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|Title: The Twelfth Imam, The Twelfth Imam Series #1|
By: Joel C. Rosenberg
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound
Series: Twelfth Imam
Stock No: WW311647
Rather than rely solely upon imagination, Rosenberg brings elements of the real world into the plot. The frequent, factual prayers and references by Iranian leaders to the titular Twelfth Imam grow throughout the book from an interesting rumor into a thought-provoking reality. What would happen if this Islamic messiah actually appeared? Rosenberg is true to Jesus promise in Matthew 24:5 that many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. Yet, opposite this, there are additional reality-based themes including the massive, underground revival of the Iranian church. This sets off a chain of events that makes this novel as much a spiritual thriller as a political one. Characters race to discover the exact nature of the religious and militaristic threats facing them. The books climactic finale answers just enough questions to leave the reader satisfied, yet inwardly starving for the future books in the series.
The diverse characters in this novel cannot be justly summarized in only a few sentences. Individual lives are not perfect; rather, they experience all the physical, mental, and spiritual agonies of tragic lives. Nor is there any delusion that conversion will prevent pain. Their suffering is intense, deeply personal, and cuts sharply to the heart of the reader in unparalleled fashion. While Christian virtues are often ignored, there is a profound sadness when they are, as if the reader were experiencing the mind of Christ. Equally, there is an unparalleled lifting of the spirit when characters are moved by Jesus example.
The Twelfth Imam well deserves praise. Like Joel Rosenbergs other novels, it reads like a narrative account of current events and is as educational as a nonfiction book. While it is moderately violent and contains a brief, suggestive scene, these elements are not graphic or distracting. For fans of thrillers, politics, current events, religion, or even novels in general, The Twelfth Imam cannot be missed! Ryan Dennison, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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