BY GREGORY A. BOOKER ‧ RELEASE DATE: NOV. 29, 2002
Booker’s debut collection attempts to share the epiphany he reached when returning to Christianity after a 21-year lapse.
The end of the world is nigh, perhaps. Enlivened by questions surrounding the end-of-times prophecy, and piqued by the rebirth of a physical Israel, Booker found himself devouring a series of books on the Bible and the second coming of Christ. These forays into popular eschatology awakened in him the sense that prophets, when discussing the days leading up to an apocalypse, were talking about the present day. In an effort to alert the world to his discovery, he began writing this series of letters to share the scriptural revelations he’d uncovered. The letters and their supporting material were written in the early ’90s, and some of the horrors they anticipate are no longer easily conceivable. It’s a persistent distraction that many of the current events Booker explores are no longer current. Readers may also find it hard to reconcile his prophetic credentials with pronouncements as factually incorrect, and as topically diverse, as a declaration that Catholics worship Mary, the New Testament was written by people who knew Jesus directly, the Jews killed Jesus, and Adam and Eve lived 6,000 years ago. The arguments are even less likely to compel readers whom he repeatedly calls “lost”—Jews, Israelis, Catholics, Arabs, Muslims, etc. Though the text seems devoid of genuine malice, the misunderstandings and misrepresentations of these traditions, along with the blunt anticipations of their demise, can be off-putting. The sincerity and colloquialisms are intermittently charming but overshadowed by general disorganization, grammatical imprecision and frequent bibliographic errors.
An earnest, well-intentioned project likely to interest readers intrigued by the end times, despite its limited fatidic power
I have a desire to address some issues concerning what seem negative but after the re-release of my book, has been corrected. We must remember, the Kirkus review is dated 2002 . There are a few comments I owe to my potential readers to be addressed in the view of the author. My view is as follows:
1) The use of the word “general disorganization” while it could seem that way, is more like “formatted differently” since it uses an outline style in some areas aiding in the presentation of its inspirational setting.
2) “Grammatical imprecision” Re-released book focused on improving editorial accuracy minimizing the impact to inspiration fluidity that can occur in this type of writing. Highly expressed and yet visionary in its proclamation.
3) “Frequent bibliographic errors”. This reads a lot worse than it is. It means presentational errors such as missing or incorrect bibliographic details implying spelling errors and at least five unexplained acronyms. Kirkus gave no examples but these issues were addressed through my reissued book.
4) The reviewer’s comment may actually support this book in a miraculous way. Kirkus states “The letters and their supporting material were written in the early ’90s, and some of the horrors they anticipate are no longer easily conceivable.”It support the writers’ prophetic based view because in 2022 that statement is no longer the case with the threat of nuclear use by Russia and is the very reason why I revisited this work for publication. Kirkus gives a more technical review on inspiration but this work is not meant to meet perfect grammar standards but allow a flow of information as I was moved and in some cases writing in utterance.
5) Other than that, the last comment summarizes well and does in fact recommend the book. I am not sure what is meant by “limited fatidic”?