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Visiting The Visitation [Jan. 13th, 2005|04:35 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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Looking for a book that is about to be released on the silver screen? Then check out Frank Peretti's The Visitation. Originally released in 1999 by Word Publishing, The Visitation is a departure from Peretti's famed line of work. Frank Peretti is a Christian author who has been known primarily for his graphic depiction of spiritual warfare. In this book (as Peretti also did in The Prophet) instead of seeing dramatic battles between angels and demons or working with an extended analogy of indulging private evils, this book is seen through the eyes of a common man--one Travis Jordan--a burned out minister in the small town of Antioch. Though mostly told from the narration of Travis, the storytelling does slip in and out of the omniscient point of view.

It has been said of Charles Dicken's Great Expectations that "nothing that appears real is real." The reader should take this slogan to heart, for nothing that appears real in this book is real…unless it is revealed to the audience via Travis. The book opens with mystical appearances of prophets, cloud formations of Jesus Christ, and a wooden mural of Christ crying. Miraculous healings occur. Enter a figure claiming to be Jesus Christ. Indeed, he looks like Christ and has the nail prints to boot. Could this be the potentially be the return of Christ that was prophesied in the Bible?

Travis' past is gradually unveiled as current events jog memories, most of which are painful. By the time that the book ends, there isn't much the audience doesn't know about Travis Jordan. The love story that Peretti weaves for his readers is one that most only dream of, yet the very next sentence brings sheer agony as the reader is plunged to the depths of despair. The final payoff--seeing the relationship's end--is one that is sure to have the even the staunchest of men in tears as he contemplate what could have been in his own love life.

Seemingly two different stories bound together in one binding that could never cross paths? Far from it. Those who have had Christian ministry backgrounds, will find that they can relate to this book, especially if they have ever been in a church where the operational word is "do" instead of "be". Indeed, even if one is just looking for a read with a fresh writing style, Peretti brings a narrative to the page that is a sight for sore eyes. Most fictional books (emphasis on Christian ficiton) published in the last few years are closer to cheap action flicks--you only will read/watch them once every ten years. The writing style is so clear cut that one ought be able to see the story unfold on the silver screen in their head.

Speaking of the silver screen, this article comes around full circle. According to IMDB (www.imdb.com), The Visitation is in post-production. With the semi-credible Namesake Entertainment producing, die hard fans of the book have mixed emotions about whether or not their film will be a faithful adaptation and just as poignant as the book. (It was Namesake Entertainment that so dubiously pawned off the Left Behind series to Cloud Ten Pictures. In addition to slaughtering the end-times best-selling series, Cloud Ten has no more than seven other not-so-well-made flicks to their credit. Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins--the authors of the Left Behind series--have filed a lawsuit, against Cloud Ten for their slipshod job on those films.)

Overall, a book that received high reviews by nation media outlets and that will be coming soon to a theater near you, The Visitation will undoubtedly have another fifteen minutes of fame sometime this year with the film release. By reading the book now, not only can one have a heads up on the surprise ending, they will also be able to enjoy a quality tome (that's book for those of you in Huntsville) without having the potentially shady film version give a bad first impression.

From: snapper521
2008-03-02 02:10 am (UTC)

The Visitation

I wasn't aware that someone had turned The Visitation into a film. So either you told me and I have forgotten; or you didn't tell me and dropped the ball.

I know you have pushed on me to read many of his books; but I guess I didn't make the connection as to why. His books always are a tad intense for me. The cooper kids gave me nightmares once or twice... and those were minor so I've heard in comparison to the adult novels he has written.

In all of this contemplation about the man who is "Frank Peretti" I am wondering in the back of my mind, what makes him tick. What is his inspiration. What event caused him to begin writing such novels in the first place?

I promise. Someday I'll read the Peretti books you want me to. :-)

[I also was not aware that the authors of the left behind series were suing the creators of the movie. That is an interesting tidbit...]
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-02 05:10 am (UTC)

Re: The Visitation

Peretti is an awesome writer, though he does get a bit trite sometimes. I wished he had written more.

I don't know what makes him tick. I konw that when he was growing up he watned to be a screenwriter and as I recall actually went to school for this. To date, I don't think he's written a script that went into production.

The Oath is a fantastic, one-time read. The Visitation I can read over and over again. It's classic (minus the modern day stuff towards the end of the book. And I was a little disappointed in the ending I must say.)

[I also was not aware that the authors of the left behind series were suing the creators of the movie. That is an interesting tidbit...
I affectionally refer to the continuing saga by the case name of Citizen LaHaye vs. the World. Tim sued after the first Left Behind film. Jerry Jenkins joined the lawsuit after the second film. The results have never been publically released.
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From: snapper521
2008-03-03 02:01 am (UTC)

Re: The Visitation

You have the potential to write books instead of scripts you know that right? I actually think that if you could get your outlines down you would be a very good writer. Perhaps short stories; or generally shorter books. But... the potential is still lying there under the surface of your personality. I've thought this for awhile now. Ever since I realized what an imagination you possess.

My mother owns The Oath and may have The Visitation but of that I am unsure. I will ask her... if I remember. :-)

The lawsuit: Somehow that does not surprise me (that it was kept silent). However... I must say I am pleased to hear that they went after them. I read a portion of the adult books and got completely bored. So I went and read all the children's books. :-) I was probably 10 or 12 at the time so the adult books were to old for me.

When I think back... I realize that I did a lot of reading while 10-14. My sister is currently going through the exact same emotional stages I went through. Devouring books as fast as we can hand them to her.

I gave her 4 chapter books (perhaps 100pgs each?) (diary form) for Christmas. She had read them all once by the end of Dec. and then proceeded to take them to my blind grandma to read aloud to her. So she essentially read them all twice before Jan. ended. :-P I then gave her access to all the books I keep in my room. Which frankly all but 2 shelves are entirely children's books for her age era.

What I plan on doing is hanging onto those books and giving them to my children. It's sentimental value really... but they do no one any good if they are sitting on my shelves collecting dust. :-)
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