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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers; English Language edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768420997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768420999
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

"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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Fans of Madeleine L'Engle's "Many Waters," angels, fantasy, or biblical fiction will enjoy. -- Library Journal, June 2002

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I could not put the book down and I just finished reading it.
Green Fire
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.
Connie, an avid reader, in anticipation
This book showed me even more so the love of God and why he allowed us to have choices.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By tony g on September 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
I happened upon this book in a bookstore and was intrigued by the phrase, "Set in the heavenlies as a backdrop."
Less than four years into an intense Christian pursuit, reading Christian novels has been one of many disciplines to keep me pointed in His direction. D. Brian Shafer has done an excellent job of creating a setting in heaven many of us can't even imagine. He stays true to God's Word in the character traits of those who love God and praise His name vs. those who work against Him.
God's Word says Lucifer was the Anointed Cherub, the heavenly leader of worship. How could he have fallen? Pride! This novel speculates how Lucifer allowed his own pride to put him in direct opposition to the Most High God. It also shows how the archangels, Gabriel and Michael, were most likely troubled by the change in their friend, yet how committed they were to preserving God as the only true priority in heaven even when it meant opposing their former friend.
For me, this book gave me a broader perspective of what the big picture really is. Beyond the daily distractions of what seems important on this earth, the big picture really began before the creation of this world and is just being played out in part through happenings within this world. Speaking of Creation, I found God's revealing of the Creation plan to the angelic Host, and His day-to-amazing-day unfolding of Creation, both exciting and inspiring.
Obviously, I recommend this book. It hooks you and keeps you going until the last page. I just ordered the second of the trilogy from amazon.com to be sent to me upon its' December release. God bless you and yours.
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful By John W. Thornton on March 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book grabs you from the very start. I read it cover to cover almost without stop. The descriptions are great and I loved the dialog. Lucifer's council meetings are like a James Bond villain planning his subtle plots complete with sarcastic witticisms and wonderful banter. Also--even though I knew how it would turn out it held me spellbound. Get it!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By purple on June 14, 2007
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One Saturday night after seeing a movie, my girlfriend and I decided to go over to the Goodwill, so that we could kill time until our ride got there. I went straight to their book section, and that's where I discovered the most unforgettable $3 book I've ever bought.

This book didn't really come with any heroes. Certainly not the spandex wearing, cape flying, superhero type everyone thinks of when they hear the word. It just included a vast quantity of very important characters, most of which being angels. Of course because most of the characters are angels, most of the story takes place in Heaven. The whole book revolves around Lucifer's ongoing plot to become Steward (ruler) of Earth, which you find fails and Lucifer gets exiled from Heaven.

I'm usually against any religious type of book. Because before reading this astonishing novel, I was very much a non-believer of God. But after I finished reading the book, I realized that He does exist. So I thought about it, and I decided to become a Christian.

I enjoyed this book very much. There were so many great parts in the book, but the part I really enjoyed the most was during the creation of Earth, and the exile of Lucifer. I probably wouldn't of enjoyed the book as much if I didn't know the author is an actual pastor.

There isn't really a straightforward message that the author wants to get across to the readers. I think the author is just trying to inform us about the events that went on in Heaven during the time of the creation of Earth, and the exile of Lucifer.

Therefore, this book was quite remarkable. Everything about it is actually very enjoyable. If it can change someone from not believing in God whatsoever, to being a Christian, it has got to be pretty good right?
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