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The Face of God (Supernatural Thriller) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

Strong writing, edgy violence and a made-for-the-movies sensibility characterize this thriller from CBA veteran author and film director Myers. When successful megachurch pastor Daniel Lawson's wife, Jill, is murdered in the Istanbul Spice Bazaar while on a church tour, he is left holding a mysterious stone dating from Old Testament times, which represents one of the 12 tribes of Israel. When all 12 stones are brought together with two others, they are believed to enable the voice of God to be heard. Lawson takes a leave of absence from his church, then teams up with his alienated teenage son, Tyler; clumsy archeologist Dr. Helen Zimmerman; and Nayra Fazil, a Muslim university student, to find the remaining stones. The suspense builds as Ibrahim el-Magd, an Islamic terrorist, also attempts to gather the stones so he might determine the will of Allah before unleashing a horrific act of global mayhem. The abundance of violence (a young thief's hand amputated, a woman's breast sliced off, an attempted female circumcision) may shock CBA readers, but Myer's uses it to show the potential dangers of religious fundamentalism. Lawson's grief over his wifes death seems a bit short-lived and, as with many suspense novels, some events require a generous suspension of disbelief. However, Myer's fleshes out the multifaceted character of Ibrahim el-Magd in a way that sheds light on his motivations; the story is replete with action; and the book admirably avoids an implausibly neat ending. Myers's popular reputation and the books link to current events will likely woo CBA readers.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The best-selling author of Eli offers an intriguing premise: What if you could hear the voice of God? What if you actually could see His face? These questions haunt two very different men as they seek 12 supernatural stones that, according to the Bible, represent the Tribes of Israel and together make the voice of God audible. On their quest in the Holy Land, Rev. Daniel Lawson and his college-aged son, Tyler, try to reestablish their relationship and come to terms with the murder of Daniel's wife. At the same time, Ibrahim el-Magd, leader of an Islamic terrorist cell, wants the stones to receive confirmation from Allah that his destructive plans against the United States will be successful. Daniel, Ibrahim, and their faiths collide in a gripping denouement that is as beautful as it is frightening. The comparisons between Christianity and Islam are thought-provoking, but the negative portrayal of Islam mars this otherwise suspenseful and action-packed effort. Still, Myers's legion of fans and readers who enjoyed Michael R. Phillips's A Rift in Time will be thrilled. For all collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 3 edition (June 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003S3S0JE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi.
Thanks for checking up on me. Probably best to go over to my web site: www.Billmyers.com for biography information. And if you're really bored, there's my fan site over on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/pages/Bill-Myers/44983396181 Oh, and one last thing. If you're a student and your class reads one of my books, I'll do a 'meet the author' 30 min question and answer session by speakerphone with your class from my office here in California. If you're a reader's group, the same thing goes...in which case I'd recommend ELI to really get the discussion juices flowing - at least until THE GOD HATER comes out in 2010. Thanks for stopping by!
bill
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2002
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This book is as timely as today's newspaper and as deep as a primer on Islam and fundamental Christianity. Myers takes two men--both religious, both devoted, both strong--and brings them to the edge of eternity where they encounter a living and holy God. I can't recommend this book enough. Must reading for all who seek the truth.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M.Dutilly on November 9, 2003
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This book provides more than just excitement, intrigue and facinating interply between the characters. This book also offers the reader some incredible insights into the Muslim religion, as well as insights into the weakness in the Christian Church. A must-read for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of our world today!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Morrisey on October 5, 2003
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The Face of God is a gripping look into grief, fatherhood, and the synergies/differences between Christianity and Islam, all masterfully rendered by an author who has learned to distinguish shades of gray. Bill Myers is not a writer who leans on the supernatural. Rather, he is one of those rare individuals who understands that everything is spiritual, and that the physical universe enveloping us is actually the waiting-room for Eternity. If you're fond of story, fine writing, well-told relationships, and writers who get the facts straight (and who is not fond of those things?) then you absolutely have to buy this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2003
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When Daniel Lawson's wife Jill is killed by a mysterious intruder while the couple are hosting a Holy Land tour from their large church in America, Pastor Lawson loses the center of his existence. He's not quite lost his faith in God, but is heartbroken that God would take her away. Her last words haunt him; that she must go, it's "the only way". Those and the earlier words spoken to him by his gracious wife, that he did not love the people of God anymore.
Daniel begins a quest to learn the truth behind the mysterious stone that was given them by a market trader at the last minute. It's old, it's strange . . . and it's potentially the reason why Jill was killed. He is joined by his estranged son Tyler, and interested archaeologist Helen Zimmerman. A native Muslim girl named Nayra joins them as well, offering her knowledge of the region in their search. God blesses their mission, and they are successful many times. But Daniel is also haunted by dreams, the same type of dreams that his wife mentioned the night before she died - and the same dreams that seem to be caused by the stones.
At the same time Daniel's quest is progressing, another man is on a hunt for the stones. Ibrahim El-Magd is a devout Muslim, and he believes that Allah's time has come. He has positioned many members of his radical group around the world to engage in "Allah's Day" of judgment and cleansing. He too has learned of the stones, and has experienced dreams. He, too searches for more of the mysterious stones, in hopes that his dreams will be fulfilled, and that he will also see . . . The Face of God.
BAD POINTS: This book is a violent book, no question there. In fact, author Bill Myers requests that any reader under 17 delay reading it until he or she is a little older. That's an NC-17 rating, folks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2003
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Early this morning--around 5 am--I finished reading THE FACE OF GOD, after letting it sit in one of my TBR piles for months. I'm sorry I waited so long! :)
What do we have in this Christian fiction thriller? A pastor who outwardly seems like the perfect servant of God, but who, through tragedy and visions, sees that he's lost his first love, not just the literal one--his wife, but the Biblical idea of what this means. This, and the possession of an unusual green gemstone with Hebraic inscription, sets off a chain of breathless events, some exhilirating and some tragic, that all lead our main character to experience transformation, find illumination (in more ways than one), and see the God whose face is...well, read the book. :)
The pace is unrelenting. You will not be bored. The characters include all three major monotheistic religions--Judaism, Islamic and Christian. The setting moves from the middle east to Europe to Africa to the US. It's all over the map, but not haphazardly. The story is totally focused on the external journey (finding the 12 stones of the Levitical high priest's breastplate, plus the Urim and Thummin) which parallels the internal journey (from legalism to satisfying relationship). The ending is realistic, with some matters satisfyingly closed, and others interestingly open-ended. Muslim characters are treated with respect--not simply painted as all malicious, wild-eyed, bomb-carrying killers. In this current tense environment, that alone gets Mr. Myers a thumbs up.
The first novel of Mr. Myers that I read, BLOOD OF HEAVEN, was exciting, but it didn't have the heart, the really moving moments, that THE FACE OF GOD provides. I felt my own moments of real conviction about my own legalistic tendencies while reading this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenya on May 13, 2003
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the first one that I read by Bill Myers. After reading it, I immediately went out and got more. I don't know if any of the other books that I have finished so far have been quite as satisfying (although most were quite good). This one is a definite read, but if you are thinking of becoming a devotee, save this one for last.
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