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Sojourning With Angels: The Rise of Zazriel:

"In Sojourning with Angels, R. Leo Olson has crafted an utterly original and soul stirring saga ofunseen warfare that will unnerve, inspire and challenge its readers to viewtheir thoughts, words and deeds in light of eternity.  Olson has a knack for getting under your skin with his vivid characters and courageous observations about lust, greed, betrayal and mercy,and piercing your heart with the mysterious power of love. " --Molly Sabourin, Author of Close to Home and Orthodox Blogger
"An amazing story! A mesmerizing encounter with the spiritual realm as understood through the Orthodox faith. Olson captures our attention in his rendering of the spiritual battle that ensues in the lives of baptized souls in the Orthodox faith." --Keith Mc Adams, Assistant Professor of Education
Cornerstone University

About the Author

R. Leo Olson lives in West Michigan. He has degrees in Comparative World Religions, Biblical Studies and Ancient Greek. He writes in the tradition of 'Dangerous Writers'.  Visit rleoolson.com for more information.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Faith & Fiction (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983810605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983810605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,427,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the petitions in the Divine Liturgy says, "An angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord." The petition takes on new depth after reading Olson's first novel. The author does a marvelous job of suggesting how a guardian angel works while all the time respecting an individual's free will. This book pushes one's imagination in a heavenly direction to broaden and deepen that sense of the angelic life that surrounds the throne of God, all of creation, and each individual image-bearer. The book also helps one understand the communal nature of the Christian life, that even while each individual must face death in his or her own way, the bonds of love are able to surmount even death. I hope Olson continues writing, not just additional books that may be in this series, but novels that branch out to examine other aspects of the Christian life and struggle with the same care and sensitivity shown here.
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I couldn't put the novel down! There are so many deep thought moments. I still think about the love of God required to help guide a soul through life and the after world. The characters are so alive and believable, good character development. The turn of events that life throws us that we all have experienced keep the pages turning and the writing real. The ending is suprising and I definately want more from this author. Good writing, good reading and lots to think about.
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R. Leo Olson's first novel Sojourning with Angels positively beams with it. Perhaps one phrase cannot possibly capture a book, but T-bone Burnett's song [Power Of Love] haunts me as I write:

The power of love, can make a blind man see
Can bring a man to his knees
The power of love, can make a sultan grieve
Can make a skeptic believe

From the opening pages we feel this power strong at work. Oh yeah,... and the power of hate, lust, greed, pride, etc., weigh in with force as well. The characters slide off the page and directly into your heart or under your skin. We have Milo the sleazy real estate guy, Lilly the seductive co-worker, Milo's feisty mother, a homeless guy, a whiskey priest and Natalie, Milo's pregnant wife for starters.

The power of love is south of south
And scorches out all the doubt
The power of love is the name of names
And burns away all the pain

Angels and demons show up as well. The hidden realms are made visible to the reader throughout... and some of the book's characters can see them too. Three angels specifically are highlighted along with a host of other spiritual beings. I know, it's been done in countless books before, but in my opinion not quite like this. The author has dug deep into both biblical and other ancient sources to bring the spiritual realm to life. (See "Authors Notes" on the RLeoOlson website.)

As the sordid details of Milo's life are laid before him by these spiritual beings, the burn and the pain become extremely real to him. "I never knew!
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Just finished the book! Wow. Loved it. Page turner. I could not put it down.. and this from a guy who has 5 kids, multi-tasks at multi-tasking, and works for a large publishing company with about 100 books half read at the side of my bed. This one... I could not put down.

I cried tears of joy at the end and it has been many years since a book brought moisture on the last page...

Outcome of this book for me: fight sin... fight sin... pray...pray... fight sin... for sin can be overcome - and we have guardians to help us....
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From the cogs of Olson's compelling imagination comes an account of the war waged on the soul of man by the wolf of souls. Angelic realms whisper to the hearts of men, and fight to protect them against the demons that lure them. This book portrays a character steeped in darkened thoughts, an unlikely priest teetering between vice and deep humility, and a woman with glowing perseverance of soul. I found myself considering the ranks of angels and the mysterious toll houses, even between chapters. With moments of depth, sorrow, and twinges of sarcasm and wit, I was riveted and even chuckled a couple of times. I look forward to seeing more novels from R. Leo Olson....I have my fingers crossed, hoping for a sequel!
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I finished this book in about two weeks, it started off slow and I wondered if I would like the style of writing. The book moves from common conversation to angels speaking in bible verses and teachings from the church. It took a few chapters to get use to it but it was well worth sticking with. The book progressed and once I got into the flow I didn't want to put it down. I felt the action and had a feeling of concern for the Christopoulos family as the plot unfolded. I am very interested in religious history and this book gave me doses of it as I read. I look forward to the next edition of Sojourning with Angels.
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