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2 Stars Out Of 5
July 18, 2011
When I saw The Vision by Debi Pearl (of THE Pearl family) being vigorously promoted in homeschooling circles I was eager to read it. A story that combines looming end-times evangelism, terrorism, romance, and herbalism - how exciting - in theory.
I was looking forward to reading the inspiring story of a group of committed Christians pushing on to share the gospel through dangerous times and apostasy, and while there is certainly some of that, the very strong tones of condemnation really ruined this read for me. It is clear that the Pearls have very strong ideological beliefs and The Vision almost reads like a platform for those strident beliefs.
Do you wear a head covering? Include some Hebraic practices in your spiritual walk? Eat junk food - ever? Weigh a bit too much? Prepare to be bashed within these pages. Unfortunately there is very little grace to be found within the pages of this novel, only those who line up with the Pearls â€˜ideal' (and seem like copies of the Pearls themselves put into the pages of a novel) are put forward as good characters, and then they are idealized presenting a false and unbelievable perfection. Anyone with any flaw or differing belief is castigated. This is wearisome and reflects a poor understanding of the craft of writing fiction, but it doesn't really reflect love or mercy. The Last Publishers present a very harsh, very unyielding belief system.
Pearl is clear on the gospel, the need to share it with others, the need to persevere through persecution, the dangers of Muslim beliefs etc. but I would have loved to see these tempered with grace - as it was I found myself grinding my teeth and wincing throughout. There are also some issues with back-story and character development. There are a lot of family ties missing or poorly described - Cheyenne, though she apparently has siblings, seems almost like an only child - other family members just don't show up or make an impact in this story.
As much as I was looking forward to reading The Vision, I'm afraid I can't recommend it to others, and will not be reading future releases in the series.
The first in what I hope is a long series by Debi Pearl. This was an amazing find! I read this book cover to cover in three days (that's fast when you're a mom)! Though some people find the book scary, I found it thought-provoking and right on to the times we are facing and are yet to come. Can't wait for book 2! I highly recommend this book.
Never before in my life and reading as many books as I did and do have I ever been frightened of a book or perhaps the story?I looked at the first few pages, then checked a little bit randomly and had to close it and put it down. Weird is my description. I saw some curse language. The footnotes (or whatever they are) seemed weird also. On the last page or two is a really weird recipe. There is a Herb Den which seems to be a mail order shop. The summary on the back cover gives no intimation whatsoever about the weirdness of this book. Sorry, but it's zero stars and back to the distributor - out of my home. Oh yes, someone on a motorbike in Africa, wife on backseat and holding a box of 'God Books'. If this is a reference to the Bible - why the different title? It's all most peculiar.