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Claire Rivers races to the mailbox to receive a letter of acceptance to Harvard University while a heavenly battle rages. In this fast-paced, suspenseful novel, the ageless war for the hearts and minds of students on our college campuses is revealed. Conflict between unseen evil and angelic forces reflects their battle for victorious living amidst confused messages. When C...more
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Published September 1st 2000 by Multnomah Books
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Dru
The whole book just left me flabbergasted, wondering if the battle of spirit did indeed take place. And if so, do I have angels or demons around me?

The book itself was so well written, that I was so creeped out by the idea that I had to read a "happy book". I've read this at least 3 times, and had to do the same thing each time. I love how the characters are unknowingly connected to each other, and how the author unfolded it: just as God has plans for us all, and we may not see the big picture...more
Amy
One word...WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book was AWESOME!!! I strongly encourage reading it, especially for people enetering college.
My book club review:

Christian fiction is not the most popular genre in today’s reading. There is usually a good reason for this. Foreseeable plots, thin characters, and evangelical teachings turn people off. One author, though, is bringing new revelation and life into Christian fiction. Her name is Shaunti Feldham and her book, The Veritas Conflict, is a breath of fresh...more
Lynn
Having read this book twice, I'm amazed (but not sure why) each time at the depth of deceitfulness and twisted values that permeate the halls of Universities across our country that were actually founded to offer a Christian education.
Tori
For Book Club:
There is a battle raging. It's right there in the silence, a deafening clash of swords and the blasts of trumpets, in this realm, but at the same time, not. It's for the very heart and soul of your next door neighbor, for your child or sibling, even for you. There is a battle raging. And there is no remaining neutral.
Claire Rivers is a Harvard freshman, trying to fight against the hostility for her Christian faith, while just trying to survive her first daunting year of collage at...more
Dan Rowling
WOW What a book! One of the best that I've ever read and definitely the best in a long time. I loved how the author started out with a little bit of history(much like Clive Cussler) to give some much needed background to lay the ground work for the rest of the story. I'm not sure where other reviews get dryness from in the beginning, because the first part is very important to plot points that come up throughout the book. The spiritual warfare that is similar to Peretti's books is excellent too....more
Elizabeth

This novel impressed me on many levels. First, the characterization was excellent. I came to care about all the characters in the novel (and there were quite a few). We learn a lot about the main character, Claire Rivers, as well as several of the minor characters. The author gives us enough of a glimpse into their psyches to allow us to feel connected to each of them.

The plotline was engaging and well paced. There were a few parts of the story that dragged a bit. But for the most part, I was a...more
Heather Palmer
Oct 09, 2009 Heather Palmer is currently reading it
Claire Rivers races to the mailbox to receive a letter of acceptance to Harvard University while a heavenly battle rages. In this fast-paced, suspenseful novel, the ageless war for the hearts and minds of students on our college campuses is revealed. Conflict between unseen evil and angelic forces reflects their battle for victorious living amidst confused messages. When Claire and her roommate encounter attacks on their faith, a deeper mystery -- involving Harvard's Christian heritage, the pull...more
Megan
I really liked this book. I don't think it was the best I have ever read, but it was very well written. For some reason, I didn't like the main protagonist. At least, I didn't like her until the last few chapters. I don't think everyone would feel this way; I think most people would really like her from the start. I loved that I learned by reading this book. I am a Christian, so I enjoyed that it was written for Christians. It had a lot of scenes with angels and demons, and I love it when author...more
Chas Funderburg
Mrs. Feldhahn does an incredible job of seeing the world from both the human aspect and the spiritual aspect. She portrays them both very well. This is Speculative Fiction because no one has ever seen angels in the spiritual realm, nor do we know exactly how they act or interact. But she makes both very believable.

That she takes on the subject of spiritual decay, using Harvard University as her setting, only makes the story all the more interesting. Harvard was originally founded as a Christian...more
Rachel N
Frank Peretti fans will love this novel by “new to the literary scene” Shaunti Feldhahn. A former Harvard graduate student, and historical researcher, Feldhahn brings a unique and fresh perspective to the literary realm. This book, much like This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Peretti, jumps back and forth between the “earthly realm” and the “spiritual realm.” Readers get a “behind the scenes” glimpse of the battle between angels and demons over the destinies of us humans. With th...more
Kristin
I thought I would enjoy it more as it paralleled Frank Perretti's "This Present Darkness," but for some reason it didn't read the depths that Perretti was able to plumb. But a good book, nonetheless!
Aubree Dawson
The main character in this book is someone who I wish to be like someday, confident without being prideful, and loving to all. Her name is Claire. She goes into college and struggles to discern what truth and loving people really is. My favorite quote from the book is when she is talking someone she admires and is in the midst of really hard times and they say
"Truth shall win."
That just gave me such hope. I am a Christian, and that remInder was a really powerful one that just jumped out at me. I...more
Starr Bruner
I loved this book when I was young and in church camp. I'm not sure I'd feel the same now... Perhaps it's worth a re-read.
Tiffany
the book was not interesting for me till page 345. i could have put the book down up till that point and never picked it up again, usually i HATE not finishing a book.
i thought there was a TON different subjects and had no clue what the point of the book was. felt like the author was using the book as platform to fix past experiences that didn't go the way she would have liked it to happen the first time. i know someone who is working on writing a book, i told this person: "PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEAS...more
Leanna
I just finished this on my Kindle, after starting it yesterday afternoon. I COULD.NOT.PUT.IT.DOWN. It's an exciting story - but just as importantly - it is a must-read for Christians. And a must-must-must-read for Christians on a college campus.

This gives a frighteningly real picture of spiritual warfare. (I'll admit to having a bit of trouble sleeping last night.) A great base for learning how to defend your faith to those who would attack you on the basis of reason, etc.

I got this while it wa...more
Jaelle Hamann
Seriously this book has some of the worst character names and cheesy lines I've ever read. And the end turning into this big kidnapping and chase scene was reaching. I wanted to like it because I do believe there is an invisible realm that deeply effects our lives. I was looking forward to this read of only for that. But I couldn't get past the horrible character development and just plain awful writing. This book is a bit of a mess. A good reminder of the spiritual significance of prayer and th...more
Kelly Atkins
A wonderful depiction of the spiritual battles going on around and within us!
Larry
This is the best author I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
Chris
This is an incredible book, and it shows that Shaunti Feldhahn should spend time writing more fiction material. This is an elaborate story of a girl and those that she forms relationships with at Harvard University. It is a story about supernatural spiritual encounters with people, God, angels, and minions of darkness. It is well written, exciting, and consuming. The ending isn't really what you want, but it doesn't ruin the book. It is a fantastic read, especially if you like a little supernatu...more
D.
Predictable. Poorly written.

Loooooooonnnnnnnnngggg passages of exposition that leave the reader thinking, "Did this woman just need to show off her knowledge of apologetics?"

The fact that so many people really enjoyed this book only reinforces my long-held belief that we need BETTER Christian fiction writers out there. Because let's face it: You might be able to say "decent Christian fiction"...but this book doesn't have any literary value outside of that circle. And I find that sad.


Michael Hsu
This is a well written book about the spiritual battles that is happening in the unseen world. Although this book is fictional, there is enough reference to scripture to make the story believable which is why I enjoyed reading this book.
Anthony Papillion
Jun 21, 2007 Anthony Papillion rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian Fiction Readers
Shaunti Feldman is one of those rare writers that can take a solid moral and religious theme and make it accessible and interesting to a mass market.

The Veritas Conflict follows a young Christian co-ed as she weaves her way through a liberal college experience. Will she give into sexual temptation? Liberalism? Atheistic teachings? Or will she, and the angel hosts guarding her, win out and keep the faith?

Excellent read and VERY NON-PREACHY.
Jenny
This is the best Christian fiction book I've ever read, I am so happy I found it. The plot was well crafted and inspirational, with the right amount of Apologetics and scripture. The characters were well developed but not overly sappy (in my opinion, most characters in Christian books are 'weeping' every five pages). This book gives a hopeful, interesting perspective about the spiritual warfare happening for our souls. Loved it!
Crystal
Really interesting read. The writing starts off a little dry but gets better as the story expands. I was really able to see the spiritual warfare as I read through, and the imagery was pretty arresting. Though it doesn't have a warning, I think that the reader should pray for God to guard your mind and spirit before you read it because I had some really awful nightmares inspired by the spiritual warfare the book portrays.
Stephanie
I keep going back and forth on this book. I really loved the idea behind it...the spiritual battle that went on and still is going on at Harvard. It reminds me of Perreti's Piercing the Darkness. I think we forget about the very real spiritual battle that goes around us all the time. Books like these are eye opening. However, there were times the plot seemed to drag and quite frankly, it took me a while to get through it.
Laurie
This is a thriller that prevented me from getting anything useful done this weekend! I highly recommend it. My only complaint is that the Kindle edition is terrible. There are typos on almost every page and more than one on some. most are easy to figure out, some are trickier, and there were a few I never did figure out. It was free for Kindle, though, so i guess i shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth,lol!.
Norma
This was a great story, a real page turner. However, I only gave it 3 stars due to the kindle edition was filled with typos and formatting errors which totally distracted from the story (you had to figure out what the word was, reminded me of a crossword puzzle!). Other than this, it was a great story, in that I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning just to finish it!
Trisha DeBoer
This book was a bit too preachy for my liking. It had some interesting bits of intrigue and suspense, but all that was marred by the framework of "My side is right and your side is wrong." I also found it to be too predictable. The premise is good, what with the "good vs. evil" bit that can be so intriguing (a la "Angels and Demons"), but this just seemed to miss the mark.

Kelly
Finished this book a few weeks ago though forgot to leave a review. I found this book to be very well written; original concept that seems like a difficult one to fully pull off to the readers liking but the author did a fantastic job! The character development pulled you into their lives and thought process. I didn't want to put it down! Highly recommend!
Donna
The battle of good and evil is raging over Harvard, and Claire Rivers goes right into the middle of it. She doesn't realize it, but her choices are pivotal to the battle's outcome. Will she choose correctly? How does the power of prayer figure into all of this? Good story with action that will keep your attention.
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Shaunti received her graduate degree from Harvard University and was an analyst on Wall Street before unexpectedly becoming a social researcher and best-selling author.

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