The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler (Great Conversations)
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ISBN/ASIN : 1590523946
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Release data : 30 September, 2005
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Refreshing, Entertaining & Enlightening!
I have to agree with others, the author does get sidetracked. But what an easy and enjoyable read! Ravi's theology is fascinating and refined and it all comes out well in this fictional conversation. The ending is not exactly what you would expect either and the author is fearless in diving into some of the most difficult theological paradoxes.
Ever wonder what the fiinal hour of life could contain?
Ravi Zacharais writes of a conversation that a very alive Jesus and Dietrich Bonhoeffer could have had with Hitler. This is a view of how much Hitler could rationalize like humans are prone to do.
The conclusion is riveting as Jesus calls Hitler to stay close to him as He walks to the "narrow gate", and what Hitler might have done as he approached it. I won't spoil the ending for you. It is well worth the read.
Great Concept, Interesting Premise, but Gets Sidetracked, Too Little Actually Delivered
This book looks terrific! It is a beautifully designed gift book, along the style of THE PRAYER OF JABEZ bestseller.
This is also a very intriguing topic and title for the book. But, unfortunately, too little time is spent on the actual conversation between Jesus and Hitler themselves.
The book is written in a script format, where the "name:" and colon appears, then you read what that person is saying.
It's too bad that the book gets sidetracked from the beginning, starting out with a totally excessive, fictional dialogue between two young adults, traveling through Germany, discussing contemporary views, all meant to set up the Jesus/Hitler dialogue. Any reader of Ravi's is already understanding the concept of a fictional conversation between these two famous figures, both of whom are responsible for major turning points in human history, so we do not need the fictional characters to re-explain the concept, or to make the fictional conversation seem logical. On top of that, the fictional characters don't even end the book, but just disappear after their introduction. So this fictional device is not only unnecessary, but it is also poorly executed. Ravi is much better at non-fiction construction, indeed.
The two fictional contemporary adults are a bit too elementary and frustrating to read through, and I would have much more preferred reading Ravi speaking in his own voice, explaining any historical or thematic elements that he felt needed to be said. This would have saved time and made the book better paced and more succinct.
The main section of the book is about Hitler being on trial by Jesus, with several witnesses being called, presumably on Judgment Day, (depending on which details of Scripture you may lean towards in your understanding of the final judgments, etc). This section gets bogged down, too, with extended dialogues from the witnesses. It seems like Hitler spends as much time in dialogue with the witnesses as he spends with Jesus. These witnesses may have good points, but it is STILL not what the book cover promised--dialogue between Jesus and Hitler!
Then the worst part is after Hitler is found guilty and condemned, the punishment is glossed over. Instead of a fiery torment as the Bible teaches, Hitler is merely banished from the presence of God. What non-believer is going to be afraid of not being around God? Non-believers have spent their whole lives ignoring God, and they are not likely to be concerned about a punishment that only amounts to not being around God -- a punishment they cannot grasp the ramifications of, nor will they be intimidated. Jesus tells the story of Lazarus and the rich man, and the rich man is ON FIRE, in Hell, forever. We do NOT need to weaken the terror and torment of how Jesus describes Hell and eternal damnation. It is fine to say Hitler is out of the presence of God, but please do not leave out the fire and brimstone. That is the only thing that concerns non-believers, punishment--not solitude. The book's ending gives a watered down version of what the Bible teaches about Hell, and I am a little surprised. This is the weakest bit of theology that I have ever heard or read from Ravi, to date.
I really enjoy author Ravi Zacharias' weekly radio shows! His is the most intellectual and cerebral of any Christian radio personalities broadcast in my area. He is VERY good at explaining Biblical concepts using logic that can be understood even by non-believers, and he is a welcome addition to the many radio shows that do not offer that accessibility for non-believers who are deep thinkers.
I have read Ravi's new autobiography, WALKING FROM EAST TO WEST, which is a real page-turner for any listeners or readers of Ravi's. It is pretty much his Christian testimony about his own life and how he got Saved! I am currently reading Ravi's non-fiction book THE REAL FACE OF ATHEISM, which is also a good read. Both of these books are non-fiction, and much better written than this gift book, THE LAMB AND THE FUHRER.