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5 Stars Out Of 5
A Corrupt Society, Resistance Fighters Future Thriller
August 16, 2014
Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner in their new book, Godless Book Three in the Fatherless series published by FaithWords brings us back into the life of Julia Davidson.
From the back cover: The nightmares have returned.
Something, or someone, wants to drag Julia Davidson back into a dreadful conflict she assumed was a distant memory. Was this, like before, the echo of another persons dream? Is she responsible to rescue faces she doesnt recognize but cant forget? Do the murky images suggest she has a part to play in whatever ominous events lie ahead?
Things are finally looking up for Matthew Adams. As the top earner at MedCom Associates he has started to crawl out of the financial hole created during his dark days. And now, out of the blue, a mysterious woman invites him to join a confidential research initiative. She says it will ease the mounting economic crisis. But at what cost to Matthews fragile sanity, and his tortured soul?
Pastor Alex Ware faces a serious problem. The honeymoon period at Christ Community Church has ended. The finance committee says they cant afford another year of dwindling income and dismal growth. The board wants action, now! Aging parishioners would gladly allocate a portion of their estate to help. But only if Alex stops condemning the transition industry and starts affirming what the Youth Initiative calls our heroic volunteers.
In Fatherless and Childless, Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner depicted a time in which present-day trends come to sinister fruition. This eagerly awaited conclusion vividly imagines what happens when Gods image on earth is exchanged for the horrors of a GODLESS world.
Compromise! It is a dirty word. It means someone watered down their principles, kept some of them and accepted some of what he was opposed. The world has changed. It has become a dark, frightening, twisted society where human life is treated casually and euthanasia is embraced for the old and disabled. The time has come to either speak out against it or accept it. Many of the characters battle with compromise but finally draw their courage from God and rise up to take a stand against what society has become. By accepting this challenge they offer society hope and a bright future. They are fighting against overwhelming odds but they fight on anyway. I enjoy that this is social commentary all wrapped up in a fiction thriller. Make no doubt about this the lives of practically everyone are in very great danger and it gets progressively worse as the story unfolds. Danger, action and adventure are all rolled up in a very exciting read. These are wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages and you care deeply for them. This book does not disappoint at all.
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Imagine a world where society would rather claim their own self importance and desires, than to hold on to some outdated religious beliefs that God exists and that He has determined a standard of right and wrong. That may have worked many decades ago but in the future, things are much different that they were for our parents and grandparents.
The year is 2044 and due to the economic downturn hitting virtually every single country, something has to change. Healthcare for the elderly is at an all-time premium and now there is a sliding scale to determine which treatments are available for them. The new Youth Initiative provision requires the an audit of the elderly's treatment allocation to determine their net-value ratios. The deeper the financial crisis, the lower the birthday for mandatory review: age eighty in 2040, dropping to seventy-five by '42 and plummeting to seventy earlier this year. Now seniors are being denied medical treatment simply based on their value to contribute to the younger generation. With there being fewer children being born, the needs of the finances possessed by the elderly are needed by the younger generation to keep the world going. Elderly people, the disabled and those not able to contribute to the economy are considered "debits."
Those people who support the family and traditional values of respect and caring for the sick and elderly are no considered bigots, intolerant and "breeders" "As religious zealots polluting the planet by spawning a bunch of crib-lizards who consume more than their share of resources and then have the audacity to keep their old and disabled loved ones around as pets when that money could have gone to the younger, healthier citizens." Now there is an all out push for more transitions to take place. Churches are actively promoting transitions as a way of passing along their wealth to further the growth of the church by making them the beneficiaries. "They simply see transitions like a Boy Scout helping little old ladies. Only instead of escorting them across the street, you help them cross the threshold."
Now as Congressman Kevin Tolbert and his team aggressively work to counter the Youth Initiative with the Bright Spots campaign, "young couples who consider children a blessing rather than a burden. People who love and honor their aging parents rather than trade them in for cash. And those who serve their disabled loved ones as fellow creatures who reflects the image of God rather than discard them as accidental genetic blunders." Studies now show that communities that promote this idea over the Youth Initiative provide pockets of vitality and growth amid the dark economic clouds.
But there are those who want nothing more than to silence the opposition at all costs. Willing to go as far as helping transitions occur in the home instead of the clinic and in some cases even assisting them when they are fearful or confused. Does this chilling look at the future have any bearing on what is happening slowly in the world today? Is this a premonition of the future of the world when are simply willing to forget God and allow anything to become permissible? Now that marriage isn't just between a man and women, but now partners? This entire series of novels from authors Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner deserve a hard look at what is possible coming our way in the not so distant future.
I received Godless from Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner compliments of Faith Words for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions are my own unless otherwise notated. This is the third book and hopefully not the concluding one in the Fatherless Series. The first book Fatherless and then Childless show a growing trend towards where the final novel winds up. In light of certain policies hitting the government desks of politicians lately with assisted suicides becoming more acceptable, traditional marriage being passed up in favor of same sex marriages, this novel shows a gradually decline into what could quite possibly be on the horizon for our future. We can only hope if it does, that Jesus will come back at the rapture before we see it come to fruition in the tribulation. I absolutely LOVED this series and highly recommend it to anyone. I truly worth 5 out of 5 stars.
"We either submit to the sanity of what's true or become ensnared by the madness of lies."(pg 223).
Dobson and Bruner return in fine form with the conclusion to their series, "Godless". With mounting tension, the authors explore a world where all truth is relative and God seems to be no more, where the young encourage their elderly parents to commit suicide and call it "heroism", where the idea of having children naturally is looked upon with derision. I loved becoming reacquainted with the characters from the first two books (Fatherless and Childless), but most loved the character of Pastor Alex Ware as he finds himself facing the temptation to compromise - and finds himself giving in. How many of us have faced similar situations and sat by silent? Yet over the course of the story Alex rises up to face his challenges head on, and you can't help but respect his courage. The misguided Matthew Adams also returns and we find him in one chilling predicament after another, to the point of being sickened by his actions. And yet there is a lesson to be seen there too as we see the outcome of his choices. There were many moments of the story where a feeling of hopelessness pervades the scenes. Yet this makes the end all the more sweeter as we see characters take a stand with courage. It would be impossible to read this book and indeed the prior two as well, and not walk away with a different view on our society. The discouraging scenarios described in this book do not have to become reality. Rather, like the characters depicted by Dobson and Bruner, we can make the choice to stand up for truth, and offer a future of freedom to those around us, a future where children and family are celebrated, where life is respected and honoured. May all of us rise up to that challenge!
Godless is action-packed drama at its best, combining an exciting plot with inspiring characters. If you haven't yet picked up the first two books in the series, I encourage you to do so and read all three from start to finish. It is time well spent! I award this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Hachette Book Group Canada, for the purposes of this unbiased review.