Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Michael's Reward by Mario Bernheim
EXCEPTIONAL doesn’t even closely describe MICHAEL’S REWARD. In this
thought-provoking, memorable book we meet Michael Whiley, God, and Lucifer.
Michael has every material possession possible – a beautiful home, a boat, a lucrative job where he makes millions with bonuses every year, and a wonderful family. Can his faith continue if he loses all this opulence?
God thinks so, and He does not doubt Michael’s loss of faith if all his worldly possessions disappear.
Lucifer has a different opinion from God, but God gives him the go ahead to test Michael full force to see what will happen to Michael if his world falls apart. Lucifer causes one horrible incident after another in Michael's life, and he also was lucky to have someone to “work over” to begin his job with Michael. His name was Charles. Charles, Michael’s co-worker, was the target Lucifer used to get one part and the major part of his plan into action. Charles was going to complete a transaction without Michael’s consent or knowledge….perfect for Lucifer….just what he wanted. Charles carries out his devious plan that Lucifer planted in his thoughts, and Charles thinks nothing of the havoc he knows may well transpire, but the more money he can get, the better for him, and he doesn't care.
These three main characters make the book suspenseful, thoughtful, and will make the reader re-think his beliefs and what one's life really should be. As you follow Lucifer through his plan, you will realize that the saying: "Money is the root of all evil" is definitely accurate.
As one catastrophe after another befall Michael, you will live/read in suspense as you wait to see what happens next.
The author addresses faith, anguish, unbelievable nightmares, and questioning of what could someone have done to deserve these happenings. It is a book that will make you question your life's choices. The book also discusses Lucifer and his entry into our lives to make them miserable. It allows you to see that he tests your faith and makes you question.
MICHAEL'S REWARD made me wonder about life after death and why God really does make things happen. Is it because the person this happened to did something wrong or was it because that was just the way it was to be to make something better? It also had me wondering and worrying if something was going to happen to me and why I received this book to review. Did I need this book because something was going to happen or did I receive the book so I would be able to help someone else? It was frightening and difficult to put down because of the pondering.
I do have to say some of the things that occurred were a little "out there," but most could be things that actually do happen and make you re-think your blessings and re-evaluate what is important and what you truly do need. It will also make you think about your friends and how most people only are concerned about their own welfare once you aren't in their league.
This quote definitely sums up the book’s premise: “Life is not about what we have, but who we are. And who we are can be tangibly measured by how we treat others.” Page 197.
You MUST READ this book no matter what your faith is. It will definitely make you contemplate. As you read it, you will question and you will also be more aware of your surroundings and those that are sharing your space no matter where you are. It will definitely change your thinking about how you are living your life. 5/5