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A Form of Godliness [Kindle Edition]

Shane Johnson
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Book Description

Experience the Nightmare of a Perfect World

Welcome to America: where every school child is completely healthy; where an all-embracing church speaks only of unconditional love and acceptance; where diseases once thought beyond reach have been conquered; and where those who have lost loved ones receive soothing messages of hope.

Yet beneath the surface of this seeming utopia lies a horrifying darkness.

In a world long since reshaped in the wake of 9/11, Matthew Bridger, president of the United States, Bryson Lawe, a Secret Service agent, and Karen Foley, a Christian activist must face the atrocity the American dream has become. Life has lost its value, deception is epidemic, and in a nation of more than three million square miles, there is no room for God.

As a Russian oil embargo jeopardizes American petroleum reserves, a massive terrorist strike forces the United States to withdraw its support of Israel. Finally given their long-awaited opening, enemies of the Jewish state attack, igniting a war that threatens to sweep the globe. Amid the escalating chaos, Bridger, Lawe and Foley race to uncover the truths that will secure their survival–and that of America itself.

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Appearing in a charged election year, this apocalyptic thriller—dedicated to President Bush and those killed in the 9/11 attacks—delivers a strong Republican, Zionist message. Life Quality, an organization that [...] will seemingly stop at nothing to acquire body parts. In another story line, Randall Sullivan finds he is able to talk with the spirits of the dead [...] which earns him celebrity status but becomes more than he bargained for. [...] Johnson (Ice) is a talented writer who juggles many characters with aplomb, but his talents falter under his didacticism. Environmentalists of faith will be offended by his disparaging comments about those who oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and other readers may be troubled by the idea that the U.S. must offer allegiance to Israel no matter what. The token insertion of a likable Muslim couple isn't enough to counter the stereotypical Middle Eastern characters. Storytelling takes second place here to dogma.
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A Form of Godliness is a breathtaking read, full of the dilemmas and triumphs of the age now upon us–nuclear blasts, world war, acts of terrorism and acts of heroism. I read every page as quickly as my eyes could move. With this spellbinding tale, Shane Johnson retains his place as one of our finest Christian novelists.”
–Jefferson Scott, author of Operation: Firebrand–Crusade

“Full of political intrigue, terrorist threats, and prophetic insight, A Form of Godliness calls out a warning that should not be ignored.  Shane Johnson proves once again that he is a powderkeg of ideas." 
–Eric Wilson, author of Dark to Mortal Eyes

“Shane Johnson’s imagination takes him on unforgettable, thrilling journeys–thankfully, he invites us to go along. A Shane Johnson novel is more than a book; it’s a ride to remember.”
–Alton Gansky, author of Beneath the Ice and Out of Time

“Thought-provoking and chilling–A Form of Godliness will engross readers to the last page.”
–Linda Windsor, award-winning author of Along Came Jones

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • File Size: 1541 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009I9YG1S
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well told and engaging tale of the near future. September 9, 2004
This is an excellent book and is set in the near future. Matthew Bridger is President of the United States and he faces many severe situations. Terrorist strikes have killed thousands of US citizens on US soil. International stress is huge, and suddenly oil supplies are disrupted. Politicians are moving against the president. How will President Bridger deal with this? Interweaved and well told is the story about Bryson Lawe a Secret Service Agent. Exciting story lines and very believable situations. Superb secondary characters. Some of the cast of characters are sinister and the supernatural elements are well done by Johnson. One character, Randall Sullivan believes that after he survives a terrorist attack he can now communicate with the dead, but just who is in control in these encounters? In some ways "A Form of Godliness" is written in the same genre as "1984" or "Brave New World" in that Shane Johnson looks at current situations and follows them to their logical and unnerving conclusions. The descriptions of events and the detailed way Johnson writes paints vivid and thought provoking images. Johnson also has great dialogue and the story flows smoothly. I had trouble putting the book down. The cliff hanger ending leaves me eagerly awaiting Shane Johnson's next book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into the future? God help us. November 29, 2004
Imagine a perfect world, where school children are completely healthy, churches offer unconditional love, acceptance and hope, and long-dreaded diseases have been conquered. Such is the situation as A FORM OF GODLINESS opens. Yet if you take the time to look beneath this benevolent surface, something dark and horrifying exists.

In this world, drastically changed long after 9/11, we meet Matthew Bridger, Christian President of the United States, Bryson Lawe, Secret Service agent assigned to the President, and Karen Foley, Christian activist. Despite increasing pressure, President Bridger steadfastly refuses to succumb to threats and pressures by those forces determined to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Bridger knows what happens to those who oppose the Jewish nation, recalling the fate of the Philistines, Babylon, Assyria, Rome, and Nazi Germany-all determined to annihilate the Jews.

An oil embargo forces the United States to tap its own limited resources and rationing, angering the American citizens. This puts increasing pressure on the U.S. to withdraw its support of Israel. And the threat of nuclear war is an ever-present dangling sword.

Karen is hired at Sacred Child, an organization dedicated to the preservation and sanctity of life. When she discovers the horrible truth behind the benevolent façade of Life Quality, an organization diametrically opposed to everything Sacred Child stands for, despite all their lofty claims, Karen is determined to do whatever it takes to shut them down. But the cost of such opposition is high. Perhaps too high.

I found this book to be frighteningly real, and all too plausible. It is well-written, plot and character well developed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! September 27, 2004
By Emi
What a wonderful book! The plot definitely kept me riveted until the last page. Like all of Shane Johnson's past works this one lives up to the reputation.

The story is set a few decades into the future originating from the event of the 9/11 tragedy. The American dream has long been lost to the minds of a majority of the citizens, with emphasis especially on the sanctity of human life and brutal acts (described in the book) that are much more commonplace, seen as right and necessary for the "good" of mankind. One main part of the story focuses on how, in this way, America has lost its grasp of humanity, how the main characters struggle with and are impacted by this fact, and how the true purpose of God shines through the darkness.

Another main part of the book is the struggle of the US President (who is a Godly man) to maintain his relationship with Israel, based on Biblical truths he believes, during a time of war and extreme terrorism while attempting to battle the angry voices of citizens who are upset by his actions. The Arabs, enemies of the Jewish state, have issued threats and ultimatums to cut off all oil supplies to countries who side with Israel, and with Russia completely out of oil and the emergency reserve running low the President must make a choice on whether to heed the wishes of the Arabs and withdraw his support of Israel or continue his alliance and risk impeachment.

Many of the characters struggle with faith issues, especially when lives of loved ones are lost due to terrorist strikes. After an event in the beginning of the book, one man believes he has the ability to talk to the dead and becomes famous for it. Considering it more a burden then a blessing, his involvement in the plot is intricate but he is still blind to many things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest look at a possible future. November 27, 2004
By dshaneb
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First off, the only problems I had with the book were keeping the multitude of characters straight in my mind. Otherwise, it was a very honest look at the growing problems in the Middle East and the U.S. It shows the harsh reality of the ideology behind Islamic fanaticism. This is not Arabs, per se, as not all Arabic people are Islamic. As in all religions, there are people who consider themselves muslims who don't hold fast to their religion's ideology, but have their own, altered version of the religion. One such couple is also a part of the novel.

The moral and spiritual degradation of the U.S. is also a large theme of the novel and reflects well a possible outcome of our moral decline as a nation. It is truly frightening, even more so than the terrorists, in some ways.

After the escalating terrorist attacks on Israel, they finally respond to the religious enemy who seeks their annihilation, by using a nuclear response. Previously, a terrorist nuke was set off in the U.S., showing that the terrorists had access to those weapons now and would not hesitate to use them. The nuclear response is not shown as perfectly okay, but is shown as an act of Israel's national defense against the religious forces that seek their destruction.

The terrorists and those who support them will, of course, hate this novel for revealing the truth of their agenda. And they will also hate how Israel finally strikes back at them in the novel. This general theme is all laid out in prophecy and is now coming to pass. Mr. Johnson's novel is a vision of how this could possibly play out, and is also about the deepening spiritual and moral blindness of the U.S. It should serve as a wake-up call to all of us.
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