AMAZON.CO.UK BLURB: Eschatology is a popular but notoriously difficult area of theological study. The scriptures explain the end of the world with prophecies and symbolism that can be mind-numbing and confusing. If you are searching for an unbiased, uncomplicated overview of the end times, this book is for you.
SOURCE: Received for review from the author.
MY THOUGHTS: As I'm not a Christian you may well be wondering why this book. Well ....
Fascinated by the different faiths and beliefs, I admit to wanting to know more on this subject ever since watching Left Behind with Nicolas Cage.
Written by a social worker come pastor. The Rapture Misunderstood, is one of several books (the other two I believe being Christmas Misunderstood and Judas: Hero Misunderstood) in which the author takes a 'none-preachy' look at certain aspects of 'Christian theology'.
Two halves to the book, part story, part what I'd describe as a study guide. Proceeding a letter from the author there is a short story of 50 or so pages followed by a guide to Understanding the Rapture which, amongst other things, takes a look at scripture supporting the 'End Times'.
What proved to be an enjoyable enough short read - I'd personally have preferred it a little longer, the characters gone into in more depth. Whilst not a parable as such but certainly a story with a message at its heart, The Rapture Misunderstood is the tale of Pastor Bill and his small band of followers, one of whom is a terminally ill man, who set out to bring about the Rapture as a means of stopping the devil (and his wife) in his tracks and eradicating evil.
Followed by what Mr T thought a concise but all too short (but then the author never intended it to be anything but) explanation of the 'End Times' suitable for Bible study groups.
For myself, I certainly found the explanation of relevant terms and the piece on the key beliefs, the similarities and differences between the four Christian views, interesting and thought provoking all whilst being easily understood.
PLEASE NOTE: Obviously a gremlin in the blogger works, for some reason my original post along with your comments of The Rapture Misunderstood has been spontaneously deleted. Though exactly the same as the original 'My Thoughts' have been copied and pasted from my GoodReads page hence the lack of the 'First Sentence', 'Memorable Moment' and, of course, your comments. TT