Thursday, February 17, 2011

What if an angel fell by mistake?

"How does your mind work?"

I was asked this question at a book signing when the first volume ("Lucifer's Flood") of "The Reluctant Demon Diaries" was released a couple of years ago. I would soon learn that readers were both captivated and conflicted with the idea that an angel could have fallen by mistake with Lucifer as a result of having been standing in the wrong place when the war broke out in Heaven. He is so embarrassed by his plight that he refuses to reveal his name even as he keeps a detailed diary of the drama unfolding on the Earth between mankind, Satan and God.

"No name" (the angel) is awkward, a bit of a hypochondriac and a bundle of nerves who is sentenced to serve as a watcher for Satan while all the time secretly working on a legal brief to present before the court of heaven as a petition for his vindication and reinstatement to the angelic realm. The conflict for the readers begins when they realizes how much they have in common with the misfit demon. Christian readers particularly are uncomfortable with the idea of empathy with a demon.
What do you think? Could a fallen angel be redeemed?


Lena Nelson Dooley said...

I totally love your premise, Linda. I must get ahold of that book.

Caroline said...

Totally love the thought. Sounds fantastic, Linda.

Jillian Kent said...

Could a fallen angel be reedeemed? Now there's a character flaw! Great idea! God can do anything. Even redeem fallen angels. I want to see how you wrote it though. It sounds like you could have had a bit of fun with it. Is there any humor in this or is it very serious?

Mike Dellosso said...

Sounds like fodder for a deep theological debate. Angels do not experience salvation the way we do, and in fact, are thoroughly curious and intrigued about it. I think the fate of angels, both fallen and not, are sealed.
But . . . that's why fiction works so well, you get to explore the what-ifs and let your imagination spur on the imagination of the reader.

Linda Rios Brook said...

Col 1:19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Hmmm. What things in heaven is Paul thinking about?