Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Seed: The True Myth by Erik Guzman


Title:  The Seed: The True Myth
Author: Erik Guzman
Publisher: New Growth Press
Release Date:  May 16, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction: Christian Living



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.

The 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.



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.


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Erik Guzman is Vice President of Communications and Executive Producer at Key Life Network. He's the cohost of the nationally syndicated talk show Steve Brown, Etc. and announcer for "Key Life." His writing has been featured in Key Life's magazine and online at KeyLife.org, Liberate.org, Burnside Writers Collective, and Sojourners (sojo.net). He is also a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a drummer, and a 5th degree black belt in Aikido. Erik, his wife, and three children live near Orlando, Florida.

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