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Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time? Hardcover – June 12, 2012
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About the Author
Joel C. Rosenberg is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 2.5 million copies in print. An evangelical Christian, he is the cofounder and president of the Joshua Fund, providing humanitarian relief in Israel. As a communications strategist based in Washington, D.C., he has served as a senior advisor on two U.S. presidential campaigns and an aide to some of the world’s most influential leaders in politics, business, and the media. A front-page Sunday New York Times profile called him a “force in the capital.” He has also been profiled by the Washington Times and the Jerusalem Post, has been interviewed on ABC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and the History Channel, and has addressed audiences all over the world, including at the White House, the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, and the European Union Parliament. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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What this book isn't: It isn't a rant on the government. It isn't simply his opinion. It isn't a sensational doomsday approach. It isn't narrow-minded. And most importantly, it does not leave the reader without hope.
In an honest, thorough, and credible voice, Rosenberg challenges the Church, individuals, and government officials in ways that have potential to reshape our future and, thus, the future of the entire globe. As much as he shows the planet is headed in a gloomy direction, he also gives reason for doable optimism if we accept the challenge immediately.
Rosenberg states when his points are speculative. However, in supporting those speculations with facts, statistics, and current events, each of the scenarios becomes plausible. The four scenarios Joel believes "could make America unable--or unwilling--to play a key role in the unfolding prophetic events of the last days are:
* Economic Implosion--The United States implodes financially and economically.
* War or Terrorism--The United States is devastated by a surprise military or terrorist attack or series of attacks.
* Natural Disasters--The United States is devastated by an unprecedented series of natural disasters.
* The Rapture--The United States suddenly loses millions, or tens of millions, of people when the Rapture happens, leaving the rest of the American people devastated and triggering any number of cataclysmic events." (p. 127).
The facts--unreported by the mainstream media--will grab the reader's attention.
It is critical that this book is read by as many people as possible while we still have opportunity to make choices for the future.
(I am a freelance reviewer and was given a review copy of this book with the understanding I would give objective feedback.)
He discusses how the Russian and Chinese economies are flourishing, with China buying most of America's massive debt: a debt larger by far in percentage of a gross domestic product than that of Greece. A gross domestic product that is also vastly larger than that of Greece, creating the potential for a much more cataclysmic monetary crisis.
His basic question, focussed upon end times prophecy, is this: Does America have a place in end time events? His answer is almost certainly not. He reasons from scripture and refuses to speculate where scripture is silent, with the exception of where scripture is silent about America. From that silence and a great deal of plausible speculation he reaches the conclusion that America, as we know it, will probably cease to exist before the second coming of Christ.
He invests a chapter each to the first and second great awakenings in American history. These chapters are very informative and a refreshing ray of hope in a pretty dismal picture. He begins casting a vision for the future that with the question: "How then shall we live?" and sows the seeds of a living hope to round out the book.
Implosion was a refreshing, encouraging, and challenging book that I think any concerned American should read. I picked this book up thinking it would be political, but found that it was not just the typical current-events rant. Implosion doesn't simply list out all of the problems with America: it gives the honest and Biblical solution.
I've read most of Mr. Rosenberg's novels which are some of the best reading around. This book is up to the high expectations I have of Mr. Rosenberg's writing. He is well informed and researches his info thoroughly.