Creator’s Call Spirit-Filled Christian Fantasy by Costas Iuannou was a book I tried to avoid reading. It’s dawned on me that was the Enemy’s work offering mental arguments which I accepted without question. After forty-seven years, I bought the lies without thought. I’m ashamed.
The walk of faith is constant warfare. Thank God for the Holy Spirit who will show us the truth—if we ask. I feel like a fool that it took so long to ask. I’ve only been teaching people how to win these battles for nearly five decades. Yet, like all of us, I needed to turn to the Lord for help—for without Him, I can do nothing worth while.
This battle comes on the teenage boy and girl without warning. Edward has no belief worth mentioning, yet he’s in the fight. He’s completely taken by surprise when his entire life is upended a few hours. June’s upheaval happened before the book began, but it’s an even more radical thrashing of her spiritual underpinnings.
Evil men try to capture them. Men who can move with supernatural speed and power. Then one of the worst of them reappears a totally changed man. He sends them on their way south through the forest. In there, they are attacked by another possessed man, with two underlings. Both young protagonists are in a turmoil, as you can imagine.
She’s been raised by her grandmother, after her parents were killed, constantly praying that the Creator would send the promised Deliverer, the Coming King. Through a strong burst of nasty demonic attacks, she and Edward are delivered by a man who knows how to pray. Then, she learned that the Deliverer came and was killed. Crushed by horror, she’s told the Deliverer rose from death, rising to the Creator, and now sending the Spirit of the Creator to live in people who surrender their life to Him.
At this point I quit reading, it was all too obvious to me. The spiritual realities of this world were explained in a data dump. It was short, but not preachy, just a couple pages to lay out how spiritual truth works on this world. This intro finishes with June asking to be baptized and her life is transformed. It’s been four chapters, it seemed too predictable. I dropped it. (See the first two paragraphs of this review.)
But, for some reason I couldn’t let it lie. I picked the book back up and began again. I found myself in a tale with a nasty spiritual evil touched with reality. It gets bad. The kids find themselves delivered, by the Truth as it increasingly peers out from within the chaos. That Truth empowered this story.
It earns the Spirit-Filled Award of Recognition
The tale is complex with many twists and turns. I mean, I’ve read many thousands of books. So, surprises for me are where something I’ve seen before pops up in a place where I didn’t expect it. Yet, the book won me over. This is fantasy touched with truth.
The Creator works in ways I understood from my real-life experiences. But, I kept on being nagged by that typical author’s mentality—I wouldn’t have done it that way. Shame on me. For a first book, Costas wrote a strong work under incredible trials.
I’m expecting more and better books from Costas. The first one is always rough.
Would I give it to a teenager to read? Yes. As usual, you need to read it first, or you’ll get surprised. I would expect to watch over the process to answer questions.
But the end result is spiritual satisfaction. You know how rare that is these days. My memories of Creator’s Call continue to grow more pleasant. It’s weak on that required personal relationship with the Messiah. But, I mean this review to be an endorsement.