Title: The Valley of the Dry Bones
Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the book:
A 17-year drought, earthquakes, and wildfires leave California uninhabitable and irreparable, forcing its citizens to relocate. Fewer than 1% of its population remain – by choice or necessity. But a contingency of 16 feels called of God to stay at their own risk to minister to the stragglers. Calling themselves The Holdouts, they face a clash of cultures, ethnicities, religions, and politics that pits friend against friend, with the future of the country at stake. In the midst of the chaos, while facing their most menacing opponent, the leader of The Holdouts becomes convinced he’s heard directly from God Himself. The result is a finish you’ll never forget.
This is a FANTASTIC inspirational fiction book!
Whenever I pick up a book by Jerry Jenkins I expect it to be good. This one definitely lives up to that expectation. He has an incredible ability when it comes to creating memorable characters.
This book has a limited cast in it because of the setting that he has created. I was amazed at the variety he was able to include within a small group of Christians. There are a number of different short comings represented among them along with some very valuable lessons that we can learn along with the characters.
I was captivated by the story from the very beginning. I knew right away that I was going to have to devote large amounts of time to reading so that I could find out what happens quickly. Very early while the group is having a Sunday service one of them, Zeke, is startled to feel a hand on his shoulder when no one was behind him. He heard a voice in his ear saying, “Listen to me.” That starts the rush of the story which really doesn’t let up until the end.
I also absolutely loved how much scripture was included and yet none of it really seemed preachy. The Holdouts simply relied on God and used prayer and scripture for getting direction from Him.
I have to give this wonderful book a rating of 5 stars. I am definitely highly recommending it.
You can find out more about Jerry Jenkins and his books on his website at: http://www.jerryjenkins.com/