Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Book Review: The Scroll
I seem to mostly review chick books or parenting books. Mostly because I'm a chick and I'm a mom. But every once in a while I do enjoy a good suspense story. And it doesn't hurt that I can pass the book onto my husband when I'm finished.
In The Scroll, Dr. David Chambers is a leading archaeologist in the field of biblical archaeology. He's written books and appeared on numerous talk shows and uncovered some fantastic finds. However, David has fallen into a sea of doubt. The same Bible passages that used to fill him with wonder now leave him frustrated. This doubt caused him to turn his back on his academic pursuits, as well as his fiancee. But then an old mentor reaches out to him, snagging his interest with the riches described in the mysterious Copper Scroll. He then has a choice to make: refuse and find a new area of study, or go for one final dig that could unearth things that would alter the course of history.
This book immediately puts you in an Indiana Jones state of mind. Archaeology sites that filled with dirt, dust, treasure and the occasional threat of gunfire. However, I felt that the story got a little lost as the authors tried to give the reader a lesson in Archaeology 101. The book probably needed to be three times as long to allow the story to build naturally, but of course, who would read that except for die-hard archaeology nerds. I had a hard time connecting with Dr. David Chambers; he seemed to do things for the sake of the story, not because that is what his character would naturally do.
This book was good enough, I suppose. I'll probably end up donating my copy to the church library or something.
This book was sent to me by WaterBrook Press in exchange for an honest review, as a part of their Blogging for Books program.