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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…

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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…

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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.

The Greed Beast

To my dearest and most secret readers,

     I will be the first to admit that the Greed Beast is not one of the reasons I retreated into hiding in order to deliver these messages to you.  There are a great many other forces working against me on a spiritual and psychological level that have driven me into the catacombs so that I might continue my work.  You’ll begin to understand just a few of them if you read Fighting with Angels.

     Rather, the Greed Beast is one of the ‘grunt-men’ of the Devil’s army in the spiritual realm.  It has no bearing on our world other than the fact that the source of their make up was created here.   Let me back up a moment and explain that idea.  A Greed Beast is not the kind of demon that already existed before God created man, the way that the Fallen Angels are.  They are instead, a creation of our own negative emotion and they get bigger and more numerous the more ‘greed’ enters the world.  Now, I have no way of knowing exactly how many of them there are and I surely haven’t been told the specifics of how our own greed gets translated into the spiritual world, but what I do know is that these monsters absorb it.

     They are huge masses of all the gook that our sin adds to them and as you can imagine from the very word ‘greed’, they can’t get enough.  Outwardly they appear to be made of clay or of tar or some other kind of gloppy substance and from their inception they are obese.  After that they only get bigger and bigger.  They will absorb anything and everything they can get their hands on, at least what they are permitted to by their masters.  Of course they grow in size as they consume their prey as the beast that pulled Lars into itself did.

     A Greed Beast is surprisingly agile for its size and appearance, but it is not incredibly smart.  An angel is a far more fierce opponent, but their superior talents are often challenged by the sheer numbers that often oppose them.  Perhaps a Greed Beast’s greatest talent is its resilience.  They are incredibly difficult to slay and most attacks that would prove fatal to smaller demons will only  inflict flesh wounds onto them. 

     Some might take a sick kind of pride (which is another human sin that can create a different kind of demon) from the knowledge that we have helped to create the very monsters that wage war against the guardians that have been put into place to protect us.  I prefer to pray for the strength to ward off the shame of my own weaknesses that aid in such travesties (Shame is another monster that I will have to dive into soon, but not in this letter).  I will write to you again soon…

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The Black Knight

 The Black Knight

To my dearest and most secret readers,

     When writing about the Black Knight, I am actually referring to two different topics.  Though they are both closely related, they are as different as an object is to a personality.  The object that is up for discussion is an energy suit.  When Dr. Crawford began to play around with the possibility that the blue energy he had discovered was not the new power source he was searching for, but perhaps a porthole into another dimension, it became glaringly obvious that the Cube encasing the energy was far too stationary.  He needed a way to make the energy more mobile so that he might explore his new theory in greater depths.  That was the birth of the Energy Suit experiment.  It became apparent quickly that his daughter Miranda had the most cutting edge ideas on the project.  Together they came up with a suit that could not only generate the energy, but could also respond to the pilot’s mental commands and move as if it were an extension of the body.

     The Rock suit was the first of their creations.  It was designed to project energy outwardly so that Miranda could move around and explore the discovered dimension.  The Black Knight suit was designed next and was intended for another pilot to accompany her as her bodyguard.  Ultimately they learned that what they had discovered was not another dimension, but a spiritual realm, in which they came into contact with both angels and demons.  You can read more about that discovery in Fighting with Angels.

     The personality I mentioned also goes by the name of Black Knight, but he is much more than just the suit of armor.  When Dr. Crawford realized that his fourteen-year-old daughter was the best choice to pilot the Rock suit because of her expertise with the technology, he immediately began seeking out the best candidate to protect her.  General Dominic Brachert had loads of military experience, but the suit’s ability to give him back the use of his legs was his main motivation to get involved on the project.  After regaining that freedom you couldn’t find a time that the general was not wearing the suit.  Thus it began to feel as if the ‘Black Knight’ were the person in the room and the general had been lost somewhere inside.

     After the first incident with some of the spiritual world’s less desirables the Black Knight demanded the development of some form of artillery to aid in their defense.  The knight himself wields a large battle-axe as his weapon of choice.  He is grumpy and opinionated, but he is unmatched in his skill, making him a formidable adversary.  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.