The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars
by Donovan M. Neal
Book Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: Theoneustos Ministries
Release Date: Oct 8, 2013
The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars is book one of a three part series that tells of the fascinating story of the Fall of Lucifer.
Lucifer, God’s perfect creation and who dwelt in his very presence, walked in the midst of the stones of fire. Yet rose up to betray the Lord and bring Heaven itself to civil war.
Many tales have referenced this great angelic war but few have sought to explore the dynamic relationships between God and the angelic hosts. Why did a third of heaven seek to overthrow their creator?
See Lucifer and his actions in a light never before seen. Journey back to the beginning, and see the drama unfold before your eyes: as allegiances are broken; choices made, and why all of creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.
The prequel to the Bible is here!
Excerpt: The first 2 chapters can be found on my blog for free
The Third Heaven is an imaginative tale that blends biblical scripture from the King James version of the Holy Bible with a fictitious account of the events leading up to the War in Heaven led by an archangel known as Lucifer, the “Son of the Morning Star,” who tries to usurp God’s power, and as a result is cast out of Heaven along with the rogue angels who have chosen to serve him instead of God.
The story is narrated in third person and provides not only Lucifer’s perspective but those of the other archangels, especially Michael who seemed to be the closest to Lucifer. The story is set during the first six days of God’s creation until the drama escalates into an intense, bloody civil war that takes place on the seventh day, when God rests. I am impressed by the vivid description in the world building that Neal has painstakingly incorporated into his storytelling. His expressive prose paints a beautiful and compelling verbal picture of God’s creations and reflects his obvious passion and enthusiasm for this subject.
During the entire reading experience, I was completely enthralled by the series of events that occur in this well-thought-out, complex, richly developed plot that, although speculative in nature, could certainly be a conceivable account of Lucifer’s rebellion. Neal is thorough in his depiction of the bloody battle that ensues among the angels as their loyalties to whom they will serve become divided.
In his storytelling, Neal uses terminology to describe the world and characters that may be unfamiliar to some readers. For example, angels are called “Elohim” and they refer to God as “El.”Although Neal does provide a glossary of the major terms, unfortunately I didn’t find it until after I finished the book. I would have preferred that it be placed at the beginning and perhaps expanded to include more definitions of terms used less often but still referenced, such as “manna” and God’s alternative name, “Jehovah.” I did find minor proofreading errors, but they were infrequent and didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book.
I think anyone who has ever wondered about the emergence of Satan as God’s chief antagonist will enjoy the spellbinding tale that Neal has woven.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Donovan Neal M. S. N. P. has served in the ordained ministry and as an instructor in the Bible for 20 years, and is the author of the self-published book, ‘The Gospel Explained.’ Donovan is also a prolific songwriter and singer having written over 50 different songs of praise and worship for the local church, and has performed in various schools and churches in the Ministry of Christian rap.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a freelance writer for Examiner.com. Donovan has spent his entire 23-year career, helping underprivileged and disempowered populations ranging from abused and neglected children, adults with disabilities, to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. He has recently become the executive director of Hospitality House; a food pantry in Walled Lake, Michigan working to end hunger in his community.
He has been an experienced trainer in such areas as nonviolent crisis prevention intervention to adult CPR and First Aid with the Red Cross, Working with Different Personalities, and many more. Donovan brings a wealth of experience and interests that has allowed him to write on a host of subjects ranging from gaming, internet/technology, Christian themes, to nonprofit management and leadership.