Monday 21 December 2015

The Veil: Crisis (book 2: A novel ... of current Biblical proportions) by DJ Edmonston

For Jacob Stowell, things couldn’t get any stranger. His whole life had been turned upside down and inside out. All he had ever known or believed was being tested. His former life as a successful architect, husband, and father now seemed like a distant dream as he and Strang were being relentlessly hunted by assassins. As they hunkered down in a safe house they worked diligently to unravel the decoded notes of the late Jeremy Richards. With the help of investigational journalists Shayne Wylder and the young but tenacious Billy O’laughlin, Richard’s notes begin to reveal a staggering list of international financiers, politicians, central bankers, media moguls and industrialists all somehow intertwined in the construction of a shadowy framework raising more questions than answers.

Back in Orlando, God continues His revival, spreading well beyond the ground zero of Pastor Alan Caldwell’s small community church. Hundreds of thousands are being reached in Central Florida and potentially millions more worldwide as reports continue to come in of further revival outbreaks in China, Mexico and even Iran.

Despite the outpouring of God’s love the world appears to be plunging deeper and deeper into Crisis as the global financial market becomes, even more, unstable, and the Middle East erupts as nation after nation falls by the hands of jihadists seeking a caliphate.

Jacob, Strang, Pastor Alan and the rest of the growing fellowship pray even more diligently as the small nation of Israel becomes more and more isolated in the world, being surrounded by her enemies who are set on her very destruction.

Prepare for a riveting ride at breakneck speed in Crisis,’ book II of The Veil series.

The Guru's Review: 

Sometimes a sequel or the next book in a series can be a bit of a letdown or does not do the first book justice. Not so with this book or with this author. Edmonston is very consistent with everything readers were introduced to in the book in this series, The Veil; style, action packed, fast paced, relational characters, spiritual warfare, demonology, angelology, the presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit, prayer, Spirit-filled but flawed Christians. It also continued what I wrote in my review of The Veil, that it,
entertained, my faith in Christ either strengthened, edified or challenged to go to the next level in Him and to be educated in Christian living, biblical doctrine, spiritual warfare and many other topics that will deepen my Christian worldview. Edmonston more than achieves this for me in this novel.
This seems to be what to expect from Edmonston's style and motive for writing and is what I love about this type of fiction.

You hit the ground running in this novel which is very evident in the first chapter.Everything is developed further, plot lines, the pace, action, demonic activity, the romance, conspiracy, deception, political corruptness, prayer, the Holy Spirit's direction and involvement, the deepening and developing relationship between the Christian characters. One thing this novel does is deepen one's "addiction" to this series and everything that has been outlined previously and anticipate immensely the next instalment.

I really felt at home and at peace in this novel just like I did in the previous one and I believe will be the case in the third instalment. Why do I say this? He writes with a sincerity of heart and mind that is totally committed to God and out of his relationship with Him and is totally based on the guidance and direction of the Spirit, leading to what I outlined in my review of The Veil, that of Spirit-Filled fiction, description created by author, David Bersgland, where the characters are, 
,....evangelicals who have come to a deep and close personal relationship with Jesus, communicating daily about needs, direction, seeking guidance, praying for/receiving healings, and so on. Now, I’m not talking about characters who are necessarily pentecostal, but those who have a real relationship with the Lord which includes regular communication, direct guidance, prophetic implications, a touch of the miraculous, and the normal evidences of Christian life as presented by Jesus in Mark 16: 14-18,
"Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
and who have
....real relationship with the Lord which includes regular communication, direct guidance, prophetic implications, a touch of the miraculous, and the normal evidences of Christian life as presented by Jesus in Mark 16: 14-18
I am looking forward to this latter quality/characteristic of Edmonton's style. Seems to be quite his trademark and a fine one it is at that.

I cannot add anything to this review as most of what is relevant to this novel has been recorded in my review of The Veil, Book 1.

Highly Recommended.

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