The challenge of any book review is to give a critical analysis without revealing too much detail of the book itself. The purpose of a review is to advise others on whether to read it or no.
I downloaded the Ebook version making it just over 200 pages so it was a short read. That’s a plus for me. Too long and I’m not likely to finish.
The book is told in a story ‘narrative’ format. Following the conversation gets a bit challenging, especially in the first two chapters. You have to wade through it to chapter three before getting to interesting material. You have a man telling a woman about an encounter he had with another man and the conversations between the two. So the man is telling the woman what the man told him. Get it?
A second negative for me was the repetition of the same material. Granted this negative would turn into a positive because the repitition helped me to remember some of the details.
Jonathan Cahn introduces nine harbingers (seals of judgment) and searches to discover their meanings. His search depends greatly on the prophet he “happened” to encounter. At some points the ‘meanings’ are difficult and he has to have help while others appear quite simple but help is still sought after.
I finished the book with questions. Who is Ana? The book is fiction but also real! Jonathan saids so. Therefore, what part is real and what part isn’t? Once you finish the first half of the book which deals most specifically with the nine harbingers, you have to wade again through the economic and financial info presented. Chapter fourteen I believe. Once again interest begins to peak.
The premise is made that America made a natural response to a catastrophic event which should have been seen as a spiritual calamity and warranted a spiritual response. The act was seen as only a terrorist event. How can we be the recipients of judgment when the meaning behind an event isn’t clear?
One verse of scripture serves as foundation for drawing a parallel between ancient history and current tragedies. The reader is left to decide if sufficient evidence is given to support the thesis of these harbingers and their proposed meanings.
Now what most people would want to know from this review is, do you believe what is presented in the book? I personally can’t argue against its presentation. It warrant serious consideration. While the anti-religious would generally disregard this book as worth the read or to contemplate its direction, I find it worth the read.
Having a religious based knowledge helps in the understanding of limited biblical teachings scattered in the book.
On a positive note, the book brings home a great truth for the people of God. I’d encourage them to read the book and deal with the one question the prophet posed to the man in the book and to consider faithfully the one word admonition contained therefore.
I can’t argue against the examples presented as facts and to there meanings. However, I can support the conclusion.
Americans would be more interested in this book since it deals with major events in America.
Jonathan writes in the book about a man writing a book and sharing all that was imparted to him and the expected outcome. I think this was done to introduce the readers to his knowledge of the ridicule this book will likely generate.
Whether you buy into the interpretation of events and what is the true meaning for the people of God, there is still truth in the final admonitions of The Harbinger, by Jonathan Cahn.
Out of five stars I’ll give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Until next time,
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