Ian Acheson – Insight

Rather than ask Ian for a standard interview, I asked him if he would share part of his life with us, either how he met his bride, how he came to know the Lord, or something interesting from his family heritage. Ian has chosen to tell us part of his journey to faith.

Pursued

19_Ian Acheson_22.05.12_by rasha photography“It’s time!”

I woke with those two words on my lips. I knew what they meant because I knew who spoke them.

It was February 2002. I was on holiday at Disney World, Florida.

My life changed in that moment. I knew then I was being pursued.

Pursued by the one who I first met 20 years earlier as a teenager. Our relationship over that time had experienced some highs but a lot of lows. We were now experiencing a long separation. I had chosen that, not deliberately, but allowed my mess to distract me.

But He wanted me back. Just as He wants all of us back.

I responded tentatively, not sure I was deserving or worthy. I’m not, but that’s the point – we don’t need to be.

Because He is!

We started talking again. Well, I did most of the talking and still do. I still struggle to listen. I know I’m not alone in that endeavour. I found a community where I could worship. I’ve always loved worship. No matter how I feel, something magical happens when I raise my arms in surrender and praise Him.

That was then. This is now.

I’m still in that community. I’ve learnt a lot but am still very much a work in progress as I will be for the rest of my days on this beautiful earth. I hunger and thirst for more.

I feel like I’m now the pursuer.

I love how the Lord chases us down like that, and yes, we ending up running after Him. Thanks Ian for sharing. Can you tell us what you’re working on now?

Right now I’m working on the second in the series of the Chronicles of the Angelguard: “Wrestling with Shadows.”

I’ll be looking out for that one. Last week I reviewed Angelguard, and you can read it here, along with more info about Ian and his book. Thanks for joining me on my blog, Ian!

Ian Acheson – Angelguard

From the Back Cover:

9781782640035Within a period of weeks, three horrific bomb blasts devastate areas of London, Los Angeles and Sydney. No explanation is offered, no victory claimed for these acts of terror. Yet behind the scenes a Machiavellian European businessman is planning to bring the G8 nations to their knees for his own larcenous purposes, aided by the dark forces to whom he has sold his soul.

Jack Haines, an Australian academic, is grieving the loss of wife and children in the Sydney blast. Against his will he finds himself thrown into a war that transcends the physical world, a conflict in which angelic guards have a special mission for him.

A gripping novel of the unseen forces that throng our world.

Amanda’s Review:

I was looking forward to reading this novel ever since I heard about it late last year. I loved Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness, so I figured I would probably enjoy Angelguard. And I loved that the author was an Aussie.

While it didn’t quite meet my expectations, Angelguard ranged across the globe with an exciting plot involving terrorism. This was a good novel from Ian Acheson as a debut, especially as it wound up towards the climax with lots of tension. But I did find that there were so many characters, both human and spirit beings, that I often had to stop and remember who was who.

Angelguard does give a good picture of how prayer affects the spirit world, and therefore the natural world, and inspires us to get on our knees and intercede for those who don’t know Christ — and that is a great take away from the book in my opinion.

If you love action and glimpses into the supernatural, you will enjoy this novel. But be advised, there are a couple of words in there that might offend some readers. Overall though, a good read.

About the Author:

19_Ian Acheson_22.05.12_by rasha photographyIan Acheson is an author and strategy consultant based in Northern Sydney. His first novel, Angelguard, was released recently in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. You can find more about Angelguard at Ian’s website, on his Author Facebook page and Twitter.