What if Spiritual Warfare was Visible?

19 Aug

The OccupiedBook Review: The Occupied: A Trevor Black Novel, by Craig Parshall

Trevor Black seemingly had it made. Trevor was a successful defense attorney in New York City with a beautiful wife and a classic Aston Martin. Yet in an instant, his marriage shattered and his law practice crumbled. His youthful encounter with the supernatural caught up with him. Suddenly, Trevor can sense and see the demonic underworld and they are coming after him.

The theme of spiritual warfare is the thread that runs throughout the book. This is woven into a plotline where Trevor returns to his hometown trying to help solve the murder of an old friend. Along the way, Trevor is forced to face his demons—both personal and supernatural.

In one conversation, Trevor tries to explain to an old friend what is going on in his life.

“Seeing things the way they really are. The things that I used to ridicule, I now buy into. There are spiritual forces—and some are very dangerous—but God’s at work too. So you have to choose sides. Neutrality isn’t an option. Not really.”

The book is well written, fast paced, and entertaining. The author grabs you by the throat from the opening paragraph.

I keep monsters in my peripheral vision. When you’ve been attacked by the horribles, you never forget.

The story pulls you along until the very end. The author inserts spiritual principles and gospel truth without coming across as preachy. The religious dialogue feels very natural. The description of spiritual warfare and demon possession is biblical without becoming sensationalistic. It feels like an account found in the gospels.

Based on the subtitle and the ending, I assume the author is beginning a new series with Trevor Black as the main character. If so, I look forward to reading the next volume.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Books


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