Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Holy Land Key -- book review

In the HolyLand Key, Ray Bentley takes you on a journey into the lives, history, and significance of Israel and the Jewish people. Bentley has a great love for the nation of Israel. He also has made deep and lasting connections with many Jews and non-Jews who reside both in Israel and outside Israel, but who share a deep love for this nation. Bentley is an American who would be considered a Gentile, but he has spent many years studying Jewish culture, history, and significance. His love, respect, and value for this nation and its people is obvious.

In this book, Bentley tries to bring together a lot of information about Israel and the Jewish people, personal stories of people whom he has made connections with concerning the Holy Land, and the role that it plays in prophecy. He does a good job with first two fore mentioned items, the third seems to be lacking a little in my opinion. This is a bit strange considering that the subtitle for the book is, “Unlocking End-Times Prophecy Though the Lives of God’s People in Israel.” Initially reading this led me to believe this book would be more of a look at the prophecy that is seen in the book of Revelations, and how the Jews and Israel are a part of all that. Now, that is included in the book, particularly about the last third of the book. The beginning of the book is more of a look at the significance of Israel and the Jews. So, with that said, the subtitle for the book can be a bit misleading if you are expecting a book focused on prophecy as a look at the End-Times and the events that will take place during that time.

Now even though this book wasn’t what I was expecting it to be, it was still a solid read. Bentley has done his research and it shows. In fact there are many sources listed in the back of the book to back up his writing. I found The Holy Land Key to be very interesting. I feel as though I learned a lot of new information from it and gained some new perspective as well. This isn’t the type of book that I would generally read, but I am glad that I did.   

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.