Deception of Magic  -     Edited By: Pam Willard, Peggy Carr
    By: Joel Edward Bouriaque
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Deception of Magic

Joel Bouriaque / 2012 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 266
Vendor: Joel Bouriaque
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.60 (inches)
ISBN: 0615549020
ISBN-13: 9780615549026

Publisher's Description

Deception of Magic is a unique Christian Fantasy that combines scripture with a humorous, action-packed fantasy world. Evangelical theology in this fantasy, aimed at youth and adults, discusses such topics as salvation, prayer, forgiveness, divorce, and of course, magic. Theology is presented using Bible verses from the KJV and NIV Bible through character interaction and action sequences. Join the adventure as God's wrath rains down on this rebellious Kingdom, which was originally founded on God's Word. Javin and his friends must fight for their very lives as their kingdom crumbles around them. Along the way, they discover many truths about God, including salvation, forgiveness, and the powerful work of the Son of God on the Cross. Javin is severely speech impaired, socially reclusive, and heart-broken over the loss of his childhood sweetheart, Chellell, who has left him and the church, to pursue magic. Angry with God for not answering her prayers as a child when her father left her mother, Chellell embraces the doctrines of magic. She is unaware that Javin gets ill whenever he is near magic users. Her strong distrust for males and God is based on her experiences of abandonment and unanswered prayers. Gevi is a fiery, half-elven girl that is a technology genius. Somehow, she always finds herself in trouble, dragging everyone around her into the chaos. Her struggles are based upon deep seeded fears from a childhood as an orphan, living on the streets. Thunderfall is a dwarven blacksmith, who adopted Gevi when she was nine. He is spiritually strong, and well versed in The Guide (Bible). Gevi is unaware that her adopted dwarven father is much more than he seems.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bible and Fantasy meet, mixed wonderfully
    March 4, 2015
    Edith Gauthreaux
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read this book to see if I would recommend to my grandchildren and/or Youth at church. I was very impressed by the way it was written and how great the author used the Bible as the reference.. I must say I would surely recommend this to the youth, our grandchildren and others, alike... Worth the read for adults as well.... Story was brilliantly delivered.. Can't wait for the next book to come out. This is the first of three.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bible, Theology, Fantasy, mixed brilliantly
    November 21, 2012
    christ reader
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The common "theory" for Christian fantasy writers is to "not preach" too much, and let the life style of your fantasy characters demonstrate Godliness and morals. The typical writer in Christian fantasy follows the allegorical mold set by the great C.S. Lewis. Deception of Magic breaks this mold for Christian Fantasy. In fact, it shatters the mold. Some allegory is used, but most of it is direct Bible, which is blended into the action very well.

    The story starts with the main character, Javin, in a well done descriptive arena combat with another fighter. We learn Javin can barely talk, is extremely shy, and socially awkward. He is also one of the greatest fighters to ever come out of the Guild of Warriors. After the arena combat, we are introduced to Chellell, Javin's childhood girlfriend. While Javin stayed strong in his faith and church, Chellell has left the church. She is part of the Guild of Magic, which strongly denies the existence of God. The paths she and Javin's have followed ended their relationship several years ago. They part ways as friends, with Chellell unaware how sick Javin gets whenever he is near Chellell or any other magic user.

    After Chellell and Javin part ways, Javin encounters a caravan of wagons being attached by goblins. He rescues them in a brilliant combat scene. We are introduced to Gevi, a half elf, half human girl. In my opinion, Gevi is probably the most developed and interesting of all the characters in this novel. She is temperamental, yet fun, with a "bubbly" personality. A lot of humor and satire surrounds her. I loved the monkey-man scene with her and Javin, as well as the combat scenes she is in near the end of the book.

    Through the rest of the story, Javin and Gevi start developing a romantic relationship. It is slow building (maybe to slow), but very clean and godly. It turns out that Javin is going to work for Gevi's adopted father, a dwarf. Meanwhile, a giant and an evil magic user from beyond the borders of the kingdom, form an alliance and build a army of giants, goblins, and creatures called gorms. The army invades the kingdom, causing mass chaos. To add to the chaos, the king over the kingdom has outlawed The Guide (Bible) and is persecuting the followers of the Lord of the Stars (Jesus), so that the influence of magic can grow. Javin and Gevi, along with Gevi's father and a couple of believers, end up on the run, fighting for their very lives.

    Chellell is confronted with the reality of magic, and forced to choose between God and Magic. Stubborn to the end, she tries to keep magic, only to have magic turn on her when she tries to help the followers of God. She and her friend Lily, end up united again with Javin and Gevi. They flee together along with Javin's village, to the Elven Forest. Intense combat occurs when the invading army attacks the elves. The brilliant combat sequences, ingeniously mixed with humor, occurs at the elven forest.

    Through the whole novel, the Bible is used. The plan of salvation is given several times, along with characters dealing with forgiveness, pride, and prayer. A lot of scripture is mixed in with combat and humor.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Joel Bouriaque
Located in: Wetumpka, AL
Submitted: November 21, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I have been married for fifteen years with two children, one of them handicapped. My family and I run a small hobby farm in central Alabama. Playing guitar and writing are my hobbies. Youth and handicapped children are a life passion for me and my wife.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Deception of Magic started seven years ago as a project for church kids. What did they want in a Christian book? What problems would you want solved? Overwhelmingly, the youth wanted heavy Bible, a fantasy, real characters, along with real problems teen face today, with Biblical answers. The surprise to me, was that they insisted it not be “watered down.” I was told to, “Write like you teach.”

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope all the readers come away with a better understanding of God, and how they fit into His plans. Life is hard for Christians, and sometimes we don't understand why God allows things to happen. Hopefully, they learn something about the Bible as well.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  The biggest impact to me was the craving youth have for a deeper understanding of God and the world we live in. I was surprised to hear from pastors, youth leaders, and parents about the conversations Deception of Magic started

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Believe it or not, my biggest influence comes from the older Christian writers, such as the Puritans. CS Lewis is another, you got to love him! The fantasy genre comes from my love for the younger generations. Issues faced then, we face today. The difference is purely the use of God's word in dealing with issues.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  We are all sinners! Through Adam, we all face a sentence of death. Jesus came, and on the cross paid for our sins. Death is not the end, but separation. We will all one day be separated from our body, which the Bible calls the first death. There is a second death, which is eternal separation from God. The good news is that all who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved from the second death. There is a heaven, there is a hell. All men decide their fate. I pray for my readers, to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, choosing heaven, instead of hell.

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