Monday, July 9, 2012

Implosion: Joel's latest book


Title:  Implosion
Author:  Joel Rosenberg
Pages:  400
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Tyndale
 Note:  I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Follow my other reviews at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/  and on twitter @lcjohnson1988

                Implosion, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, means “to collapse inward as if from an external pressure; to break down or fall apart from within; to self-destruct.”  The definition you just read is quoted by the author on page one and it sets the stage for what he is going to propose is happening today in America.  Joel Rosenberg shares his family heritage as well as the questions some well-known historical persons have had regarding spiritual issues of all kinds.  We are given the experience of what the author has heard and experienced as he travels widely and as he receives questions about what the Bible may or may not say about the future of America.
                As I read this interesting book, it was of course hard not to become scared or pessimistic about the future of our nation.  Yet, what balances out the fear or rather eradicates it is the belief that God is sovereign and in control.  Does this mean we do nothing?  Absolutely not!  Neither I nor the author of the book put that premise forth.  Joel is able to help us understand from a viewpoint that interacts with politicians and other people that most Americans don’t get a chance to do.  Would you be surprised to read what questions past Presidents have asked?  What would you think if you knew politicians today are asking if America is in any way, directly or indirectly, implied in the Bible in regards to end times?  Do you think we are in trouble and without hope?  Do you see the trouble we are in, but with hope believe America can become “one nation under God, indivisible”?  Joel shows us what it is Americans across the board and people around the world are thinking about this great nation at this time in history.
  I am looking at the future with my experiences at the grassroots.  I see where the Body of Christ must wake up, repent, and begin to touch people where they live and not just spiritually either.  If we go to the Book of Acts and share as the Body did then, maybe we would see the need to spend more of God’s resources helping the sheep instead of building bigger or more tech savvy places to worship.  Maybe the church has become so bogged down with a system like our welfare system that we have lost our way and aren’t doing what we need to do in providing the basic needs to anyone in need.  Yet, I have personally seen some who give what little they have and God has caused, through those self-sacrificing moments, blessings to occur for both the giver as well as the receiver.  Perhaps we, the church, need not look to a nonliving entity called the government for help, but once again become the living organism called the Body of Christ.
Rosenberg shares how many leaders, including those from the Church, see that now is the time for Americans to seize the opportunity to make changes.  This is not a time to lose hope or be pessimistic; it is a time to make radical changes and restore hope.  How this is to be accomplished or can be accomplished is shared within the pages of this book.  This is not the only book I have read that brings forth where we are right now and where we might go as a nation to the forefront of our thinking.  It is not the only book that says there is hope either.  Perhaps, then, it is time we Americans, particularly the Church, seize the day to bring America back to where God has called her to be and more importantly who God has called her to be.
One definite reason to read this book is to catch a brief understanding of what is at stake in the United States elections in November 2012.  We need to understand, without political rhetoric, what facts and choices are before us.  While some of Joel’s theology I disagree with, many things are a statement of fact not an opinion.  Read this excellent book as a way to help further your understanding and help you decide what God is calling you to do.
My rating for this book is 4.5 stars.
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