Friday, July 10, 2009

Review: How to Profit from the Coming Rapture by Steve and Evie Levy

Are the end times near? Is the Rapture really just around the corner? Could Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson possibly be right? About 1 billion people among us believe, yes, absolutely.

And that means one thing: investment opportunities!

For those who are not as expertly versed in the Book of Revelation, Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman, authors of the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane, helpfully offer both illumination and advice: What exactly is the Rapture, anyway? How is it different from the Tribulation? Who are the Antichrist, the Four Horsemen, and the 144,000 male virgins, and what do they want? And, most important, how can I make money during the 7 years of societal breakdown before Armaggedon?

Taking the familiar form of a how-to investment guide, How to Profit from the Coming Rapture instructs those readers who will certainly be left behind (Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, less ardent Protestants, and many more) on how to exploit the inevitable demise of the world in order to make a tidy profit. Sure, the rivers and seas will run with blood, locusts will swarm, mountains will move all over the place, and famine will strike. But for the five billion of us left behind, the post-Rapture world will be a time of even more unique investment opportunities.

This was totally different than anything else I've ever read. I thought it was really funny at the beginning, but by mid-way through it began to wear a bit thin. Thankfully it wasn't longer than its 200 some odd pages!

While this was humorous, it also really concerned me because it reinforced that there actually are people out there that believe in the Rapture. That really disturbs me and made me almost not want to write a positive review of the book for fear of the harassment I might receive from them but I decided to go ahead with it for the moment, and if it becomes an issue to take the post down. I guess there is still freedom of speech here in the U.S. but some are "freer" than others, a la Animal Farm, and I gather I'm one of the "not so free".

This one gets seven stars. While it had a strong beginning, it began to wear rather quickly. The book is certainly not for anyone who actually believes in the Rapture!

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆


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