So far I have only flicked through the book but here are my initial thoughts:
1. John seems to be quite enamoured of the word “conquering” and all the ideas and imagery that it pertains to, especially in an Old Testament context where it refers to destroying or subjugating another group of people and taking over their lands and possessions.
2. The affinity for the above connotations that are invoked by use of the word “conquering” is reinforced by the shield emblem which bears a resemblance to a Knights Templar shield. The Knights Templar played an important role in the Crusades of the Middle Ages. Much of their history is steeped in blood. What does that say about the choice to include a shield-cross emblem on the front cover?
3. Quotes from the introduction:
“The Book of Joshua has spoken more to me than perhaps any other. The Israelites crossed the Jordan, they possessed the Promised Land.”
“The fulfillment of the ages has come. God is again raising a conquering generation on the earth. Psalm 78 promises that a ‘generation that is to come’ will ARISE and declare God’s fame; that they will remember his works and not forget his principles. It is to this generation that I have pledged my life.”
“As we learn from the journey of Joshua and the Israelites, I pray that God will bring you into your Promised Land, so together we can be a conquering generation!”
4. When John has stated his desire to see New Zealand become a Christian nation, it makes one wonder what he has in mind with all these references to “conquering”. What exactly is it that will be conquered?
5. The references to the “Promised Land” reeks of entitlement and betrays a conceitedness and self-centeredness because of the connotation that there exist things in this world that have been divinely earmarked especially for oneself (and not for others) by Yahweh, the omniscient real-estate broker of the Old Testament.
6. The Book of Joshua is one of the most brutal books of the Bible. What does that say about John Cameron that he draws his primary inspiration from this book? Here’s a quick tally of the number of estimated deaths in the Book of Joshua.
Sixty thousand brutal deaths. This is the “conquering” that occurred in this grand source of inspiration.
(The reference used for the above statistics can be found here).
7. After briefly flicking through the pages of the book, it appears to be be John Cameron’s manual for self-empowerment. I will give a more detailed review shortly