Exile of Lucifer (#1 Chronicles of Host) Paperback – Jan 1 2005
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"Poor Lucifer! So perfect so frustrated!" exclaims another angel in jest, not realizing how truthful his statement is. As the Lord's Chief Angel of Worship, Lucifer glories in creating music and words of praise exalting the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but his pride demands he be recognized as better than the other angels. When his old friends Michael and Gabriel are promoted to archangel status, Lucifer turns his attention to being named steward of the Lord's latest wonder, the Creation, and he won't let anyone stop him not even an insignificant pest called man. Shafer skillfully debates free will vs. blind obedience as he offers insight into Heaven before the Fall in the first book in a trilogy. Fans of Madeleine L'Engle's Many Waters, angels, fantasy, or biblical fiction will enjoy. Purchase accordingly.
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In this first part of his Chronicles Of The Host series, Schafer speculates as to what might have happened in heaven at the time of Satan's demise and subsequent exile from heaven. How exactly did Lucifer come to challenge God? How was he able to get a third of the hosts of heaven to join him? What is heaven like for angels? What exactly was Lucifer thinking? These are questions that Schafer tries to discuss in this splendid narrative.
The story is well written and the characters are well developed. Not only do you get a glimpse into Lucifer's "thinking," but you also understand more of the angels' relationships to God and each other.
The story begins around the time that Lucifer may have started getting the idea of overthrowing heaven and the subsequent political turmoil that ensues. It ends with the fall of man and the promise of a new hope from God.
All in all, this was a very entertaining and a thought-provoking read. I look forward to reading the rest of the novels in this series. I just hope that people who read them take into account that this is fiction and speculation. It should not be taken too literally. I think that people sometimes get Christian fiction confused with the realities of Scripture.
Dr. Shafer did not twist nor did he distort the Bible but used the Bible masterfully to bring his characters and his story to life. He is not writing the Bible - God already did that - but has expanded the possibilities and takes you right into the holy of holies with all the majesty of God's very presence. Even in this setting, the deceit, lies, and manipulations of Satan were present. What a concept.
Dr. Shafer has brought a fresh and new look to a two thousand-year-old story. I will be looking at Satan and sin in a whole new way. Now when I read the Old Testament it literally comes alive for me. Dr. Shafer has given me a "minds eye view" of how the Fall might have happened. I can't wait to read the whole series so I can see how Dr. Shafer skillfully weaves the story line to connect the four parts into a whole.
This is a must read series. I hope we see a lot more of Dr. Shafer in the years to come!
First, the book is full of grammatical errors and misused words. For example, Shafer consistently uses the word "parameter" incorrectly in place of "perimeter" and he has real problems with subjective, objective, and reflexive pronouns (his editor should be ashamed).
Second, Shafer's Bible scholarship is questionable: characters refer to Eve by name long before she and Adam are cast out of Eden (in the Bible, she isn't named until after God discovers that they've eaten the forbidden fruit); characters refer to animals in Eden by name before Adam is created (Adam is the one who actually names the animals); Adam & Eve are forbidden to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil AND the fruit of the tree of life (in the Bible, God only forbids them to eat of the former, but evicts them from Eden so they won't eat the fruit of the latter). I understand that Shafer is writing about events that might have happened, but he could have worked much harder to reconcile his additions to the story with what is told in the Bible.
Third, Shafer includes debates and logical discussions throughout the book, but the logic he uses is replete with fallacies and holes. After Lucifer asks several non-rhetorical questions, another character remarks that Lucifer speaks the truth (questions can be neither true nor false, only valid or invalid - it's the answers to those questions that are true or false). The debate that takes place near the end of the book is little more than a barrage of ad hominem fallacies, name-calling, and red herrings. All of this is pointless, though, since faith is not dependent on logic.
All in all, this book was very disappointing, and I would encourage anyone seeking good Christian literature to look elsewhere.
Most recent customer reviews
ever wondered what heaven was like before lucifer fell from grace? This book was exellent, not as bloodthirsty as outings such as lucifer wars but still a brilliant well thought... Read morePublished on Dec 12 2005
This book has inspired me in so many ways. The theology, dialog and characters are believable. And it makes sense! Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003
I HAVE ENJOYED ALL THREE BOOKS OF THE
CHRONICLE OF THE HOST SERIES. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY THE BEST THAT I HAVE EVER
READ. WONDERFUL SUSPENSE. WONDERFUL BIBLICAL TRUTHS. Read more
Like the majority of reviewers here, I personally found the book challenging and quite well written. Read morePublished on March 13 2003
I think Shafer did a tremendous job of writting a very believable story about the rebellion of Lucifier and his followers that came across as being credible. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2003 by A. Vivolo
Not only does the author bring alive what happened in the garden of Eden but he shows Lucifers character and his intent for the entire human race. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003 by Wanda Rudolph
I'm not much on Christian fiction. So when I thumbed through this book at a store I was skeptical. Within 2 minutes I was buying it and within two days I had finished it! Read morePublished on Dec 8 2002
I totally love this book. It was one of the best book I have ever read and I have read a ton of christian books. I can't wait for the next one to come out. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2002
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