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Prophet

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  13,343 ratings  ·  283 reviews
A thriller that penetrates to the very heart of a vast struggle that threatens to tear our society apart. Successful news anchorman John Barrett is caught in a suspenseful moral and spiritual battle over the importance of Truth. Using all the elements of edge-of-your-seat fiction, master storyteller Frank Peretti weaves a prophetic tale of our times.
Paperback, 575 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 1992)
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Jennifer
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-changer
My Mom had me read this book when I was in High School. I'm so glad she did, it really changed my life.
It's the reason I don't watch the news on TV, ever. It's the reason I question any kind of 'fact' that comes from television. It's the reason that I still feel like news television is just a really great soap opera.

Granted, being 15/16 years old and reading this book is going to make an incredible impression on you, but this is one of those books that stuck with me through the
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Dustin
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Truth seekers everywhere.

Frank Peretti, affectionately known as "The Father of Christian Fiction," became known to me at a very early age. I was likely in sixth or seventh grade. I remember because in the fourth, I started attending Sunday School regularly, during which time my dad and stepmother gave my sister and I Bibles for Christmas. A couple years later, my grandparents gave me Peretti's The Cooper Kids. It was a nice box set, and though I tried getting into a couple of them (maybe all four,) I just couldn't do it. Sp
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J.Aleksandr Wootton
I'm not certain this story would stand up to rereading, but it did me incalculable good service as an early teen: in parallel with its plot, it cogently argued that the combined structure of market forces and federal regulations in the U.S. makes television the weakest of journalistic mediums. The triple threat of politicized oversight, competitive ratings, and investment (from advertisers and shareholders alike) makes it simply impossible for broadcast television to get any closer than "news-ba ...more
Kasey
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peretti's books are hard to get into...really slow in the beginning. Although, his books always finish with an amazing ending. Same goes for Prophet.

Prophet was an interesting read. Very theological. Throughout the entire book you follow the story of a TV anchorman, a reporter, a rebel son, and families and friends dealing with death(s). All the time you are asked the question: "What is Truth?" and if a person finds Truth, do they tell the world and not care what people think...or bury it? Deal
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Becca
This was a struggle that I'll admit I could not finish. Poor plot and suspense writing that traded off with evangelical preaching. I'm not against Christian or other religious novels, but this one did not master the technique of religious writing for entertainment value and the general population.
R. Gilbert
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IF you liked this book, you are going to like Peretti's newest book, Illusion. Illusion by Frank Peretti If you liked Peretti's other works, such as The Oath or the Present Darkness series, the trend in reviews seems to indicate that you won't enjoy this as much.

In Prophet, Peretti hits the mark with his development of relationships. The characters are real and you can feel their hurt and their hopes. Peret
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Becky
First sentence: John Barrett heard God speak when he was ten years old.

Premise/plot: Prophet is a novel about the media, about reporting news, about politics, about biases, about balancing what do people NEED to know, what do we want people to know, and what do people think they need to know. All three are important, of course. Sometimes people NEED to hear the truth, need to know the facts, even if it isn't something they want to hear.

The hero of The Prophet is a anchor man on the news. Throu
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Katrina D.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I’ve read by Peretti, and I enjoyed it! The issues tackled in this book still ring true today, some twenty years after publication: abortion, the reliability of news, and the struggle to follow faith despite how it might hurt careers. I felt a connection to the varied characters, and none of them was idealized, nor did they make Christianity seem shallow or easy. The idea of a modern day prophet was both entertaining and provoking in our age where we are often quick to sco ...more
Veronica
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book really penetrates the surface of worldly views and digs into the reality of the news world and the abortion industry. Although it was a bit of a slow start (hence 4 stars), the author built up the plot skillfully, coming to a riveting and dramatic climax. Often very tragic but at the same time eye opening - this is an exhilarating read!
Kim
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a long read, but what a GREAT book. Hard to imagine this was written 27 years ago.....it's as up to date on issues as it was then. I highly recommend this book.
Stephen Gere
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book; it has the usual Peretti mystery and suspense, but while giving just enough information to stay glued to the book.
It's plot has a convicting message, that everyone needs to hear, about choosing to be bold about God and obey his commands, or hiding our faith and trying to blend in with everyone else, not letting our faith in God "get in the way" of our life.
It has a very moving story that deals with abortion, and what goes on behind the scenes really.

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Cassandra Ulrich
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Barrett in Frank E. Peretti’s “Prophet” is the star anchor man on NewsSix, but his father has developed a reputation among the masses as a religious pro-life nut. Even Governor Hiram Slater wishes the elder John Barrett would just leave him and his campaign alone. What seems to be a case of religion against politics soon turns into a possible murder case and medical malpractice.

This story dares to delve into a controversial topic, but does so from the anchor desk of a top notch
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T.C. Slonaker
*** This review is for the unabridged version only. I may have given it more stars if I had read a more condensed version.***
I think I was hoping for a book with more spiritual drama in it, like This Present Darkness. While I appreciate a little mystery and that kept me going, there was so much technical description of the news aspect of it, I really felt the story was bogged down. Peretti writes well, and I was intrigued by the characters. It also helped that I was on the right side of th
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Lou
This book is very different from the previous ones that I had read from Frank Peretti, because there are no angels or demons, neither dragons but a lot of journalistic chaos and a lot of description of the management of the TV. It was a very realistic story about the day in journalism, about how the information operate and the power groups. I found the characters most human and real (despite the supernatural gift of John Barrett) and as always, Frank Peretti makes every good story has a good mes ...more
C.M.T. Stibbe
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the powerful tale of John Barrett, anchorman for NewsSix, who not only catches his producer fabricating a story and lying to cover her tracks but he hears voices as well. Barrett's father's death is beginning to look suspicius and his son wants to get under his skin. What could be more exciting than another of Frank Peretti's strong, face-paced stories of spiritual warfare. Highly recommended read.
Debbie
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those dealing with past abortions, news reporters/anchors, investigative reporters
Peretti has written a story that's more than fiction. News reporter/anchor John Barrett lives in a make-believe world until his father is murdered, but not before Dad passes on his spiritual mantle to John. He then sees the faces and hears the voices behind the physical features of persons and resolves to help the suffering.
Donna
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder, the news media, an overcoat, abortion, prophesy, and family reunions are just some of the intriguing parts of this book by Frank Peretti. The story captivated me immediately, and kept me going to the end.
Sara Diane
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing look into the abortion industry and the toll it takes on individual lives. I loved it. Probably my favorite Peretti book. First read it in high school and have re-read it several times since.
Dorinda
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true read! The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.
Kay
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything by this author is utterly 'splendid' :P
Stephen Ryan
In the midst of a hotly contested election, news anchor John Barrett has more than his share of stresses; he increasingly feels like his role in the media is less journalism and more entertainment; he’s estranged from his ex-wife and his college-age son; his father is a crazy fundamentalist Christian that’s harassing one of the political candidates. And then . . . well, on top of all that, what to make of these strange voices, these strange hallucinations, these . . . visions? It’s a great premi ...more
Michael Knipp
A news reporter at the biggest local news station sees his father making a fool of himself on a live report from a rally for Hiram Slater, the governor. Not wanting his reputation as a celebrity to be damaged, John Jr. must confront John Sr. on his religious fanaticism. The story from that point expands into a realistic mystery investigation into a criminal cover up due to politically charged idealism. Religious overtones carry the story forward with strong continuationist themes that drive our ...more
Ann
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book many years ago, but I remember zipping through it - I loved the suspense and intrigue. But what I remember best is that it is a very realistic book, in the sense that in this world when someone does the right thing, sometimes the only immediate reward they get is knowing that they did the right thing. And for the Christian, this is (or should be) enough. Our actions do have consequences and bear fruit, but much of the fruit we won't know about in this life, which is why we shoul ...more
Leslie McNamara
Secret high school sanctioned abortions, performed too quickly, for profit, and legally done without parental consent. A governor running for re-election, stuck on the wrong side, trying to hide secrets of his own. Three generations of men, not without their own issues, coming together to battle the press, politics, anti-religious factions, right-to-lifers, murder, and a grand coverup. Throw in some "special" sight and hearing abilities of self-proclaimed prophets to confuse the story, and you h ...more
Cherryls Books
Apr 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I didn't like this one at all - and unlike the claim on the back of the book "Prophet has all the hallmarks of Peretti's fast paced blockbuster fiction" I couldn't disagree more. This was nothing like a Peretti book. I was long winded, dry, lacking in suspense, slow to unfold the story, predictable and very much locking in terms of any supernatural elements. If you've read any other Peretti books, I strongly recommend you give this one a miss.
Blake
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Poorly developed story

I'm reviewing this book from a readability standpoint. From start to finish this book felt rush, yet dragged on at the same time. In quite a few places it seemed like something would happen just because the plot demanded it. I kept reading thinking that there would be a plot twist at the end. However the ending almost as much of a disappointment as the rest of the book. I've read quite a few Frank Peretti books and this is by far his worst.
Carleene  Hibbs Reeder
Really enjoyed this book. It is interesting to see that much of what was going on even 10 years ago when this book was written is still hot trigger topics today. I think it also sheds light on the relevancy of the bible and how we really need to listen to the warnings and pay attention to the lies we believe and the truths we cover up. It is easy to get swept away into a world that is lost without realizing it. Glad to have read this at this time.
Taylor Phillips
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. As per his style, Peretti grabs you from the first page. Even though it was written in 1992, it uncovers the corruption in the media and in the government. There were many times I wanted to share a story of something that had happened with someone, only to remember it was in this book I was reading. To me, that’s the best kind of book: you feel like it’s reality.
Jessica
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jessica by: goodreads
There was some weird stuff, supernatural things that I believe God is fully capable of, but which he does not seem to enact in this period of time, that I could have done without. Other than that it was very interesting and aside from the technology aspects was incredibly timely despite being originally published in 1992.
Dawn Hanna
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book during midterm election time made this extremely interesting. I have always enjoyed Perretti’s books but this one was very timely considering present day politics and the news industry! I very much enjoyed this book because it was a great story and he always brings a Christian message across.
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With more than 12 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.”

Peretti is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local
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“So why should he even bother himself with this? The answer came to his mind: Because what happened to Annie Brewer was evil and evil prevails when good men do nothing.” 1 likes
“I feel an obligation toward God to be as honest as I can. I'm human, sir, and I'll admit the Truth can be painful at times, and even a little elusive, but... as best as I can, I must speak the Truth and address things as they are. I don't feel I have any right to take the Truth and cut it up, rearrange it, select what I want and delete what I want just so it'll align with my politics or my Accounting Department." - John Barrett Jr.” 1 likes
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