Book Review: The Book of Revelation: A New Translation by Michael Straus, illustrated Jennifer May Reiland

One word: Woah.

I don’t even know where to begin. Imagine if someone took one of the most fantastical books of prophecy in humankind and illustrated it, because that’s what this is.

The only thing I took away from it was “why John naked, and why is his penis drawn so large?” (that link is NSFW, FYI.)

I’ll admit, most art is lost on me. I could stare at a Rembrandt and admire it for its age while completely missing the point of its inherent beauty. If this is art, then perhaps that’s why I’m not getting the point. If it isn’t art… then what is the point?

It’s certainly interesting, I’ll give it that much. Discussing it with my Pastor I described it as “Where’s Waldo: Apocalypse Edition.”

Quite honestly I’m so confused by what this is supposed to be that I can’t give it an honest review. Is it a new translation of Revelation? If so, it’s got misspelled words. Is it simply trying to illustrate the book of Revelation? Okay, it does that. I guess. It’s certainly a conversation starter, I’ll give it that much.

I don’t mean this to be a negative review per se. In fact, I was hesitant to review it because, quite simply, I don’t understand the point. And that’s on me, not the author. The could be hitting every mark they’re aiming for. And if so, kudos to them. I just don’t get it.

Check it out on Amazon. Maybe you’ll enjoy it. If so, feel free to enlighten me in the comments below.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.

 

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