Michaelis, a young peasant, answers the call to arms in the stead of his dead father only to find that he is in the midst of the bleakest, bloodiest war his people have ever known. The Lumen Kingdom needs a hero, someone to unite them and lead them to victory. Can Michaelis be this man? Can he muster the courage to deliver the Lumen Kingdom from the brink of total annihilation? Ill-practiced traditions, time, nature, and a ruthless enemy hell-bent on eradication stand in his way.
Readers will find meaning in the names used by the author. They may even suspect a convergence of the two stories told in parallel. I would recommend this for Christian readers who like the fantasy genre, like those who have read Brian Litfin. Christian fiction should embrace a Christian worldview. Gift succeeds in that regard.
This volume is strong because the author is a Christian, a pastor, and a person who takes God's Word seriously. It lacks the depth it could have because of a lack of knowledge of the original Hebrew of the book of Proverbs. I personally appreciated the author's insights and passion for truth and for the people he serves.
Warren brings the ancient proverbs into contemporary focus by applying their truths to modern situations. Marriage, parenting, friendship, work, money, and other topics are brought under the scrutiny of this ancient wisdom. Each chapter in this thought-provoking must-have is a short essay on a specific proverb that makes God's word come alive with fresh relevance. (author's website)
Sixteen-year-old Archibald Zwick is vacationing with his family on a remote island in the Bermuda archipelago. Almost immediately on arrival, he takes his kayak out into the open ocean, where he soon becomes caught in a freak storm and is left disoriented and alone, not knowing where he is or how to get back.
When fatigue and fear have almost caused him to lose hope, he comes upon a mysterious city inhabited by a strange but friendly people. Archie, however, wants only to return to his parents, something that the inhabitants of this mysterious city seem unable – or unwilling – to help him do.
Instead, Archie becomes the center of a struggle that plunges the city into a deadly civil war, and he finds that his own fate is inextricably linked to that of his strange new world.
Will Archie ever find his way back to his parents and his home? And are there clues in the city's eight towers that will point the way home?
Join young Archibald Zwick in this epic battle of good versus evil. (Publisher's website)
Why eight towers? What is their significance (44, 145, et al)?
Truth in the Eight Towers is a fresh neunw study of the Beatitudes, suggesting that because they are Christ's introduction to the Sermon on the Mount, they summarize not only that sermon but the gospel message as a whole. In the eight Beatitudes, Christ succinctly explained not only how to become a Christian, but also how to mature in the faith.
Truth in the Eight Towers explores the Beatitudes in depth by examining both the original Greek words used in the Beatitudes and related scriptures. In addition, this study of the Beatitudes explains the symbolism in Palmer's first book, Archibald Zwick and the Eight Towers, describing how Archie's adventure is really a journey through the Beatitudes.
While Archibald Zwick and the Eight Towers is intended to draw the teen reader in, Truth in the Eight Towers should prove useful to youth pastors and others teaching the biblical truths contained in that novel to their youth. (publisher's website)
Some might argue that such a volume is unnecessary. "If a book is THAT good, it shouldn't need explanation." Tolkien readers may not only have on their shelves The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but others volumes that show their development and meaning. Truth is more of a book club Bible study companion to the novel with the author's own poetry in each chapter.
Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.