Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Review–The Scroll by Grant R. Jeffrey and Alton L. Gansky

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From The Publisher:

One last dig.  One final descent into the twisted tunnels of ancient Jerusalem.  Will the truth be fund among the treasures that lie beneath the holy city?

   Dr. David Chambers, leading archaeologist, has spent his professional career uncovering the facts in the artifacts. His work sets the standard for biblical research in the Holy Land. But surrounded by the evidence, David has sunk into an abyss of doubt. A painful experience with a seemingly unresponsive God has left him without hope.  The Old Testament scriptures that used to fill his mind with wonder now drive him to frustration. His unanswered questions have ripped him from both his academic pursuits and the love of his life, his fiancée, Amber.
   An old friend and mentor reaches out to David, enticing him with the riches described in the enigmatic Copper Scroll. Losing ground with his peers, his love, and his faith, David Chambers has a choice to make. Will he undertake one final dig to unlock a secret that could alter the course of history? Do the mysteries of the Old Testament hold the key to the political turmoil of the Middle East?
  In a world where faith has been eclipsed by the allure of doubt, The Scroll offers a different journey: a gripping adventure to find truth worth dying for.

I love this type of story, biblical archaeological fiction, so I was very excited to receive this book from Blogging for Books. The book did not let me down. It was an excellent read. I enjoyed the pace, the characters, and the content.

For a book of this genre to be good, it has to be believable. You have to really believe that the scenario could happen. This story was definitely that. I did not see any inconsistencies with it compared to the Bible or the true archaeological record. The story was well thought out from beginning to end.

The characters had depth and developed over the course of the story, which I also appreciated. The only quasi-negative thing about the characters was that it wasn’t very hard to figure out who the “bad guy” was. However, that did not really detract from the story, only the supposed mystery of who was creating the conflict.

The epilogue was also interesting and well-thought out. It was a realistic view of what would happen should the riches described in the fictional scroll ever be found.

I give this book 4 stars. I plan on reading it again sometime, which says something given the sheer volume of books that I have on my “to read” list :)

 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

1 comment:

Debra said...

Oh, wow. I seriously need to think about getting this book. Biblical Archaeology is an interest of one of my kids...

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