Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Deliverer by Linda Rios Brook - POSTED WITH CAUTION

This is the type of “Biblical Fiction” that I do not like to read. This feels very much like adding to Scripture – taking license where none should be taken. Basically it’s as if a demon is telling the story of Moses and the children of Israel – reporting to Satan as it were. I was even left at the end feeling like the so-called historical expert transcribing the story was demonically possessed.

This type of book is dangerous to non-believers and casts suspicion upon God’s Holy Word. I do not feel like I can recommend this book to anyone. Unlike Tosca Lee’s book, Demon: A Memoir this story didn’t challenge my heart and mind in any way toward sharing the gospel. Unlike similar demon-narrated stories, this book assumes something that is scripturally untrue and that is that there were other survivors of the flood besides Noah. The entire book left me feeling that doubt was cast upon the truth of God’s Word. That is something I simply will not tolerate in any book whether fiction or non-fiction.

I would not recommend this to unbelievers AT ALL, and I would only recommend it to other believers if they were firmly grounded in God’s Word. However, even then, I’m afraid they would be as offended as I was because of the doubt cast upon the whole truth of the Bible. I’ve read other similarly demon-narrated stories so it’s not the point of view that offended….it was the lack of redemption, the doubt cast upon the truth of the Bible and the concept that there are any demonic beings longing for redemption. That is simply in opposition to the truth of the Bible. I am not recommending The Deliverer to anyone.


Linda Rios Brook, President of the RiosBrook Foundation, believes the answers to issues of social justice and righteousness lie in the proper alignment between the church, the marketplace and media and entertainment. She is a sought out speaker and teacher on matters relevant to cultural restoration. Linda worked as a media executive for over 20 years in the field of broadcasting serving as President and General Manager of television stations in Texas, Florida, and Minnesota and was President and part owner of KLGT-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Linda has served on several national boards and community organizations and is listed in Who's Who of American Women. She is an ordained minister and has a Doctorate of Practical Ministry from the Wagner Leadership Institute. Linda serves on the WLI faculty and has served on the faculty of The Master’s Institute (Lutheran seminary) and as a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the International Coalition of Apostles, and is the convener of ACTS 29 (a think tank seeking answers to social and cultural issues through the marketplace.) She serves on the Board of Directors for Global Harvest; has served as the Vice President of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce USA, the board of reference for CIBN (Communities Impacting Business Network) and board of advisors for Kingdom Ventures (a venture capitalist fund). Linda is the author of four books: Wake Me When It's Over, Lucifer's Flood, Frontline Christians in a Bottom Line World and Jesus for Adults. Linda is also a teaching Pastor at Covenant Centre International in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Linda is married to Larry Brook, who is the Executive Director of the RiosBrook Foundation.


Lyn said...

Thanks for the comment at Bloggin' Outloud. As I read the overview I had questions about the fallen-angel-repenting concept. So I noted at the end of my post that I'm just participating in the tour and haven't read it myself! lol But yeah, I can see that this book might not make it into some church libraries. :-)

Funny thing about blog tours... are we actually extensions of the publishing house used by them to advertise their offering? Hmmm

Amy said...

I'm not a huge fan of any of the books with the demonic supernatural. I'd rather have supernatural stuff I know isn't real (vampire, etc.) than some of these weird stories with demons bringing God into it and making it all sound real. That's just me.

Lyn...Yes. If you accept a book and are required to post you are advertising.

Rachel said...

wow....Kim, I appreciate your honesty!

Lyn said...

Amy, I don't think accepting a book to review requires that we "advertise" for it (that's probably not what you are saying anyway). I think we have a responsibility to post our true reactions to a book and indicate that we received a free copy of it, but beyond that, we are not advertising arms of the publishing house. They take their chances when they send out review copies. My two cents.

Amy said...

Right...I just mean that you are in a way advertising the book because you are making people aware it exists. Even if you write a scathing review. :)