Item description for Visitation (Repack) by Frank E. Peretti...
Overview The sleepy, eastern Washington wheat town of Antioch has suddenly become a gateway for the supernatural-from sightings of angels and messianic images to a weeping crucifix. Then a self-proclaimed prophet mysteriously appears with an astounding message. The national media and the curious flock to the little town-a great boon for local business, but not for Travis Jordan. The burned-out former pastor has been trying to hide his past in Antioch. Now the whole world is headed to his backyard to find the Messiah, and in the process, every spiritual assumption he has ever held will be challenged. The startling secret behind this visitation ultimately pushes one man into a supernatural confrontation that will forever alter the lives of everyone involved.
The sleepy, eastern Washington wheat town of Antioch has become a gateway for the supernatural--from sightings of angels and a weeping crucifix to a self-proclaimed prophet with an astounding message.
The national media and the curious all flock to the little town--a great boon for local business but not for Travis Jordan. The burned-out former pastor has been trying to hide his past in Antioch. Now the whole world is headed to his backyard to find the Messiah, and in the process, every spiritual assumption he has ever held will be challenged. The startling secret behind this visitation ultimately pushes one man into a supernatural confrontation that has eternal consequences.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Sep 16, 2003
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849944775 ISBN13 9780849944772 UPC 023755023100
Availability 0 units.
More About Frank E. Peretti
With more than 15 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.” The Oath (Word Publishing 1995), sold more than half a million copies within the first six months of release. The Visitation (Word Publishing 1999), was #1 on the CBA Fiction Bestseller list for four months. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 1951, Frank is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions, drew comics, and tapped out stories on his mother’s portable typewriter.
His journey toward becoming a writer had its side trips. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local bluegrass group, then worked as a musician and odd-job man for a small recording studio.
Shortly after he and his wife Barbara were married in 1972, Frank toured with a pop band and then a modest Christian music ministry. He later studied English, screen writing and film at UCLA before spending five years helping his father pastor a small Assembly of God church in the Seattle area. During those five years he labored at night, on weekends, any chance he got, to write his first novel, This Present Darkness, the book that would catapult him into the public eye – eventually. Numerous publishers rejected the novel and Frank gave up his pastoring position to work in construction and odd jobs to make ends meet. Even after Crossway Books published This Present Darkness in 1986, the novel sat on store shelves largely unnoticed.
Two years later, Frank was working at a local ski factory when word-of- mouth enthusiasm finally lifted This Present Darkness onto a tidal wave of interest in spiritual warfare. The book appeared on Bookstore Journal’s bestseller list every month for more than eight years. His two spiritual warfare novels, This Present Darkness (1986) and Piercing the Darkness (1989), captivated readers, together selling more than 3.5 million copies. The Oath was awarded the 1996 Gold Medallion Award for best fiction.
For kids, Frank wrote The Cooper Kids Adventure Series (Crossway and Tommy Nelson), which remains a best-selling series for children with sales exceeding 1 million copies. In August 2000, Peretti released the hilarious children’s audiocassette series titled Wild and Wacky Totally True Bible Stories, reprising his role as Mr. Henry, the offbeat substitute Sunday School teacher found in two Visual Bible for Kids videos. In 2000, Frank released his first-ever non-fiction book, The Wounded Spirit, in which he deals with the problem of bullying.
In all, including his current work, Illusion, Frank has written nineteen books of various size for various ages.
Frank and Barbara live a simple life in rural Idaho. He leads worship at their church, Barbara paints in watercolor, and they enjoy being with their close friends.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Visitation (Repack)?
Worth the read Mar 19, 2007
I'm an avid reader, however, THE VISITATION is my first book by author Frank Peretti. I found the book to be intriguing and thought provoking. Travis Jordan's character was very well developed. Definitely worth the read. I'm already moving on to other Frank Peretti books....
Stephen King Lite Mar 12, 2007
Author Frank Peretti opens up with a great premise---What if Jesus came back and appeared in a small town in Oregon?
Unfortuantely, he abandons that promise shortly after the 100-pages mark, and the Sadduces in the local town church council become two dimensional charicatures as Peretti labours to present a Christianly acceptable horror story. How the church would react to an actual Second Coming is a fascinating topic, alas, *The Visitation* choses to go down the false prophet path, and the result is a pale imitation of King's *Needful Things.*
Amazing story; well written Jeremy Johnson Feb 21, 2007
The book takes place in the small town of Antioch where everything is going fine. When a wooden cross at the local church begins to weep tears that heal the sick. Everyone begins to see signs Jesus around them. Then a man shows up from Montana to work on a ranch when he starts performing miracles of healing and prophecy. Half the town beleives he is evil and is a demon while the other half believe that he is Jesus. Travis Jordan the ex-pastor of the church calms the new pastor from doing anything rash. However soon the media hears about the amazing healer and comes running. However Brandon Nichols (the mystery man) won't allow himself on cameras. Pretty soon everyone starts to really wonder about who he is? why he's here? what he's hiding? and how he got his power? In order to find out what happens you have to read the book which I strongly recommend.
This was my first Peretti book Jan 9, 2007
And it will be my last. It was given to me by a friend whose intentions were good, but I think backfired. The author clearly knows ministers (of the Penecostal type), is very familiar with religion, Christianity, the idioms, lingo and even speach patterns of those in a 'believers' world.
The author also has a low view of the 'non' penecostal type faiths, as portrayed in the book. Seems like the only one willing to go out and fight was the guy who saw demons. OK. As someone who doesn't believe in demons, I found it a bit, erm, frustrating. Because in my life, and world, it was the opposite.
Mostly, the author clearly has no concept of abuse, the long effects, how human personalities are changed and altered due to physical pain and neglect, what an abused child does to survive the horror & most of all, the emotions and beliefs that are absent in such an individual. He needs to visit a foster home....talk to folks dealing with kids with RAD, or showing signs of early sociopathy. Understand what has gone wrong in such folks.
And it ain't demons.
Demons my butt. Deal with someone whose not able to trust, who can't feel love or compassion and knows that they were screwed over from birth. That would have made a world of difference though maybe made writing a 'happy ending' for the book dang near impossible. Because never in the history of humanity has such a person been totally 'fixed' Ahhhh, now I get it! Easier to write about demons that to admit that like growing back lost limbs, God can't create missing empathy or emotions.
As you can tell, the demonic aspect of the book was a major put off for me.... because it boomeranged the authors intent. Instead of making it look like God was the most 'powerful' and in charge, the story came off more like "if you get trampled by buffalo, God won't be there to turn the herd, but when it's all over, he'll pat you on the head and hand you bandaid---- an itty bitty one at that. Oh, and he'll sing you a song'.
Thanks, but erm, it wouldn't been nice if some of the buffalo had broken a few legs first. A few gopher holes woulda been nice! Next time, I'll avoid both God AND the buffalo.
Also, all it takes is a minor bump in the road to turn you away from faith (loss of spouse) with God being silent, but heck, all you have to do when in agony and terror is call on Satan and he's there with bells on. OK, so just from a pragmatic, I don't wanna die and the pain is getting me down point of view, it doesn't make God look like much of nuthin. Instead, I found myself thinking "gee, never dawned on me to call for Satan....or God either....I just wanted OUT!"
So, by the end of the book, I really disliked the Minister, felt a bit of empathy for the villian (been there, done that, got the tee shirt) and most of all, felt tremendously annoyed at a glib and ignorant treatment of abused children who've grown into adults. That's not the real world. That's not where I live. No amount of prayer, bibles or church services will ever fix that.
IF the author had left simply left out the 'war of heaven and hell' stuff and simply dealt with the people as people, with faith as faith and most of all, what hope is there, if any for the adult survivor of abuse in a religious setting.....it would have made a great read. And probably helped a few 'abused kids grown up' feel that God is on their side. What you get is.... "Oh, it's the demons!?! Granny was right!"
Excellent Story, Gripping and Fast-Paced Jun 5, 2006
Welcome to Antioch, Washington, a small town over an hour from Spokane. Travis Jordan is the burnt-out ex-pastor/narrator of the story and what a storyteller he is. Either Peretti was a burned out, disillusioned Christian, or he has excellent powers of observation. He nails disappointment and disillusionment with God, cynicism forged by unanswered prayer and constant disappointment honed by too many years of working with the body of Christ.
Everything is going along as always in Antioch when the large wooden crucifix at the local Catholic Church begins to weep tears that heal the sick. Not long afterward, people begin seeing Jesus' face in the clouds and in tree bark along with a few other spiritual miracles.
When Brandon Nichols shows up, ostensibly from Missoula, Montana to work as a ranch hand for the rich widow Mrs. Macon, he starts performing miracles of healing and prophecy. The town is split on who and what he is. Unbelievers and even some of the "elect" believe he's the Christ, but the other half of the town thinks he's a demon deceiver. Young, new pastor Kyle Sherman is beside himself with righteous indignation, wanting to "take this town for Jesus" and expel this demon interloper. But Travis Jordan has "been there and done that" and he steadies Kyle's actions. Learning the where and what of Travis's "been there and done that" is interwoven skillfully into the tale. Soon, the public gets word of Brandon's miracles and the media come running, along with folks from all over the country, everybody wanting a special healing or simply to see and experience this new messiah. But why won't Brandon allow cameras, even when he goes public with his ministry and sets up shop? What's he hiding? Who is he and where did he come from? And where did he get his "power"?
Peretti has paced this story very well; even though we know up front (if you've read Peretti before) that Good will prevail over evil in the end, the hook is seeing how Good prevails. The author does an excellent job building suspense and holding all the reins under control, rationing out revelations slowly to keep the suspense and the mystery going right up to end of the book.
The Visitation probably contains a lot from Peretti's real life. Travis Jordan's life has been a panorama of colorful and realistic church experiences and church folk. If you were ever a believer in a small town or even a member of a very large church, you're likely to read in amazement as Travis relates his own story, because you're likely to see your story there, too.
The Visitation was a story I couldn't wait to get back to--I read at lunchtime at work and in the evenings after work. It's been a long time since I was that excited about a novel. Fortunately, Peretti has other novels so the fun doesn't have to end yet. I hope you'll find The Visitation as exciting and captivating as I did. I highly recommend it. I learned from Peretti's website that there's also a movie made from the book, and I immediately put it in my Netflix queue. Rumor has it the movie is even better than the book.