I will preface my review by saying that I have NEVER written a review for Amazon (or any site like it), and I did not buy the book with much knowledge of Pastor Loren, and I certainly didn't come to the table doing backflips over what a stellar, "prophetic" writing it would be. Contrarily, after having spent the bulk of my Christian life in "Charismatic-Pentecostal-prophetic" circles, I've witnessed such a plethora of the prostitution therein that I found myself bankrupt and not a little bit skeptical from my disillusionment. I read one article sent by a friend by the author that struck a chord with me, and since I saw the JPJ forward, one of a handful of ministers I trust, my interest was piqued enough to read the book. Like many, I do desire to know what will please God with my life in the days in which we live, however, deep down, my ambivalence toward the prophetic (because I deeply believe in it but am so violently sick of the crap--my own included), probably left me expecting "a lot more of the same". That said, I WAS WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. This book was very little of what I expected. I thought I was going to read about the desperate condition of our nation (and it is desperate) and how to prepare for the inevitable crises coming (storing food, getting out of debt, etc.). Pastor Loren does expound some on societal and cultural issues, but what I realized very quickly is that this book is not really about the condition of the nation. It's about the condition of our own hearts in intimate relationship to Father God's heart. It's about the condition of MY own heart. I wasn't entirely enthused by the revelation of how much my own heart is still steeped in its own petulant, self-seeking ways, even in areas I sacredly held to be noble and altruistic--even victimized. My heart laid bare and broken with the sense of my own compromise, and the matrix of my reality shattered, I am still assimilating and processing the heart of this servant's message, but one thing is for sure... NOBODY, no, not one, who reads this book will be excluded from the Valley of Decision. This message is replete with the loving heart of a Father, the heart of a true pastor-Shepherd as found in Jesus and Pastor Loren, and yes, it does carry a prophetic edge to it. If one cracks the door to their heart even a smidgeon, they WILL feel the tremendous Father heart of unfailing love that drives this message from start to finish, but it is that very love that compels urgency and a severely needed course correction, as well. I plead with the prospective reader not to approach this book as lackadaisically as I did. Before God, I repent. Every reader's life WILL no doubt be called into account as choices are made and lines immutably drawn between the Living Lord Jesus or Baal. There won't remain to any of us an intermediate position. As I hear my Father call out to me in clarion emphasis, I say, "Father, help me to pick up that cross I've scorned the shame of. Help me, dear God, to drink the cup You press tenderly against my lips." Despite the worst of me, the only centered heartbeat I've ever had as a Christian is that I could make Jesus smile when He thinks of me. If I fail to do that, I view my life as an utter waste of time and energy. I am determined to give myself to Him wholly and lay my life down for His life, and if it necessitates some crying, kicking, and screaming along the way, so be it. For anyone ready to do likewise, then by ALL MEANS, READ THE BOOK! In so doing, this book will rock you to your utter core and unleash within you the potential for the unconstrained, uninhibited, recklessly abandoned love and compassion of Jesus to gather the greatest harvest of the ages, ushering in our Bridegroom Whom we seek to worship and adore for Eternity. Is there anything more exciting than that? Is there anything of value in this temporal, fading age that compares? No. Resoundingly, NO. So, pass me the cup.