Bad Life Decisions: Chapters 21 & 22

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July 21, 2015

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War in Heaven, Theodore Beale

Chapter 21: River of Fire

Jesus finally showed up! And it wasn’t Khasar!

This is basically the chapter in which Jesus tells a story about weeds and wheat and burning weeds in furnaces and then Jami and Holli jump in some water and get baptized. I suspect the diffident way in which they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior is meant to illustrate faith and the importance of it but it felt way more like them getting a Get Out of Hell Free Card and that’s just not my sort of thing at all.

Chapter 22: The King Comes Back

I think this book has officially broken me. This chapter was pretty much pointless except that Beale needed to show someone actually having faith in their darkest moment so he picks a third string character for the dark moment.  This really only works if the dark moment happens to one of your main characters. We’re not invested in Koser and why should we be concerned if he and all those he cares about are about to be leveled flat by Lucifer’s army? I am so not invested in this character or his fate.

And on that cheerful cheerful note, that’s it for this week unless I feel like reading more tonight and I’m thinking probably not. Fifty more pages. I can do this.

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