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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regal; New edition (18 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830751254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830751259
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OS GUINNESS is a philosopher, social critic and prolific author who was born in China and educated in England, and who has worked in the Washington, DC, area for more than 25 years. He has been a freelance reporter for the BBC, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. In 1991, Dr. Guinness founded the Trinity Forum, which hosts discussions with senior leaders in business and politics. He speaks widely at universities and business and political conferences around the world. He lives in McLean, Virginia, with his wife, Jenny.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Pollin on 29 Feb. 2012
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If you have read beyond the title of the review the chances are I need not say much more to convince you to buy this little book! It is written in the style of the screwtape letters. Its premise is that the Church in the west is digging its own grave and each chapter shows how this is the case. Sounds a little too negative, don't worry Os writes with a view to encourage the church to wake up and reverse the trend. Highly commended a book you must read and buy for your church leaders and friends!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
powerful and worthy and telling 30 Mar. 2010
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Os Guinness' newest book, The Last Christian on Earth, is an updated retelling of his original work in 1983, The Gravedigger File. It is a poignant and telling narrative, told in the style of CS Lewis' The Screwtape Letters (although Guinness gives credit to John le Carre and the "grey espionage" genre). The book is a series of revealing communiqués concerning the state of the modern American church and how "undercover operatives" have worked towards its downfall, throughout history, since its inception. These messages are, for the reader, a painful assessment of the weaknesses of the modern church, mostly dealing with captivity to modern culture and trappings of consumerism. The author does not provide steps to fix these problems, but leaves it to the reader to address the issues in his local church and context and "work through the issues for yourself"; it becomes incumbent on the reader to analyze and identify the areas of weakness from the narrative and character's words, which involves a higher level of reading and thinking skills. In the end, this book is a call for realness and renewal and reformation within the local church and broader denominations. It is recommended for church leaders and the church as a whole to read through and discuss. It is a powerful book and worthy to read and work through.

This book was provided to me for review by Regal Books. The Last Christian on Earth © 2009 by Os Guinness. Published by Regal Books, [...]
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A Wake-Up Call 6 April 2010
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For those who have had the pleasure of reading Os Guinness' work previously, they will be pleased to know that "The Last Christian on Earth" is characteristically full of his sharp insight and wisdom. For those who haven't read Guinness before, it's time. And this is a good one to start with.

The book serves as an urgent wake-up call to the Church. Much of what Guinness writes is sobering; essentially, the Church has become blind to its undermining. And, as Guinness tragically shows, the undermining is its own doing!

The book is effectively and uniquely written in a "top secret" format - from one spy to another about the operation to take down the Church. Guinness uses this style to convey the urgency of the situation to the Church and to show how we in the Church have been deceived in so many subtle ways by our adversary.

This is important reading for believers today. Guinness doesn't leave the reader without challenge - there's still time and encouragement for revival and renewal.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read for Christians Who Like Apologetics 22 July 2010
By Sterling P. Dare - Published on
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Mr. Guinness' book is challenging and convicting. I highly recommend it to all Christians who are looking for meat, not milk. His treatise on the secularization of the church is telling. We need to understand just how much secular thinking has invaded our minds. I would recommend this book for all pastors, church leaders, deacons and elders.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Extremely useful and insightful. Worth your time. 22 July 2012
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Not surprised that I loved this one, since the earlier "version" of the work: "The Gravedigger Files" was also an old favorite. It's written along the style lines of C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters" but Guinness looks at big picture issues as well as issues on the level of the individual and he deals with believers and non-believers alike of all stripes. If you enjoy L'Abri lectures or if you like to look at the consequences of ideas and their varied applications to real-world situations in contemporary life and in history you will enjoy this work. If you read it as fiction alone, you might not enjoy it all that much. The story is one of ideas not of people or plot lines. The characters are only developed enough to allow the analyses to move forward. Lewis' fiction is better for those who want their fiction more well-rounded and more complete.

The book itself gets 4 stars only because it did not reach the level of Lewis in either the content or in it's presentation. It flowed well, but not well enough for five stars and some of the chapters were too short. A few more examples from history or a few more contemporary illustrations would have been nice. Still well worth reading. Some of you will absolutely love this book, while others, will probably not even finish it. Os Guinness is a bit of a hero to me, though not on the level of a Lewis or an Edwards.

There were only a couple of small errors in spacing in the Kindle edition, a couple places where spacing was truncated between words. No big deal, though they should have been caught.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
How we got to where we are as the church. 29 Jun. 2010
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I'm half way through, "The Last Christian..." and must say Os Guinness has brought real clarity to the journey the Western church has chosen to allow the enemy to take us to arrive at the condition in which we now find ourselves. I believe Guinness is on of the great minds of our time and this book, an allegory written in the style of C.S. Lewis' "Scewtape Letters," brings great insight to how the church - both Protestant and Catholic - has fallen victim to her own movements through the centuries and especially in recent times. As the church in other parts of the world becomes more westernized one can see these things creeping in. I have seen it in Africa, in Uganda, Kenya and Congo. This book is well worth the read; indeed should be read by all who desire to be desperately obedient to Christ.The Last Christian on Earth: Uncover the Enemy's Plot to Undermine the Church
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