November 26, 2013 by Jen Cudmore
Ian Acheson is an author and strategy consultant based in Sydney, Australia. Ian’s first novel, Angelguard, was released recently in US, UK, Canada and Australia. You can find more about Angelguard at Ian’s website.
Recently I finished a novel that stirred my spirit. Within the first few pages I found I was praying about some of the insights and ideas presented by the author. I was questioning and being challenged at the same time. I struggled to put it down as my spirit went on a journey with the four characters of the novel.
I loved it. Not just the novel but also the experience I had reading it. The Lord opened my eyes to something fresh and my prayer life was reinvigorated.
Fortunately, there are two more novels in the series that I hope will have a similar effect. But it’s okay if it doesn’t.
The fiction I read is mostly Christian fiction. I actually read more non-fiction which also is typically faith-based whether it’s a biblical commentary, devotional or spiritual development as I like to dub the genre that the Lucado’s, Eldredge’s, Bevere’s and the ilk write into.
Many a Christian novel that I’ve loved I’ve questioned the extent of the spiritual element contained within it. The storyline and dominant theme of the novel are far more prominent than the spiritual thrust.
But isn’t this like the Christian communities we walk in, we gather around, and increasingly we virtually connect into? All these communities consist of people going through different seasons in their faith journey. And those of us who are writers, fiction and/or non-fiction reflect this divergence within our communities. So there’ll be some authors who are called to write stories with very strong spiritual messages. Like the one I just finished. Others are called to write something with a subtler message.
We need both.
Just as we need to journey with fellow believers who are experiencing different seasons in their faith.
Within a period of weeks, three horrific bomb blasts devastate areas of London, Los Angeles, and Sydney. No explanation is offered, no victory claimed for these acts of terror. Yet behind the scenes a Machiavellian European businessman, aided by the dark forces to whom he has sold his soul, is planning to bring the richest nations to their knees for his own evil purposes.
Jack Haines, an Australian academic, is grieving the loss of wife and children in the Sydney blast. Against his will, he finds himself thrown into a war that transcends the physical world, a conflict in which angelic guards have a special mission for him. But how will Jack respond when angels turn out to be more than precious porcelain statues? And will he accept that he has been chosen to fight for the future of mankind?
This fast-paced supernatural thriller by debut novelist Ian Acheson mixes faith and nonstop action to spin an unforgettable tale.
What’s a recent novel you’ve read that stirred your faith so much you didn’t want it to end?