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Overview A newly elected president must deal with a crisis that challenges his administration's agenda and changes the course of the nation. Full of insider information, this political thriller paints a believable picture of Washington's corridors of power with an alarming ring of truth.
A newly elected president must deal with a crisis that challenges his administration's agenda and changes the course of the nation. Full of insider information, this political thriller paints a believable picture of Washington's corridors of power with an alarming ring of truth.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 22, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 159554593X ISBN13 9781595545930
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More About Ellen Santilli Vaughn & Charles W. Colson
Vaughn received her bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and her master's in English literature from Georgetown University. She serves as Editorial Director for Prison Fellowship Ministries. She lives with her husband, Lee.
Ellen Santilli Vaughn currently resides in the state of Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Gideon's Torch?
far right propaganda Mar 19, 2009
Unlike what many other reviewers have written, this book is NOT based in truth. It is about liberal doctors harvesting fetus brains for AIDS research, aka killing babies to save homosexuals, which is NOT at all based in reality. Please be aware of what you are getting yourself into when you choose to buy this book.
Christian Bias - belittling to non-Christians Dec 19, 2007
I read this book because of the teasers I had seen. Throughout the authors are consistent in portraying characters from a Christian viewpoint, but as a non-Christian (self admitted reprobate), I found the topics here to be presented at a decidedly one-sided viewpoint. Any of the characters that were not pro-life were thin, one-dimensional persons that had never thought about these issues outside of their own personal experience. As a pro-choice advocate I would love to discuss the topic with Mr. Colson, but probably will not have the opportunity. He was very typical Christian, in denying the possibility of alternative thoughts since Christianity is the ONLY answer possible. My major complaint boils down to the idea that there is only one TRUTH, that Jesus is Christ is God and thus has all the answers. This is not true and because someone doesn't share his belief system they must be ignorant at the worst and unintelligent or too prejudiced at the best to be different. Preaching Christian concepts to someone that understands them and rejects them is foolishness. But presuming that anyone who is not a Christian with his same beliefs has simply never known the TRUTH is a worse prejudice. I would advocate that reading this would be followed by thoughtful conversation with others about the topics. But no presumptions should be made as to TRUTH be only one system's tenents.
This Novel Left A Bad Taste In My Mouth. Dec 30, 2006
In the mid-90's, three novels came out that struck me as having a similar theme: "The President", "The Campaign", and "Gideon's Torch". The latter one was the first one I read. I never read "The President", but I have a hunch I'd like it better than this book.
Let me start with the one positive comment I'll make of the book. It painted the pro-choice president as being a Republican. In other words, Colson and Vaughn did not portray abortion as a partisan issue. I thought that was creative.
One more positive comment. The opening chapter was great at getting your interest. However, to me, each chapter introduced characters not connected to the previous chapter, and that made me weary. This may be my subjective comment, and another is that the plot turns did not satisfy me. The conversion in the book to Christianity was almost clinical in its dullness. Additionally, I thought the ending, while focusing on "what comes around goes around", was very weak.
From one comment, I have a hunch that most of the negative reviews came from those who disagreed with the authors' pro-life leanings. This is not the case here. I am pro-life myself. I agree with several of the angles given in the book, such as abortion possibly dividing the Republican party, pro-lifers being subject to persecution, and the risk of our country becoming a police state, as well as pro-lifers being desperate in their sincere concern to protect the unborn. But just because I agree with the authors doesn't mean I enjoyed the book.
Prophetic Nov 6, 2004
For all the reviews I read on this fictional book, calling it "Anti-woman", "fantasy" "turner diary for the anti-choice masses"... it is strangely, sadly prophetic.
The "Regeneration Centers" about which much of the discussion revolves - operated by stripping the stem cells from aborted babies. This was seen as fantasy, as it was funded by the government and Hollywood in this book.
CA has just passed Prop 71. Today they announced the start of "The Institute for Regenerative Medicine"... which is, in fact, funded by the government and promoted by Hollywood.
It saddens me, someone who has lived with Multiple Sclerosis since 2001, and will do so until my death, that people would choose fetal stem cell research over living with the cards they've been dealt... How can someone condone ending a life to repair a broken one?
this book is grounded in reality, Feb 10, 1999
which is often a scary place to be. Colson is a master at revealing the true side of the world of politics and it shows in this excellently told story of the pro-life movement in america. for anyone who is involved in any 'movement,' this novel gives good advice: two wrongs don't make a right. the book holds your attention throughout, and it is downright scary because something like this could very well happen in the near future. throughout the book, Colson stresses having real morals to back up your views, and not relying solely on the laws of our country - really finding out what our laws were based on, the higher moral law. indirectly, his book is a cry for our nation to turn back to God.