Threshold (Fire of Heaven Trilogy, Book 2) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1997
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Okay, this time I wasn't disappointed. I read the first two chapters, testing the waters like a wary swimmer, and next thing I knew, I'd summoned the courage to dive in. Two days later, I surfaced with this treasure clutched firmly in hand and a smile on my face.
Myers built his characters with adequate depth and added enough details regarding paranormal research for me to suspend disbelief. I appreciated his balanced, yet insightful, views of demonic activity and found myself whipping through the pages. The ending left room for a sequel while still wrapping up most of the loose ends, and Myers didn't shy away from showing that spiritual battle does have casualties--on both sides.
Why not five stars?
Though fast-paced and credible, Myers doesn't write with quite the tightness and craft of Peretti or the Thoenes. A number of times he stumbled over point-of-view problems, though not to the point of confusing the story. It was merely a distraction. One an editor could've easily cleaned up.
Myers comes up with some great premises and manages to fill them with practical and allegorical insight. His writing seems to be maturing, and I'll be hunting down his next books with unabashed anticipation.
Next time, I'll dive in without hesitation.
Having read the previous reviews I could not help but be astonished at the shallowness of one which rated the book with one star, commenting on its lack of substantive content. That reviewer said, for example, "...the attempts to tie theology to paranormal research were simply bizarre." This type of thinking would have undoubtedly labeled John Bunyon's Pilgrim's Progress as the product of a theologically overactive immagination and worthless for its lack of reality. Alegorical thinking, of course, is not for every mind, but is indespensible as a vehicle for conveying the deeper truths of the spirit, which Threshold does without sacrificing the entertainment value of the book. If that is the type of writing Mr. Myers incorporates into his children's books perhaps some of us more "simpleminded" readers who are "avid fan[s] of the Book of Revelation," as the other reviewer terms it, would do well to read Myers' books for children also.
By the way, is there something wrong with being "and avid fan of the Book of Revelation"?
But that's not the point. The point is this... this book will jar your sense of theology, idealogy, and reality.
Maybe you don't like it when the fiction of a story becomes a possible reality. Maybe you're the type to want to have a nice safe outline of events that you can leave with the book when you put it down. Maybe you're one of those people who likes everything to stay "fantasy" and not mess with your "theology."
Then maybe this isn't the book for you.
But if you like to be challenged, stretched, and probed when it comes to what you think about God, all while enjoying a great story along the way, then maybe this IS the book for you.
And maybe... just maybe... you have the courage to read it.
But be warned... you just might end up the better for doing it!
As to the story itself, only the most avid fan of the Book of Revelation would find it interesting. It was just all too silly and repetitive.
Moreover, the attempts to tie theology to paranormal research were simply bizarre. In all, the book was just so poorly authored, so boring and tedious, so over the top in far too many places, and so worthless theologically, it probably isn't worth reading.
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This book was a great experience. It was well written and also had a very good meaning too it. I like this book bcuz it was exactly what the world needs to hear. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2000 von Cyan
This is the second book from Bill Myers that I read and I had as much trouble putting down this book as I did with his first one (Blood of Heaven). Lesen Sie weiter...Am 25. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
Threshold is the second of a series of three wonderful books with an entirely original treatment of the end days. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. März 2000 von Amazon Customer
I ordered this book after reading other reviews comparing the style to Frank Peretti (my personal favorite). Lesen Sie weiter...Am 19. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
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I loved this book. I read it for my book report book. I was afraid that I would not be able to finish it on time. I didn't have to worry about that! Lesen Sie weiter...Am 30. April 1999 veröffentlicht
Although I take issue with the author not revealing that we have to ask Jesus to save us, He won't do it without our permission. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 5. März 1999 veröffentlicht
This book, although good fiction, changed my life. I've felt so often like the lead character Brandon that I felt like it was me going though the search for self. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 24. August 1998 veröffentlicht