This is a good novel exploring what might happen when liberal theologians (there is no such thing as the supernatural) are confronted with the reality of spiritual evil. It starts at a liberal seminary when a student disrupts a class. It continues as the seminary professor commits suicide. Then another dies. Then another.
Leading the attempt to figure out what is happening and who is behind it are Jerold, professor and ordained (though a nonbeliever) and Brenda, daughter of the seminary president (also a nonbeliever). As the two follow leads provided by the first professor to die, they are confronted with spiritual truths they cannot deny. There must be a God. But if God exists, then does evil? If there is evil, how does one fight it?
Faubion does a good job of exploring evil spiritual attacks and deceptive temptations on unsuspecting people. People unaware of the whole spirit world. He portrays well the spiritual awakening and the struggle to recognize how wrong they have been.
I liked this novel. Some readers might be skeptical of the portrayal of evil and its influence on willing people. Faubion's novel is a good wake up call to the reality of the spirit world and the influence on humans. The events at the end might have been a little predictable but other than that, a fine, thought provoking novel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
This is the second novel by Faubion I have reviewed. You can read my review of Friend Me here.
John Faubion was a foreign missionary in Vietnam, Guam and to the Chinese in Taiwan for nearly thirty years. He was then a professional software engineer for more than twenty years. He has taught a Bible class in his church for more than twenty years. He is the father of five children and lives in central Indiana with his wife. You can find out more at https://www.johnfaubion.com
Independently published, 289 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Book Sirens. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)