The End Is Now - eBook
The story went round and round and bounced from person to person often repeating dialogue and events so you weren't sure if it was a re-cap or happening again. I get that it was fiction and wasn't expecting anything too theologically correct but it was just plain weird and sort of dumb how it played out. The story goes on and on and often is quite slow and drags but then comes to a screeching halt. I would not say it was awful but I spent more time on it that I wished now that I finished it.
April 13, 2011
Don't Waste Your Time
I'm still not sure why I finished this book, as I was ready to quit after about 50 pages (I usually try to give books that much, because some get better by then). This was not the case with this book. I thought that it was supposed to be a funny satire about the different rapture books. I didn't find it funny in the least, in fact I found it demeaning. The end is not really an adequate ending, given all the build up. Even the epilogue wasn't a good explanation. I wouldn't recommend reading this, unless you don't have anything better to read and have too much spare time to waste.
March 29, 2011
Well written, brilliant concept BUT I feel the reader should be warned that there is no ending!
I read to have a story and then an ending. I may not like the ending but there it is, at least I get one. It is like reading a book and then removing the last chapter. No threads have been finished off. It left me wondering what side the author was on. Does he believe in the rapture or is he having a dig at Christian beliefs.
May 7, 2011
Up until recently few outside of Goodland, Kansas had ever heard of its one lasting attraction, a Rapture Museum. But, when eleven year old Will Henderson has a mystical encounter while lost in a corn field the subject of Goodlands museum becomes something more than a source of idle conversation. It seems Will has been given a vision of three prophecies that will precede the rapture. As best anyone can tell, after talking with Will, this will be Goodlands own private rapture. Or as one local puts it A test market for the real thing.In The End is Now, Bob Stennet leaves no stone unturned in shining the light of his sharp prose on the silliness Christians often descend into when they get sidetracked from the real issues of life and eternity. With each seemingly fulfilled prophecy the town teeters closer to the edge of social and religious insanity. Long-time friends are pitted against each other while more enterprising souls quickly figure an angle to profit off the Lords soon return to Goodland. And caught in the middle of the madness is the Henderson family.Are the odd happenings in this normally sleepy town the fulfillment of a young boys warnings or are they just coincidence? How can a people who have proclaimed themselves longing for the rapture for generations become so divided to the point of anarchy? Does God always appear in a white robe and with a long beard? Okay, the last one is answered by Will. In his young mind, the face he saw had a bead so it must be God or an angel of the Lord. If you are expecting The End is Now to answer these questions or to give you deep spiritual insight into eschatology you will be sorely disappointed. But if you want to see how Christians must look from the outside looking in this one is well worth your time.This story will leave you hoping the end isnt now. At least not until we get our act together a little better and start acting like grown-up believers.
March 12, 2010