Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Saints on Fire
Sometimes the most difficult thing about getting involved in reading a trilogy is knowing when you get to the last page of the final book. It's over. It's bittersweet. The characters you have come to know as more than simply something written into a compelling novel, but ones that the author has breathed life into and they feel more than real. They feel like friends and family. This is just such a series, and one that comes with the added thrill of taking the battle into the unseen spiritual realm of angels and demons. The Fire Series from Eric M. Hill is so unforgettable and for this reviewer, a bit of a life change as well. In the final and concluding novel in the series, Saints on Fire is just that. These books need to be read in the order they were written in so you can understand the character motivations of our main characters and why they have progressed to where we find them in this novel.
Once more the Styles family of Reverend Edwin Styles, his wife Barbara, daughter Sharon and son Andrew finds themselves experiencing a fire of sorts in their own spiritual life. In fact Sharon has become a prophetess who can sense through dreams and visions from God the future events of what they will face often clouded or veiled in symbols instead of what you might imagine. Working alongside Jonathan Banks and his wife Elizabeth, their home church in Atlanta is now on fire for God along with miracles and healing. But they sense God is leading them to a suburb called Mahem Courts, also known for it's mayhem along with murders, drugs, prostitution and sex trafficking all run by a man known as Sonny Campbell and his gang the Vice Boys. They are the last hold out in the spiritual realm as well that has been held in bondage from the demons Slavery, Annihilation and Heroine who like things just they way they are but not everyone is happy. Most of the projects residents wish life was different but see no hope in this existence they call home.
No one is willing to take one Sonny and the Vice Boys either until God calls the Styles family and the Banks family to bring their ministry to the projects. Unable to gather any support from the local churches, they realize that Jesus can use the least of these to accomplish His greater purpose as long as they have enough faith and are willing to step out in faith. Unfortunately it will be something that costs a few people their lives and we see what happens when those who reject Jesus find when they are no longer alive and have to face the judgment of their choices in life.
I received Saints on Fire by Eric M. Hill compliments of SunHill Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and personal review. This truly does wrap things up in the series as the family's faith will be ultimately tested in ways they never imagined and makes one understand that the life of a Christian believer is never easy, and in fact in some ways just puts a bigger target on our backs courtesy of our enemy Satan and his legion of demons. It conveys the way that they can attack the believers and non believers alike and really opens your eyes up to the unseen spiritual realm and how much prayer can truly impact things in a positive way. For me it really put an exclamation mark on the deficiencies in my own prayer life and helped me to understand what it really means to go to battle in prayer daily. Not just over meals. For me this one rated a 4.5 out of 5 stars and was not really my favorite one of the three but still made a huge impact in my own personal spiritual walk. That to me makes this series a must have.
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The Fire Series by Eric M. Hill
1. Bones of Fire
2. Trial by Fire
3. Saints on Fire