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Product Details

  • Series: Last Publishers
  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: No Greater Joy Ministries; 1 edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981973701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981973708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have just finished devouring The Vision. It was well-written with complicated, real characters. The gospel and all Bible teaching was neatly tucked into the plot. No pauses for an obvious sermon as in some Christian fiction I have read. Enough action to keep you turning the pages but also good dialogue and even a love story (minus the romance novel junk). I have read a lot of end of the world type science fiction/fantasy and while some left me disturbed emotionally by the imagery none have sent me to my knees or to my Bible as this book has. There are some scary and sad scenes but a constant reminder that God is in control, caring for His children, and some well-placed humor help to keep the book positive rather than depressing. I also liked the tidbits of factual knowledge at the bottom - although sometimes that was more disturbing than the story line!

HIGHLY recommended by this picky reader.

--smfmommy

About the Author

<DIV>Debi Pearl grew up during the 1960s at the height of the hippie revolution and the Jesus Movement. As a teenager, dressed in tie-dye tee shirt and long drooping peasant skirt, she shared the gospel and saw miracle after miracle of God s amazing grace. She married her life mate, Michael Pearl, in 1971. Prior to authoring The Vision, her first novel in a planned series, Debi has authored or co-authored with Michael five previous books. Debi s last book, Created To Be His Help Meet, has been extremely successful worldwide. To date over one million of her books have been sold in several different languages.</DIV>

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Debi and her husband, Michael Pearl, are international best-selling authors. Their books have been translated into over 30 languages worldwide. They have five happily married children and a growing host of grandchildren.

They, with the help of their children, author a free bi-monthly magazine which explores child training, marriage, Bible teaching, and natural healing.

Debi has co-authored 4 books with her husband on child training. Asked for her credentials on child training she points to her five children.

As goes the child so goes the future adult and the future parent. At every moment, parents holding little children are holding the future. Parenting, the most important and demanding job in the world comes on us by default. Ready or not, prepared or ill equipped, all parents produce fruit that lasts throughout eternity. It is like stopping everyone that walks down the street and seating them at a piano to play for five minutes. The melody or the dissonance goes on and on from one generation to the next unless someone takes the time to break the cycle and learn the skill... of parenting.

Through books and tapes, the Pearls are training parents to break the bad habits passed down from former generations, and to recognize and emulate the wisdom of those who have gone before. The Bible and common sense are the foundations for effective parenting. The Pearls' first book on child training, To Train Up A Child, was published in August 1994 by No Greater Joy Ministries. To date, over 650,000 have been printed in English and Spanish.

The next 3 books she co-authored were No Greater Joy Volumes 1, 2 and 3.

In 2004 she authored her first book without her husband - a book on marriage, Created to be His Help Meet. This book has sold over 350,000 copies in English and Spanish and has been published in several other languages through rights and licensing agreements.

In 2006 the book was followed up with a Journal authored by Debi Pearl entitled The Help Meet's Journey: A Yearly Companion Journal for Created To Be His Help Meet.

In response to the many letters and questions, NGJ publishes a free bimonthly, 40-page magazine. Our website offers many free messages available for downloading.

The Vision, published in mid-2009, is Debi Pearl's first novel in a planned series published by Pearl Books LLC.

You can learn more about Debi, her books, and read her blog at www.debipearl.com.

Customer Reviews

You'll be very sorry if you pass up the chance to purchase this book,and read it.
Beverly S. Crull
Many of the statements the Pearls have made in their previous publications show up in this book - unfortunately, mostly the extreme ones.
A Christian
Inspiring book and with many useful information on both the herb remedies and Biblical interpretation on many difficult topics.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Pevensie on August 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Vision is a pretty good read. It stalls a bit in the beginning and then gets better and better until the end when it's both gripping and engaging. When writing a book about Muslims and cultural influence, I think there's a fine line that is walked between describing the issue and vilifying the people. While it's really clear at the end of the book that Mrs. Pearl means no malice and in fact has a deep love for Muslims, it's not so clear at the beginning. I wish she had described more of what the "Muslim problem" and sharia law looked like in Seattle, where the story begins -- and why this drove two of the characters to leave the area (yes, there was an assassination, but she described it as a general problem). Another thing that I wish she had done was describe the accents that she wanted to use instead of spelling them out word-for-word. It slowed the story down.

A few more thoughts: I'm glad she included notes at the bottom of the pages. It helped me take the whole Yellowstone Volcano idea seriously. At the same time I found it amusing for someone who I suspect is a young-earther to be referencing articles about a volcano that blew 70,000 years ago.

I enjoyed the pictures that were included in the book; however, the picture of Derek the eavesdropper didn't line up with his described age in the book...and his monolog at the beginning of the book is unbelievable. I guess my frustration with the book may be summed up by saying that I wish the beginning of the book had been either more carefully crafted or edited.

All complaints aside, this is a genius story. The end of the novel easily makes up for the beginning. I WILL be buying the next book. I may even re-read this one. Debi Pearl is a masterful story teller and I hope to see 20 or 30 more novels out of her.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I'm a wolf rider, I'm free on January 16, 2010
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I have read some of the Pearl's family books but did not know what to expect from a fiction book. I found The Vision to be an excellent novel. I do not read a lot of fiction and unfortunatly many of the Christian fiction books I have picked up over the years I have found either dull and preachy or poorly written with characters too perfect and saintly to be believed. The Vision was none of the above. There are a couple(short) sermons in the book but they flow well into the storyline. The characters are very realistic. I was especially pleased with the notes that allowed me to research some of the interesting topics the book touches on. It is a real page turner! I plan to order the next book in the series when it comes out.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bogart on July 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I saw The Vision by Debi Pearl (of THE Pearl family) being vigorously promoted in homeschooling circles I was eager to read it. A story that combines looming end-times evangelism, terrorism, romance, and herbalism - how exciting - in theory.

I was looking forward to reading the inspiring story of a group of committed Christians pushing on to share the gospel through dangerous times and apostasy, and while there is certainly some of that, the very strong tones of condemnation really ruined this read for me. It is clear that the Pearls have very strong ideological beliefs and The Vision almost reads like a platform for those strident beliefs.

Do you wear a head covering? Include some Hebraic practices in your spiritual walk? Eat junk food - ever? Weigh a bit too much? Prepare to be bashed within these pages. Unfortunately there is very little grace to be found within the pages of this novel, only those who line up with the Pearls `ideal' (and seem like copies of the Pearls themselves put into the pages of a novel) are put forward as good characters, and then they are idealized presenting a false and unbelievable perfection. Anyone with any flaw or differing belief is castigated. This is wearisome and reflects a poor understanding of the craft of writing fiction, but it doesn't really reflect love or mercy. The Last Publishers present a very harsh, very unyielding belief system.

Pearl is clear on the gospel, the need to share it with others, the need to persevere through persecution, the dangers of Muslim beliefs etc. but I would have loved to see these tempered with grace - as it was I found myself grinding my teeth and wincing throughout. There are also some issues with back-story and character development.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Luv2Rd on July 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
This writer kicks down the boundaries of religious and church experiences and places her characters in the thick of some pressing life crisis. Tension builds as environmental concerns, racial bigotry and terrorist extremists all seem to be set at odds against the main characters. Scattered throughout the story line are snippets of information that range from helpful hints on how to use herbs to how to extend the gas mileage of a vehicle using water. The writer weaves a tale that brings assorted elements together into an adventurous saga, and she includes real-life references at the bottom of the pages. This is one book that left me feeling like I hadn't just wasted my time. It spurred me on to further research and reading to investigate some things for my own. That, to me, is the mark of a master teacher. This is one I'll read again!
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