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Book Review of Erik Guzman’s “The Seed: A True Myth”

Erik Guzman’s The Seed: A True Myth

This is a great book and a highly recommended read. Erik Guzman’s writing style ranks up there with authors like C.S. Lewis, Brennan Manning, and Wm. Paul Young.

Guzman weaves for us a spell-binding fantasy novel which retells the narrative of humanity’s fall, as well as the story of God’s unrestrained, unconditional, expansive, and generously redemptive love.

If you have ever had the feeling that things were not right in your life, you will likely feel drawn into the story of Madeline and Roark. They find themselves desperately seeking to escape “The Shadow” – the unseen force of Evil that has destroyed their home and now terrorizes their existence, leaving them fearful and frustrated and seeking salvation.

Guzman takes thoughtful readers on spiritual journey into all the idols we create for our own self-preservation and relief from the troubles and tribulations of a fallen existence. In the end, like the protagonists in the story, the journey ends in the unconditional love of God.

For the theologically minded, Guzman beautiful weaves relational images of Trinitarian thought, much in the fashion of Wm. Paul Young’s contemporary classic, “The Shack.”

Disclaimer: This book review was written after receiving a complimentary copy of the book from the “Speakeasy” blogging network. I was not required to write a positive review, but only to express my own honest opinions. This information is being disclosed in accordance with regulations from the Federal Trade Commission.

 

The Seed: A True Myth
by: Erik Guzman
publisher: New Growth Press, published: 2016-05-16
ASIN: 1942572794
EAN: 9781942572794
sales rank: 56005
price: $11.34 (new), $11.58 (used)

Young Madeline and Roark are desperately running from the shadow that destroyed their home and is threatening their lives. One day, they encounter Tatus, an older man who has sworn to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the shadow, and they form an alliance with him. Tatus promises that he can keep them safe from the shadow if they will help him build a fortress. So they build.

But as fortress-building consumes their lives, Madeline and Roark are increasingly filled with anger and fear, and an unseen evil threatens to ultimately destroy them. When they finally face the shadow, he presents them with an unthinkable offer that will reveal 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 specific failure or disappointment. It’s bigger than any person. No matter what you achieve or how much you drink 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 and those we love from the pain of living in a broken world. Guzman’s “true myth” takes the reader on an unforgettable journey that is, in essence, the grand narrative of God’s redemptive work in the world. This page-turning Christian fantasy tale is packed with mystery and drama, and readers will feel the weight and power of redemption as they journey alongside Guzman’s characters in their epic battle. The Seed deftly communicates the heart of Trinitarian theology through story-without using theological language or Christian terms-and reinforces biblical themes such as God’s character and man’s true identity and calling.

 

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