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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
The Sect: The Windgate, Book 1 of The School of Minsitry Series by Braxton A. Cosby is a tantalizing tale of the ongoing battle of Good versus Evil in the supernatural realm. Three men are essentially kidnapped and brought to the School of Ministry, where they are informed that each of them has important spiritual gifts of great value to The Way, a secret society of Christian warriors, and they will be trained as a team to fight demons and evil spirits. The three are each put through excruciating training, where they are developed physically, mentally, and spiritually. They are taught to trust and be trustworthy. They are taught to respond quickly and correctly to any situation without wasting even a split second to “think” about their response. They are faced with all seemingly unacceptable choices, from which they must choose the most correct one immediately, before the choice is taken out of their hands. They struggle most of all with learning to trust each other, rely on each other, and know what each other is capable of and likely to do in a crucial fight.
The School of Ministry is not a religious “beat-them-over-the-head-with-the-Bible” kind of story. There is a great deal of praying, reliance on the Holy Spirit, and facing down demons and other evil spirits, but at no time does Braxton Cosby attempt to convince the reader to follow any particular religious sect or dogma. Indeed, I know of no such sect as the one featured in this engrossing tale. Cosby presents a fictional account of a very real ongoing battle, which takes place outside the normal reach of human senses. He presents this battle in a way that is tantalizing, as I noted above; I can think of no better word to describe this tale, not even by using my thesaurus.
The team of three new recruits faces many trials and tribulations, individually as well as together. The spiritual gifts they possess are extraordinarily helpful and effective as they work together toward common goals. Ultimately, they are sent to protect “the Windgate” from an extremely wicked man and a host of demons which he controls. The Windgate is a portal from Heaven to Earth through which the Holy Spirit travels; if the Windgate is destroyed, the Holy Spirit will cease to be a factor in the war of Good versus Evil. Consequently, the team’s mission is as critical as any mission could conceivably be. This story is fascinating, and will be appreciated by virtually all who read it. I highly recommend this engaging adventure.