October 30, 2014

Review: The Book of Revelation Made Clear by Tim F. LaHaye & Timothy E. Parker

The Book of Revelation Made Clear: A Down-To-Earth Guide to Understanding the Most Mysterious Book of the Bible 
Authors: Tim F. LaHaye & Timothy E. Parker
Genre: Nonfiction/Religious Reference
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson


A fun and fascinating way to learn about the book of Revelation.

The Bible's final book, Revelation, can seem intimidating or downright impossible to comprehend, even for serious students of the Scriptures.

Filled with complex imagery, vivid depictions of violence, and challenging spiritual references, Revelation is often set aside by readers in favor of more straightforward, easier-to-digest biblical material. Yet the capstone of the canon need not remain a mystery.

In this refreshingly accessible book, Bible scholar and best-selling author Tim LaHaye (originator of the Left Behind series) and renowned puzzle master Timothy E. Parker (editor of the "USA Today" Crossword, and founder of "The Universal Crossword," King James Games, and Master Puzzles) demystify Revelation for your benefit. Absorb this book and discover afresh--or for the first time--the richness of Revelation and its God-breathed, life-changing power to deepen your walk of faith.

The book of Revelation in the Bible is usually seen as confusing at best. Some find it scary, others hopeful, and some even think it's just one large analogy instead of actual events. Wherever the reader finds themselves on the spectrum doesn't matter when reading this book. Because I had read other reviews on the book before starting, I was prepared for the setup and features of each chapter. The authors literally break down the entire book of Revelation by verse and then give their interpretations on what it means. Included throughout the book are pre-quizzes that open each chapter and the answers to the quiz can be found at the very end of each chapter. The quizzes weren't hard - they tested what you know (or thought you knew) about the verses that would be discussed in that chapter. It was interesting to see how wrong I was when I had finished reading the scripture and the interpretations. I think the quizzes helped to show misguided thoughts and information about the scripture while also making sure the reader knew the correct answers to each question. The interpretations given by the author were done in very easy terms - it wasn't like being preached at or attending a kind of lecture. They were brief but held a ton of information about the symbolism being used and the actual meaning behind the verses. I have struggled with reading the book of Revelation for several years, mostly because I didn't know what was symbolism and what was real - but this book broke it down into easy to digest pieces that left nothing to question. I know I'll be referring back to this book many times in the future as I re-read the final book of the Bible. Very highly recommended for those who have any sort of issue with the book of Revelation - be it confused, frightened, or just completely mind boggling - as well as for those who want a deeper look at the scripture and a better understanding of what is being said.

* I received a copy of the book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.*


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