A 17-year drought, earthquakes, and wildfires leave California uninhabitable and irreparable, forcing its citizens to relocate. Fewer than 1% of its population remain— by choice or necessity. But a contingency of 16 feels called of God to stay at their own risk to minister to the stragglers. Calling themselves The Holdouts, they face a clash of cultures, ethnicities, religions, and politics that pits friend against friend, with the future of the country at stake. In the midst of the chaos, while facing their most menacing opponent, the leader of The Holdouts becomes convinced he’s heard directly from God Himself. The result is a finish you’ll never forget.
I found The Valley of Dry Bones engaging. It is quasi-dystopian christian fiction. Life in California is almost unsurvivable. Most people have fled the state. For those remaining their “world” is desolate, dangerous, hot, and seriously lacking in water. Life throughout the rest of the United States and the world is as it always has been. The Valley of Dry Bones has the feel of Water World meets Mad Max meets missions. Water is a hot commodity and everyone is desperate for it. This commodity creates opportunity for the unscrupulous. Yet a remnant remain. Sixteen believers, who call themselves the Holdouts, stay behind to provide aid and to share the Savior with the people who were unable to leave and with those who try to extort them for everything they have.
California becomes a microcosm within the United States where we are shown a utopian ideal within a dystopian time and place. The Holdouts create a community that is specifically engineered for the environment. It sounds pretty incredible. Their lives are rather easy compared to the other California residents. Their secure compound meets all of their physical needs while helping others but all believers experience persecution and so even though these believers have willingly chosen to stay persecution is inevitable. The beauty of the story is the truth shared that persecution engenders true faith.
My favorite character is Sasha. Sasha is an example of a teen unplugged. A teen with the space, quiet, and time to seek and to serve God. She reminds us to be thankful, even for tough assignments from God.
The Valley of Dry Bones is a story of tribulation. A story of redemption. A story of forgiveness. A story of salvation. A story of faith.
Raw life, tragedy, and horrific sin is penned along with the one and only answer to the pain. The painful, humiliating, selfless sacrifice of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ. The Valley of Dry Bones is well worth reading.
I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.
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Jerry B. Jenkins's novels have sold more than 70 million copies. Twenty of his books have reached the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists. The phenomenally best-selling Left Behind series inspired a movie starring Nicholas Cage. Jenkins has been featured on the cover of Newsweek and his writing has appeared in Time, Guideposts, and dozens of other periodicals. He and his wife, Dianna, have three grown children and live in Colorado.