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Clayton, a book editor, has just been hired to author a once-in-a-lifetime memoir. The subject is Lucian, a demon with an extraordinary story to share. The fallen angel chronicles a life of heavenly bliss and rebellion, human creation and salvation, and God's relentless pursuit of mankind.
As he begins to find eerie similarities between Lucian's otherworldly life and his own, Clay reaches a devastating conclusion: He is writing his own life story. After stumbling onto the ...
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Clayton, a book editor, has just been hired to author a once-in-a-lifetime memoir. The subject is Lucian, a demon with an extraordinary story to share. The fallen angel chronicles a life of heavenly bliss and rebellion, human creation and salvation, and God's relentless pursuit of mankind.
As he begins to find eerie similarities between Lucian's otherworldly life and his own, Clay reaches a devastating conclusion: He is writing his own life story. After stumbling onto the revelation that his life is nearing its end, Clay will be forced to make a choice. Demon: A Memoir is a fresh and provocative look at the spiritual struggle for the souls of mankind. With intelligent characters and suspenseful dialogue, thriller fans will discover that evil isn't always what it appears.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781600061233
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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Tosca Lee

Tosca Lee is author of the critically acclaimed and extensively-awarded novels Demon: A Memoir and Havah: The Story of Eve. A sought-after speaker and former Mrs. Nebraska, she continues to work for local charities and as a senior consultant for a global consulting firm. Tosca holds a degree in English and International Relations from Smith College and also studied at Oxford University. She enjoys travel, cooking, history, and theology, and lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

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    Demon is a wonderful and thought provoking book

    I just finished reading Demon: a memoir and found this book to be thrilling and thought provoking. The premis of the book is a editor/writer who is contacted by a demon who wishes to have his memoir written and pubished. The main character learns through his meetings that the story,in the end, is about himself and not the demon. This book helps readers see the fall of Lucifer, the creation of Earth and humans, and the way man kind falls short of God's intentions for us in a way that is completely differnt than the one that we are exposed to in church. Seeing all that happened from the point of view of a demon or fallen angel is thougth provoking and brings a new level of understanding as to why evil exists in this world and why the Devil is intent to keep going after believers.

    This book is one I would highly reccomend to a church reading group as a study book or to any Christian who wants to see the story of creation in a new light. Dark, dramatic, and filled with wonderful character who are memorable. This book is not a light read and causes the reader to stop and digest what they have just learned.

    Good reading to all who decide to give this book a try!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Demon: is a page turner

    I loved this book. I could not wait to read it when I got home from work and even got up early before work to finish reading it. It is full of mystery that pulls the reader along. You are able to identify with her characters well and you are easily sucked into the tale. This book made me think a lot and asked me to look at some of my fundamental beliefs about God, humanity and angelic creatures. I would recommend this book...in fact I have, mine is loaned out and I have bought a couple more as gifts!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    Great read!

    Intriguing. Tosca Lee drew me in with her masterful writing. The first scene in the Café immediately captured me. The description was amazing. I actually felt like I was in there with Clay. She does a fantastic job throughout the book pulling me into her scenes with the description and the dialogue.<BR/><BR/>Oh, how my heart broke for Clay on so many different levels as I followed him on his journey. Tosca Lee was able to draw me into that character very well.<BR/> <BR/>This was my first experience reading Tosca¿s work, but I see myself reading all her future projects as well.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    Demon: A Memoir

    Clay, a harried book editor, recently divorced and dealing with his own emotional upheaval, stumbles into a small café near his office. Wanting nothing more than a quick meal, he is irritated by a man who claims Clay is going to write ¿his story.¿ His attempts to dismiss the man fail, and he finds himself drawn into circumstances that will change his life forever. The stranger, Lucien, isn¿t a man after all. He¿s a fallen angel ¿ and he wants Clay to hear the story of his life.<BR/><BR/>And so begins a strange encounter that will take Clay places he didn¿t think existed. Lucien, who appears in many different guises, explains the fall of Lucifer and his Legion. He reveals the inner thoughts of dark angels, caught between a desperate wish for forgiveness, and anger at the God who has turned His back on them. Their fury burns even hotter against creatures they feel are nothing more than mud creatures - yet are the beloved of a Father they will never have access to again. <BR/><BR/>Tosca Lee has captured the anguish of the fall and the darkness of separation from God in DEMON: A MEMOIR. Lucien¿s dialogue is heartbreaking, disturbing, and frightening. And Clay¿s humanity will touch every single reader. This book is a masterpiece of fiction. It¿s hard to put down and impossible to forget.<BR/><BR/>HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    An Amazing Journey

    Not only is this book beautifully written it is a timeless classic of God's love for the human race. Everyone knows about the creation of Earth, the fallen Angels, and Jesus, but this novel, with all the imagery, brings it closer to home and makes it real. It is such an amazing journey, not only for the main character, but for the reader who comes to understand the Christian faith better. An awesome read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

    Not what I expected...a delightful surprise

    Here¿s a disclaimer: I am not a big fan of Christian fiction. I read it, but not often and usually reluctantly. Usually, the story seems to arc with someone becoming a Christian and the author uses that to solve all the tension. Not this time. These characters were real to me. I was disappointed when the book ended¿not because of the ending itself, but because the book ended. The author never sacrificed plot to make her point, and yes, she's making a point. But not at all the point I expected. This is not a guidebook to spiritual warfare or how to fight demons. In fact, this book is more about me and about God than anything else. And the plot is wonderfully creative. The description and scenery were all for a purpose, not just gratuitous sense of place, but parts of a well-crafted story. As the main character worried about how his book would end, I wondered too. I was completely satisfied with Tosca's choice, if not a bit surprised. I didn¿t see it coming. The author allowed me to like Lucian, the demon in the title, for most of the book, without defaulting to an easy hatred one might expect in Christian books. I think the evil was more believable because it was not repulsive and ugly. I kept wondering, why is he doing this? Is everything as it appears? And while I never imagined I might ever read a book about Eve, I must say I can¿t get enough of this author's writing. So I am planning to buy her next novel when it comes out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

    A Modern Day Classic...

    I would call 'Demon: A Memoir' such a well-weaved and thought-provoking story that it deserves a place on the shelves of every Christian and especially every vocational minister of the Gospel. Although some may object to any literary license being used to add a backstory only hinted at in the Bible, Tosca Lee's research and writing show her great care in keeping things well grounded and entertaining. As Gregg Fraley says in his novel 'Jack's Notebook,' we learn so much better when an entertaining story is added to something being learned (consider Jesus' parables, too), and Demon is the plan of salvation all wrapped up in an awesome literary form. When you finish the book, you will realize that while Lucian's story is ultimately about Clay, Clay's story is ultimately about you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2007

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    Once you read this book, a stranger just happening to know your name will never seem so innocent! Interview with a Vampire was never as enthralling and captivating. Tocsa Lee has you wondering if this is really fiction or a personal experience!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    Riveting and Thought Provoking

    This book was riveting. The story drew me in from the first page and I didn't want to put it down. Ms. Lee's descriptions brought the characters, setting and events to life. However, I was disappointed with the ending. The crux of the plot and resolution of the key conflict were left hanging. Ms. Lee uses vivid images and word pictures wonderfully in this narrative but leaving the end unresolved seems to me to defeat the purpose of writing this type of novel. Despite the lack of resolution, I did find this book to be an accurate commentary on humanity and society in America. We are easily distracted and the enemy can and will use that to his advantage. I cannot recommend this as an uplifiting narrative though it does make the reader stop to consider where energies and attention are focused in our limited life-span on earth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Caution! Use extreme care when you read this book. It will rip the spiritual blinders off of your eyes and reveal truths that you knew, but may not have truly understood before. Demon: A Memoir reminds me of The Time Traveler's Wife in some ways because of how Clay never knew when Lucian was going to show up, or in what form he would appear, yet he waited expectantly for those encounters with the demon. And how Clay's life started to center around his encounters with Lucian at the expense of everything else in his life will grip you by the throat, while tugging at your heart. In fact, meeting Lucian became an obsession until it robbed Clay of the little he had, yet before he'd met Lucian had seemed like so much. And his regrets multiplied along with his poor choices. Not many people are handed the stark truth about their spiritual condition--one of total self-centered thinking-- like Clay had been. And for him to receive such a gift from an obvious, yet slick liar, who ironically seemed to care about Clay and at the same time despised him, is extremely compelling. This story will dredge up emotion in the reader for many reasons. While Demon is not considered a suspense, it's definitely suspenseful. And the layers and layers of insight peeled away as Lucian tells his story will blow the reader's mind. Guaranteed. The Scriptures make more sense with Lucian's perspective thrown in. Like... Why do bad things happen to good people? Does anyone deserve happiness? And...is there any person who good enough? Demon: A Memoir now ranks as one of my all time favorites, especially when it comes to the impact it has had on my emotions, my relationship with Jesus, and the way I see the world. Kudos to the author, Tosca Lee, for writing such a powerful and truthful novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Demon: This is a fictional account of a demon. It fascinated m


    Demon:
    This is a fictional account of a demon. It fascinated me and helped me to be more spiritually aware of things around me. After reading this book, we should all want to be the kind of person who is in constant communion with God through prayer; we need to have faith to make the demons shake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    I love the book Demon because essentially it is about a demon te

    I love the book Demon because essentially it is about a demon telling a man the story of Lucifer's fall from Heaven and the creation of the world and man from his bitter perspective. Even though this demon is hateful and cynical, the story he tells is true, and it helped me to be even more grateful for what Jesus has done for us. This demon character's version of the story reveals how much God loves people and the lengths he went to in order to redeem his prized creation, and how audacious that is. The demon is angry about it because he has not received the same favor, but I am left with a sense of wonder and gratefulness for God's mercy as a reader.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    It's been three and a half years since I read this book, but I s

    It's been three and a half years since I read this book, but I still think about it. This book really stuck with me. I recommend this book to any Christian who has a hunger for faith-based thought-provoking books. It will make you question the darkness within yourself and within others. Here are my initial thoughts from three years ago: &quot;I did not cry until the end. I was hanging onto every page, every paragraph, and every word until the very last page before the Epilogue. I could absolutely not put the book down. I was fidgeting and trying to read faster and yet still consume every word until the end. As I read the Epilogue, I yelled at the book. I yelled at Tosca. I absolutely hated the ending until I sat back and realized that I actually did read the end of the story. Just as Clay thought until the very end that he didn’t have the ending to the story, I thought the same. 
    In the end, there is an end to the story. And in the end, just as the story is all about Clay, the story is also all about me and all about you. I dare you to read this book and not be captured by it. I dare you to read this book and not have your life changed by it. And now, excuse me as I patch together all of the things I’ve just learned about myself and Elohim.&quot;

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  • Posted May 29, 2013

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    Demon: A Memoir was my introduction to Tosca Lee, a writer I lea

    Demon: A Memoir was my introduction to Tosca Lee, a writer I leaned of by the author’s visit to a blog. I wasn’t disappointed. The story of a book editor getting an inquiry from a demon to write his life story was an original premise. The thing that immediately grabbed me was the names she chose for her primary characters. The editor’s name was Clay, immediately suggesting that dust and dirt from which we come as human beings. The demon’s name of Lucian provoked an image of related to the devil. It was difficult to hear Lucian’s visualize Lucian’s side of the story of how he got to where he was. However, visualizing Lucian’s jealousy over the grace given to humanity makes the book a great read for deepening your faith as much as it is a well-written story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Lunas

    Walks in smiling.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Lunas

    Walks out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Compelling

    This book trumps all. A compelling read indeed.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

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    If you're like me, you've probably read the creation account of

    If you're like me, you've probably read the creation account of the Bible quite a few times as well as the story of the life and testimony of Jesus Christ. When I had the opportunity to read, Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee I was completely blown away by the author's ability to enhance what I've read time and time again with new clarity. Mind you she doesn't take away anything from the Bible, but merely increases the reader's knowledge about why there is such a hatred from demons towards human beings in general.

    In this novel, the reader is given the opportunity to witness an interaction between an editor for Brooks and Hanover named Clayton and what he considers as a random encounter with a well-dressed man who goes by the name of Lucian. What Clay soon discovers is that Lucien isn't all that he appears to be, and begins to tell him things about his life that only Clay would know. Thinking Lucien has been spying on him, he gets visibly upset and its then that Lucien reveals that he is a demon who wants Clay to publish a memoir of sorts based on the conversations he has with him.

    Of course at first, Clay doesn't believe this is really happening until an unexpected meeting appears on his calendar at work with the name of the client as simply &quot;L.&quot; When Clay arrives at the library he encounters a beautiful woman he is immediately attracted to. However when the woman speaks to him, Clay soon realizes that Lucien can take on the shape and likeness of anyone he chooses while having these random meetings with Clay. Over the time he spends with Lucien, he learns about the history of angels and their relationship with God before the fall, as well as what happened when Lucifer and the third of the angels fell from heaven. He is the witness to the creation of the world, the garden of Eden, the testing of Job as well as the life, testimony and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

    Along the way, he gives Clay insights on why they rose up against God, how they viewed their own status against human kind, what they really thought of Earth, the creation of Adam and the new relationship with God. He paints the picture for Clay that illustrates just why things have gotten so out of hand in the world and what role demons play in their influence here on Earth with humans. It truly does paint a different picture seeing it through the eyes of a fallen angel who was once in a very intimate relationship with God, and then suddenly found themselves perpetually damned with no hope of redemption, while man on the other hand, could make mistake after mistake and God works to restore that relationship even to the point of dying to restore the covenant of everlasting life for those that believe and have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

    I received no compensation to review this book or to provide a review other than my own honest opinion and I purchased a copy for my Kindle on my own. After reading Iscariot, also by Tosca Lee, I was completely blown away by her uncanny ability to delve into such historical biblical research and create an impression of what we might all be missing. For me, this just solidified some of the answers to those time honored questions we all find ourselves asking like, &quot;Why do bad things happen to good people?&quot; &quot;If God, really is a God of love, why does He allow things to happen when He could easily prevent them? Like I stated, earlier, she doesn't change what the Bible has to say but merely gives us a more in depth look at why things are the way they are, and truly how wonderful the gift of salvation really is. It is one I will never take for granted again. This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars and I can't wait to get started on Havah next!!!

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    A great book.

    This is a great book that gives you a whole new look at the war for our souls. I loved it could not put it down. The way that the demon feels about humans is creepy.

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

    I was amazed to see a new and different "version" of G

    I was amazed to see a new and different &quot;version&quot; of God and the angles presented to me for my consideration and contemplation. I was astounded at its unique take on God creating us (humans) as a &quot;fresh start&quot; to having beings He could communicate with and have companionship with. My eyes were opened anew to the fact that throughout history, God has shown us such a glorious love and a magnificent restraint in not destroying us and starting over despite our constant sinning against Him.

    After reading this book, I, for one, see myself even more of an insignificant ant while at the time such a unique treasure. I am dumb-founded by the intricate detail, care, and love that He has put into my creation and my life so far. Reading Demon: A Memoir after reading Ted Dekker's Immanuel's Veins has left my mind reeling as to how much God, the Creator of the Universe, loves me, cherishes me, and desires an intimate, personal relationship with me. I am still trying to wrap my mind around that concept even now.

    I want to scream this message from the roof tops. My heart is bursting at the seams with this knowledge and love that I feel within the depths of my being. I cannot keep it to myself. Even if the whole world denies this message, I won't...I can't deny it because I know it to be true. The Universe is screaming it out to me. My world, which I see as a stage, is telling me this message with every crash of an ocean wave, every sunrise and sunset, and with every beat of my own heart.

    God loves me....us...everyone! What freedom, what love, what soul-craving intimacy, and what amazing grace we have available to us if we would only open our eyes and accept it. We just need to have a willing heart and outstretched arms to accept this FREE gift that has been awaiting us since the dawn of time.

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