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The Veritas Conflict

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  1,946 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
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
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Multnomah
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Jul 09, 2007 Dru rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Dan Rowling
Aug 14, 2011 Dan Rowling rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 10, 2009 Lynn rated it it was amazing
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.
Sarah Jamison
Dec 06, 2012 Sarah Jamison rated it it was amazing
Ephesians 6:12 - For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

The Veritas Conflict is a novel about Claire Rivers, a Harvard freshman. But moreso, it is a dramatic revelation of spiritual warfare as a real and present thing. Claire the student is a devout, evangelic Christian, and Feldhahn details the the difficultly of her transitio
May 03, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing

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
May 11, 2012 Literarycat rated it really liked it
There are no words to describe this book. It was beyond incredible. I haven't read a book quite like this one before.

Claire River's doesn't know what to expect when she goes off to school at Harvard. She involves herself in some Christian based organizations on campus to help keep her faith where it needs to be. But there are other forces wanting to win her own for the dark side so to speak. There are many throughout her classes that do not view Christians in a good light, and do what they can t
Apr 03, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
A fascinating perspective, an engaging story. My favorite part of the book was to peek into Claire's prayer life, how she started talking to God and leaning on Him throughout the day. In the beginning, her relationship with God had somewhat cooled off, but once she realized it and started spending more time with Him, it changed her life. I loved the way she knew her verses and was able to pull them at the right times. Claire had her defenses ready to go. It was also beautiful to see how the more ...more
Vincent Visser
Oct 28, 2016 Vincent Visser rated it it was ok
The Book starts off with a clear goal to give a message and to encourage. Nearer the end, the book is more focused on the art perspective and loses sight of the true meaning of the book. Quite disappointed with end. The main character (the girl) is not self-thinking. With all the time and exposure to her new environment, one would think that she would learn from her mistakes. Yet she continues to struggle with the same problem and does not develop much.
May 11, 2010 Tori rated it liked it
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
Sep 15, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, good pacing, imaginative story woven around the unseen and seen battles, spanning the generations, set on the campus of Harvard University. Highly recommended for anyone embarking on college studies or a parent thereof. Well done, Shaunti!
Heather Palmer
May 30, 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
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
Rachel N
Jan 06, 2008 Rachel N rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2016 WriteTheVision rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

This book was a bit convoluted and preachy at times. I think the author did the reader a major disservice when she included more than 20+ characters. I never really felt as if I were tracking one story but a bunch of mini-stories within a story, and it all seemed a little unnecessary. Streamlining could go a long way to helping this book become more enjoyably readable because I personally found it tedious. The author used the word 'startle/start' way too often as well. I believe the bes
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
Jaelle Hamann
Aug 28, 2012 Jaelle Hamann rated it it was ok
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
May 13, 2009 D. rated it did not like it
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.

Gina Mcandrew
Dec 02, 2015 Gina Mcandrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

I couldn't put this book down...lots of mystery and intrigue. There were, however, several loose ends that needed to be tied up. I won't mention those so as not to spoil the twists. I had to push myself past the first few chapters, because I was, in all honesty, not interested in the life of a college student. But, as I persevered, I saw all of the apologetics and the need to read this from a different angle. I would highly recommend this to college students and their parents: the ba
Jan 09, 2011 Leanna rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 19, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved
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
Feb 04, 2015 Janet rated it it was amazing
As a huge Frank Peretti fan, I wanted to see if Shaunti Feldhahn would compare. She does an excellent job bringing the spiritual realm to the forefront. In fact, I ended up underlining several portions that brought to my attention additional ways I could be praying for some battles I currently face. Although I did feel her characters might not have been as believable as some of Peretti's, I totally enjoyed the book and would (and have) recommend it to everyone. It certainly makes a person look a ...more
Oct 14, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
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.
Mar 27, 2011 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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!.
Apr 11, 2010 Crystal rated it liked it
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.
May 16, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing
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!
Anthony Papillion
Jun 21, 2007 Anthony Papillion rated it it was amazing
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.
Kristy Berends
Jan 22, 2016 Kristy Berends rated it really liked it
This book was enlightening to the spiritual realities alive in our world. I know I personally go about my business most of the time completely oblivious and this helped give me a new perspective on what's happening "behind the scenes" so to speak. If you are a fan of Randy Alcorn, Frank Peretti, you will enjoy Shaunti's books, including this one.
Jan 25, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
This book really showed a behind the scenes look into spiritual warfare and how the battle is intense where minds are being shaped in our higher places of learning. In particular, this book talked about the spiritual battle at Harvard. Maybe the story was a bit contrived, but the themes of spiritual warfare that it portrayed are all too real. Kept me turning the pages til it was finished.
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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.

Today, she applies her analytical skills to investigating eye-opening, life-changing truths about relationships, both at home and in the workplace. Her groundbreaking research-based books, such as For Women Only, have sold more than
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