Through The Night

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
“Your task will far surpass being a mere temptation to the weak this time. There is family who is a pillar in this community. They are constantly helping others and spreading the gospel. Their faith appears untouchable. Fortunately for us they have a young daughter. You must find her, for she holds the key to our mission. Strip away her innocence and break her unwavering righteousness! Once she has fallen, the rest will be putty in our hands.”

Book: Through The Night by Lynette Theisen, The P3 Press, 2010
Genre: Realistic/Supernatural Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 14-18
Subjects: Spiritual Warfare, Dating Relationships, Relationships with Parents
Summary: A child is born and with it’s birth begins another battle between the angels and demons. When this child reaches her 16th birthday the battle begins in earnest. A demon hiding in the form of an attractive young man is willing to go to great lengths to pursue her and woo her in hopes of getting her to abandon her faith. Her guardian angel is doing all he can to protect her and remind her of what her beliefs and values are. Who will win the battle for this girl’s soul?
Notes: This book starts off extremely good – it introduces the supernatural battle through discussions on both sides. Then the young girl begins to face the temptations and has to make choices. Then while in a coma, her soul is taken to a “resting place” where people from Heaven can visit her. Then comes a climatic scene in which the demons supposedly have the power to physically drag the girl into hell despite her having placed her faith in Christ for her salvation – at least we get that impression all throughout the book – that she is a Christian already. Then at the end the angel becomes more human-like and the girl has a physical sexual attraction to him and he to her and they kiss. So the book starts off great, but starts going some directions that seem a bit off to me. It’s still a good story about trying to stay strong in the face of extreme temptation. The boy does some impressive things to win the girl but she still had multiple points in which she could have backed out and made a right choice – even had her mom and guardian angel discouraging her. So that part of it gets a 5. The part that seems to contradict the Biblical picture of angels gets a 2.
Recommendation Scale: 3/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Ephesians 6:12 - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


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