Quest for Celestia: A Reimagining of The Pilgrim's Progress  -     By: Steven James
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Follow young Kadin as he journeys to a land no one believes in---to be healed of a disease no one thinks he has! His quest for the truth is riddled with danger, dragons, and giants trying to stop him from reaching the fabled land of the kings. A reimagining of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. 464 pages, softcover from Living Ink.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 464
Vendor: AMG Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0899578861
ISBN-13: 9780899578866
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A Reimagining of The Pilgrim’s Progress
After a chance encounter with a man whom 16-year-old Kadin believes is a wizard, his life and health begin to deteriorate. 
Out of desperation he embarks on an epic journey to a land no one in his village believes exists, to be healed of a disease no one thinks he has.
His quest for truth leads him to a fantastical world of witches, dragons, giants, danger, and deception.  Tracked by an evil lord and accompanied by only one friend, Kadin must face his greatest fear to find the healing he longs for most.
A stand-alone fantasy novel, Quest for Celestia is a complete re-imagining of one of the bestselling books of all time, first published more than 300 years ago—The Pilgrim’s Progress.
If you think you know the story, think again. Twists lurk around every corner. The journey begins now.  Destiny awakes in the hills.

Author Bio

Steven James is the author of many books including the bestselling, award-winning thrillers The Pawn, The Rook, The Knight, The Bishop, and The Queen. He’s a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest Magazine and Publishers Weekly calls him "[A] master storyteller at the peak of his game." Steven likes chicken fajitas, science fiction movies, and outdoor sports. When he’s not writing, trail running, or drinking really strong coffee, he’s hanging out with his wife and three daughters at their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee.

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    Steven James in his new book "Quest for Celestia" published by Living Ink Books gives us A Reimagining of the Pilgrim's Progress.

    From the Back Cover: A Reimagining of The Pilgrim's Progress

    After a chance encounter with a man whom 18-year-old Kadin believes is a wizard, Kadin's life and health begin to deteriorate.

    Out of desperation he embarks on an epic journey to a land no one in his village believes exists, to be healed of a disease no one thinks he has.

    His quest for truth leads him to a fantastical world of witches, dragons, giants, danger, and deception.

    Tracked by an evil lord and accompanied by only one friend, Kadin must face his greatest fear to find the healing he longs for most.

    A stand-alone fantasy novel, Quest for Celestia is a complete re-imagining of one of the bestselling books of all time, first published more than 300 years ago—The Pilgrim's Progress.

    If you think you know the story, think again. Twists lurk around every corner. The journey begins now. Destiny awakes in the hills.

    John Bunyan wrote "The Pilgrim's Progress" while he was serving a twelve-year prison sentence for preaching the Gospel without permission. For more than two hundred years it was the second-best selling book in the world, trailing only the Bible. However with its archaic language it can be a little tough to read. Enter Steven James. He has given us a 21st Century version of this classic tale. While it is still an allegory for any Christian's journey in this life it has the Steven James touch; Kadin is chased, attacked, healed, beaten, frozen and faces accusations, pitfalls, false luxury and betrayals. Mr. James has made this story super exciting. If you have read "The Pilgrim's Progress" you will enjoy this book. If you didn't read "The Pilgrim's Progress" don't worry, read "Quest for Celestia" and not only will you enjoy this book but you will receive all the flavor of the first one plus more. I recommend this book highly!

    If you missed the interview for "Flirting with the Forbidden" or "The Knight", a different series from Steven James, and/or would like to hear the previous interview where we discussed the first two books and would like to listen to it and/or listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.

    To listen to 24 hours a day non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Living Ink Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Steven James
Submitted: November 27, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I’m a writer, conference speaker and storyteller. This is my first work of fantasy.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Fantasy stories have always had a special place in my heart, and when I first became a Christian I read The Pilgrim’s Progress and was stunned by it. At the time it was as if my black and white faith was transformed into full color by seeing God through the eyes of story and not theology. I wondered what it would be like to retell the basic plot of The Pilgrim’s Progress, not as an allegory, but rather as a fantasy adventure story. That’s what gave birth to this book.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory that’s hard to follow and doesn’t really relate as well today to readers as it did when it was first written several hundred years ago. I hope people will see, within the pages of this new fantasy story, glimpses of the Light and of God’s story just as they did with Bunyan’s classic when it was written so many years ago.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I had to become intimately familiar with The Pilgrim’s Progress to write this book. As I worked on literally every page I was forced to think about my Christian walk and the meaning, metaphors and parallels to the story I was telling. I was impressed again that God’s grace is what I need most, because all too often I’ll step off the path and I need him to forgive me and get me heading in the right direction again.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Well, for this book I was obviously inspired by Paul Bunyan, the author of The Pilgrim’s Progress. I like to think that if he were around today he would read Quest for Celestia and be pleased to see how his story has morphed and changed to relate to twenty-first century readers.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  This is not a paraphrase of The Pilgrim’s Progress, but a complete reimagining of the story as a fantasy adventure. There are parallels, but it’s a stand-alone fantasy. If you’ve never read The Pilgrim’s Progress you won’t be lost at all, and if you have, you’ll see parallels to it that, I hope, will add more light on the meaning and intent of the original story.

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