How do you address grief with middle schoolers?

Author Jerel Law uses angel and demon battles that swirl around everyday middle school events, like basketball tryouts. He gives the books’ hero an angel sword, angel strength and the ability to see into the supernatural “hidden realm.”

“You gotta keep their attention,” Law said of his 9- to 12-year-old target audience.

“Truth Runner,” Law’s fourth book in his Son of Angels series, debuted Nov. 5. The series, published by Thomas Nelson, follows the story of Jonah Stone who discovers that his mother is Nephilim, one of the half angel/half human creatures described in Genesis 6.

In “Truth Runner,” Jonah is distraught over the death of a loved one and tries to run away from his calling, much like his namesake in the Bible.

“The writing of book four has been some of the most personal writing for me,” said Law, who lost his wife to cancer in January 2011 and is raising three kids on his own.

“You kind of want to run away,” he said about his grieving process. But Jonah comes to terms with the fact that he’s necessary in others’ lives, and if he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do, then other people suffer.”


To find out more about Jerel Law’s books, visit Law recently joined the staff of Radiant Life Church in Huntersville.