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But as fortress-building consumes their lives, Madeline and Roark are increasingly filled with angerand fear, and a greater evil threatens to ultimately destroy them. When they finally face the Shadow,he presents them with an unthinkable offer that will reveal the shocking secrets of the forgotten past,the unseen present, and the unimaginable future.
We've all had the feeling that something's not quite right with our lives. It's bigger than any specificfailure or disappointment. It's bigger than any person. No matter what you achieve or how much youdrink or sleep, you can't shake it. It haunts you-night and day-and propels you to do something.So you build. You build and build the maze that is your exhausting life. Sound vaguely familiar?
The Seed: A True Myth is a journey into the personal labyrinths we create to protect ourselves andthose we love from the pain of living in a broken world. Guzman's "true myth" takes the reader onan unforgettable journey that is, in essence, the grand narra-tive of God's redemptive work in theworld. This page-turning Christian fantasy tale is packed with mystery and drama, and readers willfeel the weight and power of redemp-tion as they journey alongside Guzman's characters in their epicbattle. The Seed deftly communicates the heart of Trinitarian theology through story-without usingtheological language or Christian terms-and reinforces biblical themes such as God's character andman's true identity and calling.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Just Commonly3 Stars Out Of 5Visionary retelling, but takes time to get into.June 30, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The Seed: The True Myth by Erik Guzman is a creative retelling of the Creation story, with liberties taken by the author in turning this into a fantasy tale using symbols and paraphrases. The story of man's fall and God's redemption in a way that are compelling to read once you get past the initial stages of getting use to the author's prose. It took some time to really get into, but I can see where many will find The Seed captivating as it parallels our lives. To me, for someone who enjoys fantasy novels, did not find the same with The Seed. Though I do find theological merit in this book, I can't get over the complex and intricate webs of allegorical progression through-out, which can be confusing at times. In all, a story that provides rich images of Biblical stories and underlying truth of man's sin, God's love and redemption. It may very well be a story that ignites some in seeking God's words.
This review first appeared on Just Commonly Blog.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5a true mythJune 25, 2016Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"The Seed" is an interesting read by Erik Guzman and one that really made me think a lot throughout the book. Guzman has been compared to C.S. Lewis as far as the writing style and type of story and I completely agree. I was not sure what to expect with this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was immediately drawn into the story and I loved how it was written. I was able to become completely immersed I the story and draw parallels with my own life and y relationship with God. This is a deep read, but don't let that push you away as it is a great summer read that will take you on a journey to truth and how G*od redeems each of us. Not any one of us lives a perfect life and we may be living with regrets from the pasts and looking ahead with apprehension to the future and wondering what if's. Yet throughout life and in each moment God is right there guiding us if we let him take control.
EAHendryxSanta Clarita, CaAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5The Seed by Erik GuzmanJune 24, 2016EAHendryxSanta Clarita, CaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2The Seed by Erick Guzman is an interesting tale depicting an enhanced and slightly changed version of the Biblical narrative of the Garden of Eden and the fall and redemption of man. Using a total of five characters throughout the story, I feel the term "myth" is accurately applied to this book.
I will agree that Guzman takes liberties to create an interesting story without "theological language or Christian terms", though for any Christian familiar with the Biblical narrative, the story is easily mapped out. I did appreciate the vivid parallels that Guzman was able to convey between a society (not unlike ours) that works to wall ourselves off and thinks we are better than we are. I also enjoyed his depiction of good and evil and the way that, to those without eyes opened to the way of Love (his character name for God), what you see as "good" looks uninteresting and even repulsive.
To be honest though, I didn't enjoy this like I thought I would. I read "Christian fantasy tale" in the description and the comparison of C.S. Lewis by early reviews, and my mind immediately jumped to something along the lines of The Screwtape Letters (my favorite Lewis novel.) Reading The Seed, I didn't personally see those comparisons. I found myself mired in uninteresting and simplistic dialogue, an off putting sense of the world/time spectrum, and an unnecessary use of foul language.
I understand that putting the term "myth" in the subtitle allows for an adjustment of expectations and I would agree this is much more "myth-like" than it is novel or story-like. It's an allegorical journey but not a story in the way Lord of the Rings is allegorical. Go into it realizing this and you may enjoy it if that type of book appeals to you.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
JDM5 Stars Out Of 5Great book illustrating the heart of God for us!June 16, 2016JDMQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I want to preface my review by stating, I dont usually read fiction books anymore. And quite honestly at first glance of this book I was tempted to pass by it like I generally do so many others in this genre. However, I managed to look at it just long enough to see the description of this book and felt drawn to read it. I was not disappointed! This is definitely a book I would recommend to others. Regardless of if you read fiction books or non-fiction books this book is great.
From the start of the book Guzman does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the story. Guzman wrote this book in such a captivating manner. I generally do a lot of reading but I was so drawn into the story of this book that I finished it in less than 2 days. Really if the first day had been longer I could have finished it then. One of the things I love the most about the book is although the book is fiction it is rooted in immense truth that defines who we are as people and the journey we all find ourselves in throughout our lives. Through metaphor and allegorical insight you come to see yourself in the story and through it become deeply connected with Gods story as well.
In a style much like Tolkien and C.S. Lewis the reader embarks on a journey where things are not always as they appear. Allow your understanding of what is important in life be expanded. Come see how our most prized trinkets and pursuits, with the right perspective, can repulse us. How the things that once quenched our hunger and thirst dont really satisfy. And see that we are all called into a larger story than what we often settle for.