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Number of Pages: 300
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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On the heels of Mark Hitchcock's prophecy bestseller 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World comes a suspenseful novel (coauthored with bestselling novelist Alton Gansky) about the supposed expiration date of planet earth--December 21, 2012.
Andrew Morgan is a wealthy oil executive in search of the meaning of life. In his quest for answers he encounters the ancient Mayan predictions that the world will end in 2012. That the claims seem supported by math and astronomy drives him to check on them. Then he meets Lisa Campbell, an attractive Christian journalist also researching the Mayan calendar. When he learns that she is a Christian, he quickly dismisses what she has to say.
As the time draws closer to December 21, 2012, a meteorite impact in Arizona, a volcanic eruption, and the threat of an asteroid on a collision-course with earth escalate fears. Are these indicators of a global apocalypse? Will anyone survive? Does Lisa's Christian faith have the answers after all? Or has fate destined everyone to a holocaust from which there is no escape?
From the first paragraph, this book races! It begins with Andrew Morgans heartbreaking tragedy and concludes on the Mayan prophetic day of destruction, December 21st, 2012 in a nerve-wracking, yet satisfying climax. Convinced after the death of his family that God is either unreal or unloving, Morgan turns to thoughts of doomsday to ease his restless mind. This involves him with the sketchy, charismatic Quetzal, a self-proclaimed prophet who promises an escape from the coming destruction at the cost of mere millions. Meanwhile, Lisa races to discover the truth about Quetzal, about Morgan, and about what will really happen in 2012. Her search is desperate and captivating, as well as a model example of how Christians ought to behave under pressure. The novel reaches its peak, natural disasters abound, and the paths of Lisa, Andrew Morgan, Quetzal, and eternity collide in a whirlwind of the spiritual and material.
The novels characters complement one another perfectlyLisa and Andrew Morgan are clearly meant for each other, yet Lisa stands by the biblical instruction to not be unequally yoked with an unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14). Meanwhile, Quetzal provides just the necessary blend of threat and mystery to be an entirely believable antagonist. Nor are their lives filled with sunshine and rainbows! Morgans grief and anger with God are powerful and moving, as is Lisas desperation as she races to save both Morgans life and his eternal soul. In fact, it is this realism that makes the novel an exceptional look into the minds of both believers and non-believers. As a result, this novel is an excellent ministry tool in addition to a fast-paced thrillerChristians can understand the reasons for Morgans disbelief, while non-Christians will appreciate Lisas evangelical drive without feeling preached at.
Lisa and Morgan fulfill their roles flawlessly throughout the novel. They both have the motivated, intelligent personalities common in thrillers, but there is a strong sense of morality underlying each of their decisions. Their interactions, with the other characters and with each other, are realistic, witty, action packed, and quite revealing as to the role spirituality plays in the midst of humanity. Lisa, especially, lives her life through both speech and actions that highlight the Christian role of being in the world, yet not of the world (John 17: 13-19). Whereas the book does allude to some sinful actions, such as adultery and alcoholism, these practices are sharply condemned and used only to emphasize the purity or redeemed state of the characters.
Mark Hitchcock and Alton Gansky have hit a literary home run with this Christian thriller. The Mayan Apocalypse combines the danger and suspense of Hollywood disaster movies with the redemptive personal stories of mainstream Christian fiction, and it succeeds spectacularly. This novel is destined to find its place somewhere in between the works of Ted Dekker and Jerry B. Jenkins. It leaves the reader with a warm sense of satisfaction, a calm appreciation of Gods plan, and a new-found understanding of Revelation 8. There are a few concepts and passages that might be lost on younger readers, but for those over the age of 12, this book will prove a fantastic, captivating read. For Christians and non-Christians alike, The Mayan Apocalypse gets two thumbs way, way up! Ryan Denison, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Patricia JamesCaliforniaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Quick ReadJanuary 12, 2013Patricia JamesCaliforniaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a quck, light read. I like that it takes place over a number of years and the ending might take you by surprise. The questions to think about at the end were very good.
JMyersBroken Arrow, OKAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Read!May 12, 2011JMyersBroken Arrow, OKAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4As a disclaimer, I am a fan of Alton Gansky and managed to snag an Advance Reader's Copy of the book, but that did not in any way prejudice my reading of it. I've heard mention of the Mayan prediction of the world ending in 2012, but didn't actually know anything about it. This book presented the "science" behind it in a very educational, yet entertaining way. I liked the characters and that they were both committed to sticking to their beliefs, even though one of them clearly had to be wrong. At first, the timeline of the book had me a bit confused, and because it jumps forward several times, there was obviously much of the story left to the imagination, but I appreciated that he/they didn't really dumb-down the ending for us. I know what I believe and why, but I think, after reading this, that 12-21-12 will be an interesting day, a bit akin to Y2K. There are reading group questions included in the back, so this would make a great book for your book club. Anyway, if you've read Gansky before, I don't believe you'll be disappointed, and if you haven't this is a great book to start.
roosterQuincy, ILAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Great readMay 11, 2011roosterQuincy, ILAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3A book that helps explain the 2012 event to those who are not fimiliar.
Shirley Bartlett5 Stars Out Of 5great ReadApril 14, 2011Shirley Bartlettso much is being said about 2012 rather you believe or just question makes you think as do the Left Behind series which i also have these books are written to make you think what if and to help you find just where your spiritual life is at the time. I enjoyed this book and would tell others to read it and make up their own minds. But the bible says onlythe father knows the time.
Terry MedlockOlympia, WAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5April 14, 2011Terry MedlockOlympia, WAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I haven't finished reading this yet but so far it is very good.
Love, love, love having Christian books that are such good reads.