Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time? Hardcover – Jun 12 2012
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Joel C. Rosenberg is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 2.5 million copies in print. An evangelical Christian, he is the cofounder and president of the Joshua Fund, providing humanitarian relief in Israel. As a communications strategist based in Washington, D.C., he has served as a senior advisor on two U.S. presidential campaigns and an aide to some of the world’s most influential leaders in politics, business, and the media. A front-page Sunday New York Times profile called him a “force in the capital.” He has also been profiled by the Washington Times and the Jerusalem Post, has been interviewed on ABC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and the History Channel, and has addressed audiences all over the world, including at the White House, the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, and the European Union Parliament.
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What this book isn't: It isn't a rant on the government. It isn't simply his opinion. It isn't a sensational doomsday approach. It isn't narrow-minded. And most importantly, it does not leave the reader without hope.
In an honest, thorough, and credible voice, Rosenberg challenges the Church, individuals, and government officials in ways that have potential to reshape our future and, thus, the future of the entire globe. As much as he shows the planet is headed in a gloomy direction, he also gives reason for doable optimism if we accept the challenge immediately.
Rosenberg states when his points are speculative. However, in supporting those speculations with facts, statistics, and current events, each of the scenarios becomes plausible. The four scenarios Joel believes "could make America unable--or unwilling--to play a key role in the unfolding prophetic events of the last days are:
* Economic Implosion--The United States implodes financially and economically.
* War or Terrorism--The United States is devastated by a surprise military or terrorist attack or series of attacks.
* Natural Disasters--The United States is devastated by an unprecedented series of natural disasters.
* The Rapture--The United States suddenly loses millions, or tens of millions, of people when the Rapture happens, leaving the rest of the American people devastated and triggering any number of cataclysmic events." (p. 127).
The facts--unreported by the mainstream media--will grab the reader's attention.
It is critical that this book is read by as many people as possible while we still have opportunity to make choices for the future.
(I am a freelance reviewer and was given a review copy of this book with the understanding I would give objective feedback.)
With that being said, IMPLOSION still provides an essential argument for our tumultuous times. Not only does Rosenberg give us an excellent (if frightening) survey of our problems, made up mostly of quotes from public figures predicting how precarious our system is and how there is no real way of turning it around. He gives us what most books on this subject do not include--the spiritual perspective.
Rosenberg's key addition is what he calls the third lens, or viewing our times of trouble through Scripture. In the section titled `Sign of the Times,' Rosenberg looks at a list of all the signs that are to predict the coming of the end times including betrayal, lawlessness, a spiritual awakening in Israel, and an increase in mockery of Biblical prophecy. He then goes on to show that this list is almost all but complete.
Without quite making the prediction, Rosenberg then goes on to show exactly what it would mean for us if we were approaching the end times, giving us astute examinations of four likely paths: financial implosion, war and terrorism, natural disaster, and rapture.
Rosenberg gives us more questions than answers, but the exercise is not fruitless. Rosenberg shows us exactly what it would take for people to withstand the disasters that would befall if indeed we are approaching them. The point is for America to avoid being part of the problem, dragging the world into self-destruction, and rather become the "shining city on the hill." And here is where Rosenberg is at his most inspirational. It is here that he shows that despite all the troubles and difficulties, we are still the "last best hope" and can overcome. With a dedicated audience, I tend to think that he's right.
I recommend the book.
While it started out like still one more interpretation of what everybody already knows, there's lots of substance to it. He didn't convince me that a Christian has to be a Republican, but as far as the Bible is concerned, he knows his stuff. Excellent book.
To potential readers, I say, don't let political leanings keep you from reading this very excellent book. I believe there is good information here that almost anyone can learn from, as much as the politics annoy me.
I just read this book and God has used it in my life. it also fit right in with the 4th of July week! vIf one lives in America then it's not too hard to believe that the government and the financial decay of America is certainly at hand.
Reading this book, Implosion by Joel C. Rosenberg, certainly gave me a better outlook and yes, a better way to pray for America. I believed most of the book except the part about Israel. I believe Israel will have a revival in the last days! Yet I still pray for that nation.
It is great how he goes into the history of our nation. This book showed me I do not pray enough for our leaders. " Christians need to pray faithfully and constantly for wisdom and direction for our national leaders." Patric Henry said" The bible is worth all the books which have ever been printed." Thus if I follow the Bible I must pray for them or I am disobeying God.
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1Timothy 1:15).
I know that:
He did not redeem us by a little loss, a little sacrifice, a little labor, a little suffering. "He redeemed us to God by his blood," "the precious blood of Christ" (Rev 5:9; 1Pe 1:19). He gave all He had, even His life, for us. This is the kind of deliverance that awakens the happy song, "To him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood" (Rev 1:5). It is this truth that the Gospel embodies. It is this truth that we preach, when, as ambassadors for Christ, we pray men in Christ's stead to be reconciled to God. God's free love to the sinner is the first part of our message;
So today I ask God for me to take much time to pray that His grace would be shed on our leaders as it was on me!
Do read the book!