In his most recent book – Implosion, Joel C. Rosenberg gives a sobering and eye-opening view of the many challenges facing the United States today. From the overburden of financial debt all the way to spiritual apathy, America is facing a very tough future. Directly after the sobering facts, Rosenberg then gives the history of the first and second great awakenings that have taken place in the United States. Joel states that America will wither, face or implode and once the daunting and heavy realization sets in, Rosenberg gives a clarion call for repentance back to Jesus both individually and collectively.
As I read the book, I resonated with the following points:
- Page 13 – God placed me in this time…what is my role as a US Citizen?
- Page 44 – Reading the Gettysburg address again, I loved how direct and honorable Lincoln addressed those who died.
- Page 85 – The account of Israel and Harry Truman; it was a close call with Israel being recognized as a nation.
- Page 183 – Super Volcano – I have never heard about this in Yellowstone and quite honestly it scares me.
- Page 215 – Pornography’s revenues bring in more than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, and EarthLink combined!
- I also enjoyed Joel’s advice to spend time with your family reading the Bible and praying together.
- The first and second great awakening I have never been walked through the main people responsible. I enjoyed how Rosenberg showed that these people were human and had faults.
I disagreed with Rosenberg on these points in the book:
- Page 164/5 – Joel makes the case for that some are isolationist in the US Senate and that a preemptive strike against Iran is justified. He states that Iran is a threat to Israel, the United States, and should be taken out. I would argue that for a war to be declared, we must declare it by the Constitution.
- Chapter 10 – Joel states that it is imperative to build the military. This rubs me wrong because the United States is pretty much the police of the world. I think we should reevaluate our presence in the world and assess if it is economically feasible.
- The Rapture – I am not convinced of the Rapture but Rosenberg states that it is a forgone conclusion.
- Page 331 – The end of the book, Joel almost makes it seem that since he came to Christ that you should support the Republican Party.
- The title does not accurately portray the contents of the book, I got the sense that the first part of the book was somewhat fearful and the second half was a sermon.
Overall, the book has some great points and I would score it 6.5 out of 10.
I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.