Friday, September 3, 2010

Tosca Lee's "Demon: A Memoir"

From advertisement of Tosca Lee's book on, a retail outlet

Yesterday I happened upon Tosca Lee’s book “Demon: A Memoir”, available for free downloading at Life Way Stores website. Today, that offer is gone, but it left me thinking.

I have not read Lee’s works so I cannot recommend it without more research, but the explanation given about this book caught my imagination, as its origin is explained:

“I realized that being angelic and fallen was very similar to being human and fallen – except for one major difference; the provision of a Messiah ... wouldn’t a fallen angelic creation resent a human recipient of God’s grace? Why wouldn’t a demon want to prove that creature unworthy again and again as a result?”

I was struck with similar thoughts. We Christians know that faith is a necessity and that it comes from within ourselves. Where God grants grace, faith has to be grown.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)

Angels have knowledge, not hoped for or unseen. They’ve seen God. Even the demons know God exists.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (James 2:19 KJV)

We are so different. We were promised a Messiah, a savior, a mediator, propitiation for our sins. We were given what Abraham described.

And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. (Genesis 22:8 KJV)

That He did, in the person of Jesus. Jesus acknowledged He was the promised Messiah, the Christ. God provided Himself a sacrifice. Because He so loved the world. And, that is being ignored.

There are many things about God I do not understand. I do not expect to. As He spoke to Isaiah, we must understand there are differences beyond our ability to comprehend.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV)

I do not know why mankind has been offered salvation, but I am so very grateful for it.

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (Jude 1:6 KJV)

They made their choice, as we have. They did not keep their first position, we’ve been offered an opportunity to attain it. They left their own habitation and cannot return until judgment day. Perhaps then we’ll get the job outlined by Paul:

Know ye not that we shall judge angels? (1 Corinthians 6:3a KJV)

I don’t think they will like that. As Tosca Lee said this “Demon” does not.


  1. Boy, did you get it right on the nose! You'll enjoy the book, too.

  2. Great scriptural summary. I would strongly encourage you to read the book. Tosca is an excellent writer. I came away with a new perspective of God's love for those who don't deserve it (that would be me).


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