The Delusion by Laura Gallier: A Book Review

Imagine if you took a drink from a well in the woods of your land because a man you do not know was there and kept pestering you to drink the water.  When you look down at the well, it is dry, but when the man pulls up the bucket, it’s full of clear water.  Once you take a drink, you get a serious stomach cramp and think you might die.

Surprisingly, you make it through the night, but when you wake up, your reality is completely different.  Almost all the people you know and love have shackles and chains on.  They have shackles around their necks and cords coming out of their heads.  When you look closer, you see their vices written on the cords, and the names of those who have impacted their lives and added a chain to their being.

As if all of that is not bad enough, you start seeing beings that you name Creepers.  Creepers are hideous beings that attach to human beings’ chains and feed on their vices.  So, if a person is feeling down, worthless, and hopeless, a Creeper with “Suicide” written on him attaches to that human and whispers to the person all the reasons why they should commit suicide.

Such is the world that Owen Edmond’s wakes up to after he drinks the water in Laura Gallier’s new book, The Delusion.  For a long time, he worries that he is psychotic.  However, he finds some good things in his new reality.  There are some humans that he calls “Lights”, who do not have shackles and cords; instead, they emanate a light that repels the Creepers.  In addition, Owen finds beings doing good, who he calls Watchmen.

Within this new reality, Owen sets out to save the ones he loves from destruction.  It’s certainly not an easy task.

My Thoughts on This Book

I’m normally not a fan of this kind of book, but I really liked The Delusion.  Not only was it an interesting story, but it made me realize how easily are thoughts, especially our negative thoughts, can shape us and drive our behavior.

In addition, if we have faith, we can overcome much more than we realize.  I plan to have my 13 year old read this now that I’ve finished.  There is much to be learned here about the power of your thoughts.

I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book in this series.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.

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