FATHER ELIJAH : AN APOCALYPSE Hardcover – 1996
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This is one of the most extraordinbary books written in recent decades. As Lewis said of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, this is lightning from a clear sky. Partly Dostoyevsky, partly Williams or Lewis, imagine if you can a novel written by von Balthasar or Adrienne von Speyer. This in a way - though too difficult for most children - is the Catholic reply to Philip Pullman`s "war in Heaven" in HIS DARK MATERIALS. I want everyone I know to read this book.
O'Brien's Catholic orientation should not offend other beliefs, but instead humbly purports the importance of remaining true. Truth is not only worthy of making a stand, but we separate ourselves from it if we don't.
His ability to portray real Virtue is refreshingly counter-cultural to our Western lifestyle today.
A wonderful story of the Day, of Love, of Adventure and Journey. Although one might find reason to edit or critique a select character or tangent, Father Elijah contains literary greatness that provokes and inspires. Again, my faith is renewed!
This story is an exploration both of the Church at a crossroads, and of the souls of individuals--both extraordinary and ordinary. What is most remarkable is that every character in the book is real, alive, and breathing. This isn't packed with the usual panoply of stereotypes who serve to "swell the progress of a scene." Each person is a person.
Michael O'Brien's message in this book is ultimately (as in all good apocalypses) one of hope. Redemption is not only for the perfect. Even in the face of great evil and great menace, ordinary people are capable of tremendous and occassionally saving love. Ordinary people are capable of showing us the way to God.
This book is a meditation and a reflection on Salvation--its promise and its fulfillment. Michael O'Brien has given Christians something they have longed for since the death of C.S. Lewis--Christian Fiction that is interesting, relevant, and real, Christian Fiction that at once proclaims the Christian message, and tells a story of fallible humans and ordinary life.
This is a book that should not be missed under any circumstances. Whether you are Christian or not, the wonderful flow of story telling is reminiscent of novels of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth century. Novels in which there is a story and room to breath and reflect. If Michael O'Brien fulfills the promise of this book, he will be a writer to watch carefully.
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