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Angela Alcorn , Karina Alcorn , Randy Alcorn
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Aug 2007
Jillian is picture-perfect on the outside, but terrified of getting hurt on the inside. Brittany is a tough girl who trusts almost no one. Ian is a successful athlete who dabbles in the occult. And Rob is a former gang-banger who struggles with guilt, pain, and a newfound faith in God. These four college students will face the ultimate battle between good and evil in a single year. As spiritual warfare rages around them, a dramatic demonic correspondence takes place. Readers can eavesdrop on the enemy, and learn to stave off their own defeat, by reading The Ishbane Conspiracy.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Treasure Publishing (Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934384038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934384039
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 16.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I picked up this book as I have read Randy Alcorns book Deadline and really enjoyed it.
The Ishbane Conspiracy is written as a warning and as encouragement in the various tricky situations teenagers, and indeed all of us, might find ourselves in. From unwanted pregnancy to eating disorders to the occult. It feels as if the writers have tried to fit in every single potentially hazardous situation they could come up with.
Every other chapter gives the reader a glimpse into what is happening in the spiritual realm whilst the teenagers struggle their way through life. Two demons write letters to each other, as they do, discussing their tactics and strategies on how to deceive and destroy the unsuspecting kids. Sometimes this gets a bit frustrating as it doesn't give much credit to the readers intelligence and ability to see the obvious.
However I did enjoy the book, I even shed a tear at one point. I agree with the message Mr Alcorn and his daughters are conveying; it is good to be reminded that more goes on in this world than meets the eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every Christian teenager 27 Oct 2008
I've read this book about 5 times - to myself, four times and to a friend one time on a road trip. I recommended it to my mom and she read it to my 17 year old brother. It brought up a lot of important topics for them to discuss and my mom said she did as much discussing things with my bro as she did reading to him. I believe this book should be read by every Christian teenager and also by their parents. It changed my life and it has the power to do the same in other's lives.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Try real fiction instead 18 Feb 2004
By Garasu
"The pursuit of art," wrote Ursula Le Guin (The eye of the heron; &, The word for world is forest / Ursula Le Guin. - London : VGSF, 1991. - p.6f), "is the pursuit of liberty.... But many artists, particularly artists of the word, whose ideas must actually be spoken in their work ... see that they can do good to other people. They forget about liberty, then, and instead of legislating in divine arrogance, like God or Shelley, they begin to preach."
This book succumbs to that temptation. It is perhaps unfair to blame it for this. It is a fault shared by almost all literature that falls in the genre of "Christian fiction". So much so that it is sometimes hard to think of a single author who write a decent book in that genre. And if even an author as good as Le Guin can confess to falling prey to the temptation, what hope have lesser artists?
On the positive side, it is at least functionally literate. It's just that it's a very bad book. The correspondence between demons is acknowledged as a sub-Lewis borrowing from the Screwtape letters, though handled rather more clumsily. Even in the main story, however, every issue is signalled with all the subtlety of a blunderbuss and without any attempt to acknowledge the ambivalence and ambiguity of the human condition or confidence in the reader's ability to practise moral discernment. If "by their fruits ye shall know them," then, judging by the effect the book had on me, this book is clearly intended to drive people away from Christianity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, yet frustrating 24 Aug 2004
By disciple_419 - Published on
"The Ishbane Conspiracy" by Randy Alcorn tells the story of four young adults - Jillian, Rob, Ian, and Brittany - over one year. It is the most critical year of a young person's life: the transfer from high school to college, and Alcorn portrays the emotion, fear, and excitment that go along with this move masterfully (no doubt with the help of his two 20-something daughters who co-authored the book).

The drama of the situations and temptations the characters face is realistic. Being barely 18 years old myself, and entering my final year of high school, this book hit pretty close to home. I related well to Rob: the Christian with natural leadership abilities, a strong faith, and a nack for sharing his faith effectively. I really enjoyed his character. I was pleased that Alcorn gave Rob weaknesses, too, such as lust, depression, etc., so he wasn't portrayed as some "super-Christian".

The situations described in the book were, in my opinion, not over-exaggerated at all. If a parent reads this book and says, "There's no way it's this bad out there", well, yes it is.

This is a watershed book. I'd recommend it to freshmen in high school, and their parents. Every chapter was followed by a demonic correspondance, by two demons, Prince Ishbane and Lord Foulgrin, much like Lewis's "The Screwtape Letters", in which two demons talk about how they can keep the teens from God.

The reason I rated the book 4 out of 5 stars is that, about halfway through the book, the demon letters started to get annoying. At times, the letters were longer than the preceding chapter! It was frustrating, I just wanted to know about the story, not the back-story! Every time the story got interesting, it was interrupted by the demon correspondance

If you don't want a primer on the current state of teenage culture, read the book, but skip the letters. Parents, however, should read the letters, as it outlines what we go through, and exposes the truth about the media, etc.

Overall, a very well-written book. I really enjoyed it.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Dark Comes Rising. 1 Feb 2003
By tvtv3 - Published on
This book was recommended to me at a camp I worked at by one of the best camp speakers I have ever heard. He suggested that anyone who had an interest working with youth, should read it. Since I have a heart for youth and will be teaching junior high and high school students in the next few years, I figured I would check it out. I'm glad that I did.
The ISHBANE CONSPIRACY looks at the life of teenage and young adults in a very real and powerful way. It illustrates how the struggles and problems we face in our life pan out on the Hades side of the spiritual world. The book is written with every chapter followed by a letter of demonic correspondence.
The book reminded me of a cross between C.S. Lewis' THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS and a Frank Peretti novel. True, there are scenes involving drugs, alcohol, allusions to sex, suicidal thoughts, eating diorders, the occult, large family arguments, and a host of other problems and sins. However, these are issues that people in America (not just teenagers) face on a daily basis. Our fight isn't against the powers of this world, but against evil forces of the unseen spiritual realm. It's great to read a newer book that so forcibly reminds us of that.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Foulgrin in back, and he's mad as hell! 1 Aug 2004
By Alan Attebery - Published on
When we last saw the Fletcher family, they were still recovering from the death of their beloved husband and father, Jordan Fletcher.

When we last saw Lord Foulgrin, his pupil Squaltaint had turned Foulgrin's letters over to the demonic police, and Foulgrin was being dragged away to a corrections facility.

Well, Foulgrin is out, his title "Lord" has been stripped away, and he has been demoted. Ishbane, Foulgrin's former trainer, has also been reassigned to keep him in line. Of course, Foulgrin thinks he knows everything and is not above trying to teach his boss a thing or two. Luckily for Jillian Fletcher, he's still not any good at his job.

In this sequel to "Lord Foulgrin's Letters," Randy Alcorn, joined by his daughters Angela and Karina, has written another good fictional "behind the scenes" look at what the demonic forces are up to in our lives. A slight difference this time around, however, is that we get a bigger look at what is going on in the lives of our main characters.

If you liked either "Lord Foulgrin's Letters" or the C.S. Lewis original "Screwtape Letters," you will enjoy reading this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Novel With Many Important Ideas 7 Mar 2006
By S. Peek - Published on
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'The Ishbane Conspiracy' is a great combination; it is a highly entertaining novel that contains many important ideas and food for thought. I would recommend it for any adult or teenager.

The authors did a great job of combining a Christian worldview and spiritual truths with a great story. This is a sequel to 'Lord Foulgrin's Letters', which I would also recommend. I think this is fine as a stand alone book though. I don't think it is necessary to have first read its predecessor.

Along the way, the authors touch on many very relevant issues to young people - teen pregnancy, abortion, drugs, alcohol, the occult, etc. This is done in a way that is very loving to those struggling with these issues.

This is a great book. I highly recommend it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most relevant books for teens and adults today!!! 12 Oct 2005
By Ben Harris - Published on
Randy Alcorn fearlessly challenges pretty much every issue facing adolescents today. Bridging topics from drinking/drugs to premarital sex to witchcraft to family relationships, Alcorn deftly weaves in the spiritual battles going on behind the physical appearances in this fast-paced novel that you just can't put down. Throwing in plenty of twists and turns along the way, Alcorn has created a must-read for all teens and parents.
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