Eddy Daniel is a veteran educator in the public schools of North Carolina who has spent his whole career working with teenagers, many of them troubled. A committed Christian, he has been privileged to lead some of those teenagers to Christ and away from lives of misery and pain. The issues and problems his kids have faced over the years have helped shape his understanding about how God's people interact with and are influenced by the angelic and demonic spirits they come into contact with during the course of their lives. Eddy lives with his wife and family in Roxboro, NC, not far from the Research Triangle Area of North Carolina, where the Gabriel family of GABRIEL'S TRUMPET makes their home.
Gabriel's Trumpetby Eddy Daniel
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David Gabriel can see angels. Demons, too. And he can converse with both. One would think that would be a blessing to the family of a nationally known TV evangelist, but instead it earned David two periods of institutionalization for suspected mental illness before he even made it out of his rebellious and destructive teens. Now, more than two years after cutting ties with his family and drifting across the country, David's famous father is dead under suspicious circumstances. So David is back, trying to solve the mystery of his father's death while beating back demon assaults and repeated attacks on his father's church, his ministry, and his family. And to make matters worse, David is sent reeling from a series of nightmare visions of the Angel Gabriel, who calls David to service against the rapidly escalating activities of the enemy as the world marches toward the prophesied endtime. If David is to survive, and if he is to be successful in keeping the rest of his family alive through constant and repeated demonic attack, he must face down the forces of Satan and find his place as a soldier in the Lord's command, even as the angels around him gear up for war.
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The premise was different enough from my usual reading material that it caught my attention. Admittedly, it did take me a few chapters to get into it, but not so many that it felt like I was dragging myself through it. The slow uptake could easily be blamed more on me than the story itself. Anyway, once I did get into it, I was so thoroughly hooked that I could not put it down. I read through the night and into the next morning over a weekend, and didn't regret a moment of it. I laughed. I cried. It made me angry and even had me fist pumping the air at certain parts. It has action, a love story, and family dynamics that will make anyone that has older siblings cringe or grimace in sympathy. My favorite part of the story is the same part where I got hooked and that was the fight that takes place between the two main characters. Having older siblings myself that I've seen fight way too many times to count, the telling of the fight between David and his brother Matt was gritty and raw and utterly believable. I think that's what I like best about the story...the Gabriel family, while famous - or infamous - in many cases, and monetarily blessed, still feel real to me. I feel like I know these characters - these people. And as such, I'm going to miss them now that I've finished the book. This book is definitely Christian fiction so it stands to reason that, since the father of the family is in the ministry, that book itself is steeped in Christian interpretations and Biblical references. This may be a drawback for some readers who have different beliefs, but it doesn't detract at all from the enjoyment factor of the story. The author isn't preaching...he's telling a story. A good one at that. And while fictional, it did make me think about what I believe and even to examine some of those beliefs a little more closely. In total, Gabriel's Trumpet was an enthralling read that I highly recommend. It's a fantastic tale with captivating characters that do indeed leave you wanting more. I truly hope that there are more tales to come about the Gabriel family. Because I, for one, won't miss out on them!
I have read many christian fiction books about angels versus demons, but this one is by far the best I have ever read. I have to admit that although the overview was intriguing, I hadn't heard of the author so wasn't sure how it would read. The story literally draws you in after the first few pages and you're hooked! The book is very well-written, even humorous at times as well as thought provoking about faith, family and our relationship with God. I found myself laughing out loud at times as well as tearing up. The charactors are engaging, likeable and the interaction between David and his guardian angel, Armestel, is very entertaining, but sobering at times too. Although entertaining, this book contains a very strong message about the power of Jesus, how he uses His angels to help protect us and how prayer impacts our lives whether we see it with our own eyes or not. I highly recommend this book!
I throughly enjoyed the time I spent getting to know the Gabriel family, and all the angels both human and celestial, who are involved in their lives. The characters are well crafted, with heart and depth and flaws which make them real. As the Gabriels struggle to not just save lives but souls the message is clear and uplifting. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a classic "Good vs. Evil" story without profanity or sex but reminds the reader of the power of true faith.