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Astrologer’s Apprentice

Family circumstances force seventeen year old Robert to leave the comforts of suburbia behind for a new life in the country, where he develops an intense relationship with his eccentric Uncle Rufus.  His fascination with the older man’s ways is tempered only by his youthful desire to experience life on his own terms.  Transitioning from prep school brainiac to country boy, in the Astrologer’s Apprentice, Robert finds friendship, love, and a new perspective on his future.

Robert is intrigued when Rufus teaches him how to erect and analyze an astrological chart.  But he soon finds out that his uncle has an agenda.  Not only has Rufus written a provocative book about Heaven, but he hints about going on a crazy quest, to test the astrological hypothesis.   Empowered by his newfound connection to a well-funded group of astrologers, Rufus seems to believe, that with enough data, he and his collaborators can prove astrology’s worth.  Robert becomes concerned, not only for his uncle, but for his family, and his hacker friends.

Astrologer Exposed

“Standing there in his own forest, Rufus was profoundly conflicted.  He genuinely wanted to bring his expertise to bear on Thomas’s family problem, but he also wanted to exploit an opportunity.  Even though his plans for enhanced data collection were little more than fantasy, he couldn’t help but consider what Thomas’s employment at the U.S. Census Bureau might mean to his efforts in the future.  Deciding, right then and there, that friendship was the most important consideration, he suppressed his usury thoughts, and concentrated on helping Thomas with the turkey hunt…”

 

Country Reality

“In the midst of a dog trodden landscape in which the driveway and the yard were as one, Robert felt refreshed by the honesty and integrity in Jane’s smooth voice.  Matthew had dropped him into a cultural swamp with no warning, perhaps to see if he could survive on his own.  Robert felt that he was not only surviving, but thriving, because of the forthrightness in the character of this girl Jane.  But it was all happening too quickly for him to realize that she was to be the medium for his transformation…”

 

Twenty-five Miles

“What Rufus is saying is that maybe there isn’t any such thing as hell.   Maybe hell is nothing more than a sense of frustration about the lack of heaven.  During our lives, we have momentary glimpses of what heaven must be like.  Each and every time we get a glimpse, it’s because we have done all we can do to follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We are blessed with a sensation of peace.  The trouble is, life goes on.  We don’t get to stay in that moment.  We don’t get to stay in any moment for that matter.  The forces of life propel us forward in time, and we have to go on…” 

 

Twenty-five Miles

“I am of the opinion that there is only the Holy Spirit.  We are supposed to live our individual lives in a way that contributes to the achievement of perfection of the Holy Spirit.   When we die, our soul, as a representation of all we have accomplished, will return, and add or subtract from the truth inherent in the Holy Spirit.  This goes on for eternity until perfect love is achieved.  But remember, you can either have eternity, like ‘world without end, amen’, or a finale.  You can’t have both.  Eternity, by definition, leaves the door open for higher and higher states of enlightenment…”

 

 

New York

“Rufus was arguing that Jews, Catholics, non-Catholic Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and every other believer in redemption, had only one common denominator, a soul.  People embracing different beliefs about what happens to a soul in the afterlife was imminently reasonable, and to be expected.  But that did not mean that there were actually different afterlife realities.  There could be only one.  This was Rufus’s challenge, and based on considerable research, he nobly presented his case…”

 

 

Astrologer’s Apprentice – Kirkus Review

“A good start to a series, with durable characters and fascinating theories.” A man’s devotion to astrology draws in his young nephew as well as a clandestine organization wanting to use his skills to perfect horoscope interpretation in Jaegers’ debut drama.” Seventeen-year-old Robert isn’t happy that his family is moving to the country and that he’ll spend his senior year at another school. On the plus side, Robert will be closer to his sheep-farmer uncle, Rufus. Robert, a bright student, appreciates that his uncle’s “different”; he’s a former teacher with a unique way of thinking—most notably an extensive knowledge of … Read more

Foreword Review

“Enthusiasts of astrology and theology will appreciate Astrologer’s Apprentice for its ability to challenge the perception of God. Part coming-of-age story and part cyberthriller, David John Jaegers’s Astrologer’s Apprentice is a journey into philosophical theology through the lens of an astrology-obsessed writer and his young protégé. Blending the ancient art of stargazing with modern Internet culture, Astrologer’s Apprentice questions society’s traditional views of God and astrology. The story follows a young man named Robert as he navigates a family move to the country, teenage romance, and a relationship with his eccentric Uncle Rufus. Robert begins to learn astrology under the … Read more

Midwest Book Review

“Book One of the Astrotheologian series tells of teen Robert, who undergoes a vast change when he moves from a comfortable suburban prep school world to the country, where an eccentric uncle’s passion for astrology rubs off on the impressionable young man. But what seems a crazy passion turns into something more deadly as Robert begins to discover that his uncle’s special brand of spirituality holds some insidiously-dangerous results. It’s difficult to easily brand this story: with elements of a coming-of-age saga mixed with Christian and new age overtones and spiced with the overlay of a thriller tempered by moral … Read more