Zachary by Raymond Springer

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From the publisher:

“Two enemy factions race toward a childbirth: The Circle of Benediction, a secret society whose mission is to destroy anyone with supernatural abilities, and the Watchers, an underground group sworn to protect those with powers.

“The Watchers, led by Jacob Pennington- an elderly man of unnatural strength, secure the child just before the Circle destroys him. But, can they keep him alive despite the Circle’s resources?

“Held up at Pennington’s Rampart Industries, the Watchers will make their stand. Will they withstand the assault without the assistance of the child, or the child’s blood?

“The birth of this child changes everything…and so would his death.”

I’m really sorry to say, but it took everything I had in me to finish this book. The blurb was intriguing, but that was probably some of the best writing in the entire novel. The idea for the book was okay, but the execution was barely mediocre — and that description does not even include the horrible state of the grammar and spelling throughout most of the book.

And the “Christian” fiction classification is loose at best. There are a few references to the story of the Nephilim before the flood in Genesis, but otherwise everything else is extra-biblical, not to mention the superfluous and rather explicit sex scene near the end of the book. Seriously?

I rarely say this, but don’t bother to pick this book up. Even if an editor cleaned it up (which would be a huge task), the overall story is not good enough for me to recommend it to you. Sorry. 😦

Thanks to NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for the digital copy of this book for review purposes. I (obviously) was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own.

What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy: 12 Lessons That Can Change Your Life by Max Anders

Max Anders’ book, What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy, is twelve chapters of questions (such as “Why study prophecy?” and “What are the major views on the Rapture?”) and answers, with a few questions for further thought and discussion at the end of each chapter. Anders gives definitions for all of the basic questions of Biblical prophecy and tells readers the varying views held regarding each topic.
As a resource for new believers, for people just beginning to delve into what Bible prophecy entails, for seekers interested in finding out what their Christian neighbors are really talking about, even for Bible study leaders who are helping others gain a greater understanding of prophecy, this would be okay.
However, if you are, like me, someone who has been studying about Bible prophecy for a while or are serious about understanding prophecy, this probably isn’t the book for you. I really wouldn’t even call it a study. It’s more like a glossary and overview of prophecy terms and beliefs. I would highly recommend that if you are serious about Bible prophecy  you look somewhere else for answers, since the author never makes a distinction about what is Bible-based truth and what “some people believe.” It sounded to me like he’s confused as to what he actually believes. I’m sorry to say that this book did not change my life.
I received a free copy of this book from the BookSneeze Blogger Review program. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.