This Orthodox Christian paranormal romance is a fast paced read following Jeffrey, a vampire with a death wish as he encounters ancient Christian faith Readers will enjoy getting to know about this oldest Christian denomination that is rarely explored in fiction If you like themes of spiritual warfare and ancient traditions, or if you just like a good clean love story with unusual elements, this book is for you As the description indicates, there s a fair amount of cake in the story, too If This Orthodox Christian paranormal romance is a fast paced read following Jeffrey, a vampire with a death wish as he encounters ancient Christian faith Readers will enjoy getting to know about this oldest Christian denomination that is rarely explored in fiction If you like themes of spiritual warfare and ancient traditions, or if you just like a good clean love story with unusual elements, this book is for you As the description indicates, there s a fair amount of cake in the story, too If you don t know about the Orthodox tradition of holy cakes, you really need to read this book Available soon wherever books are sold I loved this book on every level This is a vampire story unlike any I ve ever read Like the author, I ve done much research into the myth of the vampire, ancient tales, Hebrew and Greek texts, etc., and I ve reached the same conclusions as she Therefore, I was delighted to read her story of how Christian faith addresses this issue, particularly Greek Orthodoxy As a theologian married to an iconographer, she brought to the tale a rich wealth of Orthodox practice and belief, emphasizing the be I loved this book on every level This is a vampire story unlike any I ve ever read Like the author, I ve done much research into the myth of the vampire, ancient tales, Hebrew and Greek texts, etc., and I ve reached the same conclusions as she Therefore, I was delighted to read her story of how Christian faith addresses this issue, particularly Greek Orthodoxy As a theologian married to an iconographer, she brought to the tale a rich wealth of Orthodox practice and belief, emphasizing the benefits Christian fellowship and the church offer to the broken In literature and myth, the vampire represents the sin sick brokenness in us all and in this story models a particular form of brokenness rarely addressed nowadays, except in horror films and books, yet still debilitating in the world today Tragedy and violence leave us with broken places in need of the help that only Christ can provide The reader finds herself rooting FOR the tragic figure of the vampire Jeffrey Lapin His inner dialogue superbly illustrates the battle within him as the foul and demonic tortures his body and soul I highly recommend this book if you re at all curious about Greek Orthodox practice, vampirism, spiritual recovery, and healthy relationships A beautiful romance is woven through the tale, several different examples of brokenness are shared from other characters lives, and great kindness is offered for all of us who are starved and sickened by oppression and yet who seek recovery Jeffrey s growth as a human being is handled compassionately and with great spiritual wisdom I couldn t put this book down, and I came to understand a great many spiritual truthsfully through this modern day parable, I really found The Salvation of Jeffrey Lapin to be interesting and quite a bit different than most Christian fiction I have read How There is a vampire and demons And the story is centers around the Orthodox Church I have not read any other book like this or what this type of writing style That being said, I did enjoy the book At first, I did not know what rating I would give, but getting to the author s note made everything come togetherclearly And making the story itselffas I really found The Salvation of Jeffrey Lapin to be interesting and quite a bit different than most Christian fiction I have read How There is a vampire and demons And the story is centers around the Orthodox Church I have not read any other book like this or what this type of writing style That being said, I did enjoy the book At first, I did not know what rating I would give, but getting to the author s note made everything come togetherclearly And making the story itselffascinating to me I do look forward to the next installment of the series and see what happens next.5 stars Summer Kinard s The Salvation of Jeffrey Lapin goes far beyond the usual boundaries of standard Christian Romance Yes, there is a sweet love story, and yes, we have plenty of proper conversation between bites of cake at church functions, but the real story lies in the grand sweep of souls caught up in spiritual warfare Kinard takes the forces of the unseen seriously, leading us into the dark world thrashing with demons and out into the light again with the victory of Orthodox Christianity If Summer Kinard s The Salvation of Jeffrey Lapin goes far beyond the usual boundaries of standard Christian Romance Yes, there is a sweet love story, and yes, we have plenty of proper conversation between bites of cake at church functions, but the real story lies in the grand sweep of souls caught up in spiritual warfare Kinard takes the forces of the unseen seriously, leading us into the dark world thrashing with demons and out into the light again with the victory of Orthodox Christianity If you were raised on Frank Peretti, CS Lewis, and Tolkien and relish thrills of the clash between angels and demons, you will love the triumph of Maddie and Jeff I loved the story Simple, yet complex Moving, invoking so many different emotions As someone who appreciates Anne Rice s vampire stories, the premise intrigued me I m glad I picked it up and have read the story Am looking forward to readingof Mrs Kinards s books What happens when a vampire gets baptized Afteryears of vampirism, Jeffrey Lapin wants to end his life of torment A failed suicide attempt puts him in touch with Maddy, an Orthodox Christian police officer whose helping hand burns Jeffrey s skin Her touch shows him the solution to his problem he will convert to Orthodoxy and say goodbye to the world when he gets baptized But Jeffrey s so focused on dying that he overlooks the first part of baptism the exorcism Parted forever from the demon that tormented him, Jeffrey has to learn to live as a Christian, free from the demon but not his own tendencies to mess up With compassion and coffee, confession and cake, Jeff s new Orthodox family teaches him to accept the grace given him to live into true eternal life Strengthened by new habits of faith, Jeffrey finds a new direction, purpose, and maybe even love Fans of The Screwtape Letters and The Sayings of the Desert Fathers will resonate with this story of redemption and love rooted in ancient Christian teachings