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I’m a little sad that the meter’s already pegged at five stars. But then there are a few tiny problems in my eyes. The romance is great, but the story’s a bit thin. I miss the global, even galactic, sweep of the stories in the series. But this is a standalone novel and there’s simply not room in a story this limited in scope.
Spiritually, this nails it
As outrageous as his characters are, the conversions are realistic, feeling genuine. Jesus is glorified. God’s love is made real. If the Gospel works in such extremes, certainly it will work in my life.
I finish the book in joy, as I do all of Guy’s books. What a blessing they are!
First, the story line was rather thin and unfortunately predictable. I may have been able to forgive that if it wasn't for the anti-biblical ideas proposed in parts of the book. In the testimony of Desiree she testifies that demons possessed her by another person's will. That statement is false because there is no way a demon may enter a human at the bidding of another human. We are all given free will to decide to accept or reject Christ. God in His sovereignty allows us to make choices. Satan tries to deceive us into believing we have no choices but he cannot step on our free will anymore than God or he would be greater than God and that is heresy. To say that a demon can enter a human uninvited simply because it wished to is to err. If demons could enter human one at human two's bidding we would all be possessed. The truth is any person possessed of a devil has at one point in his or her life, either wittingly or unwittingly opened the door for satanic activity in their spirit. This happens in a myriad of ways, and here I agree with the author that much of this activity is clothed in seeming innocence. It does not, however, mean that the villainous "they" that Desiree described invited those demons to possess her. This is not to say that she could not be influenced by the lies they were raising her to believe, or that they did not help open her mind to spiritual activity; as I'm sure they did, but if Desiree was possessed it was because she invited those evil spirits into herself, and only the truth of God could make her free as Jesus describes in John 8:32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Upon knowing the truth of God that she did have a choice, Desiree was made free. She was then able to choose to set herself free by sending the demons away.
The second and third errors are the ideas that a person who has once chosen to accept Christ could be demon possessed later on in life if he or she made the wrong choices. None of the other books which I have read of Mr. Stanton's have ever given me the notion that he believes a person could lose his or her salvation but that is the imp!ication here. Just as it is impossible for a demon to possess a human uninvited, so is it impossible for a person to be possessed of an evil spirit after Salvation. Salvation is a gift given by the grace of God. Eph 2:8-9. It is not earned, bargained for, or purchased. There is nothing we can do to merit it, and is bestowed only when we humble ourselves in repentance of our sins and fall upon God's mercy and forgiveness. Romans 10:9-10. Since there is nothing we can do to earn it, is there really any sin we commit that would cause us to lose it? No, there is not, upon Salvation the believer's spirit is made alive to the things of God because God's Holy Spirit comes to dwell within the believer and communicates with him or her. Romans 8:16. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. The significance of this fact is that the believer is now afforded eternal security. Eph 4:30, And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. It is possible for us to grieve the Holy Spirit of God with our choices, but we cannot lose our Salvation because we are sealed until God takes us home to heaven redeemed from this world. Romans 8:9, For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Our adoption is an eternal one, God chose us, He will not abandon us, for there are no orphans of God. Finally consider what Jesus said in John 10:27-29, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. No man can take a lamb from God's flock, thus no man can remove himself from God's flock by any means. To say that a man can do this feat is to say that man is greater than God, which is blasphemy. Since no man is greater than God, our Salvation is secure forever, therefore the Holy Spirit will not depart from us from the time we are saved to the time we go to heaven. This is where the third error comes in. The author writes that the senior pastor of the church is possessed, yet by his own admission he has already made a decision for Christ in his past. This is a paradox of elephantine proportions. The idea that a man who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit can also have a spirit of Antichrist is utterly preposterous. "No man can serve two masters" Jesus said in Matt 6:24. Even Satan is not so stupid as to try to have a divided kingdom. Luke 11:17-18, But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? So if Satan and God cannot dwell side by side then the only way for a saved man to be possessed is for him to lose the Holy Spirit and his Salvation. We cannot lose our Salvation according to God's Word so the only conclusion we are left to draw is that this pastor was never saved to begin with or he would not be experiencing possession. Is it possible that the senior pastor of a church be lost? Absolutely! I myself have witnessed the Salvation of those in Christian leadership. So if demons cannot possess a saved person how can they affect the saved? Through oppression, demons can wreak havoc on a Christian's life. Once again, this is generally because they have been ignorantly invited into one's life by the choices we make. What we watch on TV and movies, what we read, the music we listen to, the friends we keep all can impact the level of oppression we unknowingly invite. This is why Peter warns us to be vigilant, because our adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may destroy. We are in a war, and the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual this is why we must put on the whole armor of God. This does not mean that we are to over spiritualize the problems of this life, which is what I feel this story does. Bad things don't always happen because demons are constantly manipulating every circumstance. Sometimes bad things happen simply because we live in a sin fallen world. People make sinful choices of their own free will because they are born with a sin nature, which cause bad things to happen. Sin means that our bodies fail, grow old, get sick and even die. That isn't the work of demons it is just fallen, sinful nature.
These reasons are why I only gave this book two stars. There are many truths that Mr. Stanton wrote into this story with which I agree, and normally I read books like I eat watermelon. Eating and enjoying the fruit and spitting out the seeds, unfortunately to me this book had very little fruit and the seeds that I came across ruined the experience.
As usual, Stanton grabs you from the beginning and does not let go, you hit the ground running with all of his novels. The plot unfolds quickly and is very engaging. I bonded with Desiree and Lonigan quickly and was very upset when he was assassinated. Despite describing this assassin as one ruthless, inhuman, demon possessed, killing machine, I still felt fond of him straight away.
I actually cried from the narrative between Desiree and God when she has been assassinated by Victor and she was in the afterlife. Not from the fact that she was murdered but from how Stanton depicted the nature of God. Very tender, loving, caring and sovereign. It resonated in my spirit of how I see God and have experienced Him. I had to pause from reading and re-read this section and I found myself doing with all the other occurrences of God talking directly to either Desiree or Victor.
It is this type of supernatural, spirit filled fiction that makes Christian fiction more than worthwhile, and it meets the criteria that I like to see an author include; it entertains, edifies my spirit, encourages my faith and educates, in this case, in spiritual warfare, being obedient to God, not compromising your faith in the face of adversary especially while under demonic attack, and not acting in your own strength but by God's Spirit alone.
As usual, Stanton includes romance but it strictly biblically based and on God's design and standards. I admire this and love reading about it in his novels as it is the way God intended in the bible, and it is what Stanton himself has lived by his own admission and myself as well. This is so very encouraging to see included so it can be seen what human sex and sexuality should be and not what our fallen secular world dictates and which has warped God's truth and intention in this area. I usually do not like romance in a Christian novel when it is of the romance genre but when it is a sub-plot or not the main plot line then I do enjoy it and the way Stanton treats it, it is always well done and a joy to read.
By this next statement, I am not saying that other authors or their novels do not glorify God by their construction and execution, but I can definitely see that Stanton does this with ease with all the bible based elements he unashamedly includes and only by the direction of the Spirit of God as he admits. This is yet another criterion I desire to see in Christian fiction, that it glorify God and while I do see this in many other Christian fiction novels, with Stanton it is just very obvious.
I would have liked to have seen Stanton develop the plot better and this could have been achieved as it is only 152 pages in length so about half a full-length novel, but looking at this novel as a whole, it does not detract from a great novel that it is.
As usual with a Stanton novel, any conversion is portrayed with the character(s) coming to the end of themselves and seeing their need for Jesus as Savior. I like this as it may be just the encouragement that a reader needs to see their need for Jesus as well. The conversion of Victor from being a demon possessed inhuman killing machine, and the shame and remorse that he feels from the heinous crimes that he committed leading to his denial that God would have anything to do with him, is very realistic and this attitude is one that people experience to this day. I pray that a reader in this situation will be able to relate to this and it be a watering of the seed of their salvation.
When I got halfway through this novel, Goodreads asked for an update on my reading status, and this is what I wrote,
"It has been about 18 months since I last read a Guy Stanton III novel. It has been great to be back in the world he creates. And God was there in more ways than one!! I am blown away by this novel. I will not let time become a barrier again. I have so many of Guy's novels to catch up with. Looking forward to being transported into the Stanton world of fiction where God renews my spirit!"
This account sums up my feeling about this novel. I am not going to lag behind reading a Stanton novel again.
Now onto the next Stanton novel!
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