The Valley of the Dry Bones

Jenkins, Jerry B. The Valley of the Dry Bones. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Set in the future, California is uninhabitable due to a seventeen year drought resulting in massive wildfires. When a group of Christians known as “The Holdouts” decides to stay and serve as missionaries to the remaining, they face turmoil, chaos, resistance and trials against others as well as amongst themselves. With tragic times coupled with personal struggles, this end-of-times dystopia novel relies on Christian messaging to make it through to the end. Suspense, action, full characters and uncertainty lead to a satisfying conclusion, albeit begging for a sequel…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Not necessarily a fan of this genre nor of “The Left Behind” series, I was a bit hesitant to read this story. As a popular author, Jerry Jenkins is known to write engaging books. With an interesting premise and a plethora of characters, The Valley of the Dry Bones was well written though not my personal favorite. Sure to appeal to readers of the dystopian-type genre, though it was not necessarily my type of book, it served an interesting plot and gripping possible “what-if” basis. Worth the try.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Valley of the Dry Bones from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

Empire’s End

Jenkins, Jerry B. Empire’s End. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
empireTold from the first-person-point-of-view, the Apostle Paul relates accounts of his life previously unknown. With master storyteller Jerry B. Jenkins as the author, Empire’s End details how Apostle Paul transformed from a persecutor of Christ to a servant of Christ. Filling in the blanks, though fictional, helps connect the dots to better understand this Biblical giant.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Reading several of Jerry B. Jenkin’s previous novels (his Red Rock series is fantastic for YA), I was interested in his newest book. Though a good premise as well as a popular genre right now, I found this to be different than his usual style. Hard to follow at points, I was unable to fully enjoy this story though I tried. Long in sections and perhaps a bit disconnected in others, I believe the main reason I did not connect was the anticipated expectations I had for this author and his book. Not necessarily a bad book, just not a book for me.

RATING:
3 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Empire’s End from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*