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Father Elijah: An Apocalypse - By Michael O'Brien

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Father Elijah: An Apocalypse by Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien presents a thrilling apocalyptic novel about the condition of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of time. It explores the state of the modern world, and the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary religious scene, by taking his central character, Father Elijah Schäfer, a Carmelite priest, on a secret mission for the Vatican which embroils him in a series of crises and subterfuges affecting the ultimate destiny of the Church.

Father Elijah is a convert from Judaism, a survivor of the Holocaust, a man once powerful in Israel. For twenty years he has been "buried in the dark night of Carmel" on the mountain of the prophet Elijah. The Pope and the Cardinal Secretary of State call him out of obscurity and give him a task of the highest sensitivity: to penetrate into the inner circles of a man whom they believe may be the Antichrist. Their purpose: to call the Man of Sin to repentance, and thus to postpone the great tribulation long enough to preach the Gospel to the whole world.

In this richly textured tale, Father Elijah crosses Europe and the Middle East, moves through the echelons of world power, meets saints and sinners, presidents, judges, mystics, embattled Catholic journalists, faithful priests and a conspiracy of traitors within the very House of God. This is an apocalypse in the old literary sense, but one that was written in the light of Christian revelation.

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"Set at the end of this century, Father Elijah is an apocalyptic novel exploring the state of the modern world and religious scene by following the experiences of Fr. Elijah Schafer, a Carmelite priest on a secret mission for the Vatican which embroils him in a series of crises and subterfuges affecting the ultimate destiny of the Church. Father Elijah is a convert from Judaism, a survivor of the Holocaust, a man once powerful in Israel. For twenty years he has been "buried in the dark night of Carmel" on the mountain of the prophet Elijah. The Pope and the Cardinal Secretary of State call him out of obscurity and give him a task of the highest sensitivity: to penetrate into the inner circles of a man whom they believe may be the Antichrist. Their purpose is to call the Man of Sin to repentance, and thus to postpone the great tribulation long enough to preach the Gospel to the whole world. In this richly textured tale, Father Elijah crosses Europe and the middle East, moves through the echelons of world power, meets saints and sinners, presidents, judges, mystics, embattled Catholic journalists, faithful priests and a conspiracy of traitors within the very House of God. This is an apocalypse in the old literary sense and written in the light of Christian revelation. Father Elijah is an engaging, can't-put-it-down novel!" - Midwest Book Review

"I've read thousands of books, and this is one of the great ones. I hope tens of thousands read it, and are shaken as I have been. It's a novel that grips one like a thriller -- indeed it is a thriller, but also something far deeper. There are love and friendship, interwoven with drama, but what it is essentially is faith, faith in the Christ."
— Sheldon Vanauken, Author, A Severe Mercy

"Father Elijah is that rare thing, a great novel which is also a testimony to orthodox Catholicism. But it is more even than this. Basing himself squarely on Scripture and human experience, O'Brien has produced a prophetic work and a manual of spiritual warfare. This compelling masterpiece will stretch your imagination in the right direction. Read it and pray."
— Stratford Caldecott, Centre for Faith and Culture, Oxford

"I guarantee you that once you take up this book you will not put it down until the end of the world. Here is a meaty page-turner with the pace of a thriller, beautifully written, and that something more that turns entertainment into literature."
— Ralph McInerny, Author, Fr. Dowling Mysteries

"… offers up a tale that is satirical, sly, and fast-paced."
—Booklist

"A joy to read. Smoothly crafted, the characters came to life for me. It is a classic story, told in an inspired, inspirational way … wonderfully uplifting."
—Larry Bond, Author, Red Phoenix

Michael O'Brien is the editor of Nazareth Journal, a Catholic family magazine, and the author of ten books. He writes and lectures widely on the topic of faith and culture, and has been a full-time artist for 20 years with paintings displayed in Churches and museums across North America. He lives with his wife and children in Combermere, Ontario.

 


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This item received 5 stars overall. A Classic Novel - Highly Recommended

Have you ever read a book that made such an impact that reading it became a defining moment? The summer I read Gone with the Wind, for example, or the fall I dusted off the Lord the the Rings set I had gotten the Christmas before. I remember being in odd corners, those paperbacks getting a workout as I snuck a page or a chapter on the bus, by the pool, between classes, in the car. There were the steamy summer days curled in a chair with a fan blowing on me and the frigid winter evenings, homework done, cuddled under a blanket.

With many of my favorite books, I can tell you where I was for the major passages and, sometimes, on rereading them, I think of where I was on the first reading (though, admittedly, I’ve only just discovered the adventures of rereading old favorites).

When I first read Father Elijah: An ApocalypseFull Review...

This item received 4 stars overall. A superb work of Catholic literature

Father Elijah is not just any monk. His past life was a succession of tragedies--he is a survivor of the Holocaust and was formerly a prominent figure in Israel. But he converted to Catholicism and entered a monastery. He has lived a peaceful monastic life near Mount Carmel in Israel for many years but now he has been called upon by the Vatican for a supremely dangerous mission.
Father Elijah is a fascinating and engrossing novel by esteemed author Michael O'Brien. Interestingly, it is subtitled "An Apocalypse"--as opposed to the Apocalypse. I suppose this is because Father Elijah is a work of speculative fiction that offers a scenario of how the Apocalypse could happen and might be happening right under our noses.
 
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