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The Fall: The Rapha Chronicles
     

The Fall: The Rapha Chronicles

4.4 9
by Chana Keefer
 

This story has been told-but never like this. No Rapha would not strike with physical force this day. But he could not resist goading his enemy just once...Rapha, a powerful angel, had ssen it all in his countless years of service.

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This story has been told-but never like this. No Rapha would not strike with physical force this day. But he could not resist goading his enemy just once...Rapha, a powerful angel, had ssen it all in his countless years of service.

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ISBN-13:
9781935906551
Publisher:
Intermedia Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/05/2011
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Fall: The Rapha Chronicles 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
lbcsusan More than 1 year ago
What if Adam and Eve were real people? What if the 'fruit' that ruined their lives wasn't a fruit at all, but a unbelievably evil, manipulative deceit, perpetrated by the ultimately cruel and insanely jealous? Though fiction, Keefer's 'The Fall' is a new look at what might have really happened in the idyllic Garden of Eden when mankind was changed forever. The characters are vivid and believable and the Garden a place of stunning beauty reflecting the purity of the unspoiled creation. Enter Lucifer, breathtakingly-beautiful Worship Leader of the angels, but with a heart of impatience and stubbornness. Though we know it's coming, I wanted to scream at Adam and Eve, "No. No! NO! Don't go there!" This book is a cliff-hanging mixture of 'The Blue Lagoon' meets 'Rosemary's Baby' meets 'I Know What You Did Last Summer.' When reading the biblical story of creation, it's real easy to dismiss the characters as old-fashioned, not-as-smart-as-I, and to file their story away with the irrelevant myths of ancient folklore. After 'The Fall,' I can no longer do that. Adam and Glory (Eve) are as real as the people I live with, their struggles so like my own that I now can understand what happened and how. I saw how angels guard and protect, and how choices have eternal consequence--theirs and mine. And I also wrestled with an eternal question: How can I trust Someone who knows my every thought, action and motive, yet still loves me unconditionally? How can I not?
DanaPratola More than 1 year ago
5 stars for originality ;) I saw several things in a new way and it was hard to get out of my head. I love when a book makes me say, “Hmm,” and consider things I never have before. I loved the “inside glimpse” into the angelic realm and particularly loved the slant on Eve’s temptation. Some have argued it’s heresy, but I didn’t see anything out of line with God’s Word. Specifics are often omitted in the Bible, and as long as the conjecture is feasible, what’s the problem? The author’s intent certainly wasn’t to rewrite history and when I picked this up it wasn’t to read history, just an entertaining story. I loved it.
DRBrown More than 1 year ago
If you have ever wondered what happened before, during, and after Eden, this book is a must read. The story of Adam and Eve is so powerful and life-changing, yet we are given very few details in the Bible. We take their fall from glory so casually, we joke about fig leaves, apples and snakes. But what must have it been like from their perspective...or from Satan's...or even God's? Chana Keefer expands this possibility with rich, atmospheric, lyrical detail. I hope this is not the last we hear from Rapha, their once-celestial companion and narrator.
autumnbluesreviews More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing ride and I cannot begin to even explain how this book has moved me and left me only wanting to read more. From the very beginning of time before God even created the heavens and the earth... -author Chana Keefer takes you to a place of almost complete darkness and then slowly you begin to see the pin-point of light until you are then in the presence of the first celestial beings ever in existence those of which include Lucifer himself. For those who may not know or may have forgotten, Lucifer was at one time a loving and gentle archangel and even part of Gods kingdom before he was banished to earth. Something I feel many, including myself, need to be reminded of. It can be so easy to forget this fact when evil is so rampant in our world. In "The Fall "God is merciful, and just like he treats us in our everyday lives, he also gives Lucifer many chances to repent and change his ways. When Lucifer does not, he receives a wake-up call, something again people fail to see or feel in their lives. Whether it be a car accident, a death, a tap on the shoulder from God himself, a kind word from a stranger, we are tested as our consciousness is probed and prodded. When we fail to listen we are also put to his test. This enlightenment alone at the beginning of the story is meant to open the eyes and mind of the reader. Whether you believe in God or not, this is one story you will not want to put down. Through the eyes of Keefer, the book of Genesis comes to life and leaves the reader basking in his goodness. Hang out with Adam in the beautiful garden of Eden, one cannot even begin to imagine, yet Keefer makes it easy to bring this lush tropical paradise to mind. I would recommend this book to anyone, even if you are not a believer. Through Keffer's amazing style of story telling you just may change your mind.
FireballChefGina More than 1 year ago
Chana, whatever it was that inspired you to write this story, rekindle the fire and fan the flame! Lady, you're onto something BIGGER than life! Yes, it was disturbing at times; as a matter of fact, after swallowing the horrifying scene with Lucifer and Eve, I had to put the book down for three days! You wrote it so beautifully and tastefully, to the point that I didn't even realize what had happened; so I went back and re-read that part of the story… and was devastated by the realization of what 'could have' been! The shape shifting, mind bending, and sultry wickedness of Lucifer was eerily enticing. I loved to hate him; and each time the enemy entered the scene, I waited with baited breath to hear his next deplorable explicative! By contrast, the tangible connection that I felt to many characters, such as Rapha, whom I miss wholeheartedly now that the final chapter has been read, made me desire our Lord on a deeper level; thank you for that! I appreciated experiencing the pure love and emotions felt between Adam and Eve 'with' Adonai followed by the acceptance of Cain and Abel, despite the ugly truth. And I felt comforted and almost partly responsible for the transformational changeover that evolved with Kal and then Sheatiel, resembling the satisfaction felt by a parent who's helped a child to connect the dots about God. My biblical perception of The Fall will never be the same again, and any preconceived notions about the apple tree deception have definitely been jostled around; but you've drawn me in line, hook, and sinker! I felt connected to each and every one of the main characters, empathized with their shortcomings, and rejoiced whenever they sought and received Adonai's peace! You managed to transport me back to an unimaginably familiar place in time, which often felt painfully realistic; I practically tasted the odor of stale blood in the air and felt the stress of a frightened child's heartbeat pulsating on my back. The fast-paced twisting and turning - from colorful, picturesque scenes of heavenly green forests and lingering waterfalls to treacherous torch-illuminated expeditions with darkened caves amidst forested canopies - kept me wanting more, more, MORE!!! When are you going to write the second and third and fourth Chronicles?! I loved it! You are an incredibly talented author, Chana Keefer!
ChanaK More than 1 year ago
Admittedly, I'm biased, but even after 50 plus readings, this novel always blows me away. Fresh, fun, and tragically alluring, THE FALL is a transforming experience. Major kudos to those gutsy enough to take a chance on an unknown author.
DaveKP71 More than 1 year ago
THE FALL is a novel, a work of fiction¿¿or is it? If you could have been there, IN THE BEGINNING¿¿..at the time of the creation of the universe and all that is in it, watched the manifestation of all things, witnessed the time of man and angels, and hundreds of thousands of years thereafter, what would you have seen? What would you have heard? What would you have felt? How would you have experienced God¿s Great Love for His total creation, the Love for His Angels, and His Love of, and for Mankind? THE FALL is an accomplished artist¿s painting, with a guided brush, illustrating inspired answers to the aforementioned questions. Characters are alive, and touch the depths of the reader¿s soul throughout the book, sharing their thoughts, deeds, pain, joy, fear, greed, guilt, forgiveness, thanksgiving and love. You are there with them, and will find yourself laughing, crying, cringing¿ and even praying, as they make their choices and find direction. Your feelings and emotions will run high as you journey through the book and experience the power of God¿s Love and Communion, see the beauty of His Garden, and learn more of His unfathomable forgiveness for all His creatures. THE FALL is truly an inspired story and possibly an insight of what really happened¿. IN THE BEGINNING.
Midu More than 1 year ago
What I liked about it: the style of story-telling. Even though, the book is based on religion, it doesn't come off as preachy. how Lucifer is given another chance at forgiveness how the "good" characters seem to doubt themselves and aren't perfect versions of themselves. a well edited book What I didn't like: that Dinosaurs & men existed at the same time-inaccurate no matter which historic account we match it against. that Cain & Abel were Lucifer's offsprings was simply weird. The book starts like any other book based on religion but if you stick to it, it pays off!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago