[bksvol-discuss] Fwd: Fw: Book Review: "The Rapture Dialogues: Dark Dimension",by Terry James

  • From: Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2006 19:23:51 -0700 (PDT)

A bookshare member and volunteer who's not on this
list would like to request The Rapture Dialogues. It
sounds like the kind of thriller some of you might
like. The review is below.


--- Louise <bookscanner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: "Louise" <bookscanner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: "Cindy R" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Fw:  Book Review: "The Rapture Dialogues:
> Dark Dimension",by Terry James
> Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2006 20:37:25 -0500
> Hi.  I wonder if someone could scan this book and
> submit it to Bookshare?
> Arkansas Times, USA
> Wednesday, August 02, 2006
> Book Review: "The Rapture Dialogues: Dark
> Dimension", by Terry James
> By Doug Smith
> UFOs are not what you think
> Benton author has the real lowdown in a new novel.
> "A dense, black mass, the shape of its host's body,
> emerged from Cooper. The
> girl's eyes widened in terror when she saw the
> creature, its huge eyes like
> burning coals, its slitted mouth widening to expose
> a cavernous void with
> fang-like teeth guarding its opening."
> Not beings from outer space but beings from another
> dimension - fallen
> angels, in fact - are responsible for UFOs. And
> they're up to no good. The
> creatures (one of them described above) can do
> almost anything, including
> walking through walls and taking on human form,
> except overcome the
> Fundamentalist
> Christians who oppose them. With God's help, of
> course.
> Such is the plot of "The Rapture Dialogues: Dark
> Dimension," by Terry James
> of Benton. The novel is of a comparatively new genre
> sometimes called
> "Christian thriller," the heroes of which can quote
> scripture as well as
> they can buckle swash. Elements of sci-fi and horror
> are mixed with the
> message that Jesus is coming soon, and a person
> would be well advised to get
> right.
> Timothy LaHaye, a leader of the Religious Right, has
> written a series of
> novels similar in nature, with a co-author, Jerry B.
> Jenkins. The "Left
> Behind" series has sold a lot of books, sometimes
> making the best-seller
> lists, and presumably made a nice pile for its
> authors. LaHaye has written a
> blurb for James' book: "With a solid background in
> Bible prophecy, my good
> friend and colleague author Terry James has penned a
> highly suspenseful and
> thought-provoking novel ."
> Does James hope for the same kind of sales LaHaye
> has had? "Of course, I
> would like to duplicate his success," he said in an
> interview, but that's
> not the only reason for writing the book. "God calls
> people to do certain
> things - doctors, pastors, authors." And his book is
> different from LaHaye's
> work, James said. "He writes mostly about the
> Rapture. Mine is about what
> UFOs are all about. . I believe there are many
> dimensions - this physical
> world, and other worlds. I think Satan and his
> fallen minions are
> interdimensional."
> (The Rapture is a belief held by many that when
> Jesus returns, all of the
> born-again Christians, dead and alive, will rise up
> through the air to meet
> him. Some believers have bumper stickers on their
> cars: "In case of Rapture,
> this vehicle will be unmanned.")
> James said he'd known LaHaye for 10 or 12 years.
> Both are active in the
> field of Bible prophecy as writers and lecturers.
> How does one become an
> authority in that area? "Any student of the Bible
> can gain a degree of
> understanding of what prophecy is about," James
> said. "Everything God wants
> us to know is in there. What he doesn't want us to
> know, we'll never know."
> James has written a number of books about prophecy.
> The way he looks at it,
> "The Rapture Dialogues" is only his second work of
> fiction. The first one
> got practically no distribution, for one reason or
> another. His current
> publisher, VMI Publishers of Sisters, Ore., has the
> connections to get the
> book into stores, he said.
> The principal human villain in "The Rapture
> Dialogues" is a high-ranking
> government official, but unlike some conservative
> Christians, James does not
> believe that government is inherently evil. However,
> in every administration
> there'll be people who want to control other people,
> he said. "The
> Anti-Christ will be the ultimate evil government
> official. He'll be the
> first true ruler of Earth in the dictatorial sense."
> We don't yet know who
> the Anti-Christ will be, "but we know that he'll
> come from the area of the
> old Roman Empire. . I don't think it'll be a pope."
> James will be 64 on Aug. 3. He is blind, having lost
> his sight to a retinal
> disease in 1993. Before that, he worked in public
> relations and advertising.
> Now, he writes pretty much full time, with the help
> of a software technology
> provided him by the state Services for the Blind, a
> government agency of
> which he speaks highly.
> There's quite a bit about flying in "The Rapture
> Dialogues" - flying
> airplanes, that is - leading one to speculate that
> James had been a pilot
> himself. Not so. "I was in the Air Force, but I was
> an enlisted man, not a
> pilot. I enlisted to stay out of the Army and avoid
> going to Vietnam,
> frankly. I did my job, mostly paper work."
> James is not the sort of person an interviewer has
> to drag words from. Any
> mention of the Bible and Bible prophecy and he's off
> at a conversational
> gallop, throwing Bible verses over his shoulder.
> Those fallen angels, for
> example. They can mate with human women, either
> directly or by possessing
> the body of a man. They were doing so, contaminating
> the human genetic pool,
> when God sent the flood to put a stop to their
> carrying-on.
> Read simply as a thriller, putting aside the
> theology of it, "The Rapture
> Dialogues" is not all that bad. James knows
> something about pacing a story,
> and keeping the reader turning pages. And it's no
> more far-fetched than
> big-selling fantasy books on the market, or movies
> where Arnold
> Schwarzenegger fights the devil.
> James would not agree that it's far-fetched at all.
> "It's not any stranger
> to me than the concept of evolution, where
> everything just happened out of
> nothingness. Everything we know as human beings has
> a beginning and an end.
> We create things."
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