When my daughters were in their early teens, I started reading what they were reading, because I wanted to know what sort of books interested them. There were many, but the big four were, of course, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight. It was a toss-up between dystopian and supernatural. Kids love books with big ideas: good vs evil, saving the world, love conquers all. These books have it down. But I noticed that not one of them ever mentions God, except as a swear word.
In fact, God, the author of all our stories, seems to have been written out of them. We’ve replaced God with superheroes, who rely solely on their own ingenuity and strength (and sometimes magic powers) to defeat evil.
And so I got to thinking about writing a teen-oriented adventure story involving the supernatural world of angels and demons as presented in the Bible. We’ve had witches and vampires and zombies and werewolves, why not angels?
A story began to take shape. But then Sandy Hook happened. An unspeakable evil. And no one can come up with an explanation. It dawned on me that there really is a battle going on in this world, a battle we can’t see and are barely aware of most of the time. A battle we often try to explain away with “real world” theories that barely suffice. As Paul reminds us, our enemy is not flesh and blood, but “the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (EPH 6:12)
We are in the fight of our lives.
That is where Forlorn began.
Part of my purpose in writing Forlorn was to counter all the misinformation about angels. Who are these powerful, spiritual beings, and how do they really operate? Popular culture has turned them into cute little girls with pretty wings. I read quite a few novels about angels (outside of the Christian market) that depict angels as savage warmongers, bent on world domination. None of these are anything close to the angels that Bible describes.
But more importantly, I wanted to write a book that anyone, not just Christians, might want to read. A book with excitement and adventure and perhaps some romance and…yes…God. God is in the house in this novel. God is real. God is in control. And guess what? God loves you.
One of the great joys I had in writing this book was collaborating with my daughter, Dominique on the music. I realized early on that music was a big part of the story, so I asked Dominique, then a high school freshman, to write some songs that would be incorporated into the storyline. She wrote four songs. We hope to put out an EP sometime this year. A sample of the songs can be found on the Forlorn website.
But why is it called Forlorn? Well, you’ve have to read it to find out.
The world of angels and demons is very real and it is, indeed, closer than you think.
Find out more at forlorn-novel.com
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms…” Ephesians 6:12