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The Antichrists

The Antichrists [Kindle Edition]

Mark Roeder
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Elijah has a dream—to follow in the footsteps of his brothers and make the VHS football team. But, for Elijah it’s an uphill battle. Unlike his tall, muscular brothers, Elijah is small and weak, but he pushes on, determined to realize his dream.

Elijah’s faith is a source of comfort and strength, but when his new pastor begins to preach out against gays, Elijah feels increasingly unwelcome. While his church seems increasingly un-Christian, Elijah is exposed to the gay boys of Verona—boys who care about each other and reach out to those in need. Why are those who are called abominations acting more Christian than the Christians? When Elijah admits to himself that he is gay his faith is weakened. His belief is further shaken when he becomes sick. Is it a punishment from God? How could God create him gay and then punish him for it?

As Elijah’s troubles and doubts increase, a very special boy comes into his life and helps him find his way. Elijah learns that much of what he has been taught in church is wrong, but that he shouldn’t turn his back on his beliefs. He learns that sometimes, those who present themselves as moral leaders are anything but. They are the Antichrists.

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Mark A. Roeder has written nearly three-dozen novels, as well as scores of articles and columns. He currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484147243
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXS8N9K
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MIRACLE IN VERONA 6 Dec 2013
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I was moved to tears sounds a bit trite, but I was, more than once by this book. It encapsulated the problem that young people, whatever their sexuality, have with the baggage that they inherit from their parents and their community. How to you establish your own values without trashing those of the ones you love. Can you be different without loosing all that you value? This book should fly off the shelves, but I don't expect that it will. It should be in every school and public library but it won't.
I was impressed by this latest book from an author whom I have followed from start with Ancient Prejudiced. Read it, be impressed, read the rest. I hope that this story line will have further to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just plain Wow 8 Sep 2013
By David F. Scrivens - Published on
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I have read everything this author has written and loved them all but this one is something very special as far as I am concerned and when I started it I just could not put it down. The last few chapters were hard to read because of the tears in my eyes and running down my face and so much hit home and all I can say about it is just WOW. A must read
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best of your works,,I've read all your novels... 11 April 2014
By William J Raebe - Published on
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I cried for many pages,,,,,I'm 70 and gay and it brought back soo much realization of my youth? Thanks for your gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just WOW! 21 Feb 2014
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This story has me crying one moment and laughing the next. I think it addresses issues that need to be addressed, it helped me personally. this story is really indescribable,I just love it. It is definitely a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relevant Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 3 Jan 2014
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In other reviews, I've mentioned that I edit gay and straight erotica and still love to read so I look for something outside the realm of what I normally work with every day. The Antichrists was a delicious little way to do exactly that. The message was strong, especially for those struggling with how to incorporate faith and feelings together. Elijah is well-developed although a little too eloquent in some of his monologues. However, the dialogue with the boys at lunch and in the locker room was pretty accurate and true to the ears of all teens, gay and straight. It's hard to come out in that type of climate, even if much of it is said out of joking and teasing. I liked the fact that there was no happy ever after love story here. Elijah is only fifteen and has plenty of time (now) to fall in love so I like the way the author let him experience different sexual awakenings with different characters instead of giving him a Prince Charming right off the bat. This is my first book by this author, but I'll definitely be checking out the rest of his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's kind of hard to describe.Works on multiple levels. 9 Nov 2013
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In my humble opinion:
1. I like the first person past tense voice. There's no better way to take one's self completely inside the central character's mind. Roeder has magnificently captured all of the nuances of his character's growth.
2. Elijah goes through change of voice as he learns and grows. It begins with a young adolescent voice, then another change as he begins his search for identity and reconciling his spiritual beliefs. It reflects the nuances of an older adolescent. Follow this, with a third voice,during his death experience. And finally a fourth, of the pure joy of life.
3. The story works on multiple levels. It provides a backstory in it's narrative. Roeder's characters always seem to have a realism to them. They come off as quite believable.
4. The plot line never wavers. It's interesting how perfect his timeline works.

The novel reminded me of a Dore' Schary story called "The Next. Voice You Hear".
Just love your fellow man.
Definitely written for 14 and older audience, due to it's graphic sexual scenes.
What was especially refreshing to hear in good prose is the voice of the omniscient child, seeing the world through a child's eyes with knowledge of an adult.
Five stars for the book. 4 stars because of the typos.
Just my opinion.
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