I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m a Christian. If it is, then man, I’m doing something wrong.
So it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that I’d review a novel by one of the greatest Christian writers of our day. So here goes.
Prophet is one of the stories that takes on a lot of different titles. Top of the list is the topic of abortion. Now I know we all have our own opinion of the subject and, while Peretti isn’t a supporter of it, the question he asks is how far would someone go to hide truth. In this novel there’s a clinic that has performed several “botched” abortions to include the state Governor’s daughter. In order to protect the industry, nothing is said about it. The death certificate reads that she accidentally took Warfin prescribed for the Governor who had blood clot in his leg at one time and bled out.
But it doesn’t end there. Several other young women have died because of what’s going on at the clinic.
Enter our hero John Barrett. Handsome, articulate, and the news anchor on the city’s largest TV station. John has a skeleton in his closet. It’s his father. By day, his father is a hardworking businessman and plumber. But he also claims that God is directing him out into the streets and rallies were he preaches against abortion and the Governor. He claims the man is lying to the public and wants to know when he’ll say what really happened.
When his father is killed under mysterious circumstances, John finds himself launched into a world where people are willing to hide the truth to protect not a right, but an industry. He finds himself in a place where people will cheerfully kill to maintain their power, and then deny it ever happened. And he finds out that his father wasn’t just a crazy old fool after all, but someone who was plugged into God. And the mantle of prophecy has slipped from his father’s shoulders to his own.
So, what do I like about the book besides the Christian aspect of it. First, it’s a great story with well-developed characters. It moves well and is entertaining.
The thing I like the most?
It asks a very important question. In a world where we get the information we need for important decisions on issues and such, how much is being manipulated or simply left out? It’s a little like John Barrett says, “Give me enough hype, and I could ruin whoever invented the color brown.” In today’s age, we have political parties slinging mud back and forth and we get to decide who’s right and who’s wrong based on a 30-second clip. We’re asked to render a judgment based on minimal information that may or may not be accurate.
The book has one huge central truth. One that should be shouted from rooftops. Ultimate power on this planet isn’t to be found in the number of bombs, tanks, or guns a country has.
Ultimate power has always been about one thing! The manipulation and control of minds.
This book should scare you when you stop and think about that message.