Five Items to Add to Your Extraordinary Library
It has been a long time since I’ve done a top five list. Since that time, so many awesome books and DVDs have been released, we simply MUST catch up! As the holidays approach, it may not be a bad idea to start shopping now, right? RIGHT!
Per usual, this list will contain a combination of books (fiction and non-fiction), movies, documentaries, and classics that are just simply dear to me. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments! I’ll be doing one top 5 list like this per week until the end of the year.
1. Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here by Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing one of the co-authors of this book, Cris Putnam. You can find the full interview by clicking http://rodrigoseixas.com/homework-assignments/. From the description:
For more than 800 years scholars have pointed to the dark augury having to do with “the last Pope.” The prophecy, taken from St. Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes,” is among a list of verses predicting each of the Roman Catholic popes from Pope Celestine II to the final pope, “Peter the Roman,” whose reign would end in the destruction of Rome. First published in 1595, the prophecies were attributed to St. Malachy by a Benedictine historian named Arnold de Wyon, who recorded them in his book, Lignum Vitæ. Tradition holds that Malachy had been called to Rome by Pope Innocent II, and while there, he experienced the vision of the future popes, including the last one, which he wrote down in a series of cryptic phrases. According to the prophecy, the next pope (following Benedict XVI) is to be the final pontiff, Petrus Romanus or Peter the Roman.
The idea by some Catholics that the next pope on St. Malachy’s list heralds the beginning of “great apostasy” followed by “great tribulation” sets the stage for the imminent unfolding of apocalyptic events, something many non-Catholics would agree with. This would give rise to a false prophet, who according to the book of Revelation leads the world’s religious communities into embracing a political leader known as Antichrist. In recent history, several Catholic priests–some deceased now–have been surprisingly outspoken on what they have seen as this inevitable danger rising from within the ranks of Catholicism as a result of secret satanic “Illuminati-Masonic” influences. These priests claim secret knowledge of an multinational power elite and occult hierarchy operating behind supranatural and global political machinations. Among this secret society are sinister false Catholic infiltrators who understand that, as the Roman Catholic Church represents one-sixth of the world’s population and over half of all Christians, it is indispensable for controlling future global elements in matters of church and state and the fulfillment of a diabolical plan they call “Alta Vendita,” which is set to assume control of the papacy and to help the False Prophet deceive the world’s faithful (including Catholics) into worshipping Antichrist.
As stated by Dr. Michael Lake on the front cover, Catholic and evangelical scholars have dreaded this moment for centuries. Unfortunately, as readers will learn, time for avoiding Peter the Roman just ran out.
Trailer for the book:
Purchase from Amazon by clicking here: Full Article
Or, get the special offer from Cris Putnam’s website here: program projects
2. The Supernatural Battle by Richard J Grund
Mr. Grund is another researcher I’ve had the honor to interview (full interview http://www.strachaneyecare.com.au/). He’s been on the front lines of the fight between good and evil for many years, and has been an inspiration to many who’ve sought to understand the world of the supernatural (myself included). Finally, Richard J. Grund has compiled his years of knowledge, research, and real life experience into a book that is HOT off the presses. I’d recommend this to anyone who has a fascination with the paranormal. At the outset, it may not match up with your worldview, but I guarantee you’ll learn something from this man’s experience. As the founder of the Supernatural Response Team, Richard and his colleagues engage in paranormal investigations and seek to set captives free. From the description:
We are engaged in a supernatural battle raging for thousands of years on a cluttered, uneven battlefield against a merciless enemy. A Divine decree declared that there would be a perpetual enmity between the two sides.
Although defeated on a hill in Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago this supernatural enemy refuses to surrender. An army was left behind to keep that enemy in subjection when the King returned to His Throne. Their efforts began in earnest but through overconfidence and poor leadership has waned. Ground once taken has been lost and enemy strongholds were rebuilt.
The final campaign in this supernatural battle for the fate of mankind began in 1948.
Plundered, broken and embarrassed by their defeat this supernatural enemy is enraged and fights with reckless abandon. Blitzkrieg has been declared to initiate the final devastating assault against the King’s people.
A battle cry goes out in the spirit with the clarion warfare call of the Shofar.
Who in the Kingdom will answer this call?
Who will step out on to the supernatural battlefield?
If you are one of those who will say “here I am, send me” this book is a field manual for The Supernatural Battle.
Purchase Richard Grund’s debut book right here: The Supernatural Battle: A Field Manual
3. Watership Down by Richard Adams
This is a classic, and if you’ve not yet read it, you’re really missing out. Watership Down is not merely a book about rabbits. It is so much more. This book is dear to my heart for many reasons. This is a story about people as much as it is about rabbits. It is about Fiver, a rabbit who received a prophetic vision of his home’s impending destruction. He gathers the other members of his community and they embark upon a journey to find a safer place to live. Along the way they encounter other communities that are run by fascist dictators. The rabbits struggle to free themselves of this police state, and are tested all along the way. They learn that freedom is more important than relative comfort and safety, and it is a lesson we all could be reminded of, especially in these troubled times.
I recommend that you read the book, but don’t overlook the classic animated film. Get both. Here’s the original 1978 trailer for the film: (Although animated, this movie is decidedly for adults)
Purchase the book here: Watership Down: A Novel
And the film in this amazing deluxe edition (which I own) here: Watership Down (Deluxe Edition)
4. Utopia X by Scott Wilson
The main question of the novel is this. How does one criticize political correctness without sounding like an insensitive Philistine? And what happens when a Government hijacks speech and outlaws insensitivity? Would it increase a sense of oneness and compassion, or would it rob everyone of their identity, and benefit only those who are most likely to oppress the very people they claim to be protecting? Read my full review of Utopia X is a novel that is often overlooked but belongs along side classics of the genre like Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and It Can’t Happen Here.
Read my full review: Utopia X: Politically Correct Oppression
Purchase the novel here: Utopia X
5. The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill
I just watched this film a few nights ago. It is brilliant. Willem Dafoe stars as a hunter for hire who is commissioned with the task of going to the deep Tasmanian wilderness to find the last remaining Tasmanian Tiger, an animal long declared extinct, but is believed by many to continue to survive in the remotest areas of the harsh Tasmanian woodlands. I wrote an article some time ago about the Tasmanian Tiger, exploring the myths and realities about the famous creature: Feared in Life, Loved in Death: Resurrecting the Tasmanian Tiger
For the product description for The Hunter:
Martin David, a skilled and focused mercenary, is sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger’s genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Usually a loner, Martin becomes increasingly close to the family. However, as his attachment to the family grows, he is led down a path of unforeseen dangers, complicating his deadly mission.
The film is based on the novel The Hunter by Julia Leigh.
Purchase the film here: The Hunter