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Posted June 14, 2013
I am an agnostic person interested in religion and mythology from an academic point of view more than anything. From that point of view, these books are interesting to read and certainly more accessible than the bible for exploring the mythology of Christianity. Depending on their belief system, someone who is already a believer might potentially be offended by the idea offered in the introduction that the narrator is writing as god dictates.
This is the second book I have read by this author and I’m fairly sure I am reading them out of order. They each seem to have a theme but reading them out of order doesn’t appear to negatively impact my studying experience.
Compared to the other book in this series that I read, this book feels very heavy handed. The early part is focused on rules and laws and justice and things that MUST be done. Perhaps the focus was intended to stay on imparting wisdom and these rules are well meant but the tone of the poems in this book brings out feelings of resentment and rebelliousness in me - things I didn’t have in relation to the other book I read. Those feelings aren’t conducive to academic study. I frequently had to set down my kindle and take a walk or do something else to restore a calm state of mind to continue.
Towards the end there seems to be poems focused on forgiveness and salvation. The tone does soften a bit there but it’s too little, too late in the book. If this was not a paid review, I would have walked away from the book without completing it well before I got to the softer-toned messages. That would have been a mistake because some of the later poems had that same ‘deeper wisdom’ aspect, as the poems in the other book I had read. On the other hand, as the majority of this was not something I'd read again, I would not recommend that a friend purchase it.
Posted April 24, 2013
I am torn on whether to praise or denounce this book, both as a writer and a Christian. Anthony A Eddy's work certainly has praiseworthy qualities, and is unarguably a unique read, but there are undertones that cause me a great deal of doubt about the author's work and intentions.
As a reader, I appreciate the creativity with which Eddy presents his narrative. By using unique sentence structure (or lack thereof) and creative formatting, readers cannot help but stand back from the work and soak in everything that makes it different from other works of literature. However, the formatting at times seems so forced and unnatural that it impedes the flow of reading. The strange and halting pace left me with an unnatural feeling as I read.
As a Christian, I can appreciate that everything Eddy writes in the book is true to the Word of God. The words in this book could stand beside any passage of Scripture without clashing in theme or content. However, I was greatly put off by the underlying theme of the author being a modern-day prophet, and receiving an entire series of books directly from God. One thing that especially put me off was the author's penchant for making up new terminology and doctrinal phrases that are nowhere to be found in Scripture. The Christian faith includes many well-known conventions for terminology and phrasing of specific concepts, and this author attempts to rework them all, often leading to what I interpret as raving gibberish (the book's title is a perfect example).