The Last Prophet, Guarding Sophia (The Last Prophet Series) (Volume 1)
Date Published: June 5, 2013
Number of Pages: 270
Print Price: $12.59
eBook Price: $5.99
The Last Prophet, Guarding Sophia is a marvelously entertaining story of a young woman chosen by God for an unpleasant, dangerous mission and her guardian angel. The first impression is a biblical tale of a call by God, the fight of good vs. evil and the ultimate triumph of good. Somewhat of a simple tale…
Well, not exactly. The book is neither simple nor childish, even though young adults should find it an easy read. It may be taken in a lighthearted manner as a charming, romantic story but there is a lot to consider hidden within the easy flow of the story. The characters are believable and become real as the story unfolds; there is sweetness, physical attraction, fear, doubt, weakness and evil. When we consider angels, the angelic personalities follow what we have read in the bible and imagine in our hearts.
The story develops into the mystery of Sophia’s journey back into faith and acceptance of God’s purpose for her, the battles for Sophia’s life between the forces of good and evil and the presence of angels here on earth.
The tale and mission begins with Sophia, a ten-year-old girl in the throes of a recurring nightmare, one so frightening and gruesome she is unable and unwilling to share the dreams with her parents. Sophia finds solace in her prayer to God to make the dreams go away and to bless the angels and saints, especially her guardian angel. Peace and safety come to Sophia and she sleeps soundly, without nightmares for many years.
At this point we are introduced to the main angelic characters, Uriel, Gabriel and Raziel. Gabriel is preparing to descend to earth to take on a physical body to guard and protect Sophia from the Angel of Death. The author infuses the angels with some human characteristics that mirror the love, care and concern of humans for family and loved ones throughout the story. The languages humans employ are really never ‘enough’ to describe an angel, but the author uses very subtle phrases to prompt our imagination to ‘higher beings’:
“Uriel’s long, flowing red hair glowed with light so pure, so bright, it would have blinded a mortal being. Dressed in his soft, earthen red robe, his golden wings shone brightly against the contrasting color of his angelic garb.”
The story jumps ahead to the future where Sophia is a young woman, a clinical social worker, in a session with her supervisor about the nightmares that have once again begun to dominate her sleep. As her friend as well as her supervisor, Janine intends to help Sophia work through the dreams. One of the startling memories that surface under Janine’s questioning is the identity of the people in her dreams. “I thought they were prophets.” Further probing reveals her religious background, family and the Catholic school education as the source of Sophia’s identification of her dream characters as prophets. Sophia is able to remember the image of the prophets in her dreams each holding a scroll, appearing to protect the writings on the scrolls.
It is in this session that Sophia’s doubts and skepticism about her faith are brought to light and lead Janine to suggest the doubts as the source of the resurfacing of these dreams at this time. Janine suggests the connection with a patient, to whom Sophia is assigned, who believes he is the Angel of Death, searching for the last prophet, “the last of the seven prophets of this millennium, to be exact.” Sophia leaves Janine for her next session with this patient considering his apparent delusion and her own concerns and doubts.
Angel tells Sophia about the other prophets the Dark One has shown him and his own mission to prevent the last prophet’s task to reveal the messages from God. When questioned, Angel states the prophet’s revelation will change people’s hearts toward repentance providing a chance of salvation before the last message that comes just before Judgment Day. Sophia’s horror at Angel’s statements triggers her recollection of the apocalypse in the book of Revelation she learned when she was a child in bible studies. She is led into a discussion of the battle of good and evil and the Dark One’s intent to win more souls before the final judgment. Her session with Angel frightens her and brings up feelings toward God she didn’t want to have, ones she had suppressed long ago. Sophia finds herself actually defending God in a forthright manner and against all training being drawn into the fantasy of a client.
Angel confesses how he submitted to the Dark One’s request to prove his allegiance by killing his family and assures Sophia he is only interested in killing the Last Prophet for the Dark One and is not killing for fun.
Angel escapes from the mental ward of the state hospital to find and kill the last prophet and receive his reward from the Dark One. He leaves a note for Sophia on the body of the guard he kills during the escape stating his need to find and kill the last prophet. This murder brings in the police to investigate and ask Sophia about the Angel for clues to help capture him.
Gabriel is introduced to Sophia as Detective Sanz and Sophia is immediately drawn to him. Sophia notices his face is handsome, holding a hint of something else, not just handsome but innocence or purity. She feels an affinity, a familiarity that she can’t place and is disturbed by it. Detective Sanz seems to know her thoughts and feelings, to be able to comfort and calm her with merely a look.
The story moves forward with a suspenseful tone, describing fierce spiritual battles, injuries to both good and bad entities, abductions, planned sacrifice and a tremendous final battle with a good lead into the next book.
I began with ‘somewhat of a simple tale’ and on the face of the story it could be considered so. However, the story pulled me deeper into a consideration of the basic good and evil of our lives, the forces that could impact us as children within our homes, family, faith and the possible paths we might follow because of those forces.
To think about angels among us, the beautiful songs of praise that we cannot hear with our human ears and the joy and love that flows over and around us every moment of our lives, prompts more thought about the role angels have played in the bible. It also calls for more thought and consideration about my own personal role in the battle of good and evil with my guardian angel hovering close by.
Claire Gager obviously believes in the battle, in angels, the connection between humans and angels and in Heaven’s love, concern and care for us. A delightful read. I look forward to reading the second book in this series.
Publisher: Fountain Blue Publishing
Original Language: English
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