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

 

Words

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.

 

“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.”

Is Satan Dead?

I’ve written about the removal of Satan from the new movie ‘Son of God’.

We hope you will read and enjoy it (link below). If you do kindly click, Like, Tweet, and pass it along! We’d like to see this go Global! It would also be great to have your comments on the Time site.

Time Article: Is Satan Dead?

Official News Release for ‘The Point’

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FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A. Larry Ross Communications
Katie Martin: 972.267.1111 / Katie@alarryross.com

New Genre-busting Novel ‘The Point’ Addresses Power of Words and Tells Story of Redemption William Jefferson’s style reminiscent of the classic writing of Lewis and Tolkien

Image of the the front cover of the book 'The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout' by William JeffersonDALLAS, Texas, Oct. 3, 2013 – “The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout” is unlike any fiction available on the market today. Its messages of redemption and the power of words seem to belong in the work of C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien.

Author William Jefferson did not intend to write a novel. After a career helping to guide the communications of various ministries, including the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and The American Bible Society, he wanted to share what he had learned about the power of words.

Jefferson wrote 12 “readings” based on Scripture narratives. These readings, found in their entirety in “Redemption: Twelve Readings from the Monks of Estillyen,” focus on how God messaged redemption to the world. While Jefferson originally intended these readings to appear in a short theology book, he realized there was a greater story to be told.

The voice that emerged through Jefferson’s writings seemed to belong to a different era and a unique setting. He began to imagine a place of reflection and discussion overseen by an order of monks grappling with the same messages. Through the characters who surfaced in his imagination, Jefferson was able to say far more than he could ever hope to say without them, and his nonfiction theological treatise was soon being delivered through a fictional storyline.

“I was delighted to let the monks take ownership of my work,” Jefferson said. “The other Estillyen characters simply emerged, so that readers could go along this journey with me – the monks of Estillyen offering my thoughts as readings to be discussed in group settings.”

“The Point” tells the story of newlyweds Hollie and Goodwin MacBreeze, who travel to the Isle of Estillyen searching for meaning. There they encounter a magical world full of hope and timeless truths shared by an ancient order of monks.

Through mysterious circumstances, Hollie and Goodwin encounter a lonely recluse named Oban Ironbout. The MacBreezes believe that Oban is not past redemption, despite his gruff appearance. Through the readings provided by the monks, the young couple tries to introduce Oban to the hope they have found on the Isle of Estillyen

“Estillyen is a place where the pace of life slows down so you can really think about issues,” Jefferson said. “My hope is that readers will create their own ‘Isle of Estillyen’ – a place where they can stop to learn and listen. Estillyen doesn’t have to be a fictional place. The miracles of Estillyen can happen in each individual’s life.”

“The Point” and “Redemption” are available for purchase at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Media interested in an audio news release on the point can find it here: http://www.icontact-archive.com/qK00MtAktlcjotRUQmFCp_RmDOzVepTc?w=3

For more information on “The Point” or “Redemption,” please visit http://alarryross.com/newsroom/the-point/.

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Note to Editors: For a review copy of “The Point” or an interview with William Jefferson, please contact Katie Martin of A. Larry Ross Communications at 972.267.1111 or Katie@alarryross.com.

Inspiration Behind “The Point” and “Redemption”

Take a look behind the scenes of “The Point” and “Redemption” with author William Jefferson, and learn more about the thoughts that led to the creation of these two wonderful stories. Here is an excerpt:

“Part of my aim in developing the Estillyen content was to move beyond the traditional focus on revelation and explore more intentionally the subject of God as the Revealer.”

The entire text of this piece can be found here.

Redemption – eBook Available Now!

The eBook version of ‘Redemption’, the companion book to ‘The Point’ is available now from the Estillyen Marketplace.

Redemption: Twelve Readings From The Monks of Estillyen
Redemption: Twelve Readings From The Monks of Estillyen

REDEMPTION is a companion book to The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout. The work is set on the metaphorical Isle of Estillyen, where creative monks stage dramatic readings of biblical stories. In The Point, the readings were presented in synopsis form. Now readers can delve into the twelve Scripture narratives as they were originally given by the monks of Estillyen. Richly inspiring, this unique volume promises to draw readers closer to the theme of redemption–and to the Redeemer himself. The story beckons. Life it gives. Redemption it offers.