21 July 2012

The Company by Chuck Graham, Book review

Publisher: WinePress Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1414120904

A meteor explodes into the planet. Massive earthquakes rock the land as giant tsunamis engulf the coasts. Sleeping volcanoes violently erupt, filling the sky with clouds of suffocating ash, and soon, the world is shrouded in darkness. Last Day has come, bringing death, destruction, and despair. Yet hidden in a mountain valley, the Brigons manage to survive, but with no power and little food or water, their hope is fading into the eternal night. Then a voice calls out in the darkness and offers to bring them light. This is the story of Sam Mitchell, an engineer with one of the power managers in Brigos Glen.
Seventy years have passed since light was restored to the village. Few remember the time before Last Day or the strangers who helped them in their time of need. But Sam has heard the stories and, with the guidance of his friend, seeks to help others as he goes about his seemingly unimportant, routine existence. That is, until he receives an ominous order from beyond the mountains that will change his life forever. 
For centuries mankind has sought God...not simply to find Him, but to understand Him. This quest has left many struggling in a maze of contradictions - one God but a Father, one God but a Son, one God but a Spirit - leading them to the ultimate question: Who is the Trinity? 
The answer is revealed in The Company by Chuck Graham, a clever allegory, carefully woven with surprising revelation of who God is, who we are before Him, and our calling to love and encourage each other.
My thoughts:
I will tell you upfront 'The Company' has a slow start and in the end,  it brought (internal) confusion. The allegory, understanding the concept of the Trinity, as suggested by Chuck Graham is just not what I expected yet there is something in his message. 
I can only deduce I must read it again and eventually grasp more from the whole concept!

The apocalyptic background was interesting but so many factors were unexplained I kept going back a few pages to see if I missed something. I might be a dreamer but I like facts and two and two makes four, not three or five. If that makes me like St Thomas, so be it. 
The story revolves around a small village and their post apocalyptic survival in total darkness. 
So far, so good. When a voice calls and offers a plan to bring power to the village, the elders turn to 'The Company' . Two other smaller companies later bring management and communication. But things do not develop as planned.
Decades later, chosen villagers are sent to meet with the leader of "The Company'.
I assume the Trinity is represented by these three companies but it remained unclear until almost the end of the book. Double meanings, hidden references about true faith and the end times made this story the sort you like to debate and as such has created some lively discussion in this family.  
There is no doubt the author is a skillful writer but based on like/dislike I must admit it was not what I expected.

4 stars to be fair!
About the Author:
 Chuck Graham's legal career as an attorney in private practice spanned more than thirty-one years. He represented many local, national, and international clients, acquiring intricate knowledge about the often-overlapping structures of the corporate world. He also worked against those seeking to create racial division, including the Ku Klux Klan. He has served as a member of the state bar of Georgia since 1979 and an instructor to attorneys and judges through the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). He received the Medallion of Appreciation from ICLE.

Chuck is also a speaker and the author of Take the Stand (Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996) and the compilations, A Year of Encouragement (Xulon Press).

In 1997 he founded Ciloa (Christ Is Lord Of All), a ministry devoted to sharing God’s encouragement with the world and teaching those who follow Him how to encourage others. Today Chuck serves as executive director and principal author of A Note of Encouragement, a weekly e-zine reaching 175 countries.

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