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Arana's Visitor Book 1 of the Vadelah Chronicles I'm really enjoying this series right now Set in '89 on Earth two college roommates meet an unexpected new friend I love the interesting non humanoid alien creatures Rollins created and fleshed out into great characters Arana’s Visitor by Julie Rollins a reviewBook 1 of the Vadelah ChroniclesSelf published in 2005 288 pagesWorldview Christian This book will appeal mostly to ChristiansDavid Decker a college student and his roommate Todd are driving on a country road one night when they see a red hot plane make an emergency landing On a hunch they rescue the pilot an alien hide him from authorities at a roadblock and take him homeAt first they don’t trust him But they decide to shelter him from bad guys in the government who know of the crash and are looking for the alien This is Gyra a very intelligent being who looks a lot like a bird and has both wings and armsOnce the bad guys figure out who is sheltering Gyra David and Todd take Gyra and leave townThey teach Gyra English and disguise him as a man in a chicken costume advertising a local restaurant a scenario with comic moments At the same time David a Christian witnesses to Gyra and shows him his Bible Gyra iscaptivatedDavid and Todd help Gyra get the metals he needs to repair his ship In Gyra’s hair raising escape David on the spur of the moment decides to come along because Gyra is injured And so in a switcheroo David becomes the alien on Gyra’s planet Arana learning Gyra’s language Gyra is out of the picture in a coma from his injuries and so Gyra’s people suspect David of having hurt GyraDavid learns that his home planet is the first place that the Lord made life but not the last These gentle bird aliens have sophisticated space travel but fear Earth and have marked it off limits because of the evil that comes from there Naturally they suspect David of being evil too But they are looking for fulfillment of a prophecy involving someone bringing news from EarthThis book is very well told and well edited The pacing is good Rollins is able to grab your emotions and tell a tale of good and evil on a galactic scale I really enjoyed reading it You will too–Phyllis WheelerRollins has written books in this series so she is currently making this first one available for free download on her Web site wwwJulieRollinscom Action packed science fiction from a refreshingly different perspective The first book in a groundbreaking new series David Decker is stunned Driven by his Christian compassion he has just rescued a marooned space alien but the alien's mere existence threatens to shatter David's worldview How can he reconcile the two When David learns the truth it will astound him But David has other troubles Shadowy government forces are desperately trying to capture the alien In his uest to follow his convictions David must battle enemies seen and unseen and travel to incredible places he's never imagined What if “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all nations” was only the beginning of the Great Commission?What if Jesus in taking on human form was not just becoming human but was also becoming naharam a class of beings to which humans merely belong?What if God called you to take the gospel beyond Planet Earth to a universe alive than you’d ever dreamed?Arana’s Visitor by Julie Rollins explores those uestions in an imaginative exciting story Book 1 of the Vadelah Chronicles “vadelah” is an alien word roughly translating to “apostle” it opens when Panagyra a member of a bird like species called the phantera crash lands on earth But the story uickly shifts its focus to David Decker an ordinary college student who tries his best to live out his faith with integrity — even if that means showing hospitality to Panagyra and putting his life on the line to protect the naive alien from harmDavid and his roommate Todd hide “Gyra” in their apartment as long as they can but a malicious agency with a hand in Gyra’s crash landing is now seeking to capture him The three become fugitives in an exciting race to send Gyra home but in a terrifying moment David finds himself trapped on Gyra’s ship with the badly wounded phantera heading to a world he’d never imagined existedOn Arana Gyra’s home planet David discovers that God has been directing his steps David is the prophesied vadelah the one who will bring the message of Christ not only to Gyra’s peaceful race but also to the universe’s most depraved and terrifying peoplesJulie Rollins is a homeschool mom who self publishes her work I met her online through a self publishing loop and she offered to send me a copy of Arana’s Visitor I’m glad she did The story is creative and well written with likable characters a fascinating premise and some tear jerking moments It’s light on “science” making “science fiction” a bit of a misnomer but the cultures and creatures in Julie’s work are well developed She also does fantastic artwork which can be viewed on her Web siteNote This is a very family friendly book but it does address serious issues of sin and immorality especially on earth — one pivotal scene revolves around abortion one Peretti style showdown deals with New Age practices and other major modern issues are addressed Parents may want to screen or read this with their very young children Rachel Starr Thomson author of Worlds Unseen and Burning Light Books 1 and 2 of the Seventh World Trilogy I loved this book It was very intriguing to read the authors kids go to my school I simply fell in love with the places and characters she describes in her booksAnyone who can should definitely read these books This is such a good descriptive and adventurous book From the perspective of a college aged David Decker Christian and philanthropist Arana's Visitor is about strange alien encounters loving your neighbor even if he DOES happen to be an alien from outerspace and the amazing love and grace of God It shows me that we may not know what will happen and everything may look bad but God always has a plan He knows I really recommend this book and the books that follow Don't let the slightly awkward start to this book put you off Rollins tells a story with humor truth and insight into human nature This is unlike any other science fiction coming from a Christian world view allowing God's truth and creativity to weave a great storyIt is hard to put down I feel like it's impossible for me to give an accurate rating to this book since not only has it been so long since I read it but I was about 14 I loved it then but objectively it probably left something to be desired The premise is very ambitious It's about a guy who goes to be a missionary to the aliens The theological leap of logic reuired to get there is a little bit well I mean it's just fiction so I'll leave it alone it's definitely not the worst way that aliens could appear in Christian sci fi Once you have managed the suspension of disbelief reuired to assume that humans are not the only beings made in God's image and so on it is interesting but a little bit err cringey due to the way that certain hot button issues are addressed in what seems to be an overly direct manner It definitely limits the book to a certain audience But hey This book is what got me fired up about writing Christian sci fi So four stars I really wanted to like this book I like science fiction and I am a Christian but I do not feel like this book combined the two of them wellSome people have said that the Waterbabies is a good book if you read the abridged edition that tells the story with out all the tangents that Kingsley goes off on That is the impression I have after reading about half of this book Like it was trying to out do Christ in his ChristianityPlus there were a lot of cliche evangelical spiritual happenings Being attacked by feeling a constricting about the throat happy feelings after prayer strange feelings that alert the reader when demons are near wind blowing when the Spirit is near boldly going where not Christian has gone beforeI found it difficult and painful to read Now the book is geared towards teenagers so maybe I am being too critical But it felt incredibly didacticFlannery O'Connor says and I have paraphrased because I can not find the exact uote at the moment that a novelist must write with his own eyes and not the eyes of the Church If you write with the eyes of the Church you just produce a lot of pious crap This book felt very pious to the point the charactors were not believeable Maybe not exactly because I have known people like David and his mother and they are unbearable to be around Not because they are holy and have a grand view of the cosmos but because they have a shallow and anemic view of creation and Christianity This book is totally awesome I LOVED itIt's about a college student who finds an alien and is totally changed Very nicely written Good plot too Once you start you just can't put it down