Cheryl Dellasega is a professor of humanities at a large university and the award winning author of a YA fiction series and five books of nonfiction.
The Testings of Devotionby Cheryl Dellasega
The former archangel Lucifer thinks he can prove a point by destroying Mortals completely but Sophia, Senior Servant of the Heavenly Host, is determined to thwart his planand resist his temptations. As a created angel, she witnessed his fall from Heaven with horror but when she’s assigned to carry out The Testings of Devotion, she discovers just how strong the lure of Earth can be. Luckily, the archangel Gabriel is there to support her but his mysterious disappearances and silence about the fate of Sophia’s predecessor are disturbing. Her three assistants, the Selected Servants, also come with challenges: one moment they work with complete dedication and the next they openly rebel.
As Lucifer’s power on Earth grows, he struggles to control his unruly army of Grigori, who are offspring of the original fallen angels. His grip of evil tightens around the seven Mortals chosen to be part of the Testings of Devotion just as Gabriel reveals there is a traitor within the Kingdom of Heaven. Still subject to Lucifer’s subtle attempts at seduction, Sophia begins to doubt her abilities to complete her assignments and fears she will disappoint both Gabriel and the Almighty Divine. When thrown into a direct confrontation with her adversary, she finally realizes who is truly being tested and witnesses the surprising power of complete submission.
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We all know that an unseen world exists along side the world in which we live in. I have found myself wondering just what happened on that day when Lucifer, one of God's archangels, desired to set himself above God and think he could control the world. Not only that he managed to convince a third of the angels in heaven to leave with him where God has him banished until judgement day. Welcome to The Heavenly Host - The Testing of Devotion, Book One by Cheryl Dellasega, who takes the reader on a journey in heaven on that fateful day through a fiction based novel taking what we know from the Bible and giving us a perspective on what may have occurred. We meet Gabriel, Michael and a host of angels whose job it is to find Lucifer on the edge of where heaven and earth meet, to give him an ultimatum, to serve God or be banished from heaven forever. Lucifer begins his argument that he needs to take control of the mortals ruining what God has created and try to fix them so that they will stop hurting and causing pain for their creator, the Almighty Divine. He truly believes that he can fix things and convinces the angels listening to him that God has place humans needs above the angels whose desire it is to serve him. When Lucifer finishes, he tells the angels that he will grant them the positions they so believe they are entitled to, ruling over mortals and restoring the earth as God had imagined, not serving mortals whose selfish lives are what is causing so much pain for God. All but Michael, Gabriel and a praying angel called Sophia are the only ones who don't join, and so the portal between heaven and earth is closed. What takes place in the book shows us just how angels can be used by God as He desires us to be protected, ministered to and even comforted in the midst of the chaos that Lucifer and his angels are waging on earth. It really gets the reader involved in just what some things occur on earth and while we may not see it, God is truly controlling it all for His purpose and His good. I received this heartwarming book, The Heavenly Host - The Testing of Devotion by Cheryl Dellasega, compliments of Bring It On Communications for my honest review and can say I LOVED it! It takes the stories we find in the scriptures and brings to light the possibilities of what is going on in the unseen world we know exists. It provides hope and faith, that even though we can't see it, we know God is using all things to His goodness in the end. This book rates a 5 out of 5 stars! It is available in paperback format.
Angels - what are they really? I've been wanting to understand angels but have never found a book about them that I can read. I know that there are warrior archangels like Michael, messenger archangels like Gabriel and guardian angels. I also know that God commands his angels concerning each of us to watch over us and that humans are only a little lower than angels. That's why reading The Heavenly Host - The Testings of Devotion by Cheryl Dellasega has been hard for me to absorb. Not that it's bad, in fact, it is a well-written fiction showing the battle of angels and demons in the spiritual realm. I had trouble in accepting that angels like humans, have a will of their own and are subject to temptations. They have their own vulnerabilities and are constantly attacked by Satan and his band of demons. After much thought, I realized that I viewed angels as pictures or shells with no emotions, that they are unfeeling beings. Ms. Dellasega was very effective in telling a story that portrays the battles in the spiritual realms. The book will awaken you to the truth that the battle for our souls is constantly around us. And angels are at the forefront to make sure that Satan does not succeed. I admit it was not easy to finish the book. I had to constantly stop and think about what was being said about angels. I had to keep on evaluating how I knew angels. HOWEVER, I appreciate this book because the focus was on angels and how hard their work is in helping humans. The focus is on Good at work battling Evil. This is just Book 1 but I hope that I get to read and review the next books in the series.