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The Great and Terrible [Hardcover]

Chris Stewart


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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  47 reviews
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and not doctrine - Simple Story and Dialog. 5 Dec 2006
By James Duckett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Unlike the other reviewers, I had no problems putting this book from time to time. In fact, on its own I would probably only give this two or three stars except for the difficulty the author must have had in imagining the pre-mortal life. He does start the book off with a warning that this is not doctrine and he did have to take some creative liberties, some of which he outlined right at the beginning. With that warning in place, it did help me to accept the world that Chris Stewart created. The world we might have come from before coming to the one we are on now.

The story is pretty simple and really predictable. What I really wish the author had done better was making us understand some of the temptations that people had to go through. I'd like to see why some decided to choose one way and others to choose another. They did point out a couple of things, such as choosing Satan in hopes of gaining power and prestige, but they never really showed why people chose Christ. There was just no mental anguish in the decision making and this led to a lot of disbelief. The one character who might have gone through this never had his story told from his point of view, and I just thought it was a missed opportunity.

But the biggest annoyance in this book was the dialog. The conversation in this book made sure they hit some of the bigger issues and concerns but it just seemed so unnatural and too guided by the author.

But in the end, it did make me wish for more and gave me a desire to pick up the second book to find out further what will happen. And any book that makes you want to do that is a good book.

The best scene in this book was the opening scene. Oddly enough, it was the only scene that takes place on this earth. It starts with a military funeral and was the only part of the book that brought me close to tears.

So, if you are looking for doctrine then I'd not suggest this book. This is complete fiction. However, if you are looking for some entertainment and something to make you ponder what you might have gone through before coming here, then pick up this book.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Brothers 31 Mar 2005
By Arch Angel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Volume #1 The Brothers is a very interesting book! Chris Stewart does a great job of creating a pre-mortal world and a pre-mortal society. The book covers the time during the war in heaven between Satan and God the Father and Jesus Christ. The book follows a family unit of 3 brothers and one sister as they hear the 2 plans of salvation and struggle with Satan and his followers. Its a great read for those who are interested in Bible prophecies.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Pre-Existence Thriller!!!! 6 Jan 2009
By Teri Rodeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Prologue: The Brothers Vol. I The Great and Terrible: by Chris Stewart

I had heard of this book when it first came out, but it wasn't until the last one came out that I needed to see what all the excitement was. This first in a series is totally amazing, and Chris is a master story teller in weaving the story of the war in heaven. This novel simply tells the story of Ammon, Luke, Sam and their younger sister Elizabeth and their fighting to save their brothers, who are undecided on the choices they make, as their choices will set their destiny. I was amazed at how spiritual this story was and Chris makes you really think about our pre-mortal days and how it can impact our mortal lives. Even though this is a quick read, the eternal perspectives are mind-boggling!!!! If you haven't read this nail-biter (I don't bite them anymore) do read it.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great 24 Mar 2006
By smalltown juggalo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Once I started reading this I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed it and I thought that it had a good overally message. There are moment in this book where there are things that are said that I feel are really important. I am not going to write down what they are because I don't want to spoil it. I just want to say that in the end this book made me want to try harder to lead a better life. I know that I can but sometime the temptations that Satan offers seem so much more inviting. The author of this novel is LDS but this novel isn't just for LDS people, it is for everyone and that is exactly who I recommend it to. I have already ordered the next two books and am very excited about them.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great not terrible 21 April 2005
By Kimberly Payne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read this book on a whim. I walked past it and something made me buy it. There are few books that I have read (and there have been many) that have ever effected me to the point of tears but this one did in the begining and the end. It uses similarities of this life to help explain the spirit world before we came to this earth. It isn't a doctrinal book but if you are looking for a good alternative book to read without all the blood and gore or "romance" then this is a definate good choice. Happy Reading!
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