By Jerel Law
Genre: YA fantasy
My rating: 3 stars
My Summary: If you like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson and want to add a spiritual twist, then Spirit Fighter may be the book for you. 13 year old Jonah Stone discovers his mother is half angel and has been kidnapped by a band of fallen angels. He and his sister, Eliza must go and save her, and in the process learn not only about their angel powers, but also about spiritual warfare and how to put on their armor of God (Ephesians 6) and pray, rather than relying on their own strength.
My Fav Things: I thought it was a very creative concept and a fun adventure story, great for teaching middle school aged kiddos about spiritual warfare. I enjoyed the use of Scripture, and the explanation given by Henry (a guardian angel) about spiritual warfare.
My Not So Fav Things: The writing is sometimes awkward and clunky. I found some of the images of the fallen angels to be a little intense for the age range of this book. I found it extremely annoying that the only name any one of the characters gives to God is Elohim. It makes sense if all the angels did that, but the fact that Jonah's parents do too seems weird to me. And speaking of parents, I find it the most annoying that Jonah's dad is a pastor and yet Jonah and Eliza don't seem to be as knowledgeable about prayer, Scripture, spiritual warfare, etc that you would think pastor's kids would grow up knowing about.
My Fav Passage:
"She has a glow too. But it's not nearly as bright as ours," Jonah said.
"Yes, that's right," Henry said. "Every person is born with it. It's the essense of who they are, the image of God. It's Elohim's fingerprint--it comes from the soul. But when human have chosen to ignore Elohim, to resist Him, they cannot experience the full life--and therefore the full light--that He wants them to have. They live as shadows of themselves. Their light is diminished. Like hers."
Overall Impressions: An interesting read, but one that I'm glad I didn't pay money for. I loved the spiritual warfare aspect of this story, but found the characters' understanding of spiritual warfare unrealistic. I am curious as to what the next book in the series (titled Fire Prophet) is about, though I don't know if I will be reading it.
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