Love & Truth: From Here To Eternity, by Jim Maryott
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Author’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest book review.]
There are some books that are self-published for obvious reasons, but there are other books, like this one, that do not appear to be substantially different from many of the works I read from mainstream Christian publishers. To be sure, the author of this book has a rather strong tone, whether he is discussing his views that today’s Millennial generation is a bit self-absorbed (a fairly easy target to be sure) or putting a lot of attention to the fact that Christmas is a legal holiday despite the fact that it has nothing to do with Christ (the author correctly, but rather softly, ties it to pagan sun worship), or whether he is passionately discussing loyalty in marriage and the restraint and moderation of the Greatest Generation, this is an author who backs up his statements with copious and well-formatted endnotes as well as a style that is clear and easy to understand.
This is a book that is mostly about love and also a bit about truth, organized in a very curious but thought-provoking way. The book begins with a look at love and a look at the Greatest Generation (which the author would appear to look up to, being somewhat younger). Of course, the much-maligned Millennials are precisely the same generational type as the “Greatest Generation,” which ought to give us pause when we compare the heroes of WWII with the selfie-taking young folks of our own time. The second section looks at fairy tales, through a literary analysis of the story of Rapunzel as well as a fictional story of a young woman and a widower. The third section examines three types of love: marriage, patriotism, and our love of God. The fourth and final section looks at a variety of problems, looking at those offended by biblical truth, the cultural wars of our contemporary society (and the problem of segregation of Christians by militant secularists), along with our failures in seeking after the lure of power or greed or lust rather than love, and then a speculative look at prophecy examining the decline of the United States and the rise of a powerful United Europe.
As is often the case, it is worthwhile to examine who would most enjoy this book. In many ways, this book ought to be at least somewhat appealing to a wide audience, but its widely scattered nature may prevent it from being greatly appealing to a large audience. Appreciating this book requires an interest in prophecy, history, the study of generational patterns of behavior, literature, politics, and romance in general. Even with this varied and intriguing approach to the subject of love and truth, there ought to be enough people interested in the varied topics of discussion within this book (including the comparison between Jim Crow laws and the mood of our contemporary secularists, and the hypocrisy that mandates the study of Islam while prohibiting the study of Christianity within public schools) that this book deserves a considerable audience, even if the political tone of this book might offend publishers and the author himself lacked a bit of tact in making fun of younger readers with perhaps too broad of a brush, an ironic and unfortunate lapse of judgment from a former educator. Still, within this book there is only a little bit of explaining and toning down and editing that would be necessary for this book to be the equal to many related books about contemporary social issues .
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