Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Chamberlain Key - Timothy P Smith

A successful appraiser, and part of a renowned family business, Smith is very interested in the history of objects. Then, he has a recurring dream. When another dream occurs that takes him to British Columbia, he starts a journey that will reveal a hidden text in a sacred book.

This 'story' is well written and easy to read. Told more like a novel than a non-fiction narrative, Smith conveys how his dreams led his way to exploring the ‘equidistance’ of a key the Torah. A key he calls Chamberlain. With the advancement of computer technology, he was able to delve further in to what this meant to him and eventually what it would mean to everyone else.

I believe the point of this book is not to deny Elohim’s truth. But, I may have missed any other points Smith raised. I understand the author’s journey to discovering a key that seemed to link to his life, but what kind of message was he trying to say? That we’re all within the sacred words of the Torah? That we all have a part to play in passing on the Word? In the last few chapters, Smith reveals events that were foretold in the scripture, although he insists he’s not researching this to predict the future.

For me it was a fantastical read, difficult to believe, although I am keen to understand how people come to believe that there are messages hidden in sacred scripts. But, the authors’ belief is real, deep and grounded in ‘proof’. And, whilst it was good to get the background of Smith’s findings, I found that last few chapters the most interesting and informative.

Whilst the mind may wonder (mine did) to other works such as ‘The Bible Code’ (mentioned in this book) and fictional work like the 'Da Vinci Code', there is something far more serious about the Chamberlain Key. Smith is certainly humble in his findings, and is not keen to immediately share them, lending a quality of credibility. It’s easy to dismiss this research as another ‘conspiracy theory –  hidden meanings in sacred words’, but, despite my misgivings, I do believe that Timothy P Smith has found something of interest.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books, part of WaterBrook publishing, and part of their blogging program. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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