Friday 1 June 2018

A Symbol of Hope - Theresa Linden - A Short Story

A Symbol of Hope
A Short Story
Theresa Linden
Silver Fire Publishing

I first encountered the writings of Theresa Linden a year ago. In that time, I have read all of her published works, 8 novels, 3 published short stories, and two anthologies she has contributed to. I had the privilege of interviewing her, and the more of her writing I read the more impressed I am. But with reading this story for the third time I am even more impressed with her skill with the pen. Out of the thousands of books I have read, and hundreds of authors there are few I consider master wordsmiths, but Linden is one of them.

Many over the years have written on the war in heaven, or the falling of the Morning Star, but few if any have done it as succinctly. This book begins with this:

'"This day sure is taking a long time compared to the others." Lucifer stood hands on hips, giving God the Father an accusing glare.
God waved his hand dismissively, without sparing a glance. "I know, I know. Don't let it trouble you, Morning Star. Michael and I are in the middle of a game." He leaned over the alabaster and obsidian game board he had created just for the occasion. It hadn't taken more than a thought and the ornate black and white game had appeared. Much to Michael's delight.'

It is an intriguing presentation of a scene towards the end of creation. Th story begins with Lucifer recalling the process of creation up to the beginning of the 6th day. It is a conversation while God the father and Michael play a game that might be like a form of chess. 

This story is very thought provoking. It is short but very powerful. A great little read.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2018 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Theresa Linden:
Tortured Soul

Chasing Liberty Series:
01 Chasing Liberty
02 Testing Liberty
03 Fight For Liberty
Bound to find Freedom - Short Story


West brothers Series:
Roland West Loner
Life-Changing Love
Battle for His Soul

Standing Strong
Roland West Outcast
Fire Starters

Armour of God Series:
Belt of Truth
Breastplate of Righteousness
Boot of Peace
Shield of Faith
Helmet of Salvation
Sword of the Spirit

Armor of God Series Second Edition:

Other Books:
A Symbol of Hope - Short Story
A Battle for the Faith (with John Paul Wohlscheid)


Books contributed to:
Image and Likeness: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body
Secrets: Visible & Invisible 7 Amazing Stories - Catholic Teen Books
Gifts Visible & Invisible 8 Christmas Stories for Teens
Treasures: Visible & Invisible 8 Stories for Teens

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