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Great Controversy: Between Christ and Satan

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  871 ratings  ·  84 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
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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
( ●—● ) Evelynn
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!
This was mailed to me unsolicited. It is 377 pages of small type, the author's name does not appear on the cover or spine but is hidden in small type inside the book, there's no year of publication or ISBN, and the affiliation or agenda of the distributor is not indicated. I've since learned that the author Ellen G. White lived 1827-1915, that her estate's website horrifyingly puts a registered mark symbol after her name, and that the reprint is distributed by a Seventh-Day Adventist organizatio ...more
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
Jerry Mahn
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
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
Sophia Davies
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
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
Jan 03, 2014 Jael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jael by: Paul Cole
This book, seriously, one of the most profoundly moving pieces of Christian writing I've ever come across. When I sit and contemplate the battle that is going on for our souls, the simplicity of what God has ever required of His people, and the glorious promise of victory to those who endure to the end, I'm overwhelmed.

Yet there's a definite solemnity about all this, too. In very vivid language, mincing no words, does the author expound on what we can expect if we are of the final generation to
Best companion book to the Bible I could ever recommend.
One of the greatest books I've ever read...
This book came unsolicited in the mail. The book jacket is redundant and the inside has no white space. Why anyone would choose to torture themselves with this I do not know. If you received this book, I hope you had a good laugh with it before you disposed of it, whether gently or not.
Robbie Lacelle
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
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
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
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.
Kim Kegler
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".
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Super interesting! It has so much information. Great Christian history book.
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
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'
Feb 26, 2009 Kristin is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A bit hard to read but I know It's worth 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  ·  review of another edition
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
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!!!
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!
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.

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“It is Satan's constant effort to misrepresent the character of God, the nature of sin, and the real issues at stake in the great controversy. His sophistry lessens the obligation of the divine law and gives men license to sin. At the same time he causes them to cherish false conceptions of God so that they regard Him with fear and hate rather than with love. The cruelty inherent in his own character is attributed to the Creator; it is embodied in systems of religion and expressed in modes of worship.” 41 likes
“But as the church approaches her final deliverance, Satan is to work with greater power. He comes down “having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a [pg x] short time.” Rev. 12:12. He will work “with all power and signs and lying wonders.” 2 Thess. 2:9.” 0 likes
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