City of Veils astonished me. I read a lot of science fiction because I like to think about differing cultures. The culture in which this murder took place could not be more foreign to me than if it were on another planet. Ms. Ferraris wrote a well-plotted mystery with believable characters and a satisfying ending. While the book is loaded with details showing the burden that conservative Muslim culture places on women, it also expressed an idea I had never considered: Muslim men are burdened by the religious laws as much as women. I highly recommend this book to those of you who would like to have a window looking into the world of modern Saudi Arabia.
Kingdom Come met my expectations for the polished duo of LaHaye and Jenkins. When the timeline for the plot needed to cover 1,000 years in under 400 pages, I was a bit sceptical that they could pull it off. They came through by using roughly the first half of the story to give a detailed account of the world under the authority of King Jesus.
The only ones in the new kingdom were Christians left on earth after King Jesus judged the nations. Those Christians who had died both before and during the tribulation returned with Jesus and ruled under Him. The mix of immortals and naturals quickly re-established the nations on earth.
Even though Satan was removed from the earth, those who were born to the naturals had the choice of obedience or rebellion to King Jesus. The only conflict in the plot was the internal agonies that Christian parents felt on seeing their children rebel and the attempts by their friends and family to persuade them to change their minds.
While the authors limited the plot to follow the prophecies given in the Bible, they did an excellent job of building up to a climax and bringing both the book and the series to a grand completion.
Jerry Bridges wrote The Discipline of Grace to connect the understanding of God’s grace in Jesus Christ and seeking holiness. Unless our growth in holiness is anchored in God’s grace poured out in Jesus, then we drift into the rocky shoals of temptations, attempt to scale the cliffs of self-improvement, or wash up on the sandbars of helplessness. This book is a lighthouse that guides the reader away from these pit-falls.
The book speaks most strongly to those Christians who desire with all their hearts to follow God. To quote Mr. Bridges, “We do not become more holy either by discipline or by dependance. Neither do we become more holy by committing ourselves to God, or by developing Bible-based convictions. We become more holy by obedience to the Word of God by choosing to obey His will as revealed in the Scriptures in all the various circumstances in our lives.” In The Discipline of Grace, he shows the way all these other concepts contribute to reaching the place of a heart-felt desire to obey Him.