"The Book of Revelation Made Clear", by Tim LaHaye & Timothy E. Parker (book review)
I was hoping for something meaty when I requested to review this his book. However, very little impressed me about it. Instead, I found it to be lacking any considerable substance. But since mom always told me, "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all", then I guess I better say something positive about it, eh? Here it goes: if you read this book cover-to-cover, you will have read the entire book of Revelation :-)
That's because each and every verse of Revelation is contained in this particular book, and each chapter correlates to a chapter in Revelation. So, as a quick reference, if you're looking for light, simple commentary on Revelation 12, then simply turn to chapter 12 of this book.
Each chapter is broken in to two or three segments, leading off with a short 3-question quiz. Following the quiz is the biblical passage, and then a short (very short, in most cases) commentary. I don't think it's possible to "make clear" the book of Revelation...or Daniel, or Ezekiel, or Isaiah. Volumes have been written on those challenging books, and a mere 187 pages is sure not to do it for Revelation! One thing is clear, though: If you're familiar with Tim LaHaye's eschatology, this book is a simplified version of his "left behind" rapture theory.
Since I'm providing a book review, I have to ignore mom's advice for just a moment and be completely honest about it. If you're looking for commentary to really sink your teeth into, then this book is sure to disappoint.
RATING: I give "The Book of Revelation Made Clear" just a single star out of five, and that's only because it contains all of the book of Revelation. Otherwise, LaHaye has not really added anything to the conversation worth mention. I personally wouldn't waste my money on it...for myself or for a gift. Definitely not worth $17, in my opinion.
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