Have you ever wondered what exchanges between angles and demons might sound like? Do you know the authority that has been granted to demons and what that means for believers? Do you understand the power of prayer and developing a deep, intimate relationship with God? Author Mark S. Mirza explores all these topics in his new book The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles.
I was provided with a physical copy of the book from publisher CTM Publishing Atlanta through the Homeschool Review Crew for this review.
About the Pray-ers
The Pray-ers is a non fiction novel that explores spiritual warfare through the lives of characters in various points in history. The story moves between the First Century, the Nineteenth Century, and the Current Area following a set of Angels and Demons who continually square off to influence their charges.
While being a fiction book, Mirza has included footnotes through the book. The biblical references support the behavior of the angles and demons as well as the instruction giving regarding prayer. In the introduction Mirza acknowledges that he takes creative license in bringing the characters, especially the angles and demons, to life. The footnotes are helpful in knowing when he is basing an action or idea on biblical teaching and when it’s just part of the story.
Throughout the book Mirza has chosen to not capitalize the names of the demons. At first it caught me off guard and I had to focus to keep track of the characters. By the third or fourth chapter when I was used to the change, I appreciated the way that Mirza chose to not give respect to the demons.
What I think of The Pray-ers
With all fiction books, I want to enjoy the experience of reading. The Pray-ers completely fit my expectations. I read a few chapters at a time early in the mornings before the boys were awake. Spiritual warfare has so many facets that Mirza wove seamlessly into the story that I always had points from the story to reflect on through out the day.
I particularly like how the story moves between different time periods and you are able to see the legacy of faith being preserved through prayer. That is especially meaningful to me as a mother, knowing that the prayers I have for my children and the way I teach them to pray will have an impact for many years.
I highly recommend The Pray-ers series by Mark S. Mirza to anyone who enjoys christian fiction. I can’t wait for book 2!