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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Image (Jan. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768420997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768420999
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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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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I rarely read Christian fiction. Partly because I think the authors take liberties with Scripture that are really disconcerting at times (this is especially true with end-times fiction) and partly because I've found that a lot of the Christian authors are just not very good writers. However, the topic of this particular book was just too intriguing for me to pass up. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised.
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.
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The angels could have been written a bit more alien to my liking (in their behavior and actions), but he isn't a sci-fi writer. They are a bit too human. It is written very respectfully of all characters and I don't know if it was intention or lack of skill or inspiration, but even the fallen Lucifer lacks the impact of evil one would expect. It really does try to understand him and is communicated well that even he doesn't understand why he is the way he is. Part of him does want to be like he knows he should, but he just can't. I think the author may have either read Milton or subconsiously is attracted by our dear fellow himself. He wrote God really well, very transcendent and out-there somewhere while the angels do his business. It even seems a struggle for the angels to know & fellowship with him and might be discouraged except for that which is built into them to be drawn to him and worship him. The stations of the angels are rather interesting. Stations: WOrship, War, teaching, some more too. It struck me right away why God would have to train angels for War unless he was planning to stage one (which we know he did), for nothing is hinted that they ever had to use this knowledge of warring nor did any other creation exist upon which one might have the possibility to war. Lucifer was the head angel over Worship. I liked the artist's license where Lucifer writes secret prophecies about himself (Biblically sound tho), which are actually not really that, even though they do come to pass, because his drive and will are tremendous and he makes them come to pass. The story takes you thru the fall of Adam and Eve.Read more ›
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I have always wondered what it might have been like in heaven prior to Lucifer's fall. Lacking the imagination necessary, this book brought the whole scene alive for me. I found the book to be totally believable, not so outrageous that it could never have happened.
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!
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This novel is poorly written, poorly edited, and poorly conceived. It has a respectable - and obvious - agenda, but does that agenda a great disservice.
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.
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