About Lehnerz

Author/Illustrator of the novel Fighting with Angels.

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To my dearest and most secret readers,

Somebody has spilled the beans and you won’t believe who is reading Fighting with Angels.  Both the heavens and the underworld are taking interest in this account of their personal affairs.  If you’ve had the chance to read the novel, share it with someone who you think will enjoy it.  Spread the word and I’ll keep working on the sequel…

© Jonathan Lehnerz and Fighting with Angels Blog, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of both written and illustrated material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jonathan Lehnerz and to the novel Fighting with Angels with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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Chains of bondage

To my dearest and most secret readers,

     How long has it been since I’ve written to you last?  It seems like a lifetime ago.  For time does not pass quickly when you are wrestling with the chains of bondage.  And that is exactly where I have been, tied up in my own web of faults and feelings that have trapped me and taken me away from what I should have been doing.  Life comes full of distractions.  Some of them come from the deceiver.  It is a reality that Satan attacks that which brings God’s children closer to Him.  Sadly much of it comes from our own flawed natures as well.

     Throughout life we have many opportunities to turn away from God.  Some sins are small and it is easy to redirect ourselves back.  But small sins can lead to bigger ones and the scars of such actions are much more difficult to overcome.  God will always forgive us for our trespasses in a most perfect way.  He has no need for the memory of what has been wiped clean.  But all too often the damage we do to ourselves or the people we may have hurt along the way is not as easily released or repaired.  There are things that we hold on to, sometimes so deep down and hidden that we are not even consciously aware.  These are the chains that I speak of.

     I personally have spent much of my life running away from myself or hiding from the chains that hold me from becoming more of what God has planned for me.  Admittedly, I still have no idea what that might be, but a window has been opened in my heart and the fog that filled the room has been lifted.  I can see the chains again.  I guess that is a step in the right direction.  Perhaps it won’t be so very long before I write to you again…

© Jonathan Lehnerz and Fighting with Angels Blog, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of both written and illustrated material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jonathan Lehnerz and to Fighting with Angels Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Petra



To my dearest and most secret readers,

     Hello again and thank you for your patience. I have been working on some very important things for Dr. Crawford as of late and I haven’t had time to write to you in a while. So as a reward for all your waiting, I want to talk with you about Petra, one of my favorite angels.

     While angels are typically beautiful creatures, this young woman is on a level of her own. Of course, I speak of Petra as a female for that is how she appears, but in reality angels are spiritual beings and are not really defined by their sex as we humans are. How they appear to us has more to do with our own personification of them, allowing us to relate to them better. Petra is Miranda Crawford’s guardian angel. The two of them share a strong bond with each other. Miranda has always been the most comfortable around our spiritual comrades and she considers Petra the closest thing she has to a girlfriend.

     Stereotypically we tend to assume that men are physically stronger than woman. This is not the case with Petra. There are not many angels that can go toe to toe with this warrior and demons grow uneasy at the very mention of her name. All angels wield a weapon, usually a sword, made up of their own spiritual energy. Petra carries two swords. The first is a long Katana sword and the second is a medium-sized Wakizashi blade. Both of the weapons are reminiscent of the ancient Samurai culture. While the Samurai can claim ancestry way back to the ninth century, angels have been around since before God created the earth, leading me to wonder who borrowed the weapon’s technology from whom. Although she does not speak of it, I get the sense that there is some connection between that culture and herself.

     Petra is a loyal soldier, having complete confidence in Justice, her commander. She is quite simple and single-minded in her thinking. It is a quality that can make her seem almost child-like at times, but her devotion to God and to her mission is never in question. After all, the name ‘Petra’ is derived from the word ‘rock’ and that is exactly what she is. I will write to you again soon…

© Jonathan Lehnerz and Fighting with Angels Blog, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of both written and illustrated material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jonathan Lehnerz and to Fighting with Angels Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Fallen Angels

To my dearest and most secret readers,

     In the hierarchy of demons, fallen angels are at the top of the food chain.  Once angels themselves, they were shown God’s plan for the human race and given the opportunity to choose if they would follow.  Unlike ourselves, who are constantly asked to make our choices to follow or fall astray, angels were given this one chance to decide for all time.  Those who refused were cast out of heaven in the first great spiritual war.

     The leader of this revolt was Lucifer himself and he was thrown into hell along with all of his followers.  These fallen angels are the generals of the underworld.  They fight to steal as many human souls away from God as they can because they are jealous of his love for them.

     Fallen Angels are not as gangly and decrepit as many of the lower demons that they lord over, but their appearance has been twisted from its original form.  Their beautiful and powerful wings have become more bat-like as their feathers have been mutated into membrane.  Although their bodies remain more humanoid, their skin has taken on the scaliness of snakes and their nails have become claws.  Even their feet have been transformed into those of a beast.  While their deformities vary, they can no longer be mistaken as holy in any way.

     As I have said before, they are the lords of all the other demons below them and they are cruel leaders at that.  I would venture to say that the lives of those they command are barely more tolerable than those of the souls they ensnare.  They are by far the most formidable of their demonic kind and much of their strength lies in treachery, but their greatest weakness falls in their selfishness and lack of team work.  I will write to you again soon…

© Jonathan Lehnerz and Fighting with Angels Blog, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of both written and illustrated material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jonathan Lehnerz and to Fighting with Angels Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Dr. Noah Crawford

To my dearest and most secret readers,

     I hope this letter finds you all having as busy a summer as I have. If you are already a follower of this blog or are familiar with the story of Fighting with Angels then you have read about “The Great Dr. Noah Crawford” and his role in the war between the angels of heaven and the demons of hell. If this is your first visit then I will start at the beginning.

     Dr. Crawford is a scientist, vastly ahead of his time. After an impressive career with NASA he moved on to found I.D.E.A. Industries (Independent Direction of Ethical Advancements). The company leads the way in robotics and an almost unlimited spectrum of new technologies. It is the kind of work that is only speculated upon except for the fact that they’re doing it right now.

     Not long ago the man began exploring different avenues in an effort to come up with a new energy source for the planet. What he discovered instead was a gateway into the spiritual realm. While many other scientists seem to be hell-bent on explaining away the existence of God, Crawford never really gave it much thought. Rather, he remained indifferent, placing more emphasis on the practicality of moving forward with his ideas. After stumbling across what he later named ‘blue’ and ‘yellow energy’ he was forced to acknowledge the presence of a spiritual world. Logically speaking, if angels and demons exist then so must God and the Devil as well.

     God makes his presence known to different people in many different ways and this was truly an eye opener for the man. I have spoken with Dr. Crawford on several occasions and he assures me that the battle is still on going, but always encourages me to keep the faith. “God is good,” he always reminds me, “and he shepherds us through the darkest hours.”

     The scientist is a husband to his wife, Semira and father to his daughter, Miranda, who inherited all and more of his own genius. I believe I’ve written a letter about the young girl already. As I have been forced into hiding myself, I don’t feel that it would be right of me to divulge where they reside, but they are happy and a much closer family for their experiences. I will write to you again soon…

© Jonathan Lehnerz and Fighting with Angels Blog, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of both written and illustrated material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jonathan Lehnerz and to Fighting with Angels Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Begrudged but Faithful Servant

To my dearest and most faithful readers,

     Hello again or welcome if you are a new reader.  If you are familiar with Fighting with Angels then you already know all about Lars.  He is easily one of the most talented and powerful of God’s angels.  He is also one of the most stubborn and begrudged of his kind.  To understand this you must first understand the choice that was laid before all angels.

     Before God created man He disclosed his plan for them to all of the angels of heaven.  Lucifer, who was the most fair of all the angels, refused to accept that Jesus was to be born of a human woman and become man himself.  He rejected God’s plan and became the first Fallen Angel.   From there he began to recruit as many angels to his cause as he could.

     Thus entered Lars into the picture.  Lars came the closest of all the angels in heaven to leaving the Kingdom of God, but still remain.  Rather than join so many of his brethren, he chose to trust in God’s plan and stay on the side of love, but it was a love of God, not man, that swayed his decision.

     Among the many differences between men and the angels that protect them is their choice.  While humans are in a constant state of flux on their walk with God, angels made their choice one time for all time and are bound by it.  Lars made his choice and has trudged forward ever since, quietly holding his disdain in check for the ‘assignments’ he has been charged to protect.  At least he used to be quiet.  Most of the time man cannot see angels, unless they appear to them, and Lars has always preferred to keep it that way.  But when a group of scientists discovered a way into the spiritual world all of that changed, including the angel’s silence about his feelings.

     Lars is completely loyal to the choice that he made and I am comforted by the knowledge that he is on our side, but from what I’ve been told, he isn’t exactly the life of the party when he is in the company of what he considers to be ‘lesser beings’.  I will write to you again soon…

© Jonathan Lehnerz and Fighting with Angels Blog, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of both written and illustrated material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jonathan Lehnerz and to Fighting with Angels Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.