September 22nd, 2012

  • roybot

literary dilettante

Tidying things up, I hap'd upon a book on the shelf I didn't own. I had no idea how it wound up on the shelf, really. It was called, simply, "The Indwelling."

"Is this about demonic possession or real estate?" I wondered aloud, pulling it off the shelf.

It promptly revealed itself to be a little of both. It tantalized: "A renowned man is dead, and the world mourns. In heaven, the battle for the ages continues to rage until it spills to earth and hell breaks loose." So, possession, I guess? Below this statement (which I found more confusing than ominous) was a photo of the two authors. The first was a "Dr. Tim," who reminded me of televangelist Kenneth Copeland. This impression was strongly encouraged by the wall of the very expensive house he was leaning against. This took care of the real estate angle that the title had promised me. Dr. Tim was the chap who had created-- er, excuse me, "conceived" the Left Behind series, a constellation of boilerplate apocalyptic christian fiction. Perched on his shoulder was a rotund, elderly literary nerd named Jerry. He was the one who had actually written the book, presumably as Dr. Tim waxed religious, recycling the bible into breathless page-turners.

The spacey, abstract cover had made me hope for a sci-fi angle, but no such luck. A quick flip through revealed "disc" to be the most technical word I could find. Clearly, I was going to need more convincing. I opened the lid and looked at the press blurbs:

"This is the most successful Christian-fiction series ever."

So, I guess I am supposed to like it simply because it is Christian and successful? This is precisely how televangelist Kenneth Copeland operates, and I have no time for televangelists.

"It's not your momma's Christian fiction any more."

My momma didn't read Christian fiction, so I have little basis for comparison here.

"Wildly-popular -- and highly controversial."

It neglected to cite a source or a reason for either of these two claims.

"Combines Tom Clancy-like suspense with touches of romance, high-tech flash and Biblical references."

Well, that's right clear enough. Unless I get significant argument from anyone in the house, this book will be going out with the trash. It smells funny and it makes me sneeze. 2/10

Posted by Reverend Tedward Q. Porktanker