- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 2 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400318432
- ISBN-13: 978-1400318438
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.6 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spirit Fighter Paperback – Apr 2 2012
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About the Author
Jerel Law is a gifted communicator, pastor, and church planter with seventeen 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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The writing in Spirit Fighter is descriptive, engaging and fast-paced, but it's the subject matter that I find disturbing. Having a Pentecostal background and having experienced some upsetting spiritual conflicts in the past, I was disturbed to see such a graphic book created for children (ages 9 and up). Perhaps I am over-sensitive, but I do not want my middle-school-aged children to have the severity of the spiritual realm brought so vividly to life. Do my children know there are angels and demons? Yes. Do they know they have God and his armour to protect them? Yes. Do I want them seeing demons behind every tree and possessing strangers on the subway? NO. I do not believe that this last statement is truly the case, but since Spirit Fighter describes it to be so, it would be hard for my kids to distinguish between reality and fantasy after reading the book.
This book is being touted as a replacement for Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles'a Christian fantasy alternative. With Jackson and Kane, the fantasy is clear and I have yet to meet a child who would confuse it for reality. Spirit Fighter takes a spiritual reality and muddies the water by having a child need to be one quarter angel to have power enough to defeat the enemy. The name of Jesus is all that anyone needs. Period.
I had high hopes for Spirit Fighter, but it will not be a book for my children or any other children that I know.
I give this book 2 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from BookSneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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Jonah Stone thinks he's not really anything special. He can't even make it onto the middle school basketball team. He's just a plain, average kid with a plain, average family. But then something crazy happens: Jonah finds out he might be more than he appears to be. He discovers that his mom is really one of the nephilim -- children with one parent who's human, and the other who is a fallen angel. But things get even crazier when his mom is kidnapped and the only ones who are sent to save her are Jonah and his younger sister, Eliza. They have to travel deep into New York and battle their way past demons and long-forgotten creatures, and find out exactly why their mom has been taken. Because someone has a plan -- one that could change everything about the way the world works.
Law sets things up much like other middle grade fantasy series -- beginning in the "normal" world before quickly thrusting his characters into a fantastic place they've never dreamed could exist. Jonah Stone is pretty fun and instantly likable, and has to face challenge after challenge throughout. Things move very quickly, and small hints of mystery keep the pages turning. The action is well done, and Law brings in lots of fun creatures and references to Biblical characters.
The definite question that comes to mind is: How does this book line up with the Bible? Other Christian fantasy series such as Bryan Davis' DRAGONS IN OUR MIDST laid out a foundation of stories possible in a world where God is in control, and yet strange things happen that seem straight out of a fantasy world. Law does that here as well -- creating a very interesting "what if?" scenario. What if a fallen angel and a human had a child? What would happen? What would then happen to that child's own children someday?
Law does a good job of not just making the story say "...and then God popped up and solved everything." The characters have to work through things and trust in God when it seems hopeless, but it's never a quick snap of the fingers and everything's okay. This is something I applaud Law for doing, because things in life don't always get quick fixes from God. Jonah has to go through a lot of trouble and sometimes tragedy in order to make it.
There is definitely a Biblical message throughout, but it never comes out overly preachy. The scenes explaining the nephilim and angels are not done to give the reader a boatload of information, but to help Jonah understand what is happening. It all ends up fitting well with the story.
I'm excited to see where else these books can go, and with FIRE PROPHET coming Fall of 2012, there is more to come. Fans of Bryan Davis or Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry's THE WORMLING series will definitely have fun with this one.
I don't think this series would be appropriate for all third graders, but if your child is into reading chapter books without pictures and can handle reading intense scenes (some with violence), then I would recommend this series. As with anything your child is reading, you should be aware of what they are reading and discuss it with them.
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