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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.


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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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: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

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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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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Y. Pollard on May 19, 2011
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I don't quite know where to begin with this review. I was excited to read it because it sounded intriguing. I am interested in end times prophecies and herbalism, so I figured what could be better than two great interests in one book?

Well,let's just say it took me nearly two months to finish this book. The very beginning of the book was confusing because of Dan and Asher. I thought Dan was alive, and then he's described as dead.

I'm not quite sure what Asher does for a living. Is he a secret agent, a missionary, a hot guy? All of the above? I don't know. All I know is that he lived in the Pacific Northwest, his friend was apparently assassinated, he had some sort of connection with Malachi and some point and ends up in Tennessee to I guess help Malachi? With what exactly, I don't know. Is the Last Publishers really a covert operation? Are they really missionaries? It seemed sometimes they're doing missionary work, and then it seems like they're hooking up with Mossad and the US government. Ay, yi, yi.

The illustrations were very disconcerting for me. I felt like I was in the third grade, reading a "Nancy Drew" mystery. The illustrations were very unnecessary, and quite honestly, did not match up. For instance, Derek is supposed to be fairly young, but the illustration shows a middle aged man. Maybe blowing things up and setting Klan fires were hard on his body. Bobbi Jo by description is supposed to be fat. Now, maybe my definition of fat is different than Ms. Pearl's, but the illustrated Bobbi Jo is by no means fat. She's averaged sized, in my opinion. I think if I were the model of Bobbi Jo, I would be highly insulted that my character was described as being a big girl. I am a big girl. "Bobbi Jo" is not.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bogart on July 18, 2011
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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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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Christian on December 13, 2009
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This is a rather extreme book, and I expect that people will either love it or hate it. I don't know that I "hate" it but I was definitely disappointed by it. I have never written a book, so I acknowledge that I might not do any better if I ever tried. I am saying that to make the point that I am not intending to bash the author; rather, I am writing what I wish I had known about the book before buying it.

I purchased this book with the teens at our church in mind who love to read. I reject most of today's "romantic" fiction because I find it often rather carnal, even if it is considered "Christian", and I fear teen girls will get the wrong impression and see life through rose colored glasses. I had hoped that Mrs. Pearl would write a book that is more realistic, without the sensual romance, and spiritually uplifting to read. I did not get what I was looking for.

I am familiar with much of the Pearls material, "To Train Up A Child", "Created to be His Helpmeet", and I regularly read their newsletter. Many of the statements the Pearls have made in their previous publications show up in this book - unfortunately, mostly the extreme ones.

I have read their concept that children should be told the negative things about sin, in order to be frightened away from it. While I agree with that in principle, the book takes it pretty far. We read the thoughts of a stalker wanting to make a girl "scream" and about the specific brutality a man uses on a prostitute. If the book were turned into a movie it would be rated R for violence. You decide whether you want your teens, or yourself, to read things like that in a Christian fiction book.

Mrs. Pearl seems to be very strong on the influence of a wife in the family. Again, I principally agree, but Mrs.
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