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The Great Controversy

4.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  840 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
What is the world coming too? The news media may tell you what is happening, but this book will tell you what is going to happen! The Great Controversy begins at the dawning of the Christian era, traces the rise and fall of nations and religious powers down to our day, then plunges ahead to preview the future. What this book see's coming is not based on guesswork, it is ba ...more
Hardcover, 719 pages
Published June 28th 1950 by Shelter Publications (first published 1858)
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Sep 26, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover. It is a very interesting insight on the history of the protestant church from the destruction of Jerusalem to the second coming of Christ and the New Jerusalem. Some topics that I particularly enjoyed:

1. Descriptive scenes of the second coming and New Jerusalem period. Wow.
2. The investigative judgment and the heavenly sanctuary.
3. End time events with biblical quotations from not just Daniel and Revelation, but Isaiah, Jeremia
May 03, 2012 Noah rated it it was amazing
the Bad: Some of the chapters are a challenge to get through once you have already read the book.

the Good: This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have literally lost count of how many times I have read it through from cover to cover. I first "discovered" this book when I was 11 years old.

Even if I don't have time or patience to read it all the way through again the last several chapters are worth reading again and again just because of the hope it inspires. When I pick up this book I us
I finally, FINALLY finished it! And I'm utterly speechless. I mean, The Great Controversy is a piece of art. And to think it was written by a woman who only had a very low-grade education - third or fourth - is I cannot wait to meet Mrs. White in Heaven!
Sophia Davies
Jun 28, 2013 Sophia Davies rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Hard to read even when I was a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, fundamentalist Seventh-day Adventist (thankfully I escaped!). Overly long, extremely repetitive, and poorly written. That's not even getting into the probable plagiarism and historical inaccuracies. Looking back, I'm appalled but unsurprised that a church would try to pass this disaster off as some kind of message from God (as much as Adventists try to avoid admitting it to outsiders, they most definitely do believe that Ellen White w ...more
Jerry Mahn
Sep 03, 2012 Jerry Mahn rated it it was amazing
I have read this book again over the last couple months, and always find it useful. The first third of the book is basically a history of the reformation, up to the 19th century. The next third or so covers a number of basic Seventh-day Adventist beliefs. The last 12 or 13 chapters are a study in eschatology, looking at prophecies for the end of time. I find this book to be very useful in answering some of the big questions people ask about God. Where is God when bad things happen? Why is there ...more
Feb 05, 2008 J N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a most intelligent and insightful account of history from the early Church on through the dark ages and beyond. Mrs Ellen G White wrote this book in 1888 - go woman power! Beware if you're catholic, you might not like what you read about the history of your religion. The version of this book that I have was re-published by "Harvestime Books" and each chapter contains quite a bit of anecdotal information pertaining to the topic of that chapter - be it historical dating and time frame ...more
Jul 07, 2010 Christopher rated it it was amazing
In this 5th book in Ellen G. White's Conflict of the Ages series the curtain is pulled back on the battle between truth and error and between Christ and Satan. The book opens with the events surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem as foretold by Jesus before his death and takes us down through the ages, through those who accepted His truth and the price they paid for it, up through the Protestant reformation and rise of Reason as played out in the French Revolution and finally through the futur ...more
Aug 17, 2008 Rebekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best companion book to the Bible I could ever recommend.
Jan 09, 2016 Pablo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest books I've ever read...
Robbie Lacelle
Jan 09, 2014 Robbie Lacelle rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read. It goes through the history of the Church from The destruction of Jerusalem to the second coming of Jesus. Some say that The Great Controversy is not historically accurate but from my study what is found in this book matches up great with what the historians have written. I have read J.A. Wylie and D'Aubigne as well as several other history books concerning this historical period. I have found this book to be Biblical. I have not found anything that is at ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Janie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-romance
Rating: 5 stars.

Ellen G. White is such an amazing person. She and the SDA church pioneered education, hospital and health. I love reading this book, specially during service if the pastor is talking about something frightfully boring.
J. Alfred
May 27, 2013 J. Alfred rated it liked it
Interesting! Well, I certainly don't like White's prophetical hermeneutics, ecclesiology, her stance on God's sovereignty, or her morality, which I find, frankly, to be inconsistent and tending toward legalism. That said, I love her Christology and her emphasis on glorifying God in out lives.
I don't buy her arguments on the Seventh-Day Sabbath, but I respect them (though sometimes they smell a little bit like a straw man). For what it's worth, I think the Seventh-Day-ers (at least, so far as rep
Mar 11, 2016 Max rated it it was ok
Extremely difficult to tear in half.

I received this book unsolicited in the mail today and was unpleasantly unsurprised to discover its religious origins. Unsolicited mail comes in two forms: religious and credit cards, and I doubted very much that this book would climax in a once-in-a-lifetime low-interest-rate offer.

"The Great Controversy, Past / Present / Future, How Will it End?" - an authorless cover that screams of trying too hard to be ambiguous about the fact that there will be capitaliz
This is excellent documentation demonstrating the fact of the universal apostasy after Christ and his apostles. I recommend it to everyone, though I do not concur with the proposition that Reformation, nor Seventh-Day Advent ism, is the way back to God (I am a sincere devotee of restoration through Joseph Smith, the Prophet of God). This book gave me a greater appreciation for all of the many Reformers and their sacrifices to break the stranglehold of the apostate Roman Catholic Church.
Jun 13, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
I put off reading this book for years. Then, when I finally dig in, it was one of those books where so had to grab a dictionary and a highlighter because there was just so much history and "wow". It's not an easy read but it can absolutely become a life changing read. It also inspired / motivated me to read my Bible more. It out several a bible stories in historical context for me which made the stories and conditions in which the characters lived more "impactful".
Oct 21, 2007 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual-growth
First time I read this completely through was my senior year in academy/high school. Not only was it a bonding time between my classmates and myself, but what a spiritual building experiance as well :)

I truely love this book for more reasons then I can write at this time. But I hope many people read it and enjoy it with me :)
Richard Ward
Jan 17, 2015 Richard Ward rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seventh-Day Adventist Fundamentalists who want to be congratulated for being "right."
3 Stars for the first half of the book; 1 Star (or 0, maybe) for the second. Ellen G. White's history of the Protestant Reformation; and then her ramblings about why only Seventh-Day Adventists are "right". I've had several Seventh-Day Adventist friends, and none of them have ever spoken to me with anything like this level of arrogance. Still, her biographical sketches of the Reformers were pretty good. Be forewarned: she asserts that the Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy are the Antichrist p ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Lizzy rated it it was amazing
Super interesting! It has so much information. Great Christian history book.
Jan 18, 2015 Makayla rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
While I found the content exceedingly interesting, The Great Controversy was it written in a way that did not make one wish to keep reading. It was repetitive, and the language and pace were lackluster.
Marc Rasell
Dec 19, 2012 Marc Rasell rated it it was amazing
This book needs to be read by everyone to know what is coming on the world, and how the great controversy will end between Christ and Satan.
Marts  (Thinker)
Ellen White's account of the eternal conflict between 'good' and 'evil'
Philip Early
Nov 21, 2015 Philip Early rated it it was ok
all the good parts in this book are plagiarized.

Feb 26, 2009 Kristin is currently reading it
A bit hard to read but I know It's worth it.
Mar 11, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Not sure why its taken me years to get to this book. I've dabbed at it over the past few years, heard a thing or two about it, read a chapter here and there but its done. The Great Controversy wouldn't be the first book from this author that I would recommend based upon where a person is in relation to their understanding of God. If your view of God is that of a lightning pelting, fire & brimstone, unmerciful, unforgiving ruler, then yes, you'll most likely be spooked and miss out on how won ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Joe marked it as to-read
Shelves: dnf
I probably read 80% of this book back in the 80s. I liked it. It is basically the history of Christianity from Christ through... the end of the world from Ellen White's perspective. I enjoyed the history of the early Christian church, Constantine and the rise of the Church of Rome, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wycliffe and the Protestant Reformation. Ellen White is a founder of the Seventh-day Adventist church and the book goes into the history of the Millerite movement and the founding of t ...more
Claudia Tache
Sep 21, 2015 Claudia Tache rated it it was amazing
This is the most OUTSTANDING BOOK about the battle between good and evil, and its implications throughout human history!!!
It is a must read, I repeat, A MUST CAREFULLY READ for every human being!!!
Should sit next to Bible!!!
Jan 20, 2015 Reby rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary. I have read it many times after and it never looses meaning.You always have something nea to descover. It is better to have notes and look for the facts in the history. Truly worth reading!
Oct 16, 2014 Redlane65 rated it it was amazing
This was a great finish to the Conflict of the Ages series. If you want to read the Bible but have a hard time of it, try reading is series and then go back to the Bible! Well done and, I believe, inspired!
This is the quintessential paraBiblical history of good and evil, the origins of Protestantism, and the prophecies involving things spiritual and eternal. It is the volume most familiar to people who know Ellen G. White as an author. I recommend it to anyone who is reading/ has read the Bible and wants to know about Christianity as an historical entity beyond the stories of the early Christians in the New Testament.

Irene Bag-ao
Jun 17, 2014 Irene Bag-ao rated it it was amazing
A clearer sense of loyalty 'till death. True love for the Almighty. A document that brought justice to every martyr's sacrifices. Genuine conduct of liberty in faith.
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