Meet Col. Joshua Jordan (Book Giveaway, Video, Fun Stuff)

Renee Ann Smith —  July 22, 2011 — 63 Comments

UPDATE: A winner has been emailed. Congrats, Cindy!

Meet Col. Joshua Jordan. MIT grad. Retired colonel US Air Force. Former Air Force reconnaissance pilot. US defense contractor dealing with DC intrigue. His company, Jordan Technologies is a leading provider of defense systems for the US government. His wife Abigail is an accomplished lawyer. Daughter Deborah is at West Point. Son Cal is at Liberty University.

Josh even has his own Facebook page at this link. (Seriously! It’s cool. Check it out.)

Josh is the hero of The End Series authored by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall.

Photo from Josh's Facebook page

What’s the setting of these stories? Unemployment in America is going through the roof. Natural disasters are coming out of nowhere while scientists argue about global warming. Tension is rising among the players in Russia and the Middle East. Political correctness is hamstringing government policies that would keep us safe . . . Pretty much like today!

And then—in spite of the protections set in place after 9/11—terrorist missiles take down an American plane and a bomb explodes in the Mall of America.

These events spur two men to bring their A-games to the table, Col. Josh Jordan and Pastor Peter Campbell. Both want to prepare for what lies ahead, as evidenced by their conversation in this excerpt . . .

Joshua remembered something. “I saw the blurb on your press conference in New York. Looks like a riot broke out. And here I thought I was the public instigator.”

Pastor Campbell chuckled. “Oh, it wasn’t that bad. You know how cameras can make a small group of protestors look like a major revolution.”

For Joshua itΒ  seemed evident. “Well, pastor, you tell people that the world’s coming to an end—that the earth is going to blow up, which I gather is what you were saying—then you’re bound to get a reaction. On the other hand, you know my approach: if I know an explosion is coming, then I’ll try to stop the timer on the bomb.”

“Some explosions can’t be stopped,” Campbell said. He was pushing himself away from the table to stretch a little.

“I don’t believe that.”

“Josh, if God’s directing the cataclysm, you’re going to be sorely disappointed if you think you can stop it.”

Though Josh’s wife and children are believers, he is not . . .

“He sometimes felt that the pastor and Abby, and, yes, even his own son and daughter, were visitors from a distant world. They saw things he couldn’t see and felt things he wished he could experience.”

I loved meeting Josh and his family and following their adventures around the world! Not only is this story so timely, Josh’s spiritual journey really touched my heart. This book is first and foremost an inspirational tale set against the backdrop of a page-turning plot that escalates rapidly to a nail-biting climax. Want to know what happens? Just leave a comment below, and you can find out!

Giveaway: The publisher Zondervan wants to give away a copy of this book to one of you! All you have to do to be entered is let me know in your comment that you wish to be included in a drawing for Thunder of Heaven.

Giveaway will run from today until Wednesday, July 27th at 11:59 pm. Then we’ll let the Random Number Generator choose a name. I’ll send you name and address to Zondervan, and they’ll pop your book in the mail.

And to end with something fun, here’s a video of Josh. Take a minute out of your day to meet a hero . . .

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

63 responses to Meet Col. Joshua Jordan (Book Giveaway, Video, Fun Stuff)

  1. Ok, you got my attention! I’m only 5 minutes from the Mall of America (MOA)! Please enter me! Thank you.

  2. This book sounds awesomely compelling!!! I’d LOVE to win it -please enter me! Thanks!

  3. Oh yes, enter me in the drawing please.

  4. Wow this book sounds interesting, I read all the Tim LaHaye books about the end times and they sure were interesting. I would love to be in your drawing. I read many types of different books.
    Your family sounds awesome, good to read about great families.

  5. I certainly would love to be included in this book give away. Thunder of Heaven sounds wonderful and just my kind of book. Thank you for the offering.

  6. Compelling! Where has the peace gone?

    Please enter me in the book giveaway!

  7. This book sounds amazing and one of the genres that I love to read. Thank you for the offering, I would love to win a copy.

  8. I would love to be entered in the giveaway! Thank you for this opportunity!

  9. This book sounds intriguing! I am a new GFC follower. I would love a follow back!

  10. Looks great to me Renee- thanks for hosting this! I would love to be included. Blessings to you!!- Cheryl

  11. Please enter me!

  12. I would love to win that book please enter me.

  13. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  14. I would love to win this book. Please enter me in this giveaway! I follow your blog via GFC and would love a follow back! –

  15. A REAL hero – that’s amazing! I’d love to be put in the drawing for this book. It looks like a great read.

  16. I would love to be entered in the “Thunder of Heaven” give-a-way. Thank you for the opportunity. =)

  17. Please enter me in the Thunder of Heaven giveaway. Sounds thrilling!

  18. Barbara Peacock July 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Please enter me in the drawing. It sounds like a great book. Thanks so much.

  19. This sounds really interesting. I can’t wait to read it!

  20. The book sounds great! Please enter me!

  21. This book sounds thrilling. And it has a similarity in my life since my kids and I are believers and my husband is not.

  22. You write the best reviews. I’d love to win the book.

  23. I would like to be entered for Thunder of Heaven. Thanks for this chance.

  24. Definitely want to read this one! Sounds fantastic with a high thrill factor πŸ™‚ Enter me.

  25. LOL Renee I honestly thought by that first pic and intro that he was a real guy! I thought wow that guy in the picture looks like a hero from a novel. Glad I wasn’t too far off. πŸ˜›

    XOXO~ Renee C.
    (not an entry)

    • I know–I love all the extra stuff that goes with this. The main character in these books has a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a few videos. I think Ronie Kendig should do this with her guys!

      Thanks for stopping in for a visit, Renee πŸ™‚

  26. Sounds interesting would love to be included:)

  27. That sounds wonderful. I’d love a copy.

    BTW, I am your newest follower. I hopped over from SITS. I pray you’ll return the favor.

    Have a super blessed day!

    • Hi, Beth! I only had time for a brief visit to your blog, but I’ll be back for more πŸ™‚ I’m following via GFC and Twitter. Blessings! (And you’re in the drawing!)

  28. Please enter me in the contest. This sounds like just the type of book to keep me turning the pages.

  29. Katherine Aitken July 27, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Yes please, include me in the giveaway.

  30. THanks for sharing at NOBH>

  31. This contest has ended, ladies–so buy the book πŸ™‚ It’s great!

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