful behavior; Jesus just says come, and if you come, you will change out of love for a Savior who first loved you. What Naeem writes about reminds me of a quote by C.S. Lewis:

No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes are in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present to us: it is the very sign of His presence.

—Letter to Mary Neylan (January 20, 1942)

What Naeem wrote helped me to clarify the vision of Cataclysm, and therefore, Ex-Muslim will remain in my library for re-reading as I grow to understand how to open the eyes of the closed-minded. I gave this book five stars.

Disclosure of material connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase this item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I might use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Book given by publisher to review.

Mission Strategy: Coloring Outside the Lines

19-08-6In taking the advice of a friend to further my education in Bible and Missions, I am reading Developing a Strategy for Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Cultural Introduction (Encountering Mission) by J.D. Payne and John Mark Terry. What strikes me is how it resonates so closely with my goals.

To paraphrase a paragraph I read at 4% through:

The Spirit interrupted Paul’s plans to plant a church in Philippi (Acts 16:6-7). I think immediately of my past ministries that had a short shelf life of 2-5 years. I was interrupted because, while these ministries were good, God had something better being planned. The writer continues on this subject:

“An example of this paradigm would include taking a tract-distribution strategy that the Lord used greatly in a highly literate part of the world and applying it in a predominately oral setting. Although the Gospel message contained in the booklet is God’s Word, relevant for everyone, the strategy would not be as effective when applied to a society primarily composed of oral learners.”

The Standard Solution the writers talk about appears to be a common exercise in church. Like what the authors conclude 5% through the book, the Standard Solution, “fails to take humanity and society into consideration.”

I’ve been hearing and reading how people are leaving the church. I’ve observed how church continues to work in a traditional sense to reach non-believers or the unchurched with programs, expecting people to come to them. It’s kind of like, “Check! We did this program! Evangelism effort done.” It’s evangelism on their terms without taking into consideration the need for love from the surrounding community; the gaping spiritual hole in the lives of the untouched and unsaved. The Standard Solution of church programs forget the relationship aspect of evangelism. Relationships take effort and time and is not age-restricted to young or old. It is not the responsibility of the leadership of the church to reach out, but rather the congregation. Neither do I see the mission quote, “Go where they are,” often exercised in the effort.

“Go where they are,” means becoming uncomfortable and learning the cultures in the people groups in your country and in foreign countries so the power of the Gospel in the lives of others becomes overwhelming, and not a barrier. That means the cultures of people groups in your own communities, whether they are white or some other race; people in our communities come from different backgrounds, both normal and dysfunctional. Going where people are means also going to the online world and engaging the culture who, like me, believe is another community; just as real as the real world. Going out of your comfort zone is not merely creating another church program in your building, but in physically seeking out unchurched and unbelievers in your community.

It means putting aside your pride and prejudices to learn new technology to engage others online, using your experience and knowledge to cultivate relationships; or perhaps, getting involved outside of your church in some secular position to get to know and learn the language of the world in order that you may help them understand the holiness of our Father. Church programs are okay, but it should not be the only strategy used for reaching people.

If we only have church programs, how is that challenging your congregation  to get out of their comfort zones? It seems to me that church programs keep congregations in their comfortable place rather than challenging them to do something non-traditional.

Let’s color outside the lines and think outside the box in our missions strategy. Jesus walked 13,500 miles before He began His ministry. After beginning His ministry, Jesus walked an additional 15,000 miles. He went where He was needed, and the online world needs a few hours of your time.

Cataclysm Missions International wants you. More information will be given to you later. Meanwhile, let me ask you: Is your primary reason for using social media to sell something or your church? Or is your first focus evangelism or discipleship? Are you in competition with other ministries and churches, or are you working with them for the greater goal of furthering the Gospel?

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Favorite Reads: The Butterfly Effect By Andy Andrews

 

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The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

The book was an unexpected delight and at the same time unexpectedly short. I’m all ready wanting to buy this book for my nephew. It’s inspirational showing the effects of small, every day people who chose to do the right thing and in turn their actions saved lives in future generations. One man’s actions saved our country. I don’t think people realize how every action is important from the conversation you had with a woman at the grocery store to life decisions you make. Your action has a reaction. This book shows how God designed each of us for a purpose, and when you look at the whole picture it is amazing to see how the dominoes fall.

The Butterfly Effect begins like a history lesson, but reads like a novel. I would encourage you not to skip over the Author’s Note. It is very interesting. Give it away to someone who needs to see that their life matters. So much of the time we go through every day without realizing our value in God’s eyes. We are much more than just a grocery store clerk, a government employee, an IRS man, or a custodian. Won’t you spread your wings and beat the air and take a chance on life?

Disclosure of material connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase this item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I might use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Book given by publisher to review. This is a repost.

 

Guest Post: Why We Need Supernatural Fiction

By Mike Duran

America is incurably spiritual. Polls continually reveal that the majority of U.S. citizens have some belief in God, angels, heaven, hell and the devil. Fox News, reporting on a national poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation, put an interesting spin on these stats. For instance, more men believe in UFOs than women (39 percent to 30 percent), and Democrats are more likely than Republicans to believe in reincarnation, astrology and ghosts. In another poll, American Atheists, Inc. found that one in five Americans claims to have been visited by an angel. The same poll gives us this helpful statistical tidbit: “Income was another factor affecting responses. Eighty-three percent of those earning below $25,000 per year believed in angelic beings, while those earning over $80,000 were less likely (64 percent) to do so.” In other words, the further you get from the poverty line, the less you need to be touched by an angel.

Suffice to say that we are fascinated by—if not downright favorable toward—the supernatural. UFOs, psychic phenomenon, ghosts and angels are practically American staples.

Hollywood knows this. For instance, of the 50 highest-grossing movies of all-time, more than half contain speculative and supernatural themes. Films like The Sixth Sense, The Dark Knight, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Spider Man, seem to capture something about the American zeitgeist. The box office is a great barometer of our fascination for spiritual things. Movies like The Rite, Hereafter, Paranormal Activity, Legion, The Last Exorcism, and Ghost, are ever-present reminders of our belief that “something” is out there.

This trend is not limited to Tinseltown. In literature, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight epic and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series have sold gazillions of copies. Recently, on the NY Times’ bestseller list, you could find such books as Angelology, Paranormalcy, and A Discovery of Witches.

Point is: Pop culture is a reflection of our fascination, however skewed it might be, with the supernatural. What often gets lost in the statistics and commercialism is the implication of it all. I mean, what does it say about us that we are so interested in invisible entities and dwellers of exotic worlds? Are we escapists, dreamers or just plain primitives?

C.S. Lewis argued that the hunger for heaven is evidence for the existence of heaven. In other words, all cravings have a correspondent fix. Like a missing puzzle piece, we instinctively seek the “shape” that will complete us. Likewise, our unshakeable, intuitive sense that powers greater than ours lurk on the fringes of the everyday, may be the best evidence of their existence. Of course, believing in ghosts or extra-terrestrials does not make them so. Nevertheless, it is the consistent hunger for a “superior mind” and a perfect world that we can’t seem to shake.

Frederick Buechner tells the story of the young man who shot and killed his father in a fit of rage. Later that evening in his prison cell, the boy was heard crying, “I need my Dad. I need my Dad.” It’s very likely that what is going bump in the night is our eternal longings flailing against the void; we’ve evicted God, and we miss Him. America’s hunger for the supernatural is evidence of this spiritual vacuum.

Some theologians have called this the echo of Eden: the spiritual ripples of a world that once was. Because of it, we can’t stand at a graveside without asking where the departed went. We can’t look to the skies without asking if there’s anybody out there. The unseen realm resonates in us, because we are part of it; it is our home away from home.

In his work, True Spirituality, Francis Schaeffer said, “The Christian life means living in the two halves of reality: the supernatural and the natural parts.” Demons and angels are real—not just for those who make less than 80K a year. As Christians, we should seek to affirm and reclaim this invisible realm, live in both halves of it.

Writing Supernatural Fiction is one of the ways I try to do that.

This is a part of a three-day blog tour for his debut book, The Resurrection. You can visit his blog here.

Son of Hamas: A Review

What little I know of Hamas I have gleaned from scant news reports, but never have I had the desire to learn beyond it. I do know Muslims are, for the most part, bent on destruction as the Qur’an dictates, but Mosab gives us an account of both sides of Islam.

Many people in the West who stereotype all Muslims as terrorists don’t know about the side of Islam that reflects love and mercy. It cares for the poor, widows and orphans. It facilitates education and welfare. It unites and strengthens. This is the side of Islam that motivated those early leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. Of course, there is also the other side, the one that calls all Muslims to jihad, to struggle and contend with the world until they establish a global caliphate, led by one holy man who rules and speaks for Allah. This will be important for you to understand and to remember as we go along.”

From page one, Mosab held me as he talked lovingly of his father. He talks about his assent in becoming one of the most powerful spies of Shin Bet in Israel. He saved many lives by endangering his own as he lived a double life for years. He endured harsh prison conditions and watched as fellow inmates were persecuted by Hamas. Hamas tortured and harmed its own out of sheer pleasure. What surprised me was Mosab’s declaration:

But my dad was against the DOP. He didn’t trust Israel or the PLO and therefore put no trust in the peace process. Other Hamas leaders, he explained, had their own reasons for opposing it, including the risk that a peace accord might actually stick! Peaceful coexistence would mean the end of Hamas. From their perspective, the organization could not thrive in a peaceful atmosphere. Other resistant groups also had a stake in the continuation of conflict. It’s hard to achieve peace in a place where so many have different goals and interests.”

Mosab goes through the history of Muslims and his family. His father was the head of Hamas. In essence, his father was likened to a king and he, a prince, in his homeland. When his father was around, people treated him and his mother like royalty. They always had much to eat and plenty of clothes to wear; at least until his father got arrested by the Israelis. During those imprisonments, Mosab and his family struggled to put food on the table. One day his mother began making baklava to sell to the workers. It brought money into the household until his terrorist uncle spied him begging on the streets. After that, his mother cried bitterly they would sell no more baklava.

Online sources talk about the amazing number of Muslims that are turning to Christ especially after the Pakistan flood. After reading Mosab’s account of struggle during the years of his father’s imprisonment, I can understand why Muslims are coming to Christ now.

I was angry. I didn’t understand why our neighbors and family wouldn’t help us. And on top of that, they had the nerve to judge us for trying to help ourselves. I wondered if the real reason they would not lend a hand to our family was that they were afraid of getting into trouble themselves if the Israelis thought they were helping terrorists. But we weren’t just terrorists. Neither was my father. Sadly, that would change, too.”

But Mosab’s story is so much more than just another testimony! This man was the son of a well known, high ranking Hamas leader. It’s a miracle Mosab came to know Christ. He was raised in a household of extreme ideas with family who would later coax children to strap bombs to their bodies and walk into crowded areas only to die. His father never directly backed that idea, but he never went against it either. Mosab makes a great comparison between his father and Saul (as in Paul):

No, my father did not build the bombs, strap them onto the bombers or select the targets. But years later I would think of my father’s answer when I encountered a story in a Christian Bible that describes the stoning of a young innocent named Stephen. It said, “Saul was there, giving approval to his death” (Acts 8:1).”

This book is deeply historical and gives insight into the Middle East struggle for peace.

But we are not accomplishing anything. We’re fighting a war that can’t be won with arrests, interrogations, and assassinations. Our enemies are ideas, and ideas don’t care about incursions or curfews. We can’t blow up an idea with a Merkava. You are not our problem, and we are not yours. We’re all like rats trapped in a maze. I can’t do it anymore. My time is over” I knew this was a hard blow to the Shin Bet. We were in the middle of a war.”

More powerful though was how God protected him from death in moments where the explosion of missiles rocked his car, or in avoiding discovery from the Hamas terror cells all around him. He was a mole for Israel’s Shin Bet, one of their top spy organizations, comparable to our CIA, and now lives in the United States, retired from spy work in Israel. The book reads like a James Bond novel, but the hero in this case has a strong set of morals and a growing compassion. That compassion, he says, was inspired from his father who began as a caring and loving Imam, but later, like so many moderate Muslims climbed the rungs of the ladder to Jihad.

Religion without Jesus is just self-righteousness. Freedom from oppression will not resolve things either. Delivered from the oppression of Europe, Israel became the oppressor. Delivered from persecution, Muslims became persecutors. Abused spouses and children often go on to abuse spouses and children. It is a cliche, but it’s still true: hurt people, unless they are healed, hurt people.” He goes on to say that, “truth and forgiveness are the only solutions for the Middle East. The challenge, especially between Israelis and Palestinians, is not to find the solution. The challenge is to be the first courageous enough to embrace it.”

I know have a better understanding of the Middle East and am continually amazed at the power of God.

Book provided by the publisher for review.  I am not required to give a positive review.

To view Mosab’s website, click here. Please enjoy this old review. Because of what is happening in the world, I thought it appropriate to re-post it.

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Book Review: Into The Mist: Journey Into Dementia

Such a simple truth; such a profound thing I was learning: Jesus in me will do it all. He will take the insults and the pain. I need only to turn to Him immediately, and release it to Him. How often He would prove this to me from then on. Jesus will field it; He will run interference between the dark place of my thoughts and me. This is all new to me. One step at a time, Lord, one step at a time.” – Kathleen Beard, Into The Mist: Journey Into Dementia, Pg. 22

Notably, this book review has a bias. Kathleen Beard has become a good friend. There’s a strong sense of God’s presence when one is around her, and recently she’s become quite an influence in my life. When I agreed to review the book I hoped the writing would sustain itself because I don’t give bad reviews to friends. It is well written. Into The Mist: Journey Into Dementia brought me to the brink of tears.

I didn’t know what to expect as I sat down to read a book that I couldn’t relate to on a personal level (none of my family members ever had Dementia or Alzheimer’s). Instead, I discovered a book that becomes a love story between Kathy and Jesus. It’s a story about struggling to hold onto faith in the storm of intense trial. She writes transparently of her struggles with her husband, John. She takes pieces of her personal journal written during the time of John’s onset with Dementia and fills in the blanks. Kathleen weaves world events into some chapters to help create a sense of time and place. Her love of Israel becomes apparent, and the deeper you get into the book the more you see how God has been working a plan in her life all along.

Throughout history, many great servants of God ended up feeling they failed in their calling; they are despondent, because they haven’t experienced the promise God made to them. All they can see is failure. And now they’re crushed, wounded in spirit. They think, Lord, has all this been in vain? Did I hear the wrong voice? Have I been deceived? Has my mission ended up in ruins? Capturing what my own heart was crying, Wilkerson goes on to encourage the saints who find themselves in this precipice of faltering faith, reminding us that it is the devil lying to us, telling us that all we’ve done is in vain, that we’ll never see the fulfillment of expectations.” (Pg. 40)

God kept sending encouragement to Kathy in the form of Bible verses, during prayer and other truly amazing events that will help bring God out of the box that we put Him in into a reality that we can embrace. Her faith grows through each challenge as she slowly learns to trust Jesus even when she doesn’t understand all the whys. Scripture liberally laces each chapter. Each chapter becomes a Bible Study all it’s own with references from Oswald Chambers, David Wilkerson, and Mike Wells. She refers to Dementia as a second person indwelling a person.

Jesus, you have brought down this house of cards. It is all lying here in a rubble. You have begun a good work here, a work the enemy would dearly love to destroy before it ever gets off the ground. You allowed me to see how much I still need you to do it all. There is yet more to tear down of all these things. Please finish what You have begun for Your names sake. Amen.” (Journal Entry 10/05; pg. 27)

In walking in her footsteps, I couldn’t help but wonder how I would feel should I ever have to experience this and I can’t imagine it. I can’t even think about it. In reading of her experiences, it brings to mind how awful and wonderful it is to pray to die to self. To the poignant end, she lifts us up and through her actions shows God’s glory. I put the book aside and thought about how amazing this woman is and how lucky our church is to have her in its congregation to disciple and minister to others.

Her website is http://intothemistbook.com/. Here you can get involved in discussions and read her blogs. She encourages any struggling with these issues to feel free to get involved in her forums.

Book Review: Darkness Follows by Mike Dellosso

 

The sounds of a Civil War battle rages outside his home. He’s writing pages in his daughter’s notebook—a journal dated back to the 1800s. His mind is not his own after the fall on the job. His marriage is fractured. His daughter has an invisible friend named, Jacob, who wants him to know that Jesus loves him. Meanwhile, darkness begins to creep into his life, engulfing it, and he wonders if he is going insane.

Sam let the notebook fall from his hands onto his lap. He was going nuts, that’s what it meant. He was sure of it. What kind of a person wrote this stuff and didn’t remember it? Was he scribbling it in his sleep? He wasn’t even a Civil War buff. He didn’t even know some of the terminology he’d written with his own hand, with his own pen. Wiping a palm across his forehead, he noticed he’d broken out in a cold sweat. – Pg. 41

Meanwhile, a man named Symon is killing civilians. Like the stuff you see on Criminal Minds, he asks, “What is my name?” He can’t remember much of the past and he is sent on a mission to kidnap Sam’s daughter.

He thought it odd that he felt no emotion about his mission. Nor about what he’d just done to the Moellers here. He was sure they were nice people, probably parents and grandparents, model neighbors and exemplary citizens. He doubted they ever paid their taxes late and could not imagine either Edward or Glady’s mouthing off to a cop. There was no sadness over their loss. No regret or even joy. Nothing. It was as if his emotional palette had been wiped clean, with nothing there to draw from. – Pg. 66

The book had a nice flow to it. The story was well written with a nice surprise in the end (of which I won’t tell). However, the point of view of Ned, the state trooper, led you to believe that he would have some sort of stake in the story. It didn’t make much sense to me to kill him off. As a writer, I would have eliminated his point of view. However, that was the only negative in the story. Some parts are difficult to read because of their graphic nature. I had to look away when, in a memory, Sam recalls that his brother Tommy began mutilating animals. It is necessary to the plot to show Tommy’s deviate nature. Still, I winced and at times glanced away unable to get that picture out of my mind. That testifies to the quality of the writing. He also has an interesting introduction.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have reposted this review in honor of becoming part of Mike’s The Darlington Society.

Book Review: The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

A Quest to Find The One Principle That Will Save Humanity

No one moved. Finally, Winston blinked and shook his head slightly. “I’m sorry,” he said. “Seems like yesterday. My point was, I suppose, that as long as there is breath, there is hope.” – Pg. 87

The Final Summit was an unusual combination of fiction and historical fact. It’s part of a series about a group of Travelers whose travels span time and place for a divine purpose. I got into this series late beginning with The Final Summit. David Ponder returns and has to find the one concept that could save humanity.

In the period allotted by this timepiece,” Gabriel said to everyone present, “you must answer the following question correctly.” He removed a small parchment from his robe and read, “What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?” (Pg. 67)

At first, I thought I would find some surreal adventure like Lord of the Rings or C.S. Lakin’s Map Across Time, and instead found my eyes relishing each delightful historical fact like chocolate bon-bons and stepping into the lives of Winston Churchill, Eric Erickson, Anne Frank, George Washington Carver, and others. What would that kind of summit be like to sit among people both your peers and others of higher intelligence? In this book, Andrews points out all of humanities pluses and shortfalls.

As humans,” the archangel said without missing a beat, “you think you are stronger than ever before. You worship your own intelligence. You’ve been to the moon and consider that a grand accomplishment, yet you are not clever enough to find the clues He left you about who made the moon in the first place!” (Pg. 140)

The book begins with a lot of info dumping. By itself, the book can stand on its own without having read the other books in the series. The writing flows smoothly. My mind could easily forget that this is a work of fiction and question his words about a more advanced civilization (though he makes a good case for it—pre-flood?). There’s a lot we do not know in any case and I am not educated enough to make a strong case for or against it. Suffice it to say, one can easily forget this is merely a work of fiction. I enjoyed the book, felt inspired by it, and in our current spiritual state, needed to hear some of the words. Maybe it was no accident that I am reading this book today. I think we could learn a lot from the wisdom between the covers.

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