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I did not want this to end, I cried at the end, not due to sadness but joy, at the sovereignity of God, His grace, His mercy, His love for us and above the Hope that only He can provide and give us.
A sequel would be great here. That would be such a blessing. This is one of my all time favourites.
In the league of Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness, and Piercing The Darkness, and also Graham Carter's No Eye Has Seen, even Randy Alcorn's Ishbane Conspiracy and Lord Foulgrin Letters.
This is a must read for every Christian. Highly Recommended.
I give this book a 3 for writing, and a perfect 5 for theology, averaging to a decent 4. As a film and writing student, I'm going to be extra harsh when judging this story. It's clear that Matt is an amateur when it comes to storytelling, jumping in and out of third-person limited narration to give the book a sometimes emotionally jarring attitude. The characters are flat at times, with little uniqueness about them. While this keeps the characters believable, it doesn't give them much appeal. The angels and demons are by far the most interesting part of the story. The dialogue seems lame and contrived at times, with character blatantly stating their feelings and lacking the subtly of real human interaction. I guess I see a bit of Matt in each character, rather than seeing the character as an individual. This could be result of the fact that I spend so much time on his website and listening to his radio show. The story travels along and holds your interest well-enough, though it is predictable at times and lacks nuance or suspense. When someone has a prophecy about what's going to happen at the end, it's hard to take the character's confusion seriously. This goes back to the awkward third-person limited narration that fades in and out of the characters' minds. There was some interesting symbolism and parallelism going on with the butterfly imagery, but I would have liked to see more of that. Even so, the main character blatantly recognizes the symbolism and points it out to the reader, which I find to be intellectually insulting.Read more ›
Will you want to put "The Influence" down? Not likely. Will you want to pass "The Influence" onto others? Most definitely! Will "The Influence" inspire you to be an "influence" in the lives of those you love, Christian, and more importantly, non-Christian? Absolutely!! So don't just recommend "The Influence", get a copy of it into the hands of those you love.
By God's grace alone, Matt Slick has done well with "The Influence" and brought praise, glory and honor to the one true God of all creation.
"...to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen." Romans 16:27
As far as "religious fiction" goes, this book is in the top of the list, behind obvious books such as Pilgrim's Progress or perhaps Douglas Bond novels. After getting myself into "The Shack"--without having any idea what it was about--and leaving appalled by what I ended up reading, this book was a relief. Sadly, I'm sure it will never have the same popularity as The Shack; and why would it when it speaks the Gospel (and other matters) with such clarity and bluntness? The theology is orthodox, the Gospel is apparent, and the story is pretty entertaining.
Okay, negatively now (don't get me wrong I think this book would be great for unbelievers to read).
The editing is a bit shoddy. Typos and grammatical errors can be found throughout, and sometimes they can be a bit distracting when you have to reread a sentence to figure out what the writer was attempting to say. I would simply recommend that Matt revise and put out a second edition, that would take care of that.
Also, Matt Slick is an apologist, and not really what I would think of as a novel writer. It's clear that this is his first attempt at a novel. And while I believe that it is a valiant effort--and ten times better than anything I could put out--it fails a bit in my idea of a well-written fiction book. The descriptions can be somewhat shallow, the characters a bit static, and the battle scenes a little repeditive.
That's all I'll say negatively. Bottom line, the book serves its purpose, it is clear on the issues of God's holiness, the law, the Gospel, theodicy, theology, etc. It would be a great read to give to unbelievers, or just believers looking for an entertaining fiction novel without the worldliness found in others.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book drew me in from the very beginning. I enjoy Matt Slick and his radio program but this fictional book was absolutely amazing. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great thriller, full of sound biblical doctrine. You will enjoy the ride and receive a fantastic message of truth along the way!Published 29 days ago by Ashley Hughes
I loved it. But I would not compare it to The Shack. I see it as a continuation of the This Present Darkness type of books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. K. Carlton
I thought it was great! It starts a little bizarre but stay with it because it does point people in the direction of Christ! A super good readPublished 1 month ago by David Martin
I deeply felt the love of God for his creation and the relationship he desires to have with us. God is very active in this relationship.Published 1 month ago by Don
This book keeps you entertained and makes you not want to put it down. I finished it within a few days. Read morePublished 2 months ago by carrie
I bought the kindle version but actually listened to it over the Audible add-on.
The book was done very nicely. Read more
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