In book one of The Lumen Legends Series: The Gift and the Defender (coming soon) I introduce to the reader a group of people I refer to as conjurers,
Lumenite villagers exiled from their people due to their refusal to stop meddling in the spirit world, pursuing supernatural powers and guidance from demons through bizarre rituals.
I wrote of these people knowing that somehow, someway I want to bring them to the forefront of a story in a subsequent Lumen Legends book. When I get that far I’m glad to know that I have some excellent resources to help me shape the tale and give depth to the conjuring characters.
A couple years ago I read Robert H. Bennett’s I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare. Last week I finished his follow up volume: Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America. Both of these books are outstanding, and give a long needed confessional Lutheran voice to a topic that has fueled the American pop-culture for years and continues to shape the spirituality of Christians everywhere.
When you start reading Afraid don’t be surprised to find that the answers it provides are found in the very gifts Jesus instituted to give us faith (Baptism) and strengthen it throughout our lives (Communion). The Sacraments, along with the Word – the Means of Grace – have been given for a reason… so that Christians don’t have to be AFRAID, not of the demons and certainly not of the Lumen Legend’s conjurers.