Detroit area native and University of Michigan graduate, Donovan M. Neal has spent the last 7 years working to write one of the most compelling stories of all time. The fall of Lucifer.
The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars is the compelling tale of the fall of Lucifer. Taking place before the fall or Adam and Eve, Donovan tackles such questions as to not just what prompted Lucifer’s descent, but the origins of Hell and the civil war that takes place: all prior to Eve ever biting into the proverbial apple. Told in a manner that mimics the tone of scripture Donovan is now ready to bring this work to the public.
Ordained in 1991, yet a lover of things science fiction and fantasy. Donovan was inspired by the powerful story of Frank Peretti, This Present Darkness, and Piercing the Darkness. However, he wanted more, books from great writers that held for him what was a Christian worldview. But something was missing. There was a hole that few if anyone seemed to touch. The actual story of the fall of Lucifer.
“I could not get over how such a story was absent from the media. Too me; aside from the story of Christ it was the penultimate tale. Before there ever was the sin of Adam and Eve. There was the Tempter. Fallen and opposed to the purposes of God and yet free to wreak havoc on this pristine creation. Why? I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea that there was war in Heaven. How was Lucifer’s iniquity discovered? How did it germinate?
How and why did a third of heavens populace follow him? Yet I could find no one who had written anything that had had such a profound impact on reality. Imagine if a third of the US rebelled against its government. At the time, I started the novel no book seemed to address the story. I had to write it.
However, I was torn. Would I be glorifying the devil by telling the story? Was it enough that we knew the bit that divine revelation had committed to sacred scripture? I wrestled with these questions, repeatedly. Who was the creature that he would have the audacity to tempt Jesus himself? Why did he even have access to Gods presence even after his fall? Yet again, there was a blank spot. No story that told of his fall, nothing that even hinted at depicting what simply had to be one of the most epic tales of all time. It really hit me that Adams fall from perfection was not the first time this had happened. It was the 2nd.
I found the story haunted me…I had to write it. I wanted to see it on the big screen. I wanted to see armies of angles battling to secure the right to who would rule. That’s when I realized that if it was going to be written I had to do it.”
Over the next 30 days, Donovan has launched a KickStarter campaign to help bring this almost 10 year dream to reality. Needing just a little support, he intends to bring his literary creation to life. He’s already received several positive reviews from preliminary readers that indicate he’s on to something.
If you want to learn more and see how you can get involved in the campaign and preorder the book. Check out Donovan his KickStarter link here. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1744195552/the-third-heaven-the-rise-of-fallen-stars
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Donovan Neal M. S. N. P. has served in the ordained ministry and as an instructor in the Bible for 20 years, and is the author of the self-published book, ‘The Gospel Explained.’ Donovan is also a prolific songwriter and singer having written over 50 different songs of praise and worship for the local church, and has performed in various schools and churches in the Ministry of Christian rap.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a freelance writer for Examiner.com. Donovan has spent his entire 23-year career, helping underprivileged and disempowered populations ranging from abused and neglected children, adults with disabilities, to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
He has been an experienced trainer in such areas as nonviolent crisis prevention intervention to adult CPR and First Aid with the Red Cross, Working with Different Personalities, and many others. Donovan brings a wealth of experience and interests that has allowed him to write on a host of subjects ranging from gaming, internet/technology, Christian themes, nonprofit management and leadership.
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