Joel Rosenberg is an excellent writer. This book brings not only a healthy sense of urgency, regarding the times we are living in and the state of our country and the American Church, but also such inspiration and revitalization in my own faith walk. A call to pray for the lost in our nation, for a third Great Awakening and strive to know my Lord more and more. Highly rcommend!
I've never read a Joel C Rosenberg book before. My understanding is that they are typically novels that blend political and supernatural events to provide insights into the world of prophesy and its intersection with modern days. They are books that I always say I'm going to read, but somehow, in some way, I always end up getting sidetracked and haven't yet gotten back around to reading them. I have a few of them, really, I do.
Anyway, when I heard about Implosion - which was apparently a long time ago - I was immediately interested because I recognized the knowledge and perspective an author like Rosenberg could bring to the table in a discussion of American politics and economics. Sure enough, Rosenberg lays out the current situation in no uncertain terms and provides a thorough, albeit bleak view of our nation's current state of affairs and its outlook in the coming years. Convinced that we are indeed living in the "last days," Rosenberg deftly weaves in threads of prophesy as expected and addresses questions that concern any number of politicians and people who call America their homeland.
And then, Rosenberg apparently empathizes with me and gets sidetracked. I won't call it "bait and switch," but the book takes a distinct topical turn and takes an entirely different tone. Implosion, a discussion of the woeful state of America's economy, becomes an urgent call to repentance, renewal, and revival. Given it's tangentially related as a recommended response to the current situation, boiling the "discussion" down into sermon-y soundbites is unexpected (at least from my perspective).
While I enjoy the historical journey through the First and Second Great Awakenings, I missed a critical analysis of fiscal policies that may or may not address the current economic crises. Though I appreciate the altar call and detailed list of steps to restore a right relationship with God, I expected... Actually, I don't know what I expected, but by the end of the book, I had pretty much forgotten all about the financial crisis and the potential of an economic implosion and maybe that's really the point of the book. Maybe it actually was a bait and switch after all. Maybe it's okay.