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Father Elijah: An Apocalypse Paperback – November 1, 1997
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"Father Elijah is that rare thing, a great novel which is also a testimony to orthodox Catholicism. But it is more even than this. Basing himself squarely on Scripture and human experience, O'Brien has produced a prophetic work and a manual of spiritual warfare. This compelling masterpiece will stretch your imagination in the right direction. Read it and pray." ---Stratford Caldecott, Centre for Faith and Culture, Oxford
"I guarantee you that once you take up this book you will not put it down until the end of the world. Here is a meaty page-turner with the pace of a thriller, beautifully written, and that something more that turns entertainment into literature." ---Ralph McInerny, Author, Fr. Dowling Mysteries
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Item: The author has a good grasp on the apocalyptic books of Scripture -- better, even, than many "Bible Christians".
Item: The author has a good grasp on the inner workings of the Church.
Item: The author has a good grasp of current events. Because of this, he is able to posit believable scenarios.
Item: The author has an excellent grasp of the human heart and soul; what it means to serve God; what it means to live in obedience; and what it means to be a priest.
Item: Finally, the author has an excellent grasp of God's overwhelming desire for the redemption of all His creation -- and the free will to choose to accept -- or deny -- the redemptive offering.
"Father Elijah" is a must read. I give it my hearty endorsement.
A warning to my fellow protestants: this book is unabashedly Catholic. If you are uncomfortable with minor Mary veneration and a greater focus on relics, you may sometimes be annoyed. However, given the reality of history, this is an accurate reflection on a Catholic approach to Christianity. Moreover, it does not fail at being Christocentric.
Read and enjoy!
This is one of the most extraordinbary books written in recent decades. As Lewis said of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, this is lightning from a clear sky. Partly Dostoyevsky, partly Charles Williams or Lewis, imagine if you can a novel written by von Balthasar or Adrienne von Speyer. This in a way - though too difficult for most children - is the Catholic reply to Philip Pullman`s "war in Heaven" in HIS DARK MATERIALS. I want everyone I know to read this book.
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Interesting book. I had trouble putting it down. Although it was written in 1996, the book seems prophetic as it describes events taking place now in our time.Published 3 days ago by Allyson
An illuminating application of biblical themes to the contemporary situation. It helps to have read "Lord of the World" by Benson. Read morePublished 6 days ago
I actually remembered a scene in this book from reading it 20 years ago. Evil confronted has relevance in any age, but seeing the signs of moral decline playing out in the real... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Ann
I liked it very much. I didn't realize that there had been a previous book. This is the second of a trilogy.Published 23 days ago by Margaret Anne Theobald
One of my favorite Catholic novels. I love O'Brien and this story has it all. Nicely written, compelling, and true to the faith. I've read it three times.Published 1 month ago by JDTinOR
I am not a big fan of end of the world novels, but Father Elijah turned out to be a great book. I found it very difficult to stop reading and was inspired and moved by many... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James W. Baker