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by Joe DeVelasco,Calvin Miller

Book by Calvin Miller
Download The Valiant Papers : A Guardian Angel's Efforts to Direct the Human Heart to God epub
ISBN: 0892833912
ISBN13: 978-0892833917
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Joe DeVelasco,Calvin Miller
Language: English
Publisher: Servant Publications (March 1, 1988)
Pages: 134 pages
ePUB size: 1454 kb
FB2 size: 1997 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 783
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A friend loaned me her copy of "The Valiant Papers" after I described the hectic pace of my life. Halfway through the book, I realized that I had to have my own copy. As this little book describes the life of J.B. Considine, it gently reminds the reader of how easy it is to sleepwalk through life. J.B. is consumed by work and by self-indulgence. Although he gives a passing nod to his spiritual condition, he considers matters of faith as old-fashioned as his elderly aunt who once taught him about God.

J.B.'s progress is a familiar road that leads to dissatisfaction. Fortunately, his angel, Valiant, faithfully steers J.B. toward a genuine consciousness of God.

While Valiant's ruminations on the nature of humanity (Muddyscuttlers, we're called) are a bit dated and sometimes even corny, he is nonetheless astute in his observations of how easily we settle for earthly things rather than even consider heavenly things. Valiant's description of television: "How shall I describe TV? It is the monumental preoccupation of the bored. Americans watch an endless parade of video dramas until a million pointess plots have fused....--obesity with eyeballs."

Valiant doesn't spare the religious community, either, in his descriptions of misguided preachers or self-righteous Christians.
The doxologies with which he ends each letter to his superiors are quite uplifting.

This little book reminded me that "this world is not my home, I'm just passing through." It reminded me to focus on God rather than on self. It reminded me that God's love is constantly drawing all who will come, all who will listen to that heart-tug.
Great book. You start thinking about your Guardian Angel and what measures he takes to make you safe, and encourage the right 'choices' to return to God one day.
This book really doesn't seem to speak well to the current age. I found the premise interesting, but the treatment rather pedestrian and dull. I was reading with 2 friends that read all sorts of Christian works, and we decided about half way through not to finish this book.
This book looks from the cover like it would be part of Singer Trilogy from its unusual shape (4 ½ X 8 ½ inches) and pen and ink drawings on the cover and throughout the book. Yet it is written in a completely different style.

Instead of being a narrative poem, it is the story of a life - the story of a life told from the perspective of the person's guardian angel. The story is written as though it were true, and Miller found this strange manuscript that disappeared as he copied it.

The book chronicles the life of a businessman who lives an unsavory lifestyle, until just before the end when he becomes a Christian. It tells of the changes he attempts to make in his life, both the successes and the failures.

It is an interesting read. Yet I doubt the 'Angelic' perspective in the book. The Angel seems too whiny and human to have been an angel and the actual author of the book. I would state that it is an OK book by an author who has achieved greatness in some of his other writings.
So called because this book, the story of how a guardian angel named Valiant deals with trying to bring his latest charge, an Ohio businessman named J.B. Considine, to salvation and faith in Jesus Christ--or, as Valiant code-names Him here, "the Logos," got me to wondering how my own guardian angel must see my life. Great book for those who enjoy poetry (Miller's hymnlets at the end of each chapter are some good stuff!) and sublimity spiced with a touch of humor--Valiant's observations of "religious" Christian America are not to be missed!!
Awesome light-hearted companion to C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters! Most enjoyable and thought-provoking!