But can he become the next C.S. Lewis?
His wife thinks so. Fueled with the unbridled hope of a naïve novelist, Gus sets out to craft a novel so rich in spiritual symbolism and truth that even the Devil takes notice.
And that's never a good sign.
The last time the Devil and Gus met, Gospello's pen hovered over the signature line of a dangerous contract - his soul in exchange for a child. But when Gus turned his back on the Great Deceiver, the news spread like Hellfire. Ever since, Satan's been obsessed with personally delivering Gus to Hell.
With his eye on Gus's new novel, the Devil tempts Gus with a peek into the spiritual realm of good and evil for a truthful account of his rise, fall, and enduring success. The Devil will feed Gus information few mortals are privileged to know. In return Gus will craft what's sure to become a best seller. Of course, Gus has no intention of making the Accuser look as winsome as promised. Instead, Gus plans to write a scathing satire, exposing the Devil's excessive arrogance.
But when the prologue to Gus's novel inexplicably appears in a popular Christian magazine and the Devil is shown to be a pride-filled fool, he seeks to destroy Gus and everything the pastor holds dear, including his precious wife.
Gus, willing to lay himself on the line to turn his little flock back to God, makes one last deal and signs the dotted line. Satan finally has claim on Gus's soul, and with it, vindication.
But Gus has a few tricks of his own. Win or lose, Pastor Gus is about to discover that striking a deal with Satan, even in jest, can have eternal consequences.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Delightful novel. Pastor Gus is childless and age 50, haunted by the desire to leave a worthy Christian legacy behind when he dies. He doesn't want to be famous. He just wants to leave something that will help people for years after he leaves the scene. The trouble is that he doesn't know what that legacy should be. B.L. ZeBubb has other ideas. Having failed with Job, he plans to make good this time by seducing Pastor Gus into selling his soul. The good pastor's desire for a legacy should make an irresistible bait. The result is something like a blend of the book of Job with The Screwtape Letters, ironically comic, always accurate theologically, and continually interesting under Roger Bruner's accomplished hand. Excellent satire by an accomplished wordsmith.
Pastor Gus Gospello is a lovable pastor going through a mid-life crisis, happily married but childless, who wants more than anything to leave a legacy. It is that desire that opens him up to the temptation of striking a deal with the devil, aka B.L.ZeBubb. The Devil and Pastor Gus is a whimsical allegory on the Bible’s book of Job. It is filled with subtle and not so subtle humor while also engaging the reader with the significant subjects of temptation, faith, and forgiveness. It is a very enjoyable story that entertains and explores the spiritual realm in which we all live.