The Foreword to The Prodigal Band, Self-Published by OmegaBooks in 2018, the Original Version of the Third Novel of The Prodigal Band Trilogy

Below is the original Foreword to the original, copyright 2018 by Deborah Lagarde, version of the third novel of The Prodigal Band Trilogy, The Prodigal Band, which is available as a FREE PDF download at the link in the menu above. It turns out, however, that calling this a ‘Foreword’ was a mistake since I wrote it; Forewords are usually written by another person; a Publisher, an Editor, or a Beta Reader. It should have been called an ‘Introduction.’

Further, Foreword or Introduction, the words below do state the ultimate purpose of the novel and the trilogy as a whole. Cheers!

A new post will arrive next week.

The Prodigal Band is the final novel of the Prodigal Band Trilogy. The overall theme of the Prodigal Band Trilogy is spiritual–the battle between good and evil that has plagued humanity and Earth since its creation by the Creator, the Allmighty God Who is called by other names such as Jehova or Yahweh but is in reality I AM, the LORD, as is quoted in various places in the Bible, and by His Son, the Messiah, known in the West as Jesus Christ (Yeshua in Hebrew).

The spiritual battle is encompassed in Ephesians 6:12–“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And to stand against this evil, we are to “put on the whole armor of God.” (Ephesians 6:13) Our weapons are “not carnal.” (2 Corinthians 10:4) That is, our weapons are “not of this world.” (John 18:36)

The Prodigal Band Trilogy begins with Battle of the Band, published in 1996. The band called Sound Unltd–and they are called this for a reason I state in this book–upon partaking in a nationwide tour after winning an important contest, has its band leader “praying” to an “angelic entity” for success, not realizing the “entity” is an evil one–which unwittingly leads the band into a morass on-stage and off-stage that brings about dangerous consequences that forces the band to make a hard choice at the end of this book.

The trilogy continues with The Prophesied Band, published in 1998. After overcoming the crisis written about in the first book, this novel ends with a decision that must be made, where the band is presented with a way out of the morass they had and still must deal with, whether they think they are ready to deal with it or not.

In The Prodigal Band, they make their decision, and why.

It has been the mission of this author to complete this work in the making–for many years–in order to prove to the many doubters among believers in Christ as well as non-believers–that anyone, for any reason acceptable to God the Father–can be called to accept Christ as Savior, and chosen to do so, no matter what a person had done in the past. Before he became Paul the Apostle, Saul was a hater of the belief in Christ as Savior and actually claimed in 1 Timothy 1:15 that he was a “chief” sinner. And Matthew and Zaccheus, tax collectors, Jairus, a synagogue ruler, and Peter, the son of a fishing fleet owner, all came to believe on Christ as prominent citizens. So did a prostitute, Mary Magdeline. So, why not rock and roll musicians?

Author: deborahlagarde

Born on Long Island, NY, in 1952, now live in the mountains of far west Texas. Began writing fiction stories at about 8 years old with pen and loose leaf paper, and created the characters in my Prodigal Band Trilogy as a teenager. From the 70s to the 90s I created the scenario which I believe was inspired. While bringing up and home schooling my two children I continued to work on the novels and published "Battle of the Band" in 1996 and "The Prophesied Band" in 1998. Took off the next several years to complete home schooling and also working as an office manager for the local POA. In 2016, I retired, then resumed The Prodigal Band, a FREE PDF book that tells the whole story to its glorious end. Hint: I'm a true believer in Christ and I'm on a mission from God, writing to future believers, not preaching to the choir. God gave me a talent and, like the band in my books, I am using that talent for His glory, not mine (and, like me, the band is on its own journey, only fictional.) I also wrote for my college newspaper and headed up production, was a columnist in a local newspaper in the early 2000s, and wrote for and edited "Log of the Trail," the news letter for the Texas Mountain Trail Writers, and wrote for and edited it's yearly catalog of writings, "Chaos West of the Pecos." OmegaBooks is my self-publishing sole proprietorship company founded in 1995. Other jobs included teaching secondary math, health aide, office worker, assembly line work, and free-lance writing and bookkeeping,much of it while home schooling.

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