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Book Review: Soon: The Beginning of the End (Underground Zealot, #1) by Jerry B. Jenkins


Paul Stepola, an agent working for the National Peacekeeping Organization(NPO), has been assigned to enforce compliance with the world government’s prohibition on religion. Paul relishes his job and is good at it. He is determined to expose underground religion ~ flush it out, expose it and kill it ~ until his life is turned upside down and he is forced to look at life in a different way.

As Paul begins to unravel the truth about what he has found, events taking place around the world start to make sense. Something big is coming ~ something that can’t be stopped. And it’s coming soon.


Jerry B. Jenkins, former vice president for publishing at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and currently chairman of the board of trustees, is the author of more than 175 books, including the best~selling Left Behind series. Twenty of his books have reached the New York Times Best Sellers List (seven in the number one spot) and have also appeared on the USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal best~seller lists. Desecration, book nine of the Left Behind series, was the best~selling book in the world in 2001. His books have sold nearly 70 million copies.

You can connect with Jerry B. Jenkins on his website, liking him on Facebook or following him on Twitter.


This is a modern retelling of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9: 1~21) that’s set in a post~Apocalyptic United States that has been reduced to seven regions which mirror the last seven churches in the book of Revelation. And much like the Christians in the early church, Christians in post~World War III America have to live and worship underground or face prosecution.

I wanted to like this book because I’m such a big fan of the Left Behind series but I couldn’t suspend my belief long enough to let it happen. I don’t doubt for a minute that there will come a time when Christians will be persecuted (to an extent, Christianity and many of its core beliefs have already come under fire) but what I have a hard time believing is that the U.S. will reflect the last seven churches as portrayed in the book.

The characters are a little dull and the action is brutal/intense to say the least (there are a couple of murder scenes that are kind of gory). I just think there could have been more to this story than there was… Maybe if it had followed the Bible a little more closely and not been as contrived it could have been better. I didn’t mind it being set in the U.S., I just have a hard time with the obvious connection between the United Seven States and the seven churches of the last days (it just seems like that would be more of a Middle Eastern focus).

On the positive side, this was a quick and easy read that leaves just enough cliffhangers to flow into a series. It’d be interesting to see if the characters are more fleshed out and if the story aligns more closely to biblical prophecy than it does right now.


Page 257

But religion and true Christianity are two entirely different things.


Page 194:

 I’m looking for a dramatically pretty blonde, about thirty, who might have come around talking to working girls.


Disclosure: This review refers to the electronic version of this book. I didn’t receive any compensation for this post.


Bean and Brown Rice Casserole {Meatless Monday}

Bean and Brown Rice Casserole


2 cups brown rice

1 can Red Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can White Navy Beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can Pinto Beans (drained and rinsed)

1 medium onion (chopped)

2 medium tomatoes (chopped)

1 cup frozen corn

1 cup frozen peas

2 TBS Olive Oil

3½ cups Vegetable Broth

Salt & Pepper (t0 taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 375ο
  2. In a 5 qt Dutch Oven (I use a cast iron pan. Most. Amazing. Pan. Ever.), heat oil and sauteé onions until tender.
  3. Add the rice and cook until slightly opaque (about 10 or 15 minutes); stir to keep from sticking (if needed add a little more olive oil).
  4. Add beans, tomatoes and vegetable broth to the rice and onion mixture. Bring to a boil.
  5. Cover tightly and place in the oven, baking until rice is tender and the broth has been absorbed (about an hour).
  6. Add the corn and peas, return to the oven and bake until heated through (another 15 minutes or so, add more a tad more vegetable broth if needed).
  7. Season with salt and pepper and serve.



Random Saturday


1. Today we were finally able to celebrate Miss 15′s birthday.  We had cupcakes and ice cream. Her mother lacks creativity and baking skills so we ate store~bought cupcakes.
Thursday Snow

2. Thursday morning the kids came running into the house screaming and whooping “School is cancelled! School is cancelled!” So I hopped up out the bed to find out why. It snowed. Seriously guys, don’t wake me for less than 2 feet. And don’t cancel school for less than a foot.

Washer and Dryer

3. This week’s Project 52 2012 Edition theme was “fashion”. You’d think this would have been easy for me given the bags, shoes, jewelry and cosmetics that I have in this house. Instead, I thought a washer and dryer would work. An “A” for creativity?

Breakfast {Hickory House}
4. This morning the hubs and I went to the Hickory House, our favorite little restaurant, for breakfast. They have the best southern breakfast. Ever. And that’s not an exaggeration. Most couples opt for date nights, we opt for date mornings. We try to go there at least once a month. It’s during these times that we sit, talk and catch up on all the things that have happened during the week. I think these breakfasts have brought us closer. No, I know these breakfasts have brought us closer.

So how was your Saturday?


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Snow Covered Plant

Yesterday we had our first big~shut~the~school’s~down~we~can’t~survive~this snow. I think it totaled about .25 inches but it made for a beautiful picture.

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