What if everything you thought was true and good—wasn’t?
To quote Sir Walter Scott, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave!” Futuristic, science fiction books are not usually my choice of reading fodder, but the description for Richard and Linda Nathan’s “The Glittering Web” and the desire to expand my literary horizons led me to picking this one up. And wow! There is so much to be explored within this narrative that it will almost definitely require a re-read and further study. As such, I think that it would make a very interesting group Bible study topic, perhaps reading this book and then taking the New Age philosophies and contrasting them with the true Word of God. “The Glittering Web” is based on a true story of what the authors encountered in the 1970s, and although it is set in 2050, the events in it are already happening today, making it a prescient and cautionary tale.
As we draw closer to the end of the age, it becomes all the more apparent that we are headed toward a world akin to that inhabited by Loren and Eve Montcrest. Chosen as initiates to the Arcane Institute in Seattle under the New World Order, they are on the fast track to everything they’ve ever dreamed of, until that dream becomes a nightmare. What the Montcrests, and society, covet is power and authority, which culminates in not only wanting to be their own god but to be God Himself. If we’re being honest, this is true of all of us to some degree; we relish being in control, but while surrendering isn’t easy and can seem counterintuitive, it is only when we surrender ourselves to God that we become truly free because He is omniscient and completely good and will always work for our good and for His glory (Romans 8:28). When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He sends the Holy Spirit to live within us, and thus we have access to the most powerful force in the universe!
The New World Order is eerily familiar to the way our society is progressing. A universal mandated religion that is purportedly all-inclusive has taken Christian principles and perverted them by weaving them into Eastern and mystical methods. With end goals of harmony and unity and achieving global godhood, dissenters such as Bible-believing Christians must be tamped out. “The Glittering Web” is a clarion call to everyone that what is going on in this story is also going on right now in real life, and it is truly evil, not harmless or virtuous. Psychedelic drugs, including marijuana, and their effects demonstrate one of the tools characterizing the deception, and opening oneself up to the darkness throws open the door to demonic possession. Virtual reality and technology suffuse the population to such an extent that “most people couldn’t tell anymore where fantasy began and reality ended. Nor did it much matter.” Some of the characters experience moments of conviction, demonstrating that the Lord has not abandoned His creation, and even though they stifle that conviction with flawed rationalization, not wanting to acknowledge what they know deep inside, the Lord still intervenes and invites them (and us!) to a relationship with Him, out of the darkness and into the light.
For the discerning reader who wants to be challenged to remove the veil of harmony and unity that our society is fabricating, “The Glittering Web” is an excellent choice. It is absolutely NOT a lighthearted read, but it is illuminating. I personally would have liked to see a bit more Christian influence earlier on, as the majority of the narrative was disturbing and it wasn’t until about 75% or so through the book, with a few brief exceptions, that the Christian element shone through. I am wondering if this could be a post-Rapture society. Regardless, this is a book that unambiguously depicts spiritual warfare and the dangers of complacency.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
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MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+
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A Forgotten Past. A Terminal Future.
Earth has emerged from a cataclysmic dark age with little knowledge of its past. Aided by the discovery of advanced alien technology, humanity ventures into the stars, joining other sentient races in a sprawling, prosperous interstellar Confederacy.
That peace is soon shattered. Without warning, the Confederacy comes under attack by an unstoppable alien force from the unknown regions. With hopes for civilization's survival dwindling, Commander Jared Carter is sent to pursue an unlikely lead: a collection of ancient alien religious fragments which may - or may not - hold the key to their salvation ...
Joshua A. Johnston was raised on science fiction television and film before being introduced to the wider universe of sci-fi literature as a teenager. A graduate of Truman State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in social science education, he’s an American history and American government teacher, a novelist, and a ruminator on everything from video games to parenting to Aldi.
Joshua lives in St. Louis with his wife, Rachael, and their two daughters. When he’s not watching Star Trek or pining after Nintendo’s latest games, he enjoys hiking, camping, and other forays off the grid.
Enclave is the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction. Whether it’s Christian science fiction you love, or fantasy, time travel, steampunk, alternate history, spiritual warfare, superhero, or technothriller—if it’s speculative and it comes from the Christian worldview, Enclave is the place to go. Enclave strives to get Christian speculative fiction directly into the hands of the fans who love and devour great stories.
An enclave is a group of like-minded people in a place where they are surrounded by those who are not like-minded. It is not a place to hide, instead Enclave is a place where authors and fans of Christian Fantasy and Christian Science Fiction can come together and then go out and make a difference through worlds of words. Our stories can seem strange but underneath they contain powerful expressions of Redemption, Truth, and Hope.
By the Book, Stop One
Blossoms and Blessings, Stop Two
Lukewarm Tea, Stop Three
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, Stop Four
Tell Tale Book Reviews, Stop Five
A Baker’s Perspective, Stop Six
A Reader’s Brain, Stop Seven
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Through the Fire Blogs, Stop Nine
Wishful Endings, Stop Ten
Vicky Sluiter, Stop Eleven
Texas Book-aholic, Stop Twelve
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, Stop Thirteen
Artistic Nobody, Stop Fourteen
Crazy Good Action Scenes
Lots of Lemon Fresh
Futuristic Techy With Bots & Such
What It Means To Be Human and/or Different Themes
Book #1 Rating: ☆5☆
With Audio Performed by Erin Spencer
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
MY RATING⇢ ☆5☆ STARS - GRADE= A+
After listening to this book...I have the urge to recycle like a mofo, the overall theme here is Plastic is going to bury us one day. But seriously, this book is chocked full of important messages, intense action scenes, and lovable characters. The world that Jay has created here is insanely cool, multi-layered, and altogether frightening.
My only issue and it's obviously a small one because I didn't really let it affect my rating, is WHY only one narrator...I know you know how important it is to give everyone their own voice...is it the publisher that decided on only one? Erin Spencer is really good, but she should just be only one voice, either Eve or Lemon's, not everyone's, including the male POV's.
Narration Performance⇢ 4.3/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Spank my spankables...Hells yes!
Book Cover⇢ It's a little boring...it hides a lot of un-boring inside of it...but it is starting to make sense why he chooses honeycombs for the covers.
Setting⇢ YouSay, Planet Earth
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 11 hours, 58 minutes