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Book: The Devil and Pastor Gus by Roger E. Bruner

Book: The Devil and Pastor Gus by Roger E. Bruner

categories: Book, Christian Fiction, Speculative, Quirky, Legacy, Inspirational, Selling Soul, Devil, Pastor, Betrayal, Revenge, Life After Death, Satire


Roger Ellis Bruner

Author Roger Ellis Brunerabout this book: Many years ago I wrote a short play about a Christian minister who managed to outfox the Devil's son and keep his soul intact, despite the contract he had signed.

When I became a novelist, I realized that my little play could easily be expanded into a dynamic satire making fun of the Devil for his pride and arrogance. My novel combines elements of "The Devil and Daniel Webster," the biblical book of Job, and C. S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters.

Although I characterize it as "speculative fiction," it is in no way a gory tale about supernatural beings. Nor does it portray the Devil in a stereotypical way. Instead, it takes a Christian-based look at what might make a minister sell his soul to the Devil and whether he is clever enough to get out of the contract and perhaps even repay the Devil for the way he tried to wreck the minister's life.

In many ways, The Devil and Pastor Gus is a love story: a man's love for his wife, for his friends, for his congregation, for his enemies, and his love for God Himself. But it's also the story of God's love for Pastor Gus, even when Gus takes it upon himself to try to solve what seems like an unsolvable problem.

The Devil and Pastor Gus runs the gamut of emotions. It makes readers laugh, cry, bite their nails, and want to scream at the characters.

This novel has a number of unexpected twists and turns, not the least of which is the ending, as clarified in the Epilogue. Just as Pastor Gus wanted to write a satire making fun of the Devil to leave as his legacy, I consider this to probably be the strongest novel I'll ever write--and a worthy legacy for me to leave behind.

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