9 Mar 2013

Book Review -- Through The Dark Woods (Treasures of Darkness - Treasures of Light)

Submitted by John T Reagan

I have thought, on occasion, that it might be fun to write a fiction book.  I haven't made the attempt because I strongly doubt my skill at developing characters and describing settings.  I'm not at all sure I could adequately weave a good plot line.  Still, doubts notwithstanding, I may try my hand at a novel someday.  However, regardless of whether I write fiction or nonfiction, my overarching goals are that God be glorified and that my readers find themselves walking closer to Him through the things that I write.

I suspect that newly-minted author Geno Allen shares those goals with me.  I say this, because his new book Through the Dark Wood (Treasures of Darkness – Treasures of Light) strongly gives glory to God and anyone reading it will find their faith strengthened and their walk with God enhanced.

The story begins when Zam, a young shepherd boy, receives a message through supernatural means.  This message includes specific instructions from a person called Elyon.  Zam has never heard of Elyon, but chooses to follow his lead and the story unfolds as Zam begins his travels.  Zam, a friendless young man without any family, by following this Elyon's instructions finds both deep friendships and family bonds.  He learns the skills of a warrior, battles dragons and other dark beasts, rescues maidens, befriends a stone monster, and learns that Elyon always seems to come through no matter how hopeless the crisis may seem.  In other words, Zam learns to walk in faith.

When I finished this very enjoyable fantasy-fiction read, I found my own faith strengthened and my trust in God confirmed.  I strongly recommend this book.  If you choose to read it, this phrase will become your mantra as it has mine:

"Elyon will decide!"

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