Cover Image: The Day of Ezekiel's Hope

The Day of Ezekiel's Hope

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

Always been a fan of historical fiction. Loved reading this book. A true journey into World War II fiction indeed. If you are up for a heartbreak, go for it.
Was this review helpful?
I’m told that this is the second book of Donna VanLiere’s trilogy. As I haven’t read the first book, so my comments may be somewhat skewed.

This is the first apocalyptic fiction I’ve read in years. I like it that it’s based on the books of Ezekiel and Revelation. It’s a good imagining of what’s going on in the Tribulation as seen through the eyes of the characters of the book. 

I didn’t get a good sense of the characters involved, especially their background. I guess this is expected as much of the character development would have been covered in the first book.

For me, the storyline isn’t as riveting as I had expected although the actions are fast-paced. So, overall, it was so-so read for me.

I received a free eARC from the publisher through NetGalley and am leaving this short review voluntarily.
Was this review helpful?
This is VanLiere's second in a series on the Book of Revelations and end time prophecy. The books are quite different from a normal read. The first half of the book is a short novel depicting end times, and the second half is non-fiction with an in-depth discussion of where in the Bible these prophecies lie and how the pertain to the end times. VanLiere's intense research in the non-fiction part is very obvious. Looking through the reviews, this is obviously a book that some people are not going to like; but in my opinion, it is extremely well done.

The fiction book is well written, moves quickly, and gives an excellent picture of what the end times may look like for both Christians and non-Christians. The characters are very realistic and display very real reaction as life changes around them. The non-fiction section is definitely something I will find myself rereading and referring to in connection with the Book of Revelations.

Highly recommend for all Christians and especially for those who are interested in end times prophecy. I would suggest reading The Time of Jacob's Trouble previous to this book.

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Was this review helpful?
The Rapture has occurred and chaos reigns across the globe. An alliance has been formed called the E10 and the United States is now part of that group, headquartered in Rome, Italy. President Thomas Banes is the US representative to this group whose purpose is to unite the world, bring peace and harmony to it and make decisions on behalf of it.

Emma Grady and Elliott Hirsh have joined forces in New York City to save as many children as possible who have been orphaned or abandoned in the city. They were left behind, but had relatives and friends who told them about this day and what was to come. They’ve been reading the Bible and holding church services in an abandoned home. Across the globe in Israel, Dr. Zerah Adler was left behind too. He also had friends who told him of this event and has found the scriptures comforting and reassuring as his country works through the devastation.

Within the E10, Victor Quade emerges as its self-declared leader. Not everyone is in agreement with some of his decisions, Thomas Banes being one of them. To what lengths will Victor go to impose his plan on the group, thus bringing end-time Biblical prophecy to life?

Donna VanLiere brings us the second installment of this riveting new series with THE DAYS OF EZEKIEL’S HOPE. Her first book, THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE, told of The Rapture and world-wide chaos that followed. Now she has entered the first three-and-a half years of the Tribulation. THE DAYS OF EZEKIEL’S HOPE follows Biblical prophecy as found in the books of Ezekiel, Isaiah and Revelation and tells a fictional story about these end times. The three main characters remain strong and steadfast and are determined to save as many people as possible. The narrative shifts back and forth from New York City to Rome, Italy and to Israel, chronicling what is happening in each of these places and how the events of the Bible are playing out in real time. Ms VanLiere does a great job of incorporating just enough storyline from her first book to help the reader understand this story that ends in the middle of the seven years of Tribulation … can’t wait to read the rest of her fictional account of this occurrence.
Was this review helpful?
The Day of Ezekiel's Hope by Donna VanLiere is a Christian Science Fiction Thriller of the End Times and the second in this new series. I highly recommend this series for the Bible teaching,real scenarios, thrills and hope for believers and unbelievers. I was so excited to read this book after reading the first of this series The Time of Jacob's Trouble. I loved the characters and situations they seemed almost too real to be fiction. It isn’t hard to imagine in today’s world how these events will happen in the tribulation. Everything is there, the criminal activity, child abuse, technology, surveillance, plagues, the separation of family members under the guise of safety and more. The portrayal of how the Lord works in each person’s life is excellent. There is exceptional non fiction Biblical teaching, references, historical detail with application for the reader. This book offers an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn, refresh Biblical knowledge and reflect. Read this book with your Bible open. Even so come Lord Jesus!
I received a complimentary copy of this book.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.  I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars
Was this review helpful?
The Day of Ezekiel's Hope is the sequel to The Time of Jacob's Trouble and if you enjoy apocalyptic with a dystopian flair you just might enjoy this book too.  With this being an end of times book there is not all happy endings, its chaos. This part in the series focuses on the rise of the anti-christ, the two witnesses, and the 144,000 evangelists and leaves the open ending for more of Revelation to play out. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC to read for a an honest review.
Was this review helpful?
The Day of Ezekiel's Hope is the continuing story introduced in The Time of Jacob's Trouble, and focuses on a Biblically based fictional account of end times. Readers who enjoy dystopian novels will probably end up enjoying this one, and I loved how accurate to scripture Donna VanLiere keeps the story.

Readers, in this one, continue to follow Emma and her group of friends who are new believers and determining to stand for God's truth despite the state of the world. And we also follow two of the 144,000 evangelists, Zerah and Elliott, as they continue to proclaim the truth of God's Word and the need for Jesus. While I did enjoy the first book a little bit more, I still enjoyed this one and thought it was a really good follow up. Attention is given to the 144,000 evangelists, the two witnesses, and the rise of the anti-christ and his agenda. This one is definitely darker than the first one way, but that pretty much goes without saying as end times are going to be the darkest time ever seen in history, and I thought that was represented accurately and authentically.

I appreciate the fact that through reading this series by one of my favorite authors, I've gained a deeper understanding of Biblical prophecy and it's sparked my desire to learn even more. I personally enjoyed the Biblical study part of this book even more than I did the fictional side of it, and I think that Donna VanLiere is truly gifted at writing Bible studies that focus on the truth and keep the reader completely engaged and entertained. I learned so much about the history of the Jews, and it's amazing to see just how many prophecies have come true within the one nation of Israel alone.

The only thing that kept this one from being five stars for me was I found the timeline was disjointed and often hard to follow. The author covers a lot of ground within these pages, and because of this the story quite often jumps ahead by weeks or even months at a time from chapter to chapter. I don't think this would end up bothering everyone; I just personally found it a little bit confusing to follow.

All in all though, I thought this was a great follow up to the first novel, and I'm already looking forward to getting to read book three!

Final Rating: 4/5.

Thanks so much to Harvest House for allowing me to advance read and review this! 

 I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary advance reader copy of this novel from the publisher (Harvest House) in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Was this review helpful?
Book two of the ends of times series. This book is just as good as the first book. I can’t wait until book three is published. Donna VanLiere paints a very realistic picture of how people would react when Christ prepares to return. Thank you for a wonderful story.
Was this review helpful?
Dnf, I expected more out of this. I just found the story to be lacking in areas and I tried to push through, but sadly it was a no go for me.
Was this review helpful?
WOW! What a book!! It grabs you on the first page and doesn't let go. It's a great sequel to Jacob's Ladder and both books were wonderful reads that you hated to see end. I highly recommend both of these books. Wonderful Christian fiction! Thank you Harvest House Publishers via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Was this review helpful?
This was a great sequel  to Jacob's Trouble. I enjoyed reading this book and tried imagining our world  falling into such horrific times following the rapture. I believe it was biblically accurate. It's not all happy endings for the believers but that's what makes it so real. Definitely a must read in my opinion!
Was this review helpful?
I will update my review when I finish, but am in awe of how inspiring and powerful these books are! The Time of Jacob’s Trouble AND The Day of Ezekiel’s Hope are addicting must read books! I finished The Time of Jacob’s Trouble and LOVED it! I’m hooked! I am currently reading The Day or Ezekiel’s Hope and am so moved by these two books that I wanted to urgently rush other reviewers and readers to order both! I will update my review when I finish but I wanted to reach out and express my gratitude to Donna VanLiere and Harvest House Publishers! I was never aware that Donna VanLiere had written books other than Christmas books (which I love) so I couldn’t help but send you a HUGE thank you now! Again, I will update my review and include links to the sites where I share my review when I finish, but I loved The Time of Jacob’s Trouble so much that I wanted to thank you in advance. What a powerful and amazing book!
Was this review helpful?
This book is unlike anything I have ever read before. I presume that it came up on my feed as I have expressed an interest in ScFi / futuristic works. I have since discovered that there is a genre known as apocalyptic Christian literature. Something new to me. 
The book starts off all action and it is really tricky to work out what is going on with many characters, settings and countries involved. You soon realise that a disaster has befallen the earth including an incident when many people have gone missing. I’m not sure why that means that anarchy should have risen so quickly. I don’t want to explain the story even more here as the ‘blurb’ writers do a much better job. However, I have since discovered that this is the second in a series (and I presume from the open ending that there is more to come). Anyone considering this book would certainly benefit from finding the prequel to read first. 
All in all, this book has taken a great amount of research and understanding of the Bible and also Jewish scripture interpretation. If you are not religious then you might find this rather zealous and could even be offended but taken just as a work of futuristic fiction it is complex and imaginative.
Was this review helpful?
Those who enjoy dystopian/apocalyptic Christian literature will enjoy this one. 
The story is set in the future, spans several years and follows the prophesies of the book of Revelations. We experience the story through the eyes of multiple characters - Emma narrates the story of some young people who are saving abandoned children, President Thomas Banes narrates the choices of the E10 chosen to lead the world, and Elliot and Zerah narrate the story of the 144000 chosen to spread the Word. 
The decisions made by the world's leaders in the name of peace and inter-dependence were horrifyingly plausible, I must admit. 
However, the middle section of the story was a bit repetitive and lagged. There was no ending - the leaders were struck down and everyone fled for the hills... 
The story was also interrupted by requests to find out more information at the back of the book. 
All in all this read more as an educational text and an attempt to teach about the end of the world and Jesus second coming than a work of fiction.
Was this review helpful?
Excellent interpretation of the way those left behind will have to experience a world where persecution is prevalent.   Main characters and storylines were very well thought out and implemented.
Was this review helpful?
The Day of Ezekiels Hope
This book appealed to me as I like reading apocalyptic/post apocalyptic fiction. The author has presented a story of the ‘end times’ as depicted in the Bible. She has done her homework and presented it well. This is the second book in the series, I believe. I have not read the first book but plan on doing so. This book has quite a few characters and it goes back and forth between them and the different places where they are at. In the beginning I had a little trouble keeping up with everyone but that could have just been me as I stopped reading and then came back to it. The beginning of the book focuses on prophesies in  the book of Ezekiel 38-39. The book is mainly about the time after the rapture and focuses keenly on a small group of survivors turned believers, the two prophets or witnesses in the end times, the 144,000 sealed servants of the Lord and the Antichrist. There are many other prophecies she introduces into the story along the way. Three quarters of the book are the story. The last quarter of the book she takes us into the Bible and goes through prophecy and where she got the plot line for the different parts of the book. She gives scripture references for all. All in all, I thought she did a remarkable job on the storyline and being able to bring the prophecies in the Bible to life. I enjoyed the book and was very interested in the last quarter where she talked about the prophecies in the Bible. If you like apocalyptic or post apocalyptic stories about the end times that were prophesied in the Bible, then I think you will enjoy this book. If not, then you might pass on this one. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. The views expressed here are solely my own.
Was this review helpful?
The Day of Ezekiel's Hope by Donna VanLiere

I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of review

 The book starts just after the rapture and centers on a group of teenagers and how they cope and interact with the events unfolding. We do read of the ten kings and the Antichrist, but they are minor characters in this storyline. The telling of the two witnesses was very well written and I wished that more was said of them.

I did find the mention of children a surprise and thankfully no great detail was written of them. Enough had been written to give the reader the basics of the actions taken to them.

This book is a good read for teenagers as many references they will understand. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

Was this review helpful?
Love end times books!! This one is a page turner with a new storyline to keep your attention. Perfect for a snowy day and a cup of coffee, treat yourself!
Was this review helpful?
Thought provoking fiction is often hard to get started with, but not so this book. No long intros, but a nice and gradual build-up to strong links between biblical prophecy and a world trying to come to terms with a new world order.
Donna wasn't afraid of tackling some of the issues that today's Christians struggle with in modern Western society, including the cancel culture and trends in the news in 2020. The themes of the book strongly resonate with societal ills in 2020 and does a good job of exposing anti-Christian ideology that is so rampant today.
If you like reading about what the end times might look like, how false prophets come in many different formats, and how a global apocalypse is contrasted with the Gospel, this book is worth reading.
It's a fairly compact story and most of the characters are not developed in depth, but it captivates and helps you see some of today's society in a different light.
At the end of the book, Donna explains in great detail where in the Bible she found her inspiration for the story. Each theme of the story is carefully explained, with relevant Bible verses quoted and examined. This isn't a theological overview of the end times, resurrection and revelations, but detailed enough to inspire the reader.
Was this review helpful?
Of you’re into end times, fast paced, simply written novels than this is the one for you. It’s a sort of 9-11 type apocalyptic novel. It goes back and forth from New York and Israel and the president of the US at times in a post World War III society where everything is corrupt and in shambles just like you’d expect the world to be. It definitely has a lot to say politically and the information is very researched and deals with middle eastern politics. 
The writing style is different and took me a couple chapters to get used to, the tenses are weird and maybe it was done on purpose but a little confusing changing so much.. It’s different from what I usually read, but I liked the Left Behind books so I was curious. My opinion, read those if you haven’t.
Was this review helpful?