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Posted July 29, 2010
Good Place to Start for Basic Information on 2012 Theories
In reading the book, Will the World End in 2012?, I viewed it from an interesting perspective. Having visited the Mayan ruins at Chichen-Itza, Yucatan, Mexico in 2008, I had taken a bit of interest in the 12-21-12 date and theories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book is clearly well-researched and full of MORE information than I even knew existed on the various theories and background information about this topic. Each chapter of the book covers a particular theory as well as the criticism or support for each theory. I was very impressed with the fact that this author stuck to the premise that as Christians we are told in the Bible that NO one can really know the exact time or date of the end of the world. I was astonished to find out that there are believers, well-known teachers of the Word of God that are now adhering to the date of December 21, 2012 as the end of the world.
I am more convinced than ever that I believe NO one can know the time. We just have to be ready. I was impressed with the book's final chapter which included a clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
(I received a free copy of this book to review from Booksneeze.com.)
Posted May 31, 2010
Interesting reading and informative
With all the interest swirling around these days with respect to the end of the world as we know it, it seems that this book is relevant. There are many avenues to the realization that the end is near, from the Mayan calendar to religious predictions, and everything in between. The book describes 10 of the most popular, giving each space enough to explain their footing, followed by a realistic conclusion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I found the book to be relevant from my perspective as a Christian. It seems that quite a bit of relevance has been placed on things like the Mayan calendar, which is supposed to end on December 21, 2012. Two sides are discussed in the book, one being the end of the calendar is doom inspiring, while the other merely says it is a significant change in humanity.
Scientific aspects are divulged regarding planetary alignment with the galaxy, huge solar flares, and the effect on the Earth. This effect could be anything from huge earthquakes, giant tsunami's, and major volcanic reactions (the biggest example being Yellowstone).
Personally, I find this growing discussion over the end of the world fascinating, but perhaps not from the angle calculated by those who may read this: It just makes for good reading. I have no fear for tomorrow, or 2012. If the end comes, so be it. If it does not, so be it. I will continue to live on the Earth, or live with Jesus and God in Heaven. I cannot lose!
I would say this book is a good read for someone looking for a central explanation of the differing theories being presented regarding the end of the world in 2012 (or in general). It reads easy and quickly (I read it in 2 hours). It will be money well spent!
Posted May 28, 2010
The End of the World? (from JamesGuyRoberts dot com)
The 2012 doomsday legend, unknown until a few years ago, is all the rage. No one knows exactly how many books have been published in the past couple of years about it. One list I saw had 40 titles, but it's not complete because Dr. Raymond Hundley's Will the World End in 2012? was not listed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Hundley is a Christian theologian who can write plainly about far-out topics. In this book, he analyzes the different permutations of 2012 lore, beginning with the Mayans. Not being an initiate in the 2012 phenomenon, I was reassured to learn from his book that the theory involves more than just the Mayans. For all their ballyhooed prowess in calendarizing, it is still a historical fact that the Mayans never caught onto the principle of the wheel and were otherwise a barbaric and bloodthirsty lot. As Hundley dares ask, what if they actually did predict the world would end in 2012? What did they know anyhow?
Good question. Of course, he goes on to question whether the Mayan witch doctors really did intend to suggest 2012 was the Exit time. Maybe they just thought it would be a turning point. It does appear back in the day they believed they'd still be the only game in town in Mesoamerica come 2012, so we know from that that their prognostication skills were not infallible.
The book's most interesting chapters have to do with the many ways we might be going bye-bye in a few years hence. One of my favorite agents of doom is the Large Hadron Collider, which just might create a tiny little black hole at the center of the earth that will, in the fullness of time, finish off the planet and us with it.
The supposed "super volcano" smoldering beneath the surface at Yellowstone National Park is also a promising threat. Hundleyeven suggests that terrorists might explode a nuclear device at the bottom of Old Faithful, to set things in motion.
Other tasty possibilities in this witches' brew of global calamities include the possible reversal of the planet's poles, storms on the surface of the sun of catastrophic proportions, the earth's imminent collision with a heretofore unknown Planet X, and maybe the weirdest, the supposedly infallible predictions of Web Bots, little spider apps crawling the Web picking up clues to incipient mayhem and destruction.
Dr. Hundley, doesn't buy any of it however. In the final analysis and final chapter he reflects on the possibility of impending global doom and, while downplaying it, uses the opportunity to put in a sales pitch for his faith. The world may not actually end in 2012, but maybe we should act like it's going to. By which, being a man of the cloth, He doesn't mean to engage in drunken debauchery and run up massive credit card debt. That would be business as usual. What he would like-and what he imagines would please God-would be if humans treated one another with more kindness, respect, and love. Even a cynic like myself can't argue with that.
I doubt that 2012 will be the end. It will likely be just another year in the Long Goodbye western civilization is saying to itself. Humanity will go on, nothing earth-shaking will seem to have happened, and once 2013 rolls around, all the 2012 doomsayers will, emerge shamefaced and crestfallen. Yet, in a sense, they will probably hahave been right. 2012 will have been the end, and 2013 and 2014 and who knows how many years after that-they will all be part of one prolonged End Time. What lies beyond them, no one knows or would care to see.
Posted May 18, 2010
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"Will The World End in 2012?" - Very Informative, but easy to read.
Dr. Raymond C. Hundley's book, "Will The World End in 2012?" is a quick read with only 184 pages, including a well-written study guide at the end. He begins with a review of the film, "2012," which I opted not to see.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Dr. Hundley introduces each prediction with a believable scenario, then takes the reader through the pros and cons of the chapter, and ends with his scientific opinion as to whether or not the catastrophe is feasible.
My only critism is his overuse of the word "relationship" in the last chapter. I'll say no more so as not to spoil the ending.
This is a book I would recommend, especially to my friend in law school who will graduate in 2012(haha). I intend to read it again with the study guide in mind. I'd like to get 100% on the questions he asks at the end.
Posted May 7, 2010
Will the World End in 2012 by Raymond C. Hundley, Ph.D.
Let me begin by saying this is a fabulous book for someone like me! You see, I made the decision long ago to stop watching the daily news and reading the local newspaper. There is so much negative press that it is no wonder our world remains in a constant state of depression and fear. I have made the effort to routinely listen to the world news on National Public Radio every afternoon on my commute home from work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After reading this book, I felt I had been provided a fascinating overview of the predictions of how our world will end on December 21, 2012. I thought the book was extremely informative; so much so that I felt a sense of intelligence when the topic of the Large Hadron Collider was explained at a recent Christian Conference I attended.
In the introduction to the book, Dr. Raymond Hundley states: "The rise and fall of interest in predictions of the end of the world appear to follow the same rise and fall of stresses, dangers, and exasperation over the actual conditions of human life." And isn't our world in a state of constant stress and danger?
I agree with Dr. Hundley's conclusion that none of us know when the world will end. We don't even know what will happen on our drive home from work (TRUST ME)! What matters at the end of the day (and at the end of the world) is that we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! It is our responsibility as Christians to share the good news so every person on earth can spend eternity in Heaven (whenever the time comes)!
*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Posted May 1, 2010
Will the World End in 2012? By Raymond C. Hundley PH.D
In this book Hundley addresses the current hot topic of the end of the world. He covers ten of the most common theories and addresses each one individually in the first ten chapters, then follows up with two chapters on how a Christian should react to this. I enjoyed this book, although it felt a bit redundant at times. I was disappointed that many of the theories about the end of the world mentioned are not time specific, making them seem a bit out of place in a book intended to look specifically at the year 2012. I appreciated Hundley's thoughts on how to be prepared spiritually for the end of the world at all times. Overall I think this is a good book for Christians who want to be aware of the theories that are out there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2010
Will the World End in 2012
You probably would have to be living under rock not to have heard the predictions of planetary destruction that the planet faces in 2012. For years, I have been fascinated with Biblical prophecies of the end times, starting with Hal Lindsay's "Late Great Planet Earth" and others. So I was very excited when I saw that I could have the opportunity to review Raymond C. Hundley's newest book "Will the World End in 2012" for BookSneeze.com.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Dr. Hundley is a former pastor and seminary professor, so his treatise of the subject matter is from an evangelical Christian viewpoint. He tackles ten possible scenarios for the end of the world in the year 2012. Among these are the predictions of the Mayan calendar, possible solar storms, the eruption of a super volcano, the predictions of Nostradamus, and prophecies of the end of the world from a number of different religions.
Given Hundley's background, not surprisingly, the longest chapter in the book is the chapter on the religious predictions of the end of the earth. The Old and New Testament prophesies get the most ink. However, Hundley does an adequate job of including prophesies from the Muslim faith, the I Ching, the Hindu faith, and the Hopi Indian tribe. In the chapter on the Mayan calendar, he does a great job of quoting multiple sources, several of which conclude that 12/21/12 is an end of the world event, and several that quote it as a "changing point" in the world order.
Hundley also addresses some of the predictions of world doom from scientific possibilities. In these areas, I felt a little shortchanged as a reader. It would be the one complaint I would have against the book. For instance, the chapter on possible solar storms in 2012, a subject I am very interested in, contained a mere 3 pages. Other chapters that harbor potential peril for the fate of the planet based on scientific fact are not quite as short as the solar storms, but are among the shorter chapters in the book.
All in all though, I enjoyed reading "Will the World End in 2012?" The subtitle to the book is "A Christian Guide to the Question Everyone's Asking," and as such has the expected evangelical call to acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior. The epilogue calls for Christians that have read the book to live their lives as if the world would end in 2012 or tomorrow and live a life in honor of Christ. Even if you are not a religious person, or interested in Christianity, this book does have a lot of information about the possible "end of the world" in 2012. The author reaches his conclusion. It could, but you will have to read the book for the details.
Posted April 19, 2010
Is the End of the World Immanent - 2010 question?
I found this book fascinating. As the author points out, most of the "prophesy" concerning the end of the world in 2012 is based on superstition and faulty logic. However, I did get some new information. In the first place there is increased volcanic activity in the world. This could be exceeding dangerous if one of the super volcanoes, like the one in Yellow Stone National Park, blow. The book also points out that increased volcanic activity could be a by-product of increased solar energy entering out atmosphere. The book was worth reading just to discover these facts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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The question of the world ending in 2012, however, remains unresolved. I seriously doubt it is tied to the end of the Mayan calendar, or any other prophesy, either the I Ching, or the Bible. I do believe that the world will end one day for each of us. Whether it ends in a global cataclysm, or as the result of the natural end of our years on earth, we must behave as Christians and be ready for the eventuality. God will be the final judge of what happens to the world. It is our job to be ready whenever that happens.
Posted April 14, 2010
I'd give it as a gift
Having finished reading "Will the World End in 2012?", I come away pleasantly surprised by what I read. In this book, author Raymond C. Hundley, Ph.D, looks at the leading apocalyptic theories and shows the strengths and weaknesses of each theory. I thought they would all end up being shown as hogwash yet a number of the more scientic theories indeed have some merit to them. This book was an easy read, that made you go "Huh, I didn't know that." occasionally. It ended with by asking a far more important question then whether the world will end in 2 years. Are you ready should your life end tonight? Truly it would do us all well to ask ourselves that question. Even better would be to live in such a way. "Will the World End in 2012?" gets my stamp of approval for the conspiracy theorists, the panickers, the searches and everyone in between.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
While not required to give a positive review, a copy of this book was supplied at no cost to me from the publisher in exchange for a review.
Posted April 14, 2010
Will The World End In 2012?
I found this book to be quite eye opening. The author did an excellent job in explaining the several theories, some of which I was not aware of before. It is written in an easy to read, well organized and professional manner. The addition of the story guide in the back of the book is great for group discussions, such as book clubs. This is an insightful and educational read that I would recommend to anyone who has ever wondered about the prophecies and scientific theories surrounding the end of the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted April 14, 2010
A good read
I recently joined Book Sneeze. In doing so, I am entitled to receive free books in exchange for writing a review of the book I read. This is such a good deal for me, because I love to read and what better way than to receive free books in the process.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This review is of my first book entitled "Will The World End In 2012?" by Raymond C. Hundley, PH. D. With all the hype over the Mayan Calendar and the movie"2012" this seemed a logical place for me to start.
Hundley uses 10 basic arguments that are currently circulating about the end occurring in 2012. As he dealt with each theory, he opened it with a brief story that involves the theory being discussed, then launched into the facts presented by those who agree or disagree with the particular theory.
I must admit, I was not aware there were 10 popular theories, from the Mayan Calendar to Religious predictions.In reading this book, I learned of some that I had never heard of. Hundley gives you quite a bit of information with regards to each theory and then finishes his book with an epilogue to Christians where he reminds us, God is the only one who knows the "when" of the world ending.
The epilogue, in my opinion, was worth the whole book. As Christians, we are told to be prepared, no matter when the end comes and Hundley outlines how to do just that.
It was a good,though some times tedious (due to all the facts) read. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the discussion of 2012.
Posted April 14, 2010
Very good read!
In his book, Raymond C. Hundley takes a look at 11 different 'causes' pertaining to the infamous doomsday, 2012. These 'causes' consist of the Mayan calendar, Solar Storms, the eruption of the Super Volcano and more. The message he tries to give out is to test Christians and non-Christians to question the prologue to 2012. How can all these people from history, with none of our current telescopes and other tools, figure out what will happen in the future?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As I read through the book, I began questioning myself about the 2012 rumors. I have always been fascinated by the doomsday that is approaching. This book ran through some of the biggest rumors, and at the end of each chapter gave a conclusion of the chapter for that particular rumor. It was definitely an easy read and very interesting. I will definitely recommend it to anyone up for a good read on our future!
(This book was provided by Thomas Nelson of BookSneeze.com)
Posted April 18, 2010
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