Joe Blow


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  • Armageddon For Beginners on Sep. 08, 2013

    I've seen a lot of stuff on Bible prophecy which is unconvincing, and skewed. I've also read some academic stuff that can be rather boring. However, Armageddon for Beginners avoids both traps. My opinion is that its strength is in not trying to represent itself as the last word on anything, at the same time that it presents only the most convincing arguments. The timeline countdown is particularly interesting... It does not set a date like so many discredited books on the subject have done, but it does provide helpful information on how to compute the date at some time in the future (when other events make it clear that the final countdown has begun. The 70 weeks prophecy is particularly well done, and one wonders why this has not been referred to more in other books on the subject. It's so overwhelmingly provable, and to hear that it's the only Old Testament prophecy to actually use the word "Messiah" gives it credibility far beyond what any other Old Testament prophecy might claim. Great reading, and some personally challenging thoughts about what prophecy should mean for our own relationship with Jesus.
  • Listening on Sep. 08, 2013

    Definitely a page-turner. Every chapter is a story in itself, yet it all flows together into a believable thriller dealing with how things could happen in the not-so-distant future. McKay has captured aspects of spirituality from a number of different sources (in particular, Australian Aboriginal culture) and painted a picture of a movement and world events which could fit the descriptions that many religions have about a coming Messiah and the events preceding his arrival. I understand that this is part of a trilogy. Look forward to seeing the other two titles.
  • Seed of Life on Sep. 10, 2013

    It sounds like this may have been translated from another language. I mean, what person speaking English as their first language would say something like this: "The trees let their leaves to fall upon the ground and be crushed before darkness falls upon the land unknown by human eyes."
  • Survivors on Sep. 19, 2013

    A great answer to the Left Behind series. It is refreshing to hear someone saying it like it is. Quite apart from the interesting storyline, this condensed version of the Left Behind series gives practical information that will be invaluable in the years ahead. Should be a best seller.
  • Armageddon For Beginners on Sep. 22, 2013

    Bible Prophecy for Dummies. Congratulations! No smoke and mirrors. No obscure and complicated arguments... just some simple and quite amazing bits of information. Unbelievable stuff.
  • Churchianity Vs Christianity on Oct. 12, 2013

    I'm not a big fan of comic books, but McKay's novels were so good it got me curious. Glad I checked it out. Takes less than half an hour to read from cover to cover (and I'm a slow reader).
  • Fair Dinkum on Nov. 06, 2013

    What a great idea! I'm surprised someone hasn't thought of it sooner. Though the message may come through TOO clearly the way this one has been illustrated. A lot of very challenging thoughts expressed in this one very short little book.
  • Destroyers on May 11, 2014

    Nice finish to the trilogy.
  • The Liberator - part 2 on June 10, 2014

    Verrry interesting! Certainly a lot of food for thought here.
  • The Liberator - part 1 on June 10, 2014

    Great idea putting the actual Bible text at the bottom. Each time I started thinking it had strayed from the point, I checked the text and found it really was pretty much spot-on.