Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
by Michael C. O'Brien
General / Favorable Reviews
"One is almost agog at the dexterity-the artistry
really-with which O'Brien shapes enormously charged material into a
narrative which exhibits the integrity one finds only in the very best
-William F. Buckley
an Apocalypse? ***
I have just completed reading Father Elijah and I find myself among a minority. Although I think the book is well written and has a very good plot, I do not feel the book is as good as it is acclaimed to be. Many times I found myself reading about Faith that is described in perfect theological accuracy, but with something missing. For example, conversations like most of the ones contained in the book don't happen. And, for Father Elijah to be the spiritual force that he is yet not recognize an angel who has been sent to assist him, I find hard to accept. This book is a long one, and its ending leaves you with no conclusion. However, I am sure God is using this book as a tool to reach many, to teach some who might have never known.
Best Apocalyptic Novel I've Ever Read *****
I'll be honest. Apocalyptic literature has not been my number one interest. Much of what I've read in this genre has seemed to be unbelievable; relying overmuch on the "fantastic". "Father Elijah" is different. Very different.
Item: The author has a good grasp on the
apocalyptic books of Scripture -- better, even, than many "Bible
-David Zampino "21st Century
Sets a new standard for Apocalyptic
I these days of the Left
Behind series literary fiasco, it is refreshing to read a book that is not
only theologically thoughtful, but extremely well written and fascinating.
There is an odd but effective mixture of horror mixed with remarkably deep
Christian meaning in addition to adept social commentary. Anyone who takes
Christianity seriously and who has a certain amount of introspection
(which the Left Behind series does NOT appeal to) will love this series.
-Robert Knetsch "Wanna-be
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