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The Glimpse: A Vision of America's Future - Top Rated by [Carroll, Grant]
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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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  • File Size: 1623 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084QSNE2
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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