When I learned that Annie Lobert had written a book that described her descent into human trafficking and her radical conversion through the Lord Jesus Christ, I was eager to hear this incredible redemptive tale. Her husband, Oz Fox is the lead guitar player in the band that I’ve followed since the mid 80’s, so Annie Lobert’s book in my mind became required reading.
Fallen is an extremely difficult book to read. Annie Lobert tells the sad tale of her journey into darkness where she is manipulated, beaten, bruised, lied to, and abused. The book is an inside look at what the German’s refer to as the zeitgeist – the spirit of the age. Lobert unveils a worldly system that most people are captivated by. She refers to this worldly system that reeled her in as “a new, rich lifestyle that commanded my attention, and ultimately my worship.” Behind the glitz and glamor, however, is a vicious worldview that lures the unsuspecting. Shrouded behind the veil lies a plethora of pain, suffering, suicide, horror and tragedy. Herein lies the greatest strength of the book. The author paints a true portrait of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Fallen is a vivid reminder of the truthfulness of Proverbs 16:25.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
A series of circumstances drew Annie to the Savior, where she repented of her sin and accepted the free gift of salvation from God through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Some doctrinal difficulties emerge in the book that are influenced by some charismatic teaching that cannot be supported by Scripture such as receiving the Holy Spirit subsequent to one’s initial encounter with Christ. Scripture clearly tells us, “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:13).
Ultimately, Fallen is about the redemptive work of Christ which took root in Annie Lobert’s heart. For this God receives all the glory, not only for her salvation and deliverance from the chains of sin but also for her ministry that she currently has in Las Vegas, which ministers to sex trafficking victims and prostitutes. Lobert’s testimony is a reminder that no one is out of the reach of God’s amazing grace!
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.