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What happens when an intransigent atheist and a bona fide angel meet? For Ray Wilms, professor of mathematics, his encounter with Calliel, an angel sent by God to save him, is a death-changing experience. More

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About Shawn Michel de Montaigne

I'm a writer, poet, blogger, illustrator, fractalist, and essayist. A wonderer, wanderer, and an unapologetic introvert. I'm old enough not to care how old I am. I'm a romantic and a movie lover; I'm inspired by the epic, the authentic, the numinous, and the luminous. Most of all, I'm blessed.

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These are the adventures and moments of newly minted angel of death, Ray Wilms.

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Review by: KJH Cardinalis on July 18, 2015 :
There's a quote in the Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, where a horse tells God, who takes the shape of a lion, "Please. You're so beautiful. You may eat me if you like. I'd rather be eaten by you than fed by anyone else."

That quote pretty neatly sums up my personal feelings on divinity, and also nicely frames Angel. This is not a book which paints a cozy, soft, safe picture of faith. It's grounded firmly in the real world and all of its harsh injustice. The malevolence of humankind is not excused here or diluted in any way. Instead, we see a universe where God was faced with a terrible choice--a choice between a solipsistic, hellish existence or a world where human beings were granted the freedom to do terrible things--but where love, real love, could exist.

In such a world, hope, beauty, love and redemption are sometimes every bit as terrifying as the harsh cruelty of the world itself. Divinity itself must walk a harsh and uncompromising path, because that's what it takes to save a compromised soul in a compromised world. Human malevolence, after all, can be relentless, and it takes real resolve to stand against that. Divinity allows free choice, but it defends free will. And it does so with a relentless will of its own.

That kind of salvation, as imposing as it might be, has its own stark beauty, a matchless magnificence--the kind that Lewis was talking about. Montaigne's story is as disturbing as it is assuring, which is why it works. It doesn't contradict the horror of my daily experiences. It doesn't ever once say that the evil in the world is ok because it was part of some divine, unassailable plan. It never tells you what to believe in--just to believe in the highest in yourself and those you love.

And best of all, this tapestry of ideas is woven out of a very human story about an unlikely and tumultuous friendship between two men who couldn't seem less alike at the start of the story. By its end, they have discovered the highest in each other, and re-discovered it in themselves. I'll leave you to find out how.
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