I have read several books and articles about Scientology as I enjoy comparative religions. This is the best book so far. Thorough, even-handed, and fascinating! It was sad to read about the abuse and exploitation of church members by the church hierarchy. As a mental health professional, I felt some of the practices were similar to concepts in psychology and enjoyed reading about those. Ultimately, I found myself agreeing that the odd, science fiction aspects of the church were no more unusual than aspects of other religions - virgin birth, for example - and believing that people should be allowed to practice their faith as they see fit. That said, the human rights abuses that are part of the church were horrific and should be addressed. And I was angered by the surrender of the IRS in giving tax-exempt status to parts of the church that are obviously not faith related such as selling Hubbard's science fiction books that aren't part of the church tenets. Narrator was good although I wasn't always sure that reading the footnotes and spelling out websites was necessary.
If you fast forward through the proselytizing and Bible reading, the story is pretty good. Granted, he stops the book before revealing the end so you'll have to buy his next book, but up until that part and omitting the preaching parts, not a bad book.
Either stop preaching or classify the book as Christian fiction.
I really want to understand more about the Muslim faith and culture and so I chose this book. Go for Alec Berensen instead - no preaching, no Bible reading, no proselytizing.
I can't imagine anyone enjoying this book, but if anyone could, it would have to be evangelical Christians.
No. If you want to listen to a book that educates you about issues in the MIddle East and portrays the cultures and issues more accurately, then try Alex Berenson. He doesn't proselytize or preach instead of writing a story. You can actually learn something from him.
If substituting bible verses for dialogue and replacing plot with quoting scriptures is the way to write a book, then I guess this is a book. Over 1/3 of the "book" is bible verses. The characters are uni-dimensional and their praying, preaching, Jesus tweeting, and converting from Islam to Christianity is so unbelievable as to be annoying and cannot hide the fact that there is no story development.. At one point, when a family is grieving and dealing with the death of a family member, one of the characters sticks around - not to comfort the family, but to make sure that they "know Jesus." I will be requesting a refund.
I like James Rollins and anticipate his books with pleasure. That said, don't waste money or credits on this one. I don't know if the co-author wrote this one or not, but it's horrible. The plot has no purpose, no goal that is believable or strong enough to justify the action and events that happen. A level of suspense is non-existent and the book was easy to put down and could have been forgotten forever. I'm not wild about vampire books, I'll admit, but in the hands of a good author, I could be persuaded to enjoy them. This is not one that I enjoyed. Although I read 90% of it, I did not finish the book because I really didn't care and the ending was obvious. I am an avid reader and almost always finish just for the pleasure of reading. This book couldn't even sustain that. Use your credits to buy "Going Clear" instead. Fantastic book!
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