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The Valley of Dry Bones, by Jerrry B. Jenkins
The world stands at the brink in this futuristic novel based on the Book of Ezekiel! After decades of drought, California is in serious trouble. Hydrologist Zeke Thorpe, attempting to reverse climatic conditions, is puzzled by mysterious messages that seem to come from God. Is he calling Zeke to be a modern-day prophet?
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Vendor: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
Series: End Times
Terri4 Stars Out Of 5The Valley of the Dry BonesDecember 30, 2016TerriQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a well written book, with a heart wrenching opening that holds your interest throughout the entire book. His use of scripture seems appropriate for the characters and is encouraging to the reader. He sets the climax up early, but is unpredictable and connects nicely. The ending is fast, but an epilogue helps bring closure.
I listened to mine on Audible and recommend the book.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 54.8 out of 5November 27, 2016JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When a series of natural disasters leaves the state of California a wasteland, the U.S. government declares it uninhabitable. Less than 1% of the states population stays behind as all other relocate. Those who stay either could not leave, or decided to stay behind. One such group of 16 call themselves The Holdouts. They minister to those who could not leave, and help them survive.
But there could be trouble brewing among the group, and the leader is convinced that God has begun speaking to him directly.
This one is a page-turner. Full, rich characters, which Ive come to expect from Jenkins, and a modern perspective on a Biblical vision. The story also has lessons on pride, forgiveness, salvation, and Gods will and plans.
A scripture that came to mind when reflecting on the story was Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Thewrap-up felt a little abrupt, but I definitely recommend this one.
RickMiddleburg, FLAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Reviews From a Man's PerspectiveJuly 7, 2016RickMiddleburg, FLAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If youve been a part of the Christian world over the last decade then youve undoubtedly come across the Left Behind series and understand the name Jerry Jenkins as being one of the great masterminds behind this foretelling series. What you may not know is that that series for Mr. Jenkins was only a small part of the 186 books that he has authored, with over 70 million copies sold. This book is the latest book from such a prolific writer.
The world is seemingly coming to an end and the start of that is in the state of California. A never-ending drought and pot-shots from Mother Nature have left this state ruinous and declared uninhabitable by the U.S. Government. A small band of believers have elected to stay behind and continue to minister to the remaining population. With adversaries coming at them from every angle, The Holdouts must use subterfuge and misdirection to keep themselves safe. Now Ezekiel, Zeke or Z, one of the elders of the group, becomes increasingly aware that the Lord is speaking directly to him. Can the holdouts continue to minister without getting caught? Can they seek His direction and work together as a group? What message is the Lord impressing upon Zeke and what will he do with it? You will find the answers to these and other questions when you drink some water on the way to the bookstore to BUY THIS BOOK!!
I wont begin to say that Ive read everything by Mr. Jenkins, but I will say that all of the books that Ive read by him Ive enjoyed immensely. This book, similar to his other books (Riven specifically), always seem to open my heart to a much deeper desire to read more about Him. The characters seem to be facing dire straits but are open enough to His calling that a hedge of protection appears to always circle around them. Mr. Jenkins weaves a story that allows us to see a life that is wrought with danger but that can be weathered by staying in a constant walk with Him.
Is this a "guy's book"? Any guy would enjoy this book due to its suspense and continuous end of the world talk. I enjoyed it for the all of the reminders that He is always in control, not matter what obstacles may be in my way. Especially if the biggest obstacle is myself.
theChristianReviewerAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent new novel from Jerry Jenkins!June 21, 2016theChristianReviewerAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow how to describe this book. First let me say that I had a very hard time putting this book down. The flow of this book made for a very easy and extremely engaging read. Jenkins has proven his skills writer many times and this book is no exception. The story opens in the California area in a somewhat regional post-apocalyptic setting resulting from years of drought, earthquakes and wildfires set that region of the country uninhabitable. We become quickly familiar with a group of believers that call themselves The Holdouts that stay in the desolate region in a survivalist mode, passionately serving nearby Native Americans in their missionary efforts. The story develops the characters very well which includes many twists the group encounter from military to resistance from those they are reaching out to as well as the threat of a dangerous group. This book is very exciting and engaging as we learn about all the chaos and twists that The Holdouts have to endure. It really has a good balance of action vs. character development. To me, this book really feels kind of like what it would be like to combine a fairly tense post-apocalyptic movie (zombie apocalypse without any zombies if you will) and the Woodlawn movie in a very unique way. That may seem like an odd mixture to you, but in my opinion, Jenkins actually does an amazing job of doing just that. Highly recommended. You wont be disappointed. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review from Worthy Publishing and all opinions are my own.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5An Epic Novel Of The End Times For TodayJune 12, 2016VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jerry B. Jenkins in his new book The Valley of Dry Bones published by Worthy Publishing gives us a novel of the End Times.
From the back cover: A 17-year drought, multiple earthquakes, and uncontrollable wildfires, leave California desolate. The United States President declares the state uninhabitable and irreparable, directing Californias 39 million citizens to relocate. From the air, California looks like a vast abandoned sand box, but to a few groups of people, its their home. With less than 1% of the population remaining in California at their own risk, the holdouts encounter a clash of cultures, ethnicities, religions, and politics that pits friend against friend with the future of California at stake.
California has been declared uninhabitable and mostly everyone has left. There are some that have nowhere to go and that is the group that Reverend Bob and his team stay behind to minister to. Due to health reasons he has to resign and move out and one of the team will take over. I believe this is an absolutely fascinating approach to hearing from God and not only ministering to the lost but to the Church as well. Zeke and the others are fascinating characters that will draw you into them so that you want to know everything that is going to happen to them. I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Mr. Jenkins is an excellent writer and really knows how to tell a story that will grab and keep you interest all the way through until the end.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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