Fire Prophet Paperback – Dec 10 2012
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About the Author
Jerel Law is a gifted communicator, pastor, and church planter with over twenty years experience working full-time in ministry. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and began writing fiction as a way to express his faith and communicate God's love to others. Law lives in North Carolina with his family.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick, easy read that was filled with action and adventure. It had a decidedly religious theme that I didn't find too overwhelming. If anything I found the way the religious theme was presented as very accepting. I liked how some of the other of the quarterlings were shown as not having a very strong religious background.
Even though I haven't read the first book of the series, and I really want to now, the background information wasn't too confusing. It was a book that you could almost read alone, but I really don't want to. I've fallen in love with Jonah, Eliza and their little brother, Jeremiah.
It was actually a book that made me see the Bible in an interesting manner I may just want to take the Bible in our home down off the shelf its been in and open it for the first time in 20 years or so because of this book.
This is an interesting and exciting continuation to the series. It's full of action, adventure, mystery, and lots of fantasy. It's Christian fiction, so the plot revolves heavily on Christian ideas and themes - like God, prayer, scripture, and faith. The story is fun and fast paced without being too confusing for younger readers. The writing was well done and flowed at a good rate. I enjoyed the detail and description that the author put into the characters and the plot - it added a great new layer to the series. The characters were all pretty well rounded and easy to identify with, especially Jonah and Eliza. They have their flaws and weaknesses, which makes them more realistic. Overall, this is a great MG Christian fantasy series that kids of all ages will enjoy all while receiving a positive message.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
I consider this book worth more than 5 stars and I hope they make these books into one or more movies, the story is just that good! A year has passed since Jonah Stone rescued his mom and the others that were kidnapped by Marduk. Him and his sister, Eliza, have had a chance to sharpen their skills and live in peace. However, Jonah can't relax. While his family is out enjoying themselves, he's more on edge looking for anything demonic to appear. School is about to start, but Jonah is ready to fight.
Well, as it turns out the action in this incredible sequel starts almost immediately. The first day of school is when Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah get attacked. Their new guardian angel, Cassandra, is nowhere around and then the warrior angels show up. Jonah has now entered 8th grade, Eliza is in 6th grade, and Jeremiah is in 2nd grade. Instead of enjoying traditional school with its lockers, books, and grades these three will have to go into protective custody with the supernatural and enter angel school.
One sad thing about this story is that Jonah and his siblings must separate from their parents. It's part of Elohim's plan to protect both the kids and the parents in separate locations, but it's not easy for the adults or the children. Angel school is wonderfully described and each of the kids must hone in on their spiritual skills with surprising results.
My favorite part of this story is Jeremiah's involvement. He was unable to help in Spirit Fighter, but now he's in the story and it makes the book that much better :) We learn about his skill in this book and it's SUCH a treat!!
As in the first book, Jerel Law brings the Bible to life once again in modern day New York City. There are references to the parting of the Red Sea, a chariot ride from the Canaanite army in Judges, Abaddon's locusts from Revelation, David and Goliath, and two references from the story of Elijah. I'm writing this out casually, but in the story itself these occurrences are BRILLIANTLY illustrated and I could barely contain my excitement to seeing how the kids handled each scenario!! Let's just say that the Bible is better understood and appreciated after reading this book :)
Also, if you've read Spirit Fighter, all the angelic characters return in this sequel which gave it even more appeal. The power of prayer is also explained in the spirit world through Jonah's eyes. It's value and holiness is experienced here in Fire Prophet in ways I hadn't even considered. Jonah himself is struggling with his temper and his faith, but he is eager to learn and be used for Elohim. He takes his Bible and his silver watch as important tools that are most relevant in the plot. Trusting Elohim is the most important aspect of this book and that heartfelt belief is what gives Jonah his real strength.
There are several spiritual battles in this story and angels seemingly die, but there is nothing graphic or inappropriate for kids to read. This book is recommended for ages 9 and up. Demons are bullies and several times I felt like yelling, "Pick on someone your own size!!"¨ However, the fighting in warfare is never fair and despite the help of angels throughout the story, trusting Elohim with your loved ones is required. So even though I detest bullies, in this story Jonah learns how to handle them and is stronger because of it.
Without a doubt, I highly recommend this book and I'm thrilled that I got the chance to review it. I praise God for writers like Jerel Law, I look forward to more of his books with the Son of Angels series or anything else he writes.
I want to thank Booksneeze and Thomas Nelson for the review copy they sent me. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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