Review on the Harbringer
This is not one of them.
To put it frankly it is written pretty much like a movie script and it was just a very hard and uninteresting read.
The next task to get through in my opinion was the huge ego writing this book. Cahn has set himself up as a self proclaimed end times prophet of sorts and frankly I just dont buy it he comes off sounding more like a member of the Kansas City Prophet or Apostolic Reformation folk even though I am not sure he is affiliated with either group.
The content of the book was basically how America is under or will be under judgement.
The error here though (again in my opinion) is that America is already under judgement.
Our culture and the daily news pretty much spells that out.
The one thing I did take exception on in this book was what I guess is the presentation of the gospel on page 223.
It starts out with "And how does one become born again"? "By receiving...by letting go...by letting the old life end and a new one begin. By choosing...by believing...by faith, Nourel...by surrendering your doubts..by opening your heart to receive...to contain the uncontainable."
Now to be fair on page 232 it does talk a bit about Jesus and that there is "no salvation,except in Him who is salvation."
But again the gospel presentaion that follows sounds very new age-Rick Warrenish to my ears even though it does mention sin. I would encourage you to perhaps go to the library and check the book out and read those pages for your self and decide. Me personally I choose to rent the book from the library and am personally glad I didnt spend money purchasing the book.
I want to add again its no big mystery that America is already under judgement and its does not take a prophet of sorts to figure that out. The book also seems to come to the conclusion that America is the new Israel or on the same level. The Bible does not teach this as well as America is not even mentioned in endtimes scripture. Here is a good article by Greg laurie that addresses that. http://blog.greglaurie.com/?p=8931
In summation this is a bit from Tim Challis review of The Harbringer.
"Much like The Shack—quite an obvious point of comparison—Cahn displays the power of melding fiction and theology. What stood out to me as I read The Harbinger that perhaps was not quite so clear in The Shack, is that writing fiction allows the author to dictate his reader’s reaction. He can present a mundane fact and follow it with a gasp or an expression of awe as if the reader has missed the obvious importance. This is something Cahn does often and to his advantage. What seems like a great stretch in logic can be rationalized or given increased credence by a character’s excitement. It’s an effective tactic I hadn’t spotted before now. To be fair, unlike The Shack, this book contains a clear and substantial call to the gospel, definitely one of the few highlights and rather a rarity for a book that makes its way to the bestseller list.( I disagree with Tim's assesment on a clear presentaion of the gospel here but perhaps go to the library and decide for yourself)
It’s not that The Harbinger has nothing good to say, but that so many of even those good things are built upon a poor and even dangerous foundation. The book depends upon a fundamentally flawed way of understanding and applying the Bible, treating the Bible as a mystery to be solved rather than a clear and sufficient explanation of what we are to believe concerning God and how we can live in this world to his glory. There is no good reason to read or recommend this book."