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The Christian Reveries Collection: Tales of Divine Awakening Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 2592 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Unparagoned (November 15, 2019)
- Publication Date : November 15, 2019
- Print Length : 208 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07XF7RRKB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,452,677 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The first offering in this Collection, “The Christmas Tree,” tells its story from the viewpoint of a conifer living in family harmony in a beautiful forest. This young tree is torn from his home by “two legged creatures…with cruel voices” who haul him off to market. He becomes a Christmas tree and knows joy for a time, until the holiday passes and he is discarded. But then courage awakens in the heart of the boy to protect his tree.
The story does a good job of representing Christian truths in story form, including a vision-experience of the Crucifixion and a journey to Paradise. However, I would not give it to my 10-year-old grandson to read. He has a sensitive spirit, and the graphic depiction of the terror felt by the trees as they are being cut down would be too much for him. I could possibly read it to him, self-editing along the way, because the story does present important truths about the Christian Faith.
The second offering, a long narrative poem titled “Obama’s Dream,” is a re-casting of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with President Obama in the role of Scrooge, and Plato as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Obama is conducted on a dream journey in which he sees how many injustices he has tolerated, including Guantanamo.
Obama is depicted as having a moral conscience, and he offers standard appeals to necessity as justification for his shortcomings. He endures a trial in a heavenly courtroom, where a great struggle for his soul unfolds. This poem depicts the struggle of conscience that we would wish for any American President to experience.
Both of these parables provide creative and insightful applications of the Christian Faith to contemporary situations and circumstances.
The Christmas Tree is a marvelous “what if” story of hope wrapped in an allegory of loss. But, as the father of the young one says: "Who knows what magic happens when we're not looking."
Since I first read it this story has haunted me, and I refuse to spoil it. If I was still a pastor, I’d be bringing it out every Advent season to share with my parish. It is hopeful, loving and wise
Obama’s Dream is another hopeful story in poetry. “So spring the fruits of Heaven's vine, its seed Sown in one heart by angels in a dream, A politician with a poet's creed, A partnership that may the world redeem.”
Any ethical leader struggles, hope and wishes that he may fully answer his call to leadership, even if others have hidden agendas. In the Homer-esque poem, Abdiel LeRoy shows us something we are more aware of than ever since the post-Obama era: that hopes get tarnished but we shouldn’t give up on them.
I am again honored to be able to review two books in this set that should be on every thinking person’s book list, simple because hope is our future, and we can't change if we lose it
Highly recommended 5/5
[disclaimer: I received this set from the author and voluntarily reviewed it]
The Christmas Tree
In reading The Christmas Tree, I find it interesting how he was inspired to write this story, and I am very honored to read such lyrically charming words. He writes, so magnificently, "Now you might think that trees have no eyes, and that trees have no hearts, and that trees have no faces. But look closely at the next tree you see..." Powerful words about the life and death of a tree, a Christmas tree, along with the reverence of embracing its life. If he writes it, I will read it. I look forward to more by LeRoy.
LeRoy has a great talent for writing an epic poem. The way the words are penned together to come up with a completely grand poem is just pure talent. LeRoy has a unique way of looking at the world, and as I have read his other epic poems, this is not different and definitely not disappointing. He has a remarkable writing style, and it brings the reader in, as he paints with words. "Close by Obama’s ear, there sits the fiend, Whispering foul thoughts of evil influence. To overhear and learn what might be gleaned Of wicked schemes one angel’s preference." I look forward to reading more by this poetic author.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
The second book in this set is a poem about the outgoing President's dream... again, there are Christian themes while it has a feel of A Christmas Carol to it, This has the feel of an epic poem, and you HOPE the President gets the message! While it is a poem, you will find you can catch the meaning as you go along!
Abdiel Leroy manages to express what he sees in life in a unique manner. From what I had read of his work earlier, I was curious to see how this would appeal to me. I do enjoy reading work by authors who have a unique way of expressing themselves in a different manner in their writing. You will enjoy this as a work with heart. I enjoy the author's work and look forward to reading more in the future!
I was given an ARC, and I am freely expressing my opinion.