It's been three and a half years since I read this book, but I still think about it. This book really stuck with me. I recommend this book to any Christian who has a hunger for faith-based thought-provoking books. It will make you question the darkness within yourself and within others. Here are my initial thoughts from three years ago:
"I did not cry until the end. I was hanging onto every page, every paragraph, and every word until the very last page before the Epilogue. I could absolutely not put the book down. I was fidgeting and trying to read faster and yet still consume every word until the end. As I read the Epilogue, I yelled at the book. I yelled at Tosca. I absolutely hated the ending until I sat back and realized that I actually did read the end of the story. Just as Clay thought until the very end that he didn't have the ending to the story, I thought the same.
In the end, there is an end to the story. And in the end, just as the story is all about Clay, the story is also all about me and all about you. I dare you to read this book and not be captured by it. I dare you to read this book and not have your life changed by it.
And now, excuse me as I patch together all of the things I've just learned about myself and Elohim."
If you're like me, you've probably read the creation account of the Bible quite a few times as well as the story of the life and testimony of Jesus Christ. When I had the opportunity to read, Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee I was completely blown away by the author's ability to enhance what I've read time and time again with new clarity. Mind you she doesn't take away anything from the Bible, but merely increases the reader's knowledge about why there is such a hatred from demons towards human beings in general.
In this novel, the reader is given the opportunity to witness an interaction between an editor for Brooks and Hanover named Clayton and what he considers as a random encounter with a well-dressed man who goes by the name of Lucian. What Clay soon discovers is that Lucien isn't all that he appears to be, and begins to tell him things about his life that only Clay would know. Thinking Lucien has been spying on him, he gets visibly upset and its then that Lucien reveals that he is a demon who wants Clay to publish a memoir of sorts based on the conversations he has with him.
Of course at first, Clay doesn't believe this is really happening until an unexpected meeting appears on his calendar at work with the name of the client as simply "L." When Clay arrives at the library he encounters a beautiful woman he is immediately attracted to. However when the woman speaks to him, Clay soon realizes that Lucien can take on the shape and likeness of anyone he chooses while having these random meetings with Clay. Over the time he spends with Lucien, he learns about the history of angels and their relationship with God before the fall, as well as what happened when Lucifer and the third of the angels fell from heaven. He is the witness to the creation of the world, the garden of Eden, the testing of Job as well as the life, testimony and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Along the way, he gives Clay insights on why they rose up against God, how they viewed their own status against human kind, what they really thought of Earth, the creation of Adam and the new relationship with God. He paints the picture for Clay that illustrates just why things have gotten so out of hand in the world and what role demons play in their influence here on Earth with humans. It truly does paint a different picture seeing it through the eyes of a fallen angel who was once in a very intimate relationship with God, and then suddenly found themselves perpetually damned with no hope of redemption, while man on the other hand, could make mistake after mistake and God works to restore that relationship even to the point of dying to restore the covenant of everlasting life for those that believe and have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
I received no compensation to review this book or to provide a review other than my own honest opinion and I purchased a copy for my Kindle on my own. After reading Iscariot, also by Tosca Lee, I was completely blown away by her uncanny ability to delve into such historical biblical research and create an impression of what we might all be missing. For me, this just solidified some of the answers to those time honored questions we all find ourselves asking like, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" "If God, really is a God of love, why does He allow things to happen when He could easily prevent them? Like I stated, earlier, she doesn't change what the Bible has to say but merely gives us a more in depth look at why things are the way they are, and truly how wonderful the gift of salvation really is. It is one I will never take for granted again. This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars and I can't wait to get started on Havah next!!!
I know that a lot of people will pass over this book just because of its name. Don't be fooled. This is not a book about a demon trying to scare, posses or kill humans. This is a book about God and of His love. It is a book about jealousy. God's jealous love for humans and the demons who are jealous because of that love.
Now, I have no formal education in biblical matters, and I don't know if this book is "theologically sound" but what I do know is that well written books like this are supposed to make me asks questions like why and what if especially on things that I thought I knew pretty well. They are supposed to make me seek God for answers which will bring me into a closer relationship with Him.
The author has done a fantastic job with this book and I enjoyed it tremendously.
I was amazed to see a new and different "version" of God and the angles presented to me for my consideration and contemplation. I was astounded at its unique take on God creating us (humans) as a "fresh start" to having beings He could communicate with and have companionship with. My eyes were opened anew to the fact that throughout history, God has shown us such a glorious love and a magnificent restraint in not destroying us and starting over despite our constant sinning against Him.
After reading this book, I, for one, see myself even more of an insignificant ant while at the time such a unique treasure. I am dumb-founded by the intricate detail, care, and love that He has put into my creation and my life so far. Reading Demon: A Memoir after reading Ted Dekker's Immanuel's Veins has left my mind reeling as to how much God, the Creator of the Universe, loves me, cherishes me, and desires an intimate, personal relationship with me. I am still trying to wrap my mind around that concept even now.
I want to scream this message from the roof tops. My heart is bursting at the seams with this knowledge and love that I feel within the depths of my being. I cannot keep it to myself. Even if the whole world denies this message, I won't...I can't deny it because I know it to be true. The Universe is screaming it out to me. My world, which I see as a stage, is telling me this message with every crash of an ocean wave, every sunrise and sunset, and with every beat of my own heart.
God loves me....us...everyone! What freedom, what love, what soul-craving intimacy, and what amazing grace we have available to us if we would only open our eyes and accept it. We just need to have a willing heart and outstretched arms to accept this FREE gift that has been awaiting us since the dawn of time.
This is by far among the top 5 books I have ever read. It was superb, from story line to the beautiful prose. This book made me think, wonder, and I finished it with a new perspective on a story I thought I knew. I was simply amazed with it from beginning to end and couldn't wait to finish it- and yet so sad when I reached the final page. This book has everything I look for in a story and then some. I definitely walked away with new insights and stronger faith. Tosca has such a beautiful way with words and story... this book, though at times very dark, is a shining example of what great writing can do for a reader. I HIGHLY recommend this book!