The Angel Diary as reviewed by a Mere Mortal
It’s amazing how much you can learn from an ordinary angel’s diary!
What was the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil? What hung on the Tree of Life? What was it like for God when He was alone, before He created angels and men? What “burns” in hell? Why did Lucifer, the smartest of all creatures, smart enough to know he would lose, smart enough to know he would suffer Hell, knowing what he was doing, defy God?
The answers to these and many other “unanswerable” questions are given with so much supporting Scripture that you will have to pinch yourself to remember it is, technically, “fiction”.
From before Creation, when Lucifer pulled off his spectacular coup against intelligence, creating Hell’s torments, through the joys and questions of Adam and Wo-man – Eve’s maiden name, the insights of Abel and the jealousy of Cain, the great civilizations of the giants and demigods, the sermons of Noah, and finally the horrors of the Flood, this Diary reveals it all. We have our facts on the authority of an angel.
A fictitious angel, but an angel nonetheless.
For an angel, however, Comunicius’ naiveté is often surprising. For example, Comunicius can’t understand how men can complain about suffering – either their own suffering, or the “suffering in the world”. Doesn’t God grant the prayers (unspoken as well as spoken) of each man to live as he pleases? If a man chooses to jump off a cliff, how does God wind up the one to blame when the stubborn, foolish man finally splats against reality? This is the sort of thing that makes angels roll their eyes.
Comunicius, the angelic Keeper of the Diary, witnessed the rebellion of 1/3 of the angels, the creation of the world, and the first millennium and a half of human history, before his diary was swept out of his hands by the turbulence of the Flood carving out the Grand Canyon.
His restored, reconstructed Diary is enhanced by a “VerseScout” computer report which pops up when some Scripture is similar to something Comunicius wrote.
This novel story also includes a computer “who” produces “VerseScout Relevance Reports” that apply the reported Scriptures to our lives today. The computer has so much personality that sometimes it even slips into first person, and makes admissions such as “I know this sounds controversial, but hey, I’m just a computer.”
It’s amazing how similar the “days of Noah” were to the “days of Nowa”.
VerseScout: Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the [second] coming of the Son of man be.
Comunicius and these Scripture-laden computer reports give us a picture of time from Creation to Noah’s Flood, and put into perspective its application to us today.
The Diary of Comunicius can draw every Christian into a better understanding of and a closer walk with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And it could just as well be a manual for any person interested in better understanding the God of the Bible.
Comunicius gives powerful answers to God’s critics, capable of preparing readers to refute Lucifer’s accusations.
VerseScout: 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
VerseScout Relevance Report: “Answer” is the KJV (King James Version) translation of the Greek (apologia), which is why theologians use the word “apology” to mean what the Greek word means: “verbal defense, a reasoned statement or argument”, even though today “apology” has come to mean “an excuse for embarrassing behavior”. Comunicius’ answers are no embarrassed weaseling out of uncertainty about God’s rationality! They are a powerful “apology” in the Greek sense.
Comunicius may be a fictitious angel, but the truths portrayed through his diary stem from the solid foundation of God’s Word.
In fact, there are so many truths in this “fiction”, that it really doesn’t fit existing fiction categories. It needs its own. What other fiction makes such definite assertions relevant to traditional theology and historical fact that it provokes readers to debate whether or not they are true? Comunicius’ reports are appropriately categorized as “True Fiction”.
Comunicius gets a bit controversial at times. When he tells us what kind of fruit hung on the Tree of Knowledge, at least he does not oppose positions taken by traditional theology. But when he reports what Hell fire “burns”, well, many will find his reports rather hot.
What readers have said about The Prehistoric Angel Diary:
“Thank you for the opportunity to view your manuscript of The Angel Diary. I have found it to be an exceedingly interesting book. It reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ ‘Screwtape Letters’. It is of that excellence of quality. Your theories shine with purpose. Of course I am a strong believer in the King James Version and have had many scrimmages over it. It is still the most tried and true, and all others are just a counterfeit. So it blesses me that you use King James, and it also blesses me that you write out the Scriptures. You cover many important topics such as ‘The Life of the flesh is in the blood.’ While I take this writing to be ‘fiction’, it is truly thought-provoking with your support from Scripture. May God use this as a tool in your hand to promote the Gospel and to showcase the defeat of our enemy, Lucifer, the once cherished angel who now awaits his final destination – the fires of Hell.” — Dr. B. L. Rice, Bible College President, pastor of Commerce Community Church, West Des Moines, Iowa
“What I’ve read so far I like. It’s a good book. I have it almost read. My husband has read more of it than I have. I have to keep fighting him for the book.” — Rhonda Paine, Des Moines Iowa (Church background: Fundamentalist)
“I think it’s delightful.” — Kris Hoover, Des Moines, Iowa (Catholic)
“I’m liking it. I can’t read it straight through; Steve is reading it the same time I am and he keeps losing my book mark. I like how much Scripture it has.” — Kay Stroh, Indianola, Iowa (Baptist)
“I like it. I think it is a good starting point for conversation with an unbeliever.” — Pastor Jewelly Rice, Des Moines, Iowa (Charismatic)
“I used to wish I had lived in Bible times and been with people like Jesus and Noah. But in ‘Noah’s Favorite Sermons’, [Book 3], you hit a lot of nails on the head, and I thought about how controversial Jesus was, always arguing with the authorities, and now I’m glad I didn’t live then, because I’m afraid I would have been like ‘Sister Nice’, and would not have stood up for Jesus, but would have gone along with the religious leaders.” — Thelma Leach, my mother (Assembly of God)
Dave Leach published the Prayer & Action News from 1986 to 2015. That, plus his cable TV show which he hosted from 1995 to 2015, his candidacies for public office, and his controversial, Bible-quoting stands against abortion and sodomy, have gotten him media coverage from local newspapers to CNN International, and have gotten him listed in Who’s Who in Media and Communications and Who’s Who in America. He owns the Family Music Center in Des Moines, Iowa. His degree is in music education. Not “a denominational kind of guy”, he has been on the music staff of a variety of churches, and performs as a musician in churches as well as in secular settings. Contact him through www.Saltshaker.US or Pilgrim@Saltshaker.US
Chapter 1: Beelzebub’s Amazing Choices Part One: Before Time – “The Cause of Hell” What was going through the mind of Heaven’s top angel, to explain his rebellion against Heaven? It is hard enough to understand why any human would turn away from Heaven, even for a moment. An interview with Satan.