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  1. #1 Former Vampire Novelist: No Rest, Peace Without God 
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    I have always loved Anne Rice's novels. The Louis/Lestat novels are among my all time favorites.

    For 38 years, Rice was a “Christ-haunted atheist,” she says in a recently posted “I Am Second” video. Her vampire novels were a reflection of her internal struggle living in the godless world she created.

    The vampire, she says, is a metaphor for the outcast and the person who feels cut off from God.

    Rice gained fame and wealth from her vampire novels, but internally she was increasingly dissatisfied with “the world in which salvation was not a possibility,” she shares.

    “And the reason for the dissatisfaction was simple: I really believed in God,” she says in the video. “Not only did I believe in Him but I loved Him and I wasn’t admitting it.”
    Rice grew up in a Catholic home as a child but rejected her faith when she was 18 to gain freedom and search for knowledge.

    "I felt that there were so many things forbidden to me as a Christian … I felt a desperate need to be free,” she recalls.

    In the “I Am Second” video, Rice says she was reminded again and again “that as long as you are denying God you will not know any rest. You will not know any peace.”

    “You can’t save yourself through art. You can’t save yourself through music. You can’t do it through travel. You can’t do it through wealth,” Rice shares. “All your attempts at saving and transcending through other means will ultimately fail. You save yourself or God saves you when you turn to Him.”

    After nearly four decades of denying God, Rice says she was finally ready to surrender to Him. She returned to the Catholic Church in 1998.

    “I surrendered the doubts,” she says. “Imperfectly and contrite, I went back.”

    And returning to Christ has changed everything in her life. For one, she no longer feels she can work with the vampire metaphor.
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    How do you like the novels she wrote as "A.N. Roquelaure"? ;)
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    How do you like the novels she wrote as "A.N. Roquelaure"? ;)
    I liked them fine but she was an unregenerate pagan then. :D
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    There was way too much "pony" stuff for me.
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    There was way too much "pony" stuff for me.
    LOL! I read them once and that was enough for me. Those copies got loaned out about a million times, though. Now I notice that Barnes & Noble has a dedicated chick-porn section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    There was way too much "pony" stuff for me.

    But the one guy (Laurent?) really liked being a pony.

    My favorite Anne Rice book is The Witching Hour. My sister and I have a saying about my mom's family: "We are the Mayfairs". We don't have the psychic abilities, so you can deduce what we have in common with her fictional family- And they say it only happens in the south. The ending and the sequel (s) suck, but the first book itself is an amazing page turner about a crazy family haunted by a malevelont and sex-crazed demon/ghost.


    Anyone who read more than one of her older books knows that Anne's been searching to reconnect with God all along, ever since her little girl died of leukemia in the early 70s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    But the one guy (Laurent?) really liked being a pony.

    My favorite Anne Rice book is The Witching Hour. My sister and I have a saying about my mom's family: "We are the Mayfairs". We don't have the psychic abilities, so you can deduce what we have in common with her fictional family- And they say it only happens in the south. The ending and the sequel (s) suck, but the first book itself is an amazing page turner about a crazy family haunted by a malevelont and sex-crazed demon/ghost.


    Anyone who read more than one of her older books knows that Anne's been searching to reconnect with God all along, ever since her little girl died of leukemia in the early 70s.
    Yeah, even Interview with the Vampire, her first book has many elements of that--Louis as a vampire felt in many ways abandoned by God...which I imagine is how Rice felt when her daughter died.
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    I think an atheist can live a peaceful, good life without God. Still though, I always give certain atheists a very hard time for their smugness, their sunday school conception of God, and their obsessive anger over something they dont even believe in.
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    I just re-read my Ted Dekker collection, it leaves you refreshed!

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