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A Great Silence in the Land Review by Brandi Tesreau

K.W. Swain
1633 Liberty Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403

A Great Silence in the Land is K.W. Swain's newly released, self-published book, which according to the author herself, is written in defense of the Scriptures, in order to answer the many problems of today. It's mainly about the disavowing, shredding, and silencing of God's Word in our modern culture, where people view the Bible as outdated and wickedness runs rampant. The author uses her book as a platform to share her personal beliefs on "where we are today, how we got here, and where we are headed."

K.W. Swain's book can be purchased from and is available in three formats--softcover for $11.90, hardcover for $18.60, or E-Book for $9.99.

As I read the preface and prologue, I thought this was going to be a book to which I would easily relate. I sensed K.W. Swain's passion for God's Word as the only truth, and agreed that "the word of God is a record of literal events with spiritual applications that are both divine and human." I also agreed that our modern society is in a current state of moral decay, and as a whole doesn't believe the Bible is relevant. I couldn't feel more passionate about these same things!

Unfortunately, as I moved into the heart of the book, I began to have some problems with some of the views presented. In chapter one, Swain reveals her belief that the King James Bible is the Bible of the Holy Spirit--the only true and faithful translation, not a version. She says she prefers it "because all revisions add, interpret, take away, and change."

In the appendix, she elaborates on her view that the King James is the "final amazing work" and the only truth. Here she also gives a brief history of The Holy Bible, and how it came to be. Much of what she discusses is information my children and I have studied in history--it is extremely valuable information, but personally, I do not come to the her same conclusion, which is that some of the other "versions" are not Holy Spirit inspired. In fact, my favorite Bible--the one I have been reading for twenty years--claims to be the result of "working directly from the best available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts." With so many on-line resources available today, it is quite easy to look up words from our Bibles in the original languages in order to be sure of the exact meanings.

Chapters three through seven presented no problems for me. I felt the topics were presented and supported very well. Swain uncovers myths and deceptions of our present age. She uses Scripture to denounce myths such as The Big Bang Theory, evolution, and global warming. She brings to light some of the very real deceptions that are blinding the hearts and minds of people today, such as the deception of sexual freedom, the deception of a woman's right to choose, and more.

In the rest of the book, Swain deals with the weighty matter of eschatology, and some of the views presented are views with which I am not familiar. I am not saying the views are wrong, though, because I don't think any one person can know exactly what every single symbol and number means in the book of Revelation. Swain believes we are already in the Great Tribulation, so her interpretations of the two witnesses, the beast and false prophet, the seals, etc., reflect this view. This view on end times deserves further research, but at this point, I personally do not share the same the same opinion.

In good conscience, I just cannot recommend this book, mostly due to Swain's stance on the King James Version being the only truth. Because of this view, I will not be passing the book on to my children or to anyone else.

Product Review by Brandi Tesreau, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, February, 2012