Title: The Valley of Dry Bones
Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
My rating is 5 stars.
The blessing of reading books is letting your imagination take you places that bring adventure, faith and entertainment! With so much junk on TV, books truly are a great source to replace the garbage with great tales from various authors and genres. Jerry Jenkins shares with us a novel that reminded me of catastrophe movies set in California, notching up the tension with people choosing to stay to bring others the gospel even when a mass exodus has occurred.
The little group lives underground and faces not only challenges of eking out daily sustenance, but also evading enemies who would love to discover their well-hidden home. The story has characters that are faithful to the calling of following Christ, some who are sure where they are with God and others who are against them because of their message about God.
The small band of people eventually must chose a new leader and God is way ahead of them on that one! Readers will enjoy seeing how Ezekiel Thorpe responds to God’s voice and directions when to him and the others he lives with it seems to make no sense and even very dangerous. The lies told by those who are against them get so blown out of proportion that the government is hunting them and plans on arresting them! How is this small group without any modern conveniences like internet, phones or anything else supposed to get the truth out?
With some internal struggles and external pressures, readers will not want to put the book down until the read the very last page. The novel reflects the courage it takes to listen and obey God no matter what anyone thinks or says. There is also learning to reach out to others in a multitude of ways that are concrete along with sharing the hope found in Jesus! While it is listed as an end times novel, I never really got that sense at all while reading the book. I came away more with how God can use those willing to open their hearts to Him, lay down their lives for Him and reach out to those God brings to you to share the message of Jesus with. What an exceptional novel Jerry Jenkins has written and one that deserves reading and sharing with those who just love a good story!
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