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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849920779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849920776
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,365,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leonard Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University (NJ), a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University (OR), and a weekly contributor to and the podcast Napkin Scribbles. A pioneer in online learning with some of the highest "influence" rankings of any religious figure in the world of social media (Twitter, Facebook), he has authored numerous articles, sermons, and more than fifty books.

Lori Wagner is a ministry leader and writer who has published poetry, articles, and reviews on cultural studies of science and literature and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, English and German literature, and science and culture for over twenty five years.

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I would definitely recommend this book as a fiction read.
lora lynn
This book while it had a good story was way too long and had way too many characters and places and plots.
Reba Baskett
The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner is an apocalyptic book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Leigh on May 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Apocalyptic fiction isn't my favorite genre, so I started to pass on this book. Then I saw it was by Leonard Sweet and figured I'd give it a shot. Turns out I should have gone with my first reaction.

One of the things that interested it me was the description of this book as what Sweet and Wagner call "engaged fiction." I was curious as to what exactly this "new genre" that "blurs fact and fiction" would be like. Apparently, it's a novel with an appendix. Sweet and Wagner invite their readers to explore their version of the future, then examine the information presented in the appendix and consider for themselves what the earth's future might hold. An interesting approach, but calling it a "new genre" sounds a little pretentious to me.

The plot line in and of itself isn't bad. It's kind of a Christian DaVinci code/end times kind of thing, complete with the trademark character of the humble professor of history who finds himself tracing an ancient prophecy through history, battling evil, and saving the world. As plots go, it's not bad. The action drags sl-o-w-ly at the beginning, but the pace does pick up by the end or the book.

So what didn't I like about it? Again, the plot drags quite a bit at the beginning and I had a hard time getting into the book. I also didn't really connect with any of the characters. The book also tends to jump around from place to place and because it frequently introduces characters that are mentioned once and then never play a significant role in the novel, it's hard keeping track of who is important and who isn't. I also had trouble with the chronology.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By david mcdonald on May 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I LOVED this book.

Over the years end-of-the-world scenarios have become cliche. We all got a good scare out of Damien, and everyone enjoys munching on a little popcorn during the summer disaster movies, but it's been a long, long time since anyone put on their thinking cap and wondered 'what if none of those cliches held?'

Seraph Seal follows a basic formula, but in a new way. The protagonist is a pedestrian academic - think Dan Brown, here - but he gathers a crew of would-be world-savers to assist him in avoiding Armageddon. Working together, this collection of well-drawn, interesting characters is more reminiscent of a caper film (Ocean's 11, the Rat Pack) than super-hero team; but the action never stops and you find yourself caught up in a myriad of plots and sub-plots, intrigue and nuance.

For those who like religious-themed fiction (end times, book-of-Revelation, stuff) there's plenty of that here. In fact, Sweet's work is far more biblically credible and theologically consistent than any of that 'Left Behind' babble. The book could be a master's level study in symbolism and hidden meaning, and the careful reader will be rewarded over and over again with gems subtly woven into each chapter (actually, onto almost every page).

So, if you like great characters, a well-constructed plot with multiple-layers, and want to imagine a new way in which the world could end (or not!), this is the book for you. The Omen, meets the Da Vinci Code, meets The Italian Job.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wheelsms on May 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Seraph Seal is a well-written, intriguing, thought-provoking, and entertaining yarn. It has the flavor of a Dan-Brown-does-apocalyptic-literature-divine-conspiracy novel, yet it thoroughly entertains in a fast paced, page-turning, can't-put-it-down style.

The story begins with the birth of nine individuals on December 21, 2011. The story then fast forwards to April 2048 where it weaves these nine lives together. Will they unite to bring in a new age of humanity or usher in the kingdom of God? is the question the reader is asked throughout the story.

The authors designed the book as "engaged fiction," an invitation for the reader to participate in the story and determine whether the authors' scenario would be yours and whether or not you would choose a different ending. In Part V of the book, the authors include the details from the main character's journal he maintained throughout the story. I found it very helpful and constantly flipped back and forth to double check details as I was reading.

The authors accomplished their purpose in the sense that I enjoyed the story but did not care for the ending. I would have chosen a different one. I found the conclusion a bit too new age-ish for my taste.

The book is religious, but not biblical. It is heavy on symbolism and syncretism as it draws from Mayan calendars, Kabballah, art, philosophy, Jewish and Christian traditions, sci-fi fantasy, new age ideas, and the book of Revelation. It emphasizes faith in God, but not necessarily faith in Christ. It presents the notion that people united in love can usher in the dawn of a new day. The main character lays down his life for his friends, and is then reborn in a new time and place with a second chance to change the world.
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