Anti-Christ 2016-2019 : David Montiagne

Not a story for the faint-of-heart, this is definitely a story to read if you are a Christian, you are Jewish, you are religious, you study religion, you hate religion, you have a knack for numbers, you live for what-could-be coincidences; oh goodness, you see where I am going here, right? You should just read this story already!

Anti-Christ Cover David Montiagne

As a disclaimer, I will say I am a Lutheran Christian (who are Protestant), and I spend a minimum of 2 days a week at my church; I teach at our weekly youth group, and I go to church nearly every Sunday, often doing the readings or volunteering in some other way. I am also a Democrat, who has twice voted for President Barack Obama, of which choice I did not, and still do not, have any regrets about my decision. I also did not read David’s first book on the Anti-Christ, “End Times and 2019”, which gives some detail to things that are referenced in this book I am about to review.

This story takes careful detail of Biblical Scripture, current events, and all the dates and numbers that will go far beyond “coincidence”. I will say I had a hard time reading this story. Not because it is hard to read, but because if it is true, it can be very hard to accept.

There is one thing I have heard from several sources, that said, in-a-nutshell, “The Anti-Christ may not even know at the current time that they are indeed, the Anti-Christ.”

To sum it up, this book is claiming that on June 6, 2016, we will indeed be told who the Anti-Christ is. They will be in such a position of power, that it will be difficult for most of the world to deny their requests.

Does this seem ridiculous? Let me take you back to September 11, 2001. At that point when President Bush was in the devastation of the World Trade Centers, vowing vengeance on the culprits, was anyone willing to deny him the vengeance he sought?

We all gathered up as Americans, and Foreign Countries united, and hung our flags out on our front doors, hugged our neighbors, and stopped being greedy-self-centered-jerks for a few months. Can all of this feel-good-united behavior stop what was foretold 2000 years ago?

What do you think? Read this story to either support your claims, or change your mind!

The Lutheran Ladies Circle: Plucking One String – Kris Knorr

Being as I am a long-standing-volunteering-attending member of a Lutheran Church, this book took on a special interest for me. Do the people in the story relate at all to the people I encounter at church? I have to say, there were a few characters whom I could easily rename to someone who attends my church. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, I am just saying I now definitely have an image in my head of what Lorena, Ellie, and Vera look like. When I now read their name in the text, I am picturing a specific woman of the congregation.

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I do have to be honest right from the get-go, this story has one thing that I absolutely cannot stand. Say it with me people. “Too many characters”. This is my pet peeve; having so many characters (and usually storylines to match) that you cannot keep them straight, let alone determine if they are relevant to the story or not. With that being said, I am about halfway through the story, and am starting to get the correct pattern worked out to whom belongs with who, whose children are being talked about when no reference to their parents are mentioned, etc. As the author stated in her forward that she has herself encountered some of these types of people at church, I am guessing that it was easy for her to write because she knew all along in her mind that Ellie was Mrs. Y, and Vera was Mrs. Z, etc. She did not need to fill in the blanks on who these characters were, because she could see them already in her mind’s eye.

 

So enough of that. It is a good story, and I will read more in the series (I am guessing there is a series as this book says it is #1). I am getting comfortable with the who’s-who, and am feeling a connection to these characters enough that I already want to know how their stories continue on past this book. I am trying to be better about the spoilers, so I will just say that their Pastor died unexpectedly, to be replaced by someone younger, someone looking to change some things. Vera is the widow of said previous pastor, and feels she is slowly getting pushed out of her “always involved in everything even though it is not my job” situations.

 

We also get a birds-eye view of bickering amongst the women at their weekly-monthly meetings, and this has be wondering exactly how much bickering is going on at my church meetings. Expecting to be finished with this sooner rather than I will let you know if there is anything off the wall that happens at the end that I never even saw coming, otherwise I am moving along to the next story.

 

 

Friday Fun Facts!

Rev Fr Andrew M. Greeley
Rev Fr Andrew M. Greeley

Author: Andrew Greeley

Born: February 5, 1928, Oak Park, Illinois

Died: May 29, 2013, Chicago, Illinois

Quote: Andy Greeley once said of the nation’s Catholic Bishops that they are “morally, intellectually, and religiously bankrupt.”

 

Andrew Greeley has definitely turned into one of my favorite authors. I found his books completely by accident, roaming around the aisles of my library looking for something to catch my eye. I believe it was a book from his “Irish” series, and the word Irish is indeed what caught my attention. What turned into reading a couple books over a weekend (yes, over a weekend; life was simpler then!) turned into me reading every single book I could find at my library and buy from Barnes and Noble. That these Irish stories also took place in Chicago, with references to real places in Michigan was just an added bonus for me.  He wrote over 120 books, and had 10 that were on the New York Times Bestseller list, starting with The Cardinal Sins, which was published in 1981.

One of Numerous Amazing Books!
One of Numerous Amazing Books!

He wrote numerous stories and short series with different priests in the main role, and his stories were very open and honest about how he really felt God felt about his followers. These books had swearing, and sex, and even murder, as they were fiction, but I cannot imagine anyone of any religious background, or none at all, as being offended by what these stories told.

 

Irish Love

Mr. Greeley was a Priest, Scholar, Social Critic, and avid storyteller. He was very outspoken about demanding punishment for priests who abused children, often finding himself in hot water. He became wealthy from the publication of his stories, and donated his first earned million to charity, and continued to support numerous charities throughout his lifetime.

 

I have to say, I am not Catholic, I have only witnessed a Catholic wedding once, I have never been to a Catholic Mass, and am only familiar with the fact that Catholics say “Hail Mary’s”, use rosary’s, and confess their sins to a priest. I in no way mean any disrespect what-so-ever. I am a Lutheran (Protestant) and was raised that way, so that is what I know. I am only pointing this out because I grasped these stories with both hands and couldn’t bear to set them down. The storytelling is incredible, and when you finish one, you cannot wait to get your hands on the next. Reading about a priest who solves murders, and has a sense of humor, is fun and refreshing. I can honestly say I was deeply saddened when I began looking into information on Mr. Greeley and discovered that after suffering a stroke, he was no longer able to write, and was incapacitated for several years.  I was even more saddened to learn of his passing when it happened last year, and thinking about the happiness his stories have brought me is making this difficult to write as well. There are many, many authors whom I deeply enjoy and will read their numerous books, but there are indeed only a few who truly get their words and stories wrapped around my brain and leave an indelible mark on me forever.