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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
|Publication Date: 2010|
Dimensions: 8.716 X 5.5 (inches)
With his computer-wiz younger brother, Travis, Mackenzie creates a digital world exactly like our own. Travis and his fellow computer geeks fill the man-made world with real, thinking and computer-generated humans. To Travis, the digital world is a moneymaker, allowing international companies to predict how products will sell to the public. To Mackenzie, the digital world is a chance to prove his atheistic theories. A philosophy professor, Mackenzie programs the digital world with nearly every atheistic worldview. But no matter the worldview, the digital humans destroy their homes and kill each other. Mackenzie reluctantly realizes, as crazy as it seems to him, he must interact with the digital humans to save them from destruction. Against everything he believes in, the cynic professor finds himself a virtual savior.
Internationally best-selling author, Bill Myers has a track record of success. Author of more than 60 books, Myers continues to challenge beliefs and explore mysteries through fiction. Myers brilliantly correlates theology, adventure, science and the complexity of human relationships into one compact adventure.
Targeted to young adult and above, The God Hater is fast paced, stimulating, and God-honoring as it bears out the truth that only the fool says in his heart there is no God. I highly recommend the novel to readers who enjoy intellectually fast-paced plots. Complete with car chases, gunfights and near death situations, The God Hater grabs the reader and doesnt let go. The God Hater is one novel every story-lover will want to read. Estee Wells, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"When one of the most creative minds I know gets the best idea he’s ever had and turns it into a novel, it’s fasten-your-seat-belt time. This one will be talked about for a long time."
"A most fascinating story! Full of heart, suspense and intelligence, The God Hater engagingly illustrates the futility of man-made beliefs, as well as the world’s desperate need for a God who offers hope, guidance, and help."
"Bill has written another heartwrenching, mind-gripping novel that delivers on so many levels. Like the Gospel, The God Hater is more than just a great read. I highly recommend it!"
"An original masterpiece. The God Hater re-opens our eyes to God's absolute justice and His unfathomable love."
"If you enjoy white-knuckle, page-turning suspense, with a brilliant blend of cutting-edge apologetics, The God Hater will grab you for a long, long time."
"I've never seen a more powerful and timely illustration of the incarnation. Bill Myers has a way of making the Gospel accessible and relevant to readers of all ages. I highly recommend this book."
"Once again, Myers takes us into imaginative and intriguing depths, making us feel, think, and ponder all at the same time. Relevant and entertaining, The God Hater is not to be missed."
"A brilliant novel that feeds the mind and heart, The God Hater belongs at the top of your reading list."
“The God Hater is a rare combination of Christian fiction that is both entertaining and spiritually provocative. It has the ability to challenge your mind, as well as move your heart. It has a message of deep spiritual significance that is highly relevant for these times.”
JoyouscelestialHouston, BCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 9, 2011JoyouscelestialHouston, BCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The story starts out good then there is sudden change in the story that happens and i wasn't sure at first where the story was going but it didn't take long to understand the connection. It continued with a good plot and had a few twists which i always enjoy. A great thriller suspense type novel for those who like non-stop page turning plots!
JessicaOhioAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing Book!May 5, 2011JessicaOhioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I can't stress enough just how excellent this book is! I couldn't put it down. Amazing story! I stayed up late and couldn't stop reading. The story moved me to tears, and really challenged my thinking. I've already told my friends to read this book!
JesusB4jo4 Stars Out Of 5thought provokingMarch 23, 2011JesusB4joQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4a thought provoking look at the purpose of God's intervening hand on creation
ValerieBC, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Will Challenge Your ThinkingMarch 13, 2011ValerieBC, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Imagine a virtually realistic world designed to figure out how to save our own world from its inevitable self-destruction. No matter how many ways super genius Travis plays out the various scenarios, the end result is always the same. Thinking he must have missed something, he contacts his brother Nicholas, a reclusive professor, to bounce ideas.
Nicholas, an avid atheist who loves nothing more than shredding incoming students' faith, is shocked to find that the premier male in the VR world is patterned after his own long-dead son. And all Nicholas can think of is saving the world of Alpha 11. Maybe if the people understood basic rules it would help. But_maybe_rules alone wouldn't be enough. Maybe they need a visit from the Programmer.
Follow the adventures of the real life (though fictional!) Nicholas and his VR counterpart as they seek for solutions-not only for the VR world, but for Nicholas's soul.
The author has a compelling premise in The God Hater. Allegorical symbolism is prevalent throughout the tale, but as we're reminded in the author's notes, these are always going to fail at some point. Myers says, "Allegories_only capture pieces of truth and are way too slippery to do much more_just as I would encourage you not to base your science upon this science, the same should go for your theology."
With that in mind, I found this novel to be quite thought-provoking and very excellently written. The world-within-a-world is as complete and defined as the Santa Barbara area that Nicholas and his brother inhabit. This book is both a keeper and a loaner. It will challenge your thinking.
JenniferBCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good StuffMarch 5, 2011JenniferBCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have so been looking forward to reading The God Hater by Bill Meyers. With an intriguing sci-fi premise (artificial intelligence, virtual communities, consciousness transfer) the story does require some suspense of disbelief, but is a fast-paced, engaging read that I'll be keeping on my shelf.
Using a virtual society, Travis McKenzie, the brother of the reclusive and God-hating university professor Nicolas McKenzie, is attempting to build an accurate model of human life that can be used as a market research model. Unfortunately his models keep self-destructing. Each and every society based upon evolutionary, atheistic models fails utterly as a barbaric Ã¢â¬Ësurvival of the fittest' mentality eventually cases each community to self-destruct.
Travis eventually calls in his brother Nicolas for help. The pair of them, along with Nicolas' Christian colleague Annie, and her young son are swept into a web of danger that none of them have foreseen or could have imagined.
I blasted through this engaging read in only a day, and I love way Meyers has portrayed the logical results of atheism, and spiritual philosophies devoid of a holy creator. The parallels that Meyers has drawn between this virtual world's need for a moral law, and thenceforth, for salvation, and the world that we ourselves dwell in, are fascinating. Even I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out, and what connections Meyers would make - even though the book's premise was made quite clear from its promotional copy.
There were a few minor loose ends and inconsistencies within the book itself, and, as I mentioned earlier, you'll need to set yourself into suspended disbelief mode in order for some of the technology present to jive for you. That being said, I still highly recommend The God Hater as a fascinating read - its both entertaining, and a thoughtful exploration of the viability of various philosophical stances.