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Giants in the Land: Book One: The Way of Things Hardcover – June 13, 2012
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The giants’ presence gives the townspeople a special confidence about life. But they have become much more dependent on the giants than they realize. One morning the people discover the giants have mysteriously disappeared. Fear and panic grip the town. Someone must find them and bring them back! Thomas, a young farmer, volunteers and sets out alone on a great journey of danger and discovery. Thomas learns the true nature of giants and what it means for him and his people. Join Thomas in his timeless rite of passage and learn what it means to become something more than you have been, why it is necessary in life, and how to do it.
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The book is one that can be appreciated by anyone from age 7 to 97! Perfectly paced and well told, the story moves the reader through time and space, transporting the reader to a place with giants in the land.
From the first page, I was drawn into the story, feeling the characters' pain and anxiety. Burbidge brings each character instantly to life, allowing the reader to make friendships along the way.
Ultimately, the book is a metaphor for life that is as simple as it is powerful. All parents want their children to learn these lessons, to inspire them to become the very best versions of themselves.
I recommend this book everyone who can read!
In Burbidge's imagined world, humans and giants have been living together harmoniously for many generations. Then, one morning, everyone was shocked to discover that the giants had disappeared and there chaos reigned.
The mayor called a meeting and proposed to send a search team to find the giants and bring them back. Although the idea was well received, the call for volunteers went unanswered.
Only Thomas, a quiet and brave young man stepped forward and accepted the challenge. He was cheered by the townspeople as tears rolled down his wife's cheeks while holding their two years old daughter, Hope.
Thomas was a farmer and an outstanding hunter. He was agile, strong, watchful, and had a keen eye. He began the quest for the giants following their footsteps through the end of town. Beyond that point, only wilderness and uncertainty awaited him. At times during his expedition, Thomas would be thirsty, hungry, and discouraged. In addition, his faith would be tested by life-threatening situations. Although his progress was slow, he stayed focused, strengthened by his faith and memories from home. Searching for the giants proved to be a life-changing experience for Thomas, whose selflessness allowed him to endure the path to wisdom and understanding of The Way of Things.
Giants in the Land is a story full of symbolism and Christian values. The author uses Thomas to demonstrate God's Divine Mercy to a servant in need. In doing so, he has created a great role model for adolescents and young adults trying to find their place in society and/or encountering difficult situations in their lives. One of the best pieces of advice in the book was spoken by Thomas's dad: ""It is in becoming something more, that we please God."
The end of the book will leave the reader wondering about Thomas's future and eagerly awaiting for the next book.
I recommend this book to adolescents, young adults, and to those working with them, as many valuable lessons could be learned and applied to dealing with the ordeals of today's youth. Although it is a work of fiction, I will dare to say the character of Thomas and the story were inspired by real events.
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NOTE: Reviewer's copy mailed to me by the publisher. This is my assessment of the book.
The premise of the book is that we all face giants in our lives, people who inspire us to reach for the impossible, to preserve. As an adult I found a lot of interesting observations in the books, however, depending again on the age group they would either find them over their head or the reading would not be entertaining enough to hold their attention.
They are a kind of Jack in the Beanstalk meets Pilgrims Progress mix. In book one, Thomas is the human who goes in search of the giants who left after having been his villages constant guardians for years. He then is challenged to go back and pick up where they left off so to speak.
Book two takes up from there and Thomas is now the teacher and encourager. I am sure there is an audience for these books. I am going to see if my grandchildren will read them, and I may be pleasantly surprised.
I received these books free for the opportunity to read them and provide my honest review from their PR firm.
I have never heard of this author. To be honest, if I had not had the chance to review this book, I probably still would never know about this author. This would have been a shame. Before I read this book I thought it was going to be a children's book. While it can be, you would have to read it to the younger children as there are a lot of words. The older children can read this book on their own. There is nothing too scary about the giants. In fact, this book is a family book.
Mr. Burbidge inserts a good lesson in this book for all to learn from...that no matter how daunting the task at hand may seem, you don't need a "giant" or anyone else to do the work for you. You are capable of doing great things if you just believe in yourself and God. In addition, you do not have to fear the loss of a loved one as they will always be there in your heart.