- Age Range: 11 and up
- Series: The Kingdom Tales Trilogy
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Chariot Family Pub (June 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891919384
- ISBN-13: 978-0891919384
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tales of the Resistance Hardcover – June, 1986
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9 ``Once upon a time there was a lad, with boyhood behind him and manhood close, who heard the call of the King to follow him to the Enchanted City. . . .'' The lad, Hero, heeds the call of the King, and so begin the adventures and challenges in Tales of the Resistance, a series of allegorical Christian stories which form the sequel to the author's Tales of the Kingdom (Cook, 1983). The writing is good and the tales are engrossing. Readers, however, should be forewarned that many fundamentalists will probably find this mystical, inner-city ``Dungeons and Dragons'' portrayal of Christ and Christianity objectionable. Stockman's colorful bordered illustrations, reminiscent of Trina Schart Hyman's fine work, add significantly to the feeling and tone of the book. Jerry Flack, Univ . of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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What a wonderful piece of allegory. I was mesmerized throughout, but especially in the last chapter use of imagery. Such vivid pictures raced through my mind's eye as I read/listened to the words of the authors flow through the pages. I was indeed moved with Hope, Visions, Laughter and a desire to seek out the other two books in this trilogy.
Was this book written for young children to understand on their own? I guess it depends on their level of spirituality. As an adult, I loved every single bit of this book. It touched me deeply. I think it's a good conversation piece for families of small children to discuss. Middle school children may be able to comprehend this allegory or maybe it will appeal to them as a nice piece of fiction. With prayer, the Holy Spirit could work on their hearts to teach the meaning of the book.
Highly Recommend this book and hoping the other books in this trilogy will live up to this wonderful work of words.
This book is the 2nd in the series. It's an allegorical book subtly and through a fantasy-ish style follows the events (& adventures) of a young man who as a child had escaped Enchanted City, which is ruled by the evil enchanter. The young man now follows his King back into Enchanted City to rescue others, and to ultimately confront the Enchanter.
The adventures include rescuing orphans from the underground furnaces, a beautiful actress during her performance, a heartbroken princess, a little girl from the crazy roller-coaster in her mind, and various others. Ultimately, there's a show down between the Enchanter and the King with a dramatic ending.
Without going into detail and spoiling the story for you, each chapter is a story by itself, but all part of the young man's daring adventures and escapes from danger. Each chapter begins with an introduction of sorts and the launches into the story, which is exciting, sometimes dangerous, and always gripping. At the end of the chapter, there is a moral which sums up the message of the chapter.
Although this allegory beautifully represents God's heart for us, if you are not a believer, the stories will not be offensive as the Christian messages are not obvious or hammered upon. It will be a great adventure that your children can relate to, enjoy, and the good moral messages will encourage and inspire them.
Personal note: At the time I finally got the first book in the series, "Tales of the Kingdom" I was dealing with depression. I had recently delivered my 4th baby and about 6 months later, fell into a dark place emotionally. I would read only 1 chapter in the evening to my little ones before bedtime, and often through choked-back tears, God would use these stories to minister to my heart while inspiring and teaching us all. Through these stories, He was showing me His heart for me as well as for my children, bringing hope, faith and healing.
Reading these books to them became a special, about twice a year thing. They would be quiet, and listen with rapt attention, and as I completed the chapter, they would BEG for another one. (By the way, a great way to encourage kids to want to read/hear more is to tell them that they have to wait until tomorrow to hear more - builds anticipation!) I never pointed out to them the allegorical similarities between the boy's stories and the Christian faith, trusting God to bring the revelation at the right time. A few years after we started reading them, my son commented on how he just realized that the story was a lot like the story of Jesus. :D We had a neat conversation afterwards.
Years later, my now adult son was home for a visit and as I sat down in my youngest son's (child #6) room to read a chapter to him, my older son quietly slipped into the room, sat against the wall and listened as I read. Even as adults, my kids love the stories, and I still tear up just sharing about them with others, even as I write this review.
My plan is to buy the books for my grandkids, so I'm hoping that the publishers will do another printing of the hardcopy versions. In my opinion, these are keepsakes, to be shared through the years and handed down to the next generations. For that reason, I just really didn't like the paperbacks.
On par with Narnia and Pilgrim's Progress, my butt.