• I have begun this book and told people that it reads like a David Baldacci thriller. (As an aside, the spiritual order envisioned by Heiser closely parallels that given by Tolkien at the outset of The Silmarillion). Coupled with the work of John Walton, it seems that we are getting a chance to revisit and/or expand upon some of our basic understandings of creation and the unfolding of history--exciting stuff! I am also amazed at the amount of topics and the depth in which they are studied by scholars of all persuasions as it relates to biblical studies and backgrounds. How does one person gain familiarity with al of this?! Heiser has managed to author a fairly scholarly work that is sill readable by a person willing to invest the effort. I appreciate the moments of dialogue he has with the reader. I have not yet visited the companion website (trying to read all of the footnotes is a challenge), but I think it is a great addition. I must agree with Jim Stowe and others concerning the cost of the book. I used a birthday certificate, and that brought the cost down. Otherwise, why pay Logos significantly more for the book? It is great to be linked to one's library, of course, but it seems that Logos might have missed a chance to pick up some customers by keeping the price down. I am looking forward to the sequel on November 15.