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Author: Matthew J. Lucio
Publication Date: October 21 2014
ISBN/EAN13: 0984138676  / 978-0984138678
Page Count: 82
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8″ x 10″
Language: English
Color: Black and White
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Revelation is the end.

It‘s often the end of our curiosity, at least. The people who really love Revelation often strike us as a bit…unbalanced. The complexity of the composition intimidates us. We’d rather keep the polite company of the Gospels or the superhero stories of the Old Testament.

We give up too easily.

This isn’t a commentary. It’s a set of devotional forays into the bog of the book,which are meant to show us that Revelation is worth wrestling with. There’s a beauty in this mystery, terrifying and pure. Engaging Revelation unlocks a more balanced perspective on the rest of the Bible.

If you’re brave enough to explore these haunted woods then you’ll find that

Revelation is the beginning.

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1 review for End

  1. Mary Christian

    I just recently read this book, and very much enjoyed this author’s way of approaching Revelation. It’s very different from the perspective I’m used to hearing in my church, which tends to treat Revelation as a jigsaw puzzle or a secret code. Rather than explaining what the prophecies mean (Laodicea=end-time church, waters=people, day=year, etc.), Lucio focuses each brief devotional chapter around different images and pieces of narrative, and dwells on the reading experience created by that passage, and on the spiritual lessons to be learned from those bits of experience. In the first few chapters, for example, he talks a lot about John’s experience of being called to send the message and see the vision on Patmos, and this opening creates an emotional context for the entire vision and prophecy. The author reminds readers several times throughout the book that John is a character all the way through this story. He also reminds us of the main reason why we read Revelation (or any of the Bible, for that matter)–Revelation is one of the many images of Jesus that the Bible presents (a sharp contrast from many of the images in the gospels), and so reading Revelation is a way of getting to know and understand Jesus better.

    I also appreciate the way this book suggests that it’s ok to be confused and frustrated while reading Revelation, while reading about the plagues and the beasts and so forth, and to have my mind wander away to various literary associations (the author often mentions the Lord of the Rings and Narnia and other pop culture). Lucio not only allows for these emotional responses, but freely expresses them himself. He takes the confusion and the frustration and the literary digressions and treats them as a part of the process of making sense of Revelation.

    Of course, this perspective isn’t for everyone (one might say that of any book, really). Some people look at Revelation and want clear-cut answers, which they will not find many of in this book. Also, readers not of the LOTR fanbase, or unfamiliar with Lucio’s other book/film enthusiasms might find the text disorienting in places. But I strongly recommend “End” for artistic, right-brained people who believe, as Lucio says, that “Salvation requires imagination.”

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