Booker’s debut collection attempts to share the epiphany he reached when returning to Christianity after a 21-year lapse.
The end of the world is nigh, perhaps. Enlivened by questions surrounding the end-of-times prophecy, and piqued by the rebirth of a physical Israel, Booker found himself devouring a series of books on the Bible and the second coming of Christ. These forays into popular eschatology awakened in him the sense that prophets, when discussing the days leading up to an apocalypse, were talking about the present day. In an effort to alert the world to his discovery, he began writing this series of letters to share the scriptural revelations he’d uncovered. The letters and their supporting material were written in the early ’90s, and some of the horrors they anticipate are no longer easily conceivable. It’s a persistent distraction that many of the current events Booker explores are no longer current. Readers may also find it hard to reconcile his prophetic credentials with pronouncements as factually incorrect, and as topically diverse, as a declaration that Catholics worship Mary, the New Testament was written by people who knew Jesus directly, the Jews killed Jesus, and Adam and Eve lived 6,000 years ago. The arguments are even less likely to compel readers whom he repeatedly calls “lost”—Jews, Israelis, Catholics, Arabs, Muslims, etc. Though the text seems devoid of genuine malice, the misunderstandings and misrepresentations of these traditions, along with the blunt anticipations of their demise, can be off-putting. The sincerity and colloquialisms are intermittently charming but overshadowed by general disorganization, grammatical imprecision and frequent bibliographic errors.
An earnest, well-intentioned project likely to interest readers intrigued by the end times, despite its limited fatidic power