"His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS..
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear."
Not sure what this title has to do with the rest of the book. ?
Other than an occasional nod to Christianity, this book is in no other way representative of Christ or Christians. Honor killing/revenge seem to be the underlying emphasis, while the primary thrust of the story seems to be only to survive in a messed up world without losing one's moral compass; The problem I have with that idea, is that the two main characters who illustrate this notion, have their own individual idea about morality. The dichotomy of Individual morals and Christian morals seems irreconcilable. If the author hadn't insisted on creating a connection to Christianity, and then departing from it, it might have carried more weight.
Performance was Tai Sammons solid and entertaining.
(sing with me ...REM)
"its the end of the world as we know it..."
The comet is coming, the comet is coming!
A newly-promoted Detective is not going to let a little thing like death and dying get in the way of his dreams, especially when he senses foul play.
I would not recommend reading this, unless you desire bad feelings for the church (a church from about 100 years ago!).
Elmer Gantry is the original "snake-oil" salesman, and the Anti-Hero of the story.
The book chronicles his upbringing as a bully, his disgraces throughout seminary, and his later rise to the pinnacles of evangelical preaching. Written in 1926, Elmer Gantry echoes many sentiments we now associate with that time period: apple pie and ice cream socials, fear of communism sympathizers next door, nazis, racism, and (of course) loud and sanctimonious revival preachers.
Sinclair brings up important points about the hypocrisy of "Professional Good Men", but I often wondered what he was actually trying to say. (?)
Not to give too much away, but Sinclair hammers the reader over the head, often and blatantly, with the notion that all pastors (save but one cardboard cut-out character) are immoral liars and thieves.
I could not tell for sure, but the morals of the story seemed to be: All pastors are hypocrites; Religion is laughable: All religions have good points if not taken seriously; The congregation of a church is mostly made up of dumb sheep; and etc...
The last book in the 'Silo' Trilogy.
It starts out slow enough, and only really builds interest about half-way through. It wraps up the Silo trilogy in such a way that was somewhat predictable, and allows for another book to follow (if the movie options aren't immediately forthcoming).
This was the weakest of the three books, and also the most confusing storyline.
A disgraced reporter needs a new story to pick up the pieces of his shattered career. Plagiarism, fraud and addiction to prescription meds can be hard for a newspaper man to recover from.
He happens upon word of a missing American in Mexico, and smells a story, and a cover-up. That is where his trouble begins, and he witnesses movements of dangerous men.
Several stories intertwine, and finally resolve in a mostly satisfying conclusion (if not slightly predictable). There are moments of brilliant writing throughout, most notably the moment where a main character is hit on the head and suffers a concussion. remember the writing here! if you choose to read this novel.
If this description sounds like your cup-of-tea, you will likely enjoy this well-written novel.
Narration by Scott Brick is solid.
Although the story was 24 hours long, I thought it could have been shortened by half.
There was simply too much explanation about the mechanics of the "magic" in this world. I know as much as the author does about this magic system. I don't think needed to know so much, and I am sure I did not want to know so much.
As a previous review stated, the language was simple, but effective, with the occasional word that none has ever heard of (an which seems out of place).
*I have read many of fantasy novels in my formative years, and perhaps that makes me unable to separate this from a book from a "YA Fiction". And therefore, I would only recommend this for teenagers and young adult.
Narration was steady and enjoyable for the entire 24 hours of reading.
I really dislike group narrations (adaptations?). Reminds me of a hokey "radio-hour" rather than the reading of a novel.
In "Truth", the story is a little slow and lacks suspense. On top of that, the 'mystery' of the initial crime is distracted by the Detectives sloppy lifestyle and inner turmoil. This might be fine, except that the reader is apt to miss the point.
The main character's monologue, or the story's narrative, tends to switch topics without warning, making the storyline difficult to track (this, likely due to subtlety in the writing, stylistic differences of Australian crime-writing, and reader inattentiveness).
Bottom Line: "Truth" is not a bad novel, just slow, and rather boring, but there worse ones out there. 50/50.
Eschatology* is the study of "end times", specifically as it relates to the Bible and world events.
*This book is for those who have a serious interest in this subject only.
The title lets us know that his major point of study for this book, is the nature and origin of the "anti-Christ". This "person's" identity has been the subject of the three Abrahamic religions, and is frequently mentioned in the eschatological texts of all three's sacred scriptures.
Chris White is well-read in the field of eschatology. He has a bible study podcast which examines various issues surrounding the bible, with an emphasis on biblical "end-times". (I believe his career occupation however, is that of an Attorney at Law. This is evidenced by the compelling arguments he is able to make, and his clear presentation of facts, and separating speculations for examination.)
He understands most of the major arguments about biblical prophecy, and states them in a clear and concise manner. He presents his views in comparison and contrast to the other most commonly held views, and then explains why he feels his position is better. He creates compelling arguments, underscored by biblical supports.
There are so many unnencessary plot-lines that are introduced that the story becomes hard to follow and (somewhat ironically) loses interest.
I enjoy the author's writing style, with one major exception, his "back-stories" or "flashbacks" seem included simply to flesh-out the character or to add dimension. Instead, they become so long as to distract from the original story.
Just when you think you have finished with one "flashback" and the original story will resume, another, different, flashback is introduced. This happens so frequently I cannot tell which is the main story, if there is one, or if they are a series of independent stories linked together to make a LONGER novel.
I think the author missed an opportunity here. I would have enjoyed this much better as a series of books, rather than a montage of very long vignettes spliced together.
I finished the book.
Found it mostly interesting and enjoyed the setting.
Did not share Darwinist viewpoints or appreciate slams against traditional theism, but was able to overlook it.
In audio format the occasional non-linear interludes caused me to lose my place in the novel, but was otherwise and okay story.
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