Songs of the Deliverer II

Faith Wins

Christian - Fiction
246 Pages
Reviewed on 12/01/2016
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Author Biography

I write to reveal my journey in faith. "Songs of the Deliverer" is a contemporary re-imagining of the story of Christ set in modern day. The Gospel of John ends with the verse: "Jesus did many other things. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." The "Songs of the Deliverer" is my contribution to fill the world with the good news of Christ. It is the first in a series.

"Songs of the Deliverer II - Faith Wins" is the story of the apostles who overcome torment and oppression to tell the world of the miracles Christ did and the promises he made. Their witness is our salvation. This is the second book of the series.

"A Perfect War" is a novel that exposes the threats to America as a result of failed governmental policies, misguided political leaders, and unforeseen global attacks. "A Perfect War" shows that what made America great in the past, is what is needed to restore America to greatness once again: belief in the fundamental truths of liberty and freedom.

Here is something else to know about me: I am a fundraiser for a Catholic university living and working in the midwest. I am a husband and I am a father.

And I am a Christian.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Songs of the Deliverer II: Faith Wins by Elvo Fortunato Bucci is a testimonial of the works and proclamations of the Apostles of Emmanuel. Twenty years have passed since the death and resurrection of Emmanuel. A Gospel Council is formed from an elite group of his followers. United with purpose, they become witnesses of the Truth, spreading the Good News of Christ. Supported by President Neroh, Governor Herold wants to put an end to the nonsense, and silence their voice permanently. One zealot for justice emerges, a Prosecutor who will not stop until every Christian is imprisoned for treason. However, Prosecutor Paulos di Tauris’ strong-willed resolve falters when a persistent phantom voice keeps asking him “Why do you persecute Me?” One day Paulos is hit with a burst of Light, encountering the presence of Emmanuel first hand. From that moment on, he becomes a fugitive for Christ. Aligning himself with the Gospel Council, di Tauris becomes known as Paul. On the run, Paul travels from town to town as a herald of the Gospel. He is a man with a mission, determined to share his story with all who will listen.

Picking up where Songs of the Deliverer ended, Faith Wins continues to parallel the scriptures of the New Testament with a contemporary tone. Well-versed in the biblical account of the life of Christ, the power of Elvo Fortunato Bucci’s personal faith is revealed in the narrative. Bucci mimics the biblical story of Christ and his disciples with a modern day touch using creative liberties; he remixes the past into the present. The cast of characters grows through their personal relationship with Emmanuel. Some of them were eye witnesses, a friend of Emmanuel, while others believed and followed due to the story of another. The depth of each character is challenged by the persecution of their faith. The antagonists are the agents of evil to destroy the spread of Christianity. They are controlled by the malicious Antichrist spirit promoting the ageless conflict between good and evil.

One of the most pivotal points within the narrative is when the question of “What defines you?” is asked. This question is one all of us should ask ourselves on our journey of life. Who am I? Why am I here? What do I believe? Who do I follow? are all encompassed in the meaning of our lives. As the action of the story begins to descend, the reader is reminded to “Be worthy of the life you have been gifted.” Life is precious, live it to the fullest, hold fast to your convictions, be a witness of the goodness and greatness of Christ, and in the end, “Faith Wins.”

Maria Beltran

Songs of the Deliverer II: Faith Wins by Elvo Fortunato Bucci is a 240-page Christian fiction novel that tells the story of Christ's apostles after his devastating death by crucifixion. A sequel to The Songs of the Deliverer I from the same author, which tells the story of Christ Himself, this is an attempt at a reconstruction of what became of the apostles who had witnessed the many amazing miracles of Christ, who has just died on the cross with His followers considered no better than common criminals. Coming from different backgrounds and with their lives also in danger, it is now up to these apostles to tell the world the story of Christ's miracles and His promise of salvation for all mankind. This is indeed not only the apostles' story, but a fantastic tale of how the seed of Christianity was planted.

Songs of the Deliverer II: Faith Wins is a book that every Christian should find time to read. Elvo Fortunato Bucci, with a lot of help from the New Testament, puts together a compelling story of a diverse and forsaken flock who faced redemption itself and had the daunting task of keeping the story of Christ alive. Bucci certainly knows the New Testament very well to be able to weave together how the apostles actually lived during the years after the death of Jesus. This is a work of fiction that is both informative and entertaining. As such, it is ideal for young readers who might get easily bored in reading the New Testament. Without the apostles, none of us would have known anything about the life and times of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Darin Godby

Author Elvo Bucci in Songs of the Deliverer II: Faith Wins presents a very interesting and challenging book, one that engages the reader from the opening pages. The reader who has read the Bible and would like a modern interpretation of it and many of the stories and miracles found within, would enjoy the penmanship of author Bucci. The reader is quickly drawn into the story, feeling as though they are right there with the characters, being involved in each scene. Dominique is a character that could make them feel like you or I as we inquisitively ask questions and desire to learn more about this man named Emmanuel. Regardless of a soup kitchen, hospital, an airplane or whatever the instrument that is used within the story, the focus is upon getting the message out about Emmanuel, who He is and what He has done.

Songs of the Deliverer II: Faith Wins reaches beyond the biblical language that many feel they can't read and/or understand. Many feel like the Bible isn't relevant to the present way of living. However, one can quickly see within this fictional work of art that it can be made to come alive and encourage the individual to no longer live for themselves, but rather to turn their life over to Emmanuel and live for Him. Moving the reader through the stories of the New Testament, one has a fuller understanding of how they must live their life and trust in the God of Heaven.

Vernita Naylor

If the Bible was written today, how would it look, what would it say, who would be among the apostles and disciples? Songs of the Deliverer II: Faith Wins by Elvo Fortunato Bucci is a Christian book that will appeal to the young and millennials of today. Songs of the Deliverer II tells the story of the modern day Christ, Emmanuel. His disciples and apostles include Nathan, Toma, Thad, Felipe, Andy, Magdalena, baby Lazarus, Jon and Jaime. In Songs of the Deliverer II, you will witness several parallels, scriptures, and events to the Bible of old. Songs of the Deliverer II gives a personal appeal for today's world. With each generation there must be a special approach in sharing the Gospel, and you will find this as you read Songs of the Deliverer II.

I found Songs of the Deliverer II truly intriguing and anyone that reads it will as well, to see baby Lazarus being raised from the dead, Christ telling the apostles to go and make witnesses and believers out of the people, Jon being persuaded about writing of the resurrection of Christ, and the anger of Herold to eradicate the risen King. You will see how in John 21:6, He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. If you are on the fence and seeking another way to learn about the Bible, maybe the story of Songs of the Deliverer II: Faith Wins by Elvo Fortunato Bucci can give you another perspective.