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The Glimpse: A Vision of America's Future - Top Rated [Kindle Edition]

Grant Carroll
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Book Description

The Dream
In 2007, God gave Grant Carroll a critical message for the American church through a chilling dream his wife had. Not long after, he began to notice uncanny similarities between the dream and real world events happening to Christians in the news as if the dream was giving predictions of the future. Grant felt led to turn the dream into a piece of Christian fiction that would grab people's attention, so they would understand the dire warning of coming persecution, before it's too late. That story is called The Glimpse, and its is for youth, young adults, parents,church leaders and the Christian Church at large. Its message is for you.


Story Synopsis
Austin Kelly is about to learn a lesson: Be careful when you pray for God to change you, because He answers prayer. Even though he's a Sunday School teacher, Austin's faith in Jesus Christ is no match for his fear of rejection from others. Lizzie Kelly has more courage than her husband, but struggles to find fulfillment and meaning in her job at their church. The couple's friends aren't faring much better. Computer tech Daniel Cabrera fights disappointment with the direction his career has taken, and even more frustration with the church youth he teaches. His wife, Jackie, strives to maintain a sense of control over her life, but it's quickly faltering. Faced with churches dying across New York City, the four Christian teachers have a cry in their hearts for their lives to make a difference. God answers their cry by throwing them into a world that looks like a nightmare version of the United States. Everything is so similar, yet totally different, starting with the fact that Christians are nearly extinct after decades of persecution. They soon discover it is a fascist nation, where anyone who professes faith in Christ risks their life. The four travelers encounter a group of teenagers that turn out to be one of the last surviving churches, led by their high school teacher, Eric Peterson. With no visible way to get home, Austin, Lizzie and their friends join the underground church in their fight to spread the Gospel while avoiding the National Police. Their task is made even more difficult when revival breaks out in the local high school and draws unwanted attention, but they know they can't stop until their work is complete and the Lord makes a way for them to go home...if there is one..

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"I highly recommend The Glimpse; I found it to be a spellbinding novel whose ramifications I cannot stop considering. I had a hard time putting it down as it not only was gripping, but it also resonated with truth that is eerily prophetic." Scott Steinman- Junior High Teacher and Youth Group Leader

"This book is a must read. I could say it is well written; and it is. I could say it has a great plot; and it does. If you don't remember the message, you will remember the story..The message in the book goes beyond any ranking system." Gabrielle Poplar- Author

"This is a well written book for anyone interested in the gradual decline of the world in general and the area of Christianity specifically. I give it five stars and recommend without reservation!" Reba Ponder Weiss- Christian Author

"The Glimpse made me seriously ponder certain things about my christian walk. For one it showed me how I wasn't really taking God's word as seriously as I should be. It also showed me how there is so much more I could be doing to help spread God's word and his love." Daniel W. 16 year old

"This is one of the best books that I have read. It was very well done and kept my attention to the very end. The end took me completely by surprise" Amazon Reviewer

"My husband, who usually doesn't share my enthusiasm for Christian books, devoured this book in one day and highly recommended it." Jo Ann Blackwell -Amazon Reviewer

"By far the best fiction book I have read. It is very hard to find a book that challenges your Christian walk from cover to cover in the way that this book does." Rachel Stoltzfus- College Student

From the Author

Growing up, I never saw myself writing Christian books, much less Christian fiction, but I've learned that sometimes God gives us dreams we never could have imagined ourselves. For most authors, a book starts off as an idea that grows over time into a storyline. For me, it was quite different. Early one morning, my wife woke me up saying she had just experienced the most vivid dream in her life, and she went on to tell me every detail. Her dream went on to become the outline for The Glimpse. I feel that I am just as much a scribe as a writer in this instance. While this story is not intended to give predictions of the future, the Lord has shown me several reasons why this story is so important and relevant to the American church right now.

  • 70-80% of Christian youth leave the Church once they reach college age. The result is that the American Church body is slowly dying out.

  • For those in the Millennial generation  (born from 1982 to 2002) fewer than 1% hold to a biblical worldview. God's Word is no longer seen as absolute truth.

  • There have been several instances in recent news where Christians in America were persecuted for publicly preaching the Gospel.

My prayer is that this book will make an impact on Christianity in America, and around the world for the sake of Christ's Kingdom. It's a big goal, but with God all things are possible.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is NOT what you think it is. January 1, 2013
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This is my first ever video review. The reason I wanted to do a video review is because I wanted you to feel my heart and excitement about this book. It is 12:50 in the morning and I just couldn't wait to give you my thoughts about The Glimpse. I hope you enjoy.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting...awesome...superb August 13, 2012
By john
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Since reading always helps me to sleep, I started reading this book when I was having difficulty sleeping. However,it was so riveting and superbly written that I could not put it down. The climax of the story took me completely by surprise...I didn't see it coming, and it caused me to pause and think of my own faith and my relationship with God. The Glimpse is a most-read for everyone, whether they belong to the Christian community or not. Mr. Carroll is a gifted and talented writer, and I'm anxiously looking forward to his next project.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! September 16, 2012
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I was a little reluctant to start reading this novel - so little time, so much to do - however the "Introduction" had me intrigued so I continued. The first few chapters suggested a storyline similar to so many. THEN IT HIT! Wow, this is definitely a book I am enjoying and I hope many of you will too. Well worth buying, well worth reading - thanks Grant, brilliant book using an intriguing premise!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulled me in immediately September 3, 2012
By RAR
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I just received my copy and decided to give the first chapter a quick browse. I found myself not being able to put it down until chapter 3 (unfortunately I have other things to do today! :). Mr. Carroll's vividly descriptive and intriguing writing style rivals that of Suzanne Collins or Dan Brown easily. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next. I would definitely recommend this!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A peep at our future? September 10, 2012
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I was intrigued by the premise of this book and in retrospect I believe that "The Glimpse" is in fact a revelation of the plan the enemy, Satan, has for our world. The storytelling is excellent and the characters are likeable and so you do develop a deep caring for their fate. The fictional world that Carroll has created is plausible and he has focused on the character's impressions, perceptions, and interactions rather than details of the world. This focus ensures that the book will not quickly become dated with technology changes.

The Orwellian storyline of an oppressive regime is legitimate because history demonstrates that the unregenerate heart of humankind is ripe for evil to use force and power in repressive ways. In contrast, the contagious nature of the Good News is shown to prosper in spite of oppression. As I meditated on the themes of the book, I pondered which was most harmful to the gospel in cultures: repression and poverty or indulgence and affluence. In Proverbs 30:8-9, Agur requests, "give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, `Who is the Lord?' Or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God." I think perhaps the affluence of our culture has led us down the first road and perhaps our nation has succumbed in many ways to thinking that God does not even exist. The extrapolation of that view to the world that Carroll envisions is readily possible.

I left the book pondering the call in Revelation 3:2, "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse into the past and into the future! September 23, 2012
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This book is so multi-layered and the fact that it was revealed in a dream just adds another dimension to it. I know the author's intention is to make the reader look toward the future and the direction we are headed as Christians in a fallen world. I agree wholeheartedly, but also could not dismiss the melding of the past with the future. I believe the person who dreamed this book was given a glimpse into the future but also the past. This is how early first century Christians must have felt as they faced persecution and martyrdom at the hand of the world (particularly Rome). I have to point out the similarities between Austin (in Chapter 28 section 2) and Stephen (the first recorded martyr in scripture).

Acts 6 -Verse 15: All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
Acts 7-Verse 55 & 56: But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."

And then there is the undeniable similarity to Agent Archer and Saul (who later became Paul).

The basement of the school reminded me of the catacombs that early Christians worshiped and lived in during persecution.

This is a well written book for anyone interested in the gradual decline of the world in general and the area of Christianity specifically. I give it five stars and recommend without reservation!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning and End September 17, 2012
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the prologue of this pulled me right in and was very intriguing. I wanted to know what these re-programming facilities were and what happened to the man who was released against orders to kill him. It reminded me of the book 1984.

The first few chapters of the book were much slower paced to me. I think that the intention was to get in the fact that the church was slowly dying off. At the end the pace picked back up as I read about all of the changes in this new style society and what was (nothing) and wasn't allowed regarding religion. By the end of the book I was in tears reading God's will for these people.

Definitely a thought provoking read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars and recommend it highly
Although this is not a very "polished" Christian novel, the message is beyond important and timely. I've told many friends and family about it, and recommend it highly. Read more
Published 8 days ago by SFFasano
5.0 out of 5 stars this is an important message
The message of The Glimpse has little to do with the future and much to do with our day to day work in the Kingdom or God. Read it for yourself!
Published 8 days ago by chickengirl 610
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I was intrigued by the subject of this book. My first time reading this author and enjoyed it. Will recommend to others.
Published 18 days ago by blondie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Usually stay away from Christian fiction due to it become cheesy too many times but loved this book. Put the point across without laying it on to thick.
Published 1 month ago by Brooklyn
4.0 out of 5 stars a real good view of how our schools could become without god in them.
Very good plot. Suspenseful. Inspiring to action & prayer. Well written & thought provoking. I hope to read the next book as well.
Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read!
Very good book - even the surprised me which is hard to do. I look forward to more books from this author. It was difficult to put down and I didn't want it to end.
Published 2 months ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
A well written book that pulls you into a story of strength & endurance through faith. A wonderful twist in the end both warms the heart & brings tears to your eyes.
Published 2 months ago by Sreep
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I have read this book many times and I really enjoy every page of it. This book is very interesting and I never had to force myself to get through a chapter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reiley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fllutterbye
This is an amazing book! I recommend it highly to anyone who is anxious about the future of Christianity. It may be fiction, but it may be real!
Published 3 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating book
Certainly gives us a glimpse of what is yet to come. The way our country is heading it could be sooner than we think.
Published 3 months ago by dh
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I am a husband to my vivacious wife Nikki, proud father of four gorgeous children and owner of 3 vicious Chihuahuas. I love to write. I grew up in a little town called Claude, Texas and began writing poetry when I was a preteen. My poetry was published when I was 14. I began writing professionally in 2005. I wrote website content and believe me, it was nothing special.

In 2007, God placed a burden for the next generation on my heart. I began writing Christian plays to minster to the youth. Late in 2007, my wife and I started Child Refuge (www.childrefuge.org) to fight sexual abuse through awareness, prevention and empowerment.

We are currently launching a movement called Wear Christ on Your Sleeve (www.WearChristOnYourSleeve.com) to empower Christian youth and young adults to proudly wear the name of Jesus and live a Christ-like life.

I'm excited to see where God is taking me and vigorously writing the words He tells me to. I never imagined that God would use my writing for His glory. I'm on an exciting journey with God. It takes trust and endurance, but I'm humbled to be in this race.

Links:
www.facebook.com/theglimpsebook
www.ChildRefuge.org
www.youtube.com/user/childrefuge

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