The Mayan Apocalypse
Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky
Harvest House Publishers (2010)
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (11/10)
Andrew Morgan is an intelligent and successful CEO of an oil company. But a tragic accident has left him bitter and alone. As a result he decides to attend a seminar in New Mexico about the end of the world given by Robert Quetzal, a descendant of a line of Mayan priests. Quetzal professes that indeed the apocalypse will occur, but he can save anyone – for the right price. During the conference, there are occurrences (meteors striking the earth, volcanic activity) that lend credence to Quetzal’s position. But are they a coincidence or a premonition of what is to come? Lisa Campbell, a reporter for a Christian newspaper, is covering the seminar for her job. As she and Andrew grow close, their differing beliefs about salvation pose problems for their relationship.
The so-called end of the world on December 21, 2012, based on calculations of the Mayan calendar is a hot topic right now. Authors Mark Hitchcock and Alton Gansky have seized the opportunity to keep the subject in the forefront of the news but also added a different aspect for people to consider. The story is not simply about what, if anything, will happen on that day. It also encompasses a clash over beliefs between Andrew and Lisa – whether Robert Quetzal or God should be the choice as a savior. It also poses the question of whether one should try to change or run from the inevitable versus blindly accepting whatever is to come.
“The Mayan Apocalypse” is a work of fiction written for an adult audience. Religion and faith are a central theme of this story, but they are not used in a way that should cause nonbelievers to avoid the book. This would be an excellent selection for a book club due to the timeliness of the subject matter as well as the strong, but differing, viewpoints of Andrew and Lisa. The authors have provided several thought-provoking discussion questions to aid in this endeavor.
This book contains something for everyone to consider – theories on how and when the world will end, and questions about salvation, and arguments about being proactive rather than reactive to impending threats. “The Mayan Apocalypse” may force readers to think more intently about the coming years.