THE HEART OF GOD by Dorcas Massanga  Germaine

THE HEART OF GOD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A Christian spiritual exhortation, related in a prophetic voice.

Massanga Germaine states at the outset that this debut work is not merely inspired by God, but also dictated by him, “given to me word for word by the Holy Spirit.” As such, its statements seem to be directed both to the author and to the Christian community at large. The work covers a wide array of topics, with most of the material conveying theologically traditional Christian teachings concerning the worship of the triune God, one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers. It admonishes Christians to dress modestly, abstain from alcohol, and observe the Sabbath, while also warning them to beware of cultural influences which may turn them astray (“Your phone devices have become a satanic weapon”). Overall, this work, while clearly heartfelt, is somewhat disjointed in structure, and it offers a number of unconventional ideas, such as a declaration that the United States has lost God’s favor, due to its sinfulness, and an assertion that “the Hebrews of the Bible were black people.” It also displays a particularly conservative viewpoint on Christian living that many potential readers won’t share, thoroughly condemning homosexuality (“it is being under a spell (encroachment), it is a hidden spirit that multiplies itself daily, which convinces people to mock God”), as well as any sexual practices outside of marriage; its views on gender are similarly traditionalist: “I established you [women] the mother of the nation—it is you who has to watch over the children, it is you who is responsible for the children, it is you who is love, it is you who is the heart.” As a book claiming to be God’s own word, Massanga Germaine’s work will automatically be open to criticism and controversy within the Christian community. However, similarly conservative readers who are open to the possibility of prophetic messages may find the book intriguing.

An intense, provocative, and conservative religious treatise.

Pub Date: Aug. 29th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4624-1230-3
Page count: 190pp
Publisher: Inspiring Voices
Program: Kirkus Indie
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