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Publisher's marketing a bit misleading--the content is great, just not new
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2013
I'm a great fan of both Lance Wallnau and Bill Johnson. What they bring to the Body of Christ and the world in general is, in my experience, truly life transformational. I was excited when I learned my copy of Invading Babylon: The 7 Mountain Mandate would arrive today but now that it's here I must say I'm a bit disappointed. To be sure, the content is excellent-this review isn't about that. My disappointment stems from the publisher's marketing on two counts.
#1-Perhaps I was just too eager for a collaborative effort by two of my role models that I didn't read the fine print about the authorship. The banner description lists only Wallnau and Johnson as authors. Similarly, the cover picture displays largely the names Wallnau and Johnson but if you don't click the expanded view you'll not know that Alan Vincent, C. Peter Wagner, Che Ahn, and Patricia King are also contributors. In fact, of the 6 chapters the two marquee names wrote exactly two. Six chapters, six authors. That's not what I expected. To be fair, in the book description you'll read, "Six revolutionary voices in the modern church deliver Invading Babylon." But you'll only get to that fine print if you click "show more". Again, my eagerness for this book didn't require me to "show more" before ordering it so the fact that I didn't know Wallnau and Johnson only contributed one chapter each is on me. Sort of.
#2-Now, my second disappointment is totally on the publisher. No where in the Amazon write-up (and I've gone back to double-check) was I told that this isn't new material. Rather, each chapter comes from one of the six author's previous publications. Turns out I already own 50% of the content of this book. That doesn't mean that the other 50% isn't worth the purchase price. But it does mean that I wasn't informed that this was a re-mix. And that's deceptive/bad marketing in my view.
So, should you buy the book. Absolutely! Especially if you don't already have the content from its earlier publications. Just check your library first for: Johnson-Dreaming with God; Wallnau-The Reformer's Pledge; Vincent-The Kingdom at War; Wagner-The Reformer's Pledge; Ahn-Say Goodbye to Powerless Christianity; King-Light Belongs in the Darkness.
I'd have much preferred, and would have purchased it anyway, if the marketing was more along the lines of "Six great Kingdom advancers share from their previous works to inform and instruct your invasion of Babylon."