Laura Gallier is passionate about awakening this generation to a biblical understanding of the supernatural through the writing of her novel ‘The Delusion’. And with trends like ‘Charlie Charlie’ still viewable in our rear-view mirrors, it raises the question, “Shouldn’t we all?”

‘IT’ LOOKS LIKE WE ALL HAVE (NEED) AN OPINION

Let’s be honest, it is a difficult subject to approach with most people but when pressed (some harder than others), we’re all able to offer some kind of opinion about our understanding, maybe even experience, of the spiritual realm.

Now the foundation of your opinion might feel a little thin. Based only on those few late-night horror movies you were brave enough to watch (such as the recent IT), attendance of a few youth camps and a sermon you heard (once) on Ephesians 6. Or it may come with deep conviction, originating in the many books you read on angels and demons, the countless workshops you attended on ‘deliverance’ and your extended reading of the Scriptures.

The truth is, if you’re around a young person, either raising, teaching or pastoring them, remember that their interest and belief in ‘that which must not be named’ is formulating right now and we need to be in on it.

OUR YOUTH ARE AT RISK (IT CAN’T BE SAID ENOUGH)

Laura Gallier’s story poignantly unfolds in the small town of Masonville, where the local High School is reeling from a spate of suicides. One of the learner’s, Owen, is awakened to a new spiritual reality after a near death experience. The people around him suddenly appear shackled with chains and enslaved by ‘Creepers’ who are bent on inciting humanity to self-destruct.

Have a look at this promotional clip of a scene with Owen and his mom (if you dare) …

This scary new reality sends Owen on a journey of doubt, risk, self-discovery and ultimately an answering of questions like:

“If there’s a God why does he allow people to make harmful choices?”

“What are the consequences of our daily decisions and thoughts in the spiritual realm?”

“Why do some people not have chains and shackles at all?”

‘The Delusion’ advocates a direct correlation between many (if not all) of the issues teenagers are struggling with and the influence brought upon them by powers in the unseen spiritual realm.

Now you may depart from the some of the theology in the story and have your own biblical interpretations. But if anything, the message in the book is clear, teenagers are at risk and we should never grow desensitised to issues of abuse, addiction and depression.

WE ALL HAVE OUR DEMONS WHICH NEED TO BE FACED

The book’s subtitle ‘We all have our demons’, may just be enough to prevent some people from picking it up, dismissing it to the fringe thinking of ‘there is a devil behind each door.’ But they would be remiss. The story of Owen and his friends powerfully reminds us of the ongoing effect a past issue can have on our present lives when suppressed.

Not sure there’s an adult around who doesn’t still carry something from their childhood or teen years and we (like Owen) would prefer to ignore or run from it than face it head on.

That is, perhaps until we understand how toxic that can be in our relationships.

MOVING BEYOND A BOOK REVIEW

Laura Gallier writes well and the story (although a little slow initially) has a good, intriguing pace about it. The characters are well developed and Gallier manages to negotiate the unveiling of the spiritual realm in a plausible manner.

You should buy it for yourself, read it (even if you don’t read much or like teen/young adult novels) and then pass it onto a teenager or young adult you know (or buy a copy for them), and then use it as a point of discussion.

With Easter just passed, it may be the perfect time to launch into a new exploration of the spiritual realm. After all,

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you” (Romans 6:10-11).

That is what you believe right?

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