The Company: A Parable For Our Time / Digital original - eBook
Interesting allegory with a good point!
The Company is an allegory, full of mystery, suspense, and adventure. The story starts when a massive meteor strikes the earth, leaving nothing but destruction, darkness and a small village of survivors. Left without light, fear and desperation reign until one day the question is voiced from a stranger, Ã¢ÂÂWould you like some help?Ã¢ÂÂ The stranger then meets with the elders and offers them the chance to have light restored to their village.
Seventy years have passed, and the original light source has split into three different branches, each one with considerable disdain for the others. We meet Sam, a husband and father of two children who works hard and tries to provide well for his family. When he suddenly receives the assignment to travel outside of their village, he starts upon a journey that will change his life forever.
To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with allegories. Often I find myself so engrossed with determining the meaning of each and every detail, that I often become distracted from the actual story itself. IÃ¢ÂÂm not entirely certain I understand absolutely everything that this allegory implies, but Chuck Graham does a tremendous job with drawing everything together in the end.
Reading this story made me stop and consider how I am working with the Ã¢ÂÂcompanyÃ¢ÂÂ, and if IÃ¢ÂÂm doing my part in sharing the light.
The story continues in The Rise of New Power.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity agency. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thought expressed above are entirely my own.
July 25, 2012
powerful fictional allegory for today
Chuck Graham is a powerful writer. His characters are not just believable but I am sure you will know a someone like Sam, just an ordinary man trying to earn a living for his family. Or Brian, that one person who always has an encouraging word and wise advise. How about the person who is rooted in the past, afraid to change anything. And then the opposite person who only looks to future changes, both of them forgetting the people in the present. Then there is the one who shuns both past and future and is only concerned with how it makes them feel right now.
Chuck gives us a picture of the church, the good, the bad and the ugly with his characters. He also shows us there is only one source, one light. Jesus, in this futuristic allegory.
We also get to see glimpses of Abraham, Moses, even some of the churches in Revelation. Rich with detail and emotions, The Company, is not just a work of fiction, but a picture of where each one of us stand before God.
Powerful, thought-provoking, and insightful, The Company is a well written book full of allegory not just pointing the reader to Jesus but giving an understandable explanation of the Trinity.
I can not wait to read the second book. I would highly recommend this book to any one who enjoys a great fictional story, yet one steeped in truth and reality.
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July 19, 2012
a parable about the Trinity and more
This short novel is an allegory, a parable.
On what became known in the village of Brigos Glen as Last Day, the earth went dark. Terrible black clouds covered the protected valley. For a while, generators and batteries provided light. But finally, all was dark.
The elders sent out teams to venture out of the valley to find help. Some are never heard from again.
Then one day, a voice is heard, asking if they would like some help. And so begins the story of The Company bringing power to the village, establishing The Plan. A smaller company came in to train the villagers on the management of the power and The Plan. Another company communicates with the village leaders after The Plan and the power is set up.
Some seventy years later, six people from the village are summoned to meet with The Company. Much of the story is what happens as they leave the village and meet with the leader of The Company.
I knew this was a parable so, as I read it, I tried to understand the idea communicated. I have to admit, I totally missed it. (I am sure that says more about me than the author.) Much was made of the three power companies that had developed over the years in Brigos Glen. One adhered strictly to The Plan. If it wasn't written in The Plan, it wasn't done. If people wanted power, they had to come and ask for it. Another power company believed in expanding on the plan, reaching new people, doing new things, keeping up with the times. The third power company was all about developing a new source of power, finding a new way of life not depending upon others. They didn't even bother to read The Plan, something so old and certainly outdated.
Much was made of these three approaches to The Plan and I immediately thought of how we approach the Bible and how we Ã¢ÂÂdo church.Ã¢ÂÂ I was surprised at the end of the book, where Chuck explains the motivation, that the aim of the parable is to explain the Trinity. The Trinity is represented by the three companies that brought power to Brigos Glen. Much less is written about them in the parable than the ones I mistook as the focus of the parable.
Nonetheless, there is much to think about and discuss in this story. It would make a good summer read for a book or discipleship group.
I was surprised to read at the end of the book that many of the names had symbolic meaning. Looking at that section before you read the book might help understand the parable, but then again, might distract from it.
I received a complimentary digital edition of this book for the purpose of this review.
July 18, 2012