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Arana's Visitor

(The Vadelah Chronicles #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Action-packed science fiction from a refreshingly different perspective. The first book in a groundbreaking new series. David Decker is stunned. Driven by his Christian compassion, he has just rescued a marooned space alien, but the alien's mere existence threatens to shatter David's worldview. How can he reconcile the two? When David learns the truth, it will astound him. ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 21st 2005 by Essence Publishing
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David
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: SF fans, Christians
This is a great read! SF from a Christian perspective.
First in a series. Plenty of action and suspence. Creatively includes space aliens in a storyline based on a solidly Christian worldview.

This is a must read for Christians who enjoy Science Fiction/Fantasy and teenagers/young adults that are undecided in their faith and need positive Christian role models.
Brent
Jul 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish, sf
I really wanted to like this book. I like science fiction and I am a Christian, but I do not feel like this book combined the two of them well.
Some people have said that the Waterbabies is a good book if you read the abridged edition that tells the story with out all the tangents that Kingsley goes off on. That is the impression I have after reading about half of this book. Like it was trying to out do Christ in his Christianity.
Plus there were a lot of cliche evangelical "spiritual" happenings.
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Rebecca
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally awesome! I LOVED it!It's about a college student who finds an alien and is totally changed. Very nicely written. Good plot, too. Once you start you just can't put it down!
Rachel Thomson
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What if “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all nations” was only the beginning of the Great Commission?

What if Jesus, in taking on human form, was not just becoming human but was also becoming naharam, a class of beings to which humans merely belong?

What if God called you to take the gospel beyond Planet Earth to a universe more alive than you’d ever dreamed?

Arana’s Visitor by Julie Rollins explores those questions in an imaginative, exciting story. Book 1 of the Vadelah Chronicles
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Phyllis Wheeler
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Arana’s Visitor by Julie Rollins, a review
Book 1 of the Vadelah Chronicles
Self-published in 2005, 288 pages

Worldview: Christian. This book will appeal mostly to Christians.

David Decker, a college student, and his roommate Todd are driving on a country road one night when they see a red-hot plane make an emergency landing. On a hunch, they rescue the pilot, an alien, hide him from authorities at a roadblock, and take him home.

At first they don’t trust him. But they decide to shelter him from bad
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White-paw
May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is such a good, descriptive and adventurous book! From the perspective of a college-aged David Decker, Christian and philanthropist, Arana's Visitor is about strange alien encounters, loving your neighbor - even if he DOES happen to be an alien from outerspace - and the amazing love and grace of God. It shows me that we may not know what will happen, and everything may look bad, but God always has a plan. He knows. I really recommend this book and the books that follow!
Rebecca
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Don't let the slightly awkward start to this book put you off. Rollins tells a story with humor, truth and insight into human nature. This is unlike any other science fiction, coming from a Christian world view, allowing God's truth and creativity to weave a great story.
It is hard to put down!
Ice Dancer
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Ice by: My mom
I loved this book. It was very intriguing to read. the authors kids go to my school. I simply fell in love with the places and characters she describes in her books.
Anyone who can should definitely read these books.
Evelyn Lewis
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel like it's impossible for me to give an accurate rating to this book since, not only has it been so long since I read it, but I was about 14. I loved it then but objectively it probably left something to be desired. The premise is very ambitious. It's about a guy who goes to be a missionary to the aliens. The theological leap of logic required to get there is a little bit.... well, I mean it's just fiction, so I'll leave it alone, it's definitely not the worst way that aliens could appear ...more
Jii
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
The evening my wife brought this book home began, for me, a reading marathon that would last hours past midnight. And to be quiet honest, I'm not really into reading. But this book simply does not allow itself to be put down, not even on my fifth time through it. I speak for myself of course, but also for generations of people I know who have read the book, ranging from from 9 year olds to grandparents, all of whom have reported the same captivating experience. It's intellectual enough to keep y ...more
Amy
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An engaging adventure filled with creative characters and surprises. Fun and lighthearted, but at times extremely moving. I really appreciated the blatant Christian worldview that is expertly woven into the plot. This book and all the others that follow it in the series contain material that addresses serious issues in our world in a non-confrontational manner. I would strongly recommend all of the books to believers and non-believers alike.
Ezekiel Dean
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite series ever! It's a major science fiction book, but it has great Biblical values that allow aliens to exist with the Christian community. It's also clean, which is sometimes hard to find.
Janet Richards
Jul 12, 2010 marked it as to-read
Julie attends our church, and my daughter loves the series. I need to read our copies after she completes it.
Kjelse Rittmeyer
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this Christian sci-fi! Very imaginative, and deals with some tough questions (if there are extra-terrestrials, does Christ's death apply to them? and others).
Bethany Brown
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

If you like the "Time" quartet and the space trilogy and aren't going to be offended by fundamentalist & prolife themes you will like it
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Sam Lonberg
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very cool and uplifting Sci-Fi book. Definitely want to check out the rest of the series.
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