I received this book for a fair and honest review.
Jonathan Strickland is on his way to the grand opening of his newest tower. Right as they are about ready to land, the tower–along with the revelers already at the party–collapses in on itself. “Who would do such a thing” and “why” are the questions that spur Jonathan and his friends on on a quest to find the answers.
This story seemed like a great idea, until we followed Jonathan and crew to Damascus. While there, it seemed like we got a full-fledged sermon on “What’s Wrong With America.” Bear with me here. This will not be a normal review of mine.
Quoting from “The Joshua Effect,” chapter 16, page 155, we’re starting from when Gary responds to the extremist’s claims.
“We don’t teach people to do crazy things.”
The leader’s brow lifted in a way that suggested perhaps Gary rethink his last statements. “Right. Guns don’t kill people. Neither do bombs. If you are correct, and not simply self-righteous, then how can we possibly explain the world today.”
Allow me to answer this question. The world is how it is today, because we blame the victim. This thinking is similar to the abusive husband telling his wife, “if you didn’t make me mad, I wouldn’t have to hit you.” This is not the answer. Bad things happen. Those who perpetrate those things, shouldn’t be allowed to then say “it’s their fault.” No doofus, it’s yours.
Liberals might like this book, because it fits most liberal ideology. For me, I found America portrayed badly. We pulled together after 9/11. And I believe, no matter who’s in the White House, we would still tell the terrorists to kiss-off rather than kill one of our leaders.
My favorite scene had to be when Russell reminded Jonathan of his former position, and of his fiancé’s abilities.
I hope you can enjoy the book. Between the ending and the ideals, it fell flat with me.