Book Review: The Face Of God

15 Apr

THE TERRORIST has learned of supernatural stones used by the Old Testament High Priests to hear the audible voice of God. As the mastermind of a deadly plot that will soon kill millions, he has had a series of dreams instructing him to find the stones. Everything else is in place. The wrath of God is poised and ready to be unleashed. All that is stopping him is . . .

THE PASTOR. His wife has been murdered and his faith is crumbling before his very eyes. With his estranged son, he also searches for the stones in hopes they will rekindle his dying faith and love.

With the lives of millions hanging in the balance, these two men of opposing faiths collide in an unforgettable showdown. “The Face of God” is another thrilling and thought-provoking novel by a master of the heart and suspense, C.S. Lewis Honor Award winner, Bill Myers.

Writer/director Bill Myers’s first major success was as co-creator/writer/co-producer of Focus on the Family’s children’s video series, McGee and Me (40 awards, broadcast in 80 countries, 4.5 million books and videos sold). On its heels he wrote the My Life as… series (over 2.1 million books sold).

Other successes include his teen series, Forbidden Doors (winner of the C.S. Lewis Honor Award), and his best selling adult novels, Blood of Heaven, Fire of Heaven, Eli, Soul Tracker, The Face of God, and The Wager (also a motion picture staring Randy Travis). As a writer/director, his work has won over 60 national and international awards, and as an actor he was the voice of Jesus in the NIV Audio Bible and has made several guest appearances on Adventures in Odyssey.  His books and videos have sold over 8 million copies.

He holds an honorary doctorate from The Nimes Theological Institute in France where he has taught. He enjoys traveling and lecturing as well as serving as lay college pastor for his church.

He lives with his wife and two daughters in Southern California

My Impressions:

The Face of God by Bill Myers is a country-hopping, page-turning, adventure/suspense novel that beats anything Indiana Jones can dish up.  Daniel Lawson is a mega church senior pastor who is weary of his life of service and especially those he serves.  His wife tells him he has lost his love of God and people.  Following the death of his wife and the appearance of a strange stone, Daniel finds himself caught in an increasingly dangerous quest to find the stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel originally mounted on the high priest’s breastplate and the Urim and Thummim, the stones that allow one to hear the voice of God.  Along for the roller coaster ride is Daniels’s estranged son, Tyler, a Jewish American archeologist and a Muslim student.  The four travel to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in search of the stones. Also, on the hunt is a fanatical Muslim terrorist who believes the stones not only reveal the will of Allah, but allow the possessor to know the outcome of any battle.

Myers has produced a great suspense story with a wonderful theological debate about relationship vs. legalism. Both Pastor Lawson and Ibrahim (the terrorist) are devoted followers of their religions.  They seek obedience and holiness.  But is obedience to be sought despite the cost?  As Daniel discovers more and more of the stones, his notions of holiness are stripped away.  He discovers his own biases and prejudices in light of God’s love. And both Daniel and Ibrahim must finally decide what it will cost to follow God.

I believe one of the strengths of The Face of God is the characterization.   Myers brings us a pastor with wavering faith, a young man who has given up on religion, a Jewish woman without any real belief system and a devout Muslim woman unwavering in her assurance of the truth of Islam.  The characters are sympathetic, exasperating, quirky, opinionated, flawed — just like real people.   The book is not preachy — the reader is left to decide which character has it right.  But Myers does present the Truth without excuse.

I would recommend The Face of God to anyone wanting a page-turning suspense novel or one who is searching for what faith really looks like.

Recommended.

(I received a free copy of The Face of God from Pump Up Your Book in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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