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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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414319673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414319674
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel C. Rosenberg (www.joelrosenberg.com) is a New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of 10 novels and five non-fiction books, with more than 3 million copies sold.
He is also the Founder and Chairman of The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.com), a non-profit educational and charitable organization he and his wife launched in 2006 to mobilize Christians to "bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3."
He and his wife have four sons. They made Aliyah in 2014 and now live in Israel and the United States.
Joel's books, most of which are published in numerous languages, include:
1. The Last Jihad (2002)
2. The Last Days (2003)
3. The Ezekiel Option (2005)
4. The Copper Scroll (2006)
5. Epicenter: Why The Current Rumblings In The Middle East Will Change Your Future (2006, non-fiction; an updated version, Epicenter 2.0, was released in paperback in 2008)
6. Dead Heat (2008)
7. Inside The Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus are Battling To Dominate the Middle East and Transform the World (2009, non-fiction)
8. The Twelfth Imam (2010)
9. The Tehran Initiative (2011)
10. Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges In Time? (2012)
11. Israel At War: Inside The Nuclear Showdown With Iran (2012, non-fiction e-book)
12. The Invested Life: Making Disciples of All Nations One Person At A Time, written with Dr. T.E. Koshy (2012)
13. Damascus Countdown (2013)
14. The Auschwitz Escape (2014)
15. The Third Target (January 6, 2015)
He has produced two documentary films, based on two of his non-fiction books, Epicenter and Inside The Revolution.
Several of his books have won national awards.
* The Ezekiel Option was named by the ECPA as a Gold Medallion Award winner as the "Best Novel of 2006."
* He is a five-time winner of the "Retailers Choice Award" for best books of the year in fiction and non-fiction categories. These awards, presented annually by Christian Retailing magazine, are based on the voting of people working in the Christian publishing and music industries.
* In 2007, Epicenter won in the "Christian Living" category.
* In 2009, Dead Heat won in the "Fiction: Mystery & Suspense" category.
* In 2010, Inside The Revolution won in the "Social Issues" category.
* In 2011, The Twelfth Imam won in the "Fiction: Mystery & Suspense" category.
* In 2012, The Tehran Initiative won in the "Fiction: Mystery & Suspense" category.
* The Auschwitz Escape was a finalist in the 2014 GoodReads "Choice Awards" for "Best Historical Fiction," finishing in 4th place out of 21 contenders.
Several of his books have reached the top or near the top of national best-seller lists.
* The Last Jihad hit #1 on the Amazon.com best-seller list.
* Dead Heat reached #4 on the New York Times hardcover fiction best-seller list.
* The Third Target hit #4 on the Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction best-seller list, and spent two months as the #1 best-selling work of fiction in the Christian market in North America.
Before becoming an author, Joel previously worked as an aide to several U.S. and Israeli business and political leaders, including Steve Forbes, former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky, and then-former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also worked for The Heritage Foundation, Empower America, Rush Limbaugh, and Americans For Hope, Growth & Opportunity.
He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including ABC's "Nightline," CNN, CNN Headline News, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, The History Channel, the Rush Limbaugh Show, the Sean Hannity Show and the Glenn Beck Show. His articles and columns have been published by National Review, FoxNews.com, World magazine, and the Washington Times, among others. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Times and the Jerusalem Post.
He has traveled to, done research in, and/or spoken to audiences all across the U.S. and Canada and all over the world, including Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the UAE, Turkey, Russia, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico and Brazil. He has addressed audiences at the White House and the Pentagon, addressed Members of Congress on Capitol Hill, Members of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, and addressed a conference held at the European Union Parliament in Brussels.
Joel was born in Syracuse, New York, on April 17, 1967. His father is a first-generation American from a Jewish background whose parents and grandparents emigrated from Russia and settled in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, a Gentile, was raised in Rome, New York. When Joel was two, his parents moved to a community just outside of Rochester, New York. He grew up in the small town of Fairport and graduated from Fairport High School in 1985. He attended Syracuse University (1985-1989) -- spending one semester of his junior year studying at Tel Aviv University (August 1987 to January 1988) -- and graduated from S.U. with a B.F.A. in Film Drama in May 1989.
Joel married his college sweetheart, Lynn, in June of 1990. Together, they made their home in the Washington, D.C. area for 24 years. They have four sons -- Caleb, Jacob, Jonah, and Noah -- and moved as a family to Israel in August 2014 after becoming dual U.S.-Israeli citizens.
* For more information on conferences Joel organizes, please visit www.epicenterconference.com.
* You can find his weblog at https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/.
* You can sign up for his "Flash Traffic" email updates at http://www.joelrosenberg.com/flashtraffic_form.asp.
* You can follow him on Twitter @joelcrosenberg.

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227 of 234 people found the following review helpful By Reader on June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Joel Rosenberg, author of nine New York Times bestselling books, writes his most comprehensive and personal work in his newest book, Implosion. The question addressed is: "Can America recover from its economic and spiritual challenges in time?" Implosion is a well-written, easily understandable treatise of Rosenberg's end time theology, political expertise, historical study, economical research, and biblical perspective.

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.
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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful By John R. Smith on June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First, let me say that, for an explanation of the modern political economy, I defer to another recent book in Morse's Juggernaut: Why the System Crushes the Only People Who Can Save It. While Rosenberg offers a good summary of the conflicting viewpoints, he does not dig very deeply into the mechanics of the implosion, which Morse does par excellence.

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.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Bold Consumer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2012
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I usually don't read the author's books because they are so politically biased. I'm glad I read this one. Most chapters of the book are based on scripture and are excellent! Because of the quality of those chapters, it's worth reading. I honestly believe that the author tried hard not to be obnoxiously extreme far right. I appreciate that. He wasn't successful at his attempt, but it was obvious that he tried. I came away from this book liking the author, even though I disagree with him politically.

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.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Witt on June 17, 2012
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Everyone should have to read this book. If you think America is sunk beyond help, you need this book. If you think there is no hope, you need this book. If you are confused about the future and frightened, you need this book. You might just be frightened for the right reasons, and it might spur you to action. American history is woven together with current events to paint an accurate picture of life in the 21st century, but Joel Rosenberg offers hope for us all in the soon return of Jesus. Even if you disagree with him, you need to read this book!
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