Children of Angels “To the Lord of Hosts!”
“…a sudden, sun-bright glow burst from inside Jeremy, turning him white-hot to look at, fading as quickly as it came. Jeremy shaded his eyes and glanced at the sun, wondering if the sudden light came from a sunspot or something.”
By Anna Elizabeth Gant
In this quote from Kathryn Dahlstrom’s most recent book, Children of Angels, the life of thirteen-year-old Jeremy Lapoint changes forever. Everything has seemed hopeless for Jeremy: Dad’s in prison, Mom is struggling financially, and bullies are constantly preying on his family’s problems. Despite all adversity, dormant powers awaken in Jeremy, and he feels the sudden urge to…fly! With a soaring leap, he takes to the skies – half terrified, half ecstatic – like a teenaged Superman. It is only later at school – when he is chased by a vicious demon and rescued by his guardian angel, Asiel – that Jeremy realizes his “superpowers” are nothing like Superman’s.
“It was an answer to ardent prayer,” said Kathryn Dahlstrom, discussing the inspiration for Children of Angels – the first book of the planned “New Nephilim” youth fiction trilogy from WinePress Publishing. The novel began as a screenplay – a project for a nine month, intensive course under Hal Croasmun, one of the top Hollywood screenwriting instructors in the United States. The story had to be big. It had to be powerful. It had to captivate its audience. It had to be something that no one had done before.
Dahlstrom explains that she went before the Lord in fervent prayer, asking Him for a storyline that could be a potential Hollywood blockbuster. After pondering many different fantasy ideas, the Lord gave her those words: ‘the Nephilim.’ Not knowing if the first Nephilim were good, or bad, or if they possessed supernatural powers, Dahlstrom questioned: what if their partially-angelic genetic material were super-concentrated and somehow resurfaced today? What might happen if these “new Nephilim” suddenly developed the powers of their heavenly ancestors? From this query, the story took flight.
However, Children of Angels is far more than an adventure story about youthful “superheroes” fighting “bad guys.” Instead, Dahlstrom places her characters on the battleground of faith and conveys a far deeper and more lasting meaning – providing timely answers to lingering questions about God’s existence. “If a kid develops angel powers,” she said, “and realizes that he has the genes of angels in him, he can prove that angels are real. If angels are real, Heaven is real. If Heaven is real, God is real. If God is real, then Jesus is exactly who He said He was, and the world would fight that with all that it has. That is the fundamental truth of the story.” As the back cover of the book states, Children of Angels is “adventure with a life-changing message.”
For more information about Children of Angels – which is recommended for 9 to 14 year old readers – and to order a copy, visit www.winepressbooks.com or call 1-877-421-READ (7323). The book is also available for purchase on Amazon.com.