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Battle for His Soul Paperback – September 29, 2016
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Theresa Linden is the author ofaward-winning Battle for His Soul andRoland West, Loner. She has severalpublished young adult novels and two short stories in Image and Likeness: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body. She holds a Catechetical Diploma fromCatholic Distance University and is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild andthe International Writers Society. Balancing her time between family,homeschooling, and writing, she resides in northeast Ohio with her husband andthree teenage boys.
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This book does, however, contain mature material which I personally think is not appropriate for younger teens. Of course, it depends on how much your child has been exposed to. But in our private school, I am only giving the book to older high school students.
There were also very powerful moments in the story that I can't share on this post, for giving it away would spoil the story. So, you'll have to read it for yourself. This is a great story for teens and a reminder that every choice we make, regardless of the size, is an opportunity to glorify the Lord or please satan. So, we must choose wisely. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Jarret West, the typical spoiled rich kid, is on the verge of losing his soul, despite the prayers and intervention of his guardian angel, who would be more powerful if Jarret would only turn to him more. It is by the prayers and sacrifices of Jarret's friends that his angel is able to gain the strength needed to protect Jarret and lead him to God... but will he be able to do it in time?
The only complaint I had about this otherwise wonderful book is that I COULD NOT STAND the character of Selena! She was too giggly and immature to be taken seriously. Other than that, the book was wonderful and I highly recommend it to adults and teens!
His victims might say that Jarret deserves whatever punishment befalls him, but they would miss the point that even a narcissistic, amoral manipulator like Jarret is deemed loveable by God. Throughout Jarret’s life, his guardian angel, Ellechial has stood by him as Jarret’s personal demon Deth-kye, feeds Jarret’s vanity and passions, leading him to a violent showdown on Earth and an express ride to hell.
Jarret does little to avoid his self-inflicted fate. Despite his obnoxious behavior to countless schoolmates and his brothers, they form a prayer group. They pray before the Blessed Sacrament unaware that their prayers arm the Angels. The young prayer partners facilitate the angel’s access to Jarret’s conscience and enable them to warn Jarret of his danger.
The trilogy’s climax unfolds on an archeological expedition to the American West. Although he continues to mistreat his brother Roland, it is this younger brother who has a chance to save Jarret’s life, scare some sense into him, and sharpen his conscience.
Nevertheless, any strength gained by Ellechial is countered by, Deth-kye’s stirring of Jarret’s emotions, vices, and memories. Roland and his friends pray for and attempt to set Jarret straight during the final scene of the battle for Jarret’s soul?
It helps the reader to walk in Jarret’s shoes during his time of trial, especially at the conclusion of this Year of Mercy.
As a member of the Catholic Writers Guild’ Fiction Critique Group, I have worked with Theresa Linden as she brought A Battle for His Soul to press.