American Omens: The Coming Fight For Faith, by Travis Trasher
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Multnomah/Waterbrook Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
In reading a book like this , my thoughts pretty straightforwardly go to thinking of this book as part of a franchise. The author is apparently known for his series of Christian thriller novels, which I have not read before and don’t have a context, but this particular work is aiming at the same kind of feel as a novel like Left Behind, only this particular work feels as if it approaches end time prophecy from a viewpoint that can be considered postmillennial and optimistic as opposed to premillennial and focused on the aftermath of the rapture. Without knowing the author’s eschatological views it is hard to fully understand where this novel series is going (assuming that it will be part of a series that demonstrates a sort of revival of faith within the United States), but even without that context it is clear that the author’s idea that Christianity could be viewed within the next generation as being a hateful religion that brings social and economic ruin to those who are committed to it is not completely inconceivable. While the context of this novel is dystopian, it is hardly an unreasonable extrapolation from current societal trends.
Coming in at a bit more than 300 pages, there is a lot to enjoy about this novel. It manages to tell a compelling story with a variety of intersecting plotlines that look at two different conspiracies, one of them a conspiracy of resistance to tyrannical and anti-Christian government that involves the exposure of evil of the powerful in the quest for legitimacy for biblical faith, and the other a look at the lengths to which those in positions of power are willing to go to try to destroy the viability of a Christian counterculture within a progressive, secular, technocratic future. This is the sort of volume it is easy to see becoming part of a longer series, if the author wishes to tell the story of a societal revival following this novel’s events, or as a standalone project that prompts thought and reflection among believers with whom this book’s thoughts about isolation and societal pressure and the consequences of rejecting the Gospel message will greatly resonate. There is even a compelling villain here, who ends up being a particularly complicated person given numerous chances to repent only to end up in a very appropriate sort of place to meet his just fate, even as most of the other characters have a new beginning to look forward to, and some people end up serving as martyrs for the faith triumphant.
There is a lot to like about this novel, and reading the book certainly gave me the interest of reading more of what the author has to offer. There is a pretty explicit focus on divine providence within the book, and no question that the author wants to heavily hit various aspects of faith and the legitimacy of Christianity and the illegitimacy of any regime that would ban it. The author is also pretty explicit about his preference for a focus on the freedom of thought that comes from the text as opposed the manipulation of thoughts and emotions that comes from the sort of technology that several of the characters are working on developing. The author shows himself to be hostile to monopolistic and corrupt big business, a populist stand that many people will find appealing. And as someone who doesn’t read all that many novels within this genre, this book definitely gives me some encouragement in reading more and looking out for more of them.
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