Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Magnificent Malevolence




Title:  Magnificent Malevolence
Author:  Derek Wilson
Pages:  239
Year:  2013
Publisher:   Lion Fiction
                Crumblewit is the main character in this darkly humorous story subtitled, Memoirs of a Career in Hell.  He has been inducted into the S.O.D., aka sons of darkness, due to his success tempting and deceiving humans.  The account is told from the first person point of view of Crumblewit.  Each chapter is dated for the reader’s benefit as Crumblewit doesn’t keep track of time.  Readers are treated to events from Crumblewit’s past via flashbacks.  These events are like a training manual for the new demon just arriving in Hell.  God is given the title of “unmentionable one” or “the enemy” and never referred to by name.
                The story is filled with sarcasm and irony, but underlying the various funny comments, characters and situations there is truth to be found.  One of Crumblewit’s favorite techniques to deceive humans is the mnemonics used to convince them that the Bible is Old-fashioned, Illogical and Laughable—OIL.  How true is this today?  I know people who say they are Christians that hold to this viewpoint and are being led astray.  Another very effective strategy demons use is to get Christians involved in “busyness” to keep them too busy to pray, read their Bibles, etc…  Again, I see this happen frequently among church members.  Crumblewit is a member of the SSS 666 research team and one of the areas they dedicate their time to explore is “religion”.  During their research, they discover the many ways Christians can be turned from their faith by becoming absorbed in peripheral matters such as minor doctrinal issues, differing philosophies or how people dress.  This is an ongoing struggle as well with many churches.  I’m not criticizing as I am far from perfect; I’m just trying to point out some truths the author brought to my attention.  Maybe these truths or others from the book will make readers stop and think about their own walk with the Lord.
There is a hilarious argument between a liberal theologian and an atheist whose souls are trapped down below.  There are many other funny characters included in the tale that are used to provide more fodder for Crumblewit’s humor.  The characterizations and comments about those in the media are spot on.
This book is definitely worth reading.  I enjoyed the humorous aspect as well as the historical accounts of how Satan and his demons have constantly been at war with God and how various battles of this war have shown up on earth, affecting the human race.  The battles are still going on every day; however, I’m thankful God has won the war!  This story really made me think and give a few out loud comments agreeing with the author’s take on the devil’s schemes.  I had a smile on my face while reading many portions of the story and some laugh out loud moments.  My only negative comment is the type was too small, but other than that, the book is surely a keeper.
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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