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Jerel Law

Jerel Law

Genres:
Speculative
,
Suspense
,
YA/Teen
Jerel is captivated by stories about redemption. He is a gifted communicator and pastor with seventeen years of full-time ministry experience. He holds his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Tarheels!) and a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jerel began writing fiction as a way to encourage his children's faith to come alive. He lives in North Carolina with his family.
Jerel Law: A New Angle on Angels

Jerel Law: A New Angle on Angels

(December 2012)
Ben Avery
When Jerel Law started writing the Son of Angels Series, he did it with his first test audience in his own home.

“My kids read a lot, and I challenged myself to write something they could not put down,” he recalls. “I wondered if it were possible to craft a story for that age group based on the great stories and principles in the Bible that would be filled with all the excitement of, say, a Percy Jackson novel or a Harry Potter book.”

He didn’t want to write an action-adventure, though. “What I wanted to do was to pull back the curtain on the spiritual realm in a way that a 12-year-old kid could relate to,” he says. “If the Bible is true and all of this stuff is real, Christians have good reason to write some of the most compelling and interesting fiction out there.”

The second book in the series, Fire Prophet (Thomas Nelson), continues the story of Jonah and Eliza Stone, two kids who have found out they have special powers because they are part angel. “(Readers) see themselves in Jonah and Eliza Stone, who deal with the same things normal kids deal with,” Law says. In Fire Prophet they “discover that they are not alone. There is a group of other kids, just like them brought together from all over the world to be trained by a group of instructors on how to use their gifts best.”

Law has been excited about the reaction kids have had after they get into his books. He is more excited about seeing kids get into another book. “Kids like the action sequences, for sure; but I’ve heard from so many who have been driven to pick up their Bibles as a result of a particular story or reference. As a writer who is also a pastor, that is the most exciting thing for me.”
 
 

 

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