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The Rise of the Prophet Paperback – March 4, 2016
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A thought-provoking and thrilling début from author Rodney Coe. This book plunges deep into an impressively detailed world that is at once strikingly familiar an utterly new… Whether you read this as a spiritual allegory for our times, a fascinating parable to reflect upon, or a suspenseful story to contemplate and consider on multiple levels, this is a rewarding, sincere, and exciting read that always rivets and captivates. Coe’s prose inspires and galvanizes the reader; more than anything, it leaves you eager for more.(Joanna Schildt, Writer & Professor of Literature, November 2015)
The Bible is a book that tells the story of Redemption. Rodney Coe’s book, The Rise of the Prophet will cause your heart to burn for God’s touch from heaven as redemption captures your soul.(Dr. Johnny Hunt Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Woodstock 2016-03-07)
As a former high school library media specialist, I am excited about The Rise of the Prophet. This well-written, fast-paced, tension-filled Young Adult novel will engage readers from page one until the very last word. With bonus features, including a glossary and map, teens (and adults alike) will be captivated by the miracles performed and the spiritual warfare that creates an action-packed story. You won’t be able to put it down.(Carol Round, author of Journaling with Jesus and the companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge 2016-03-07)
My good friend, Rodney Coe has written a novel masterpiece in The Rise of the Prophet. It is filled with suspense that compels you to keep reading without taking a break to get to the next event. The faithfulness of Adonai is central and is clearly seen in all that transpires throughout the book. You will be encouraged by reading it. Do so and commend it to others.(Jim Law, Executive Pastor First Baptist Church Woodstock 2016-03-07)
I am excited about The Rise of the Prophet written by my good friend of many years, Rodney Coe. As an encourager, Rodney’s heart is to share a refreshing work that will entertain and uplift you.(Dr. James Peoples Senior Pastor Trinity Baptist Church Keystone Heights, Fl 2016-03-07)
Pastor Rodney Coe is not only a gifted communicator but a great writer too. Enjoy his first novel and look for more to come. The Lord will use this faithful pastor's pen to inspire readers and more importantly to point them to Jesus Christ.(Jeff Crook, Senior Pastor Blackshear Place Church Flowery Branch, GA 2016-03-07)
About the Author
Rodney Coe holds a degree in Creative Writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as advanced degrees in theology. He serves as pastor of Gap Creek Baptist Church in northeast Tennessee and has written more than 200 published articles. The Rise of the Prophet is his first novel.
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I have recieved this book from book crash for my honest review.
The book has its positives. The world that it creates is intriguing. The religious divisions are noteworthy, as are the negative stereotypes that characters had of the Barar. The prose is simple, so the book is a quick read. Occasionally, the book offered good lessons. There is a passage in which a character is told that, just because people around him are immoral, that does not mean that he has to be immoral. One of the villains among the authorities is sincerely encouraged to repent. And Martin’s struggle to find God amidst chaos is somewhat realistic.
The book has its negatives, though. While the prose was simple, I often felt as if I was going through the book without much context. As a result, I did not understand the motivations of many of the characters. There was an attempt near the beginning of the book to provide context, through Joel’s flashback about the events that led him to that point, but that was overly terse. Ordinarily, when I read a novel, I become accustomed to the book’s world in the second fifty-pages, or so, but I had no such luck with this novel. I was exhorted by a couple passages here and there, and Joel and Martin stood out to me as particularly realistic characters, probably because the book went into more detail about their backgrounds. But, in terms of the larger plot, I had to scan passages that I had already read to understand what exactly was going on, and why.
Perhaps the book would have been better had it included fewer action scenes, and more religious and political discussions, including among the villains. Or the book could have provided an introduction that laid out the story, rather than throwing readers into a new world and expecting them to make sense of it. I think of a version of the movie Dune, which provided an illustrated introduction explaining the characters, the issues, and the larger motivations.
The book had potential, but it fell short.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Bookcrash. My review is honest.
Joel grew up hearing that Adonai had a plan for him. He knew it was true, he just didn't understand it all. Having strength comparable to Samson and a call to go spread the word of Adonai's favor returning, he now knows what he must do. Though there are people that don't want the message spread, there are those that are willing to make a sacrifice and help the word spread. Miracles start happening and more people realize the truth of the Book.
The Rise of the Prophet is a fast moving book, and it kept me wanting to read on so that I could find out what would happen next. There are different characters and areas that take part in the story, so there is some jumping back and forth between these, but the plot is easy to follow. Several of the people meet, and it becomes clear how the story all works together.
God's love and forgiveness are very prominent in the story, but so is His justice. Sometimes we forget that there is a balance there, God loves us more than we can imagine, but He will not let us do whatever we want. Another biblical concept that is easy to see is that we are each given a talent and purpose. Adonai called people to do certain things, and God does that for us. This is not only an entertaining story, but one that can be used to encourage people to listen to God.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program in exchange for this review.
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