WestBow Press (2017)
Reviewed by Araceli Noriega for Reader Views (2/19)
In Jim Taylor’s “Revelation to John’s Apocalypse Unveiled and Revealed: The Spiritual View of a Carnal War,” the author sets out to use logic and reason to assuage people’s fears regarding John’s revelation letter in the Christian Bible. He posits that while most people categorize these letters as quite dismal, they are in actuality a joyful reading. The author proposes that authentic Christians are not the intended audience for these letters and therefore do not need to fear their bleak nature – it is the unbelievers who should consider their fate when reading the Book of Revelation.
To the extent that the Bible clearly states that it is actually unbelievers who are faced with God’s punishment whenever Christianity is threatened, the author is successful in carrying out the purpose of this publication. While the style of praise and worship is remarkable, the book does stall at times due to technical missteps impacting the book’s purpose and would benefit from a professional edit.
This book is written for readers who are familiar with the Bible, specifically the Book of Revelation. The author informs his readers:
“To get the most out of this book, it is essential that you first read the appropriate chapter in the revelation letter—maybe several times. Otherwise, this book will not offer much help in understanding John’s revelation letter.”
I found this information to be very helpful except for its placement as the last sentence of the ‘Introduction.’ It might be better placed at the beginning of the ‘Introduction’ instead of at the end—or better yet, in the beginning of the ‘About’ or ‘Preface’ sections (since both sections are placed before the ‘Introduction’).
Mr. Taylor does a wonderful job of threading words of encouragement in his book, as seen in the following example:
“God’s blessings, which are given freely to every one of his children, are the forgiveness of sin and the escape from death into eternal life. They are also given God’s own righteousness, holiness—and eternal life in a perfect world where disappointment, disease, pain, suffering, and death do not even exist.
There are some things, such as family heirlooms, that are so precious that no price can be placed on them, nor can they be purchased with money. They can only be obtained by accepting them as a gift.”
Having read the Christian Bible before reading this book, I recognized the similarities in writing styles with both volumes. This book is well-suited for its intended audience. I also think it is well-written for readers familiar with Elizabethan English (i.e., the St. James version of the Bible).
I recommend this book to readers familiar with the author and/or readers familiar with the Christian Bible. It is a volume chock-full of biblical references (not just from Revelations) as well as praise for God, making it a smooth and interesting read for that audience.
Jim Taylor’s book “Revelation to John’s Apocalypse Unveiled and Revealed: The Spiritual View of a Carnal War” serves as a flattering supplement to the Christian Bible. It is rich with examples of praise and worship of the tenets of Christianity. In my opinion, however, as with much of the text in the Old Testament, this book paints a bleak view of humanity and depicts most women in a negative light. I do not share the author’s view that it is difficult to live for Jesus in the modern era with Christians living in a world filled with hate and apathy towards them. Christians are loved the world over and that is why a third of the world population still identifies as Christian. Save for the way most of the women in the Bible are depicted, this book does exactly what it intended to do: it provides a great deal of hope and enthusiasm for those in possession of genuine faith in Christianity. Mr. Taylor’s book plays a vital role in spiritual revitalization in those moments when believers experience a crisis of faith.