Friday, March 28, 2014

Issachar's Heirs by Brian Chilton

This novel portrays a future I hope never comes true. It is a frightening book yet one that encourages believers to trust God.

It is just a couple of years from now but the religious climate of the United States has changed dramatically. Christians are being marginalized, similar to what happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany.

There is a powerful group reaching all the way to the White House that is taking action. They believe “that our nation could never be the kind of humane, enlightened nation we need unless intolerant fundamentalist Christians were neutralized.” (245) They orchestrate events and influence the media with the end of Christianity in mind. It is a propaganda war, a prelude to a deadly nightmare.

This is an eye opening book. Though it is well written, it is not an easy novel to read. It is just too realistic, too true to what is happening in the U. S., too chilling in it's view of the immediate future.

It was disgusting to see how the media was manipulated by a few well placed “reports.” Facts were twisted, interpretations slanted, and lies repeated. Since the lies were what the media wanted to hear, they were broadcast with fervor. Christians are labeled as a hate group. Laws are passed to protect immoral people from being slandered by evangelical pastors. Bible publishers are forced to make clarifying comments on passages identifying certain behavior as sin.

There is a small and dedicated group of Christians that is the only hope for Christianity in America. Without God's help, they are totally out of their league, so to speak. But trust in God is what they do.

There is a great deal of information in the book. The author uses dialog and the thoughts of his characters to review recent court decisions and government actions that have affected evangelical Christians. I wasn't aware of many of the events but, as characters comment, they were not reported in the media.

This well written book may be frightening, as it is so close to the truth, but it is an encouraging book too as it confirms that God is greater than anything the Enemy has to offer. Christians would do well to read this book. It will open your eyes, strengthen your faith, and make you pray all the more for our country.

Brian Chilton is a graduate of University of Virginia Law School. He represented the mother and daughter in the 2004 Supreme Court case, Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, resulting in the words “under God” being retained in the Pledge of Allegiance. This is his first novel and he is working on the sequel. His nonfiction writing has appeared in many journals and magazines. The son of an unwed teenager, he was born before Roe v. Wade and was adopted into a Christian home. He and his wife have been married twenty seven years and live with their children in Virginia. Follow on Twitter,

White Feather Press, 374 pages. You can buy a copy here.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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