Estillyen Essay Contest: Ten Possible Directions

Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth offers ten portrayals in which Lucifer appears as a real-time observer of well-known Scripture narratives, including the Transfiguration and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In one angst-ridden diatribe, titled simply “The Speech,” Lucifer explodes with theological musings. Seemingly unfazed by the divine construct of Scripture and its story of redemption, Lucifer contends that his chaotic brand of message making will eventually trump God’s choreographed message.

We invite you to muse on this speech and join the contest by submitting a short (300-word) essay on the characterization of Lucifer as reflected in “The Speech.” If you’ve already registered for the contest, thank you! If not, we invite you to do so now. You can register for the contest and read the speech here.

If you need a specific direction for your essay, feel free to use one of the following ideas. Of course you may use your own idea as well. Possibilities are endless; be creative!

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Speech to the Netherworld by Fictional Lucifer – Religion Press Release Services

 

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Lucifer’s Speech to the Netherworld spurs deep theological reflection on matters of redemption and human worth. Today RNS offered a press release on Lucifer’s speech and Estillyen’s contest:

SAN FRANCISCO, California, September 12, 2014—Lucifer’s unprecedented speech to the netherworld is for real. It’s found in chapter twenty-one of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth.
Messages from Estillyen contains ten portrayals, in which Lucifer imaginatively appears as a real-time observer of well-known Scripture narratives such as the Transfiguration and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to author William Jefferson, “The characterization of Lucifer plays a vital role in surfacing important theological truths, particularly the matter of redemption and human worth.”
For the rest of the press release, read here.

 

“Centering in Christ”

The essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer as found in Chapter 21 of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth is underway! In conjunction with the contest, Port Estillyen Productions is offering free downloads of the dramatic readings of Scripture from the Monks of Estillyen.

Reading Twelve, “Centering in Christ,” is now available for download. Find it in its entirety here, along with Readings One through Eleven.

Read all twelve readings. Ponder the message.

“Most certainly. Those who swear to follow no one follow at least one. They follow self. Self is full of words lodging in the heart. Did you ever think of your heart that way, Voice? A repository you are. Words have willed their way, winnowing through your mind, rooting in your heart. They move you. They accuse you. They excuse and abuse you.” – excerpt from “Centering in Christ”

“Let Them Go!”

The essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer as found in Chapter 21 of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth is underway! Estillyen is pleased that various colleges and universities–among them, Bethel University, Gordon College, Taylor University, The College of the Ozarks, Dordt College, Evangel University, Westmont College, Trinity International University, and Northwestern College–have seen fit to help promote the contest to their students of literature.

In conjunction with the contest, Port Estillyen Productions is offering free downloads of the dramatic readings of Scripture from the Monks of Estillyen.

Reading Eleven, “Piercing Words,” is now available for download. Find it in its entirety here, along with Readings One through Ten.

“READER: A word must be spoken, scribbled, scribed, shouted, or something else, in order to become a word. Words are thought descriptors. They project thoughts from anonymity. They transfer thoughts into messages. Messages move the  world. . . .

VOICE: When does a message become a message, anyway?

READER: When it leaves its origin and transfers meaning in another place. That’s the mark of a message.” -excerpt from “Let Then Go!”

Stop Doubting and Believe

The essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer as found in Chapter 21 of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth is underway! In conjunction with the contest, Port Estillyen Productions is offering free downloads of the dramatic readings of Scripture from the Monks of Estillyen.

Reading Nine, “Stop Doubting and Believe,” is now available for download. You may find it here, along with Readings One through Eight. Read them all, and ponder the message.

From Reading Nine, “Stop Doubting and Believe”:

“Around the crosses three Freeze [death’s signatory] had surely crept, circling all their bases, waiting to leap, sensing time and pulses faint. Then upon the center cross Freeze leapt. Climbing up on crimson stain, Freeze moved to seize the One with the wordy plaque and thorny crown—the envy of the hill. It was time for pulsing to end its marathon of life. No more pulsing, no more coursing of the blood. Thick darkness draped o’er the land, eclipsing the sun.”

“Remember Me”

As part of the essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer as found in Chapter 21 of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth, Port Estillyen Productions is offering free downloads of the dramatic readings of Scripture from the Monks of Estillyen.

Reading Eight, “Remember Me,” is now available; find it here, along with Readings One through Seven.

From Reading Eight, “Remember Me”:

“The atmosphere on this chilling-killing day was mournfully convulsive. At least it was for some, but certainly not for all. It was a day of retribution for the religious elite. Their fortitude had paid off. They had won, or so they thought. Good riddance was the mood, a chance to finally shake their fists at this dangerous zealot threatening to destroy God’s temple.

For the disciples, bewilderment is the word most appropriate. They had left everything to follow, to learn, to become disciples. Their Redeemer was destined to die. They watched and listened as their Lord, so confessed, hung before them, dying.”

“A Cry in the Crowd”

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As part of the essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer as found in Chapter 21 of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth, Port Estillyen Productions is offering free downloads of the dramatic readings of Scripture from the Monks of Estillyen.

Reading Seven, “A Cry in the Crowd,” is now available; find it here, along with Readings One through Six.

From Reading Seven, “A Cry in the Crowd”:

“Down the Mount of Transfiguration Christ moved, no longer mysteriously incandescent, far above on the mountaintop. With his disciples Peter, James, and John, Christ made his descent with divine intent. Toward the plain below he headed, drawn down by humanity’s gravitational pull. Want and need were ripe for harvest. People were in pain. The oppressed and possessed mingled in the lowland that day, waiting to see in Christ a bit of hope they might profess.”

“Get Up–Don’t Be Afraid”

As part of the essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer as found in Chapter 21 of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth, Port Estillyen Productions is offering free downloads of the dramatic readings of Scripture from the Monks of Estillyen.

Reading Six, “Get Up–Don’t Be Afraid,” is now available; find it here, along with Readings One through Five.

From Reading Six, “The Word Became Flesh”:

“The Transfiguration is a story rich with imagery conveyed by words. It’s one of the most amazing stories in all of Scripture. The Transfiguration is saturated with substance, shedding a certain light found nowhere else in the sacred texts.

The centerpiece of the story is the transfigured Christ. The Transfiguration dispels any notion that Jesus of Nazareth was a kind of ingenious messiah figure who functioned with spellbinding zeal and clairvoyant wit. The image of Christ transfigured is that of his divinity permeating his humanity.”

“Lucifer’s Speech” Essay Contest Press Release

Lucifer’s Speech to the Netherworld featured in Literary Contest

Norton Shores, Mich., July 23, 2014—Port Estillyen Productions, publisher of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth, announces an essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer in modern literary form.

Messages from Estillyen contains ten portrayals in which Lucifer imaginatively appears as a real-time observer of well-known Scripture narratives, such as the Transfiguration and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Lucifer has much to say in his angst-ridden diatribe against God in his speech to the netherworld. Titled simply “The Speech,” Lucifer’s unprecedented address is found in chapter twenty-one of the novel.

Contestants are asked to write a 300-word essay based on Lucifer’s speech. Entries will be accepted until October 31, 2014, and the contest is open to everyone 18 years of age or older. Prizes range from a full-color map of the Isle of Estillyen to a Kindle Fire for first place. For more information, contest rules, and to download “The Speech,” go to http://www.estillyen.com/lucifers-speech-essay-contest/.

 Messages from Estillyen is unlike any novel available on the market today. In it, author William Jefferson addresses God’s messaging of redemption throughout the ages from a vantage point that drives fresh perspective to the very marrow of human worth.

Messages from Estillyen received a coveted starred review from BlueInk Reviews, which says in part, “The author’s writing is skilled, poetic, and reminiscent of the classical period.

“This is a book to savor, not to gulp,” BlueInk contends. “The novel will appeal to readers who appreciate British wit, the skill of a true wordsmith, and the challenge of metaphysical introspection. Christian readers will be especially delighted by the creative way the author brings the Bible to life.”

The fictional characterization of Lucifer plays a major role in the novel and harkens back to the timeless writings of Dante, Milton, and C.S. Lewis. Jefferson depicts Lucifer as an omnipresent, evil predator that harbors unrelenting angst against God and his creation. Lucifer is especially distraught and anguished over the existence of the human race, which he refers to as “fleshies,” nothing but “mud cakes,” “the unfortunate by-product of I AM.”

Through the author’s creative portrayal of Lucifer, juxtaposed against selected Scripture narratives (presented as dramatic readings given by fictional monks on the Isle of Estillyen), Jefferson has managed to offer a fascinating perspective on the subject of redemption and human worth.

Barbara Bamberger Scott, writing for ForeWord Reviews, said “Jefferson uses carefully modulated language that often waxes poetic: ‘In the shadows between Scripture’s lines is God’s face. Like a full-faced moon on a meadow’s pond, it shimmers there.’ He also seems to recognize that some readers need their religious edification spiced with dashes of intrigue, love, and inspiration.”

Messages from Estillyen is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. A free chapter is available for download at http://www.estillyen.com/messages-from-estillyen-chapter-one-lunch-at-grims-park/.

(Press release from Karen Campbell Media, July 23, 2014)

“The Word Became Flesh”

As part of the essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer as found in Chapter 21 of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth, Port Estillyen Productions is offering free downloads of the dramatic readings of Scripture from the Monks of Estillyen.

Reading Five, “The Word Became Flesh,” is now available; find it, along with Readings One through Four, here.

From Reading Five, “The Word Became Flesh”:

“Listen to a few ancient words from Solomon by way of Ecclesiastes: ‘There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.’ Words of wisdom, these words remembered, not lost and forgotten. For most words this is not the case. As time’s pendulum swings, the words of most men, and those of their kin, disappear without a whisper.”