Book Review: The End Times Survival Guide

The End Times Survival Guide:  Ten Biblical Strategies For Faith And Hope In These Uncertain Times, by Mark Hitchcock


[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Tyndale House Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

This book is a classic example of material that I think to be timely and relevant and advice that I would agree with and view as sensible with regards to issues of prophecy, without having found the author to be particularly likable.  More to the point, the author’s somewhat strident and harsh tone about the material led me to think (accurately as it turned out) that the author was a Calvinist, albeit of the 4.5 point variety, and the fact that the author had himself attempted to cash in on the Blood Moons craze lowered him several steps in my estimation.  Despite all of that, though, if you can overlook or forgive the author’s immensely harsh and critical approach and simply take his advice for what it is, and view the book as a moderate and sensible approach to dealing with anxieties and concerns over prophetic matters, this book has a lot to offer.  At least the author does not engage in the sort of fear-mongering that is common in this sort of work, and that is well worth appreciating [1].

At 200 pages and ten chapters, this book’s material is not a particularly difficult or lengthy read.  The author introduces his topic with a reference to the popular craze for Survivor and prepper-related entertainment.  After that the author recommends the 46 defense, a reference to the anti-anxiety point of Philippians 4:6 (1) as well as the need to run the Christian race seriously, as if one’s life depends on it, because it does (2).  The author then talks about the need to make connections with other believers (3) as part of a community of faith and the need to put on the armor of God (4).  Then there is advice to keep pushing (5) and to do the best things in the worst times (6).  The author then talks about the need to have a safe “fraidy hole” in God (7) and remain under the influence of the Holy Spirit (8).  Finally, the author urges readers to tune in to heaven’s frequency (9) and to wake up and be alert, but to not be overly panicky about contemporary conditions (10).  The book then closes with some notes from other related books and some information about the author.

Ultimately, this book has a lot to offer.  The author shares a lot of stories from books, from popular culture, and from his own life.  The author comes off as someone who is aware of world conditions and also aware of the fact that Jesus Christ could come at any time–whether that means the return of His Kingdom or the death of believers and the end of our own race with God.  Those readers who have at least some interest in the context of prophetic focus within the contemporary Church will find something to appreciate here and welcome words to the wise, and those who have a higher fondness for tough-minded and heavily critical Calvinist approaches may even find much to enjoy in poking fun of the end times madness of others.  To be sure, my own dislike of the author’s negativity and my own wariness of the author’s own efforts to cash in on the recent craze about blood moons makes me a bit more than usually skeptical about the author’s efforts here, but if you take the book as it is without any sort of outside knowledge or concern about the author’s body of work as a whole, this is definitely a very excellent book to read about eschatology.

[1] See, for example:

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