Demon … Dark Angel … Vigilante … could the new associate pastor on the block be my next favorite unhero? I cut my teeth on Thomas Covenant, stood in awe of Peretti’s angels, demons, and monsters, but Case left the box altogether, and I say: good riddance to the box!
Father Dark proved to be a quick read and pure entertainment, so if you’re looking for sound theology, best stick with his Sunday School material. Like Peretti, Lawhead, and other Christian fantasy writers, Case delves deep into what it means to be human, creating believable characters who quickly engaged me in their stories; I couldn’t wait to read what would happen next!
Technically, it took me a couple of chapters to adjust to the formatting, and there were too many typos and grammatical errors throughout the book for my taste, but if you like a good story and can overlook a few glitches here and there, then this book is a perfect fit. Get it – you won’t regret it!
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If you have been to Sunday School in the last quarter century, chances are high you’ve run across something written by Steve Case. Case has been writing curriculum for multiple denominations and magazines for more than 25 years. He also wrote God Is Here, a re-tooling of the writings of a 17th century monk named Brother Lawrence and Everything Counts, a new look at Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest. Case’s first children’s book (which is actually for anyone with child-like…let’s make that child-ISH sense of humor), Charlie the Flatulent Christmas Angel came out in 2014. Case serves as a youth pastor with the United Church of Christ in Florida and keynotes and leads workshops around the country. Father Dark is his first novel.
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