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The Tower of Geburah (Archives of Anthropos) Paperback – October 1, 1978
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About the Author
John White was born in Liverpool, England, on March 5, 1924, and grew up in Manchester. After serving as a reconnaissance photographer in the Fleet Air Arms during World War II, he completed medical training at Manchester University. He later participated in a variety of short-term missions efforts (including Bible smuggling!) and capitalized on many opportunities to encourage Christians behind the Iron Curtain during the beginning of the Cold War.
On June 25, 1955, White married Laureate May O'Hara. From 1955 to 1964 he served as a medical missionary with New Tribes Mission. Later he was appointed associate general secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students of Latin America.
White emigrated to Canada with his family in 1965 and later completed his residency in psychiatry in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He next filled the post of associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and also served locally as pastor of Church of the Way.
He wrote 25 books as well as numerous articles and study guides. A much sought-after speaker, he lectured around the world at churches, conferences and leadership events. During his later life, White moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, helping to plant a Vineyard church there (Surrey Vineyard) and becoming involved in the larger Vineyard Christian Fellowship.
John White died in 2002, but his written ministry lives on, with over 1.5 million of his books in print.
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The only thing I would change about this series is that sometimes it seems that the protagonists are too easily rescued out of dire situations. That seems to happen enough that when they are getting into danger I don't take it that seriously because I know that Gaal will rescue them and no harm will come to them. Even death is not so dire since one character gets resurrected after they die, so what's the point of being in danger? Oh well, I guess it's for kids and I still love the series!
To label, or worse, dismiss this as some derivative work misses out on what truly is a fantastic epic. As big a fan as I am of the Lewis stories in Chronicles, this is a `two-track' book that works just as well as a `children's fantasy' as a plain good old yarn suitable for adults as well. White does a particularly good job with this one, but the others (all available on Amazon) will flesh out the story in fine fashion.
I urge any parent of a child 8 or older (the intense imagery might be too much for a younger audience) to read this to their children, but I also encourage anyone looking for a well-written fantasy tale to pick this up. It has all the requisite elements - magic, villains, monsters, heroes, hubris and redemption - of many fantasy stories, but with a unique literary approach. I must agree with the `linguistic tour-de-force' review, as an adult understanding of ancient (real) languages opens a completely different perspective.
White's work truly stands on its own and in many ways I find it superior to Lewis in creating a vivid, humorous, and well-constructed world, and ultimately a very satisfying story. As a Christian, I find myself in tears reading this one in particular, as the Christ-type allegory is beautifully done. I find that adult Chronicles fans love Narnia as much for the nostalgic recollections of childhood as anything else. I find that White's literary efforts have greater strength in capturing the attention of, and winning the praise from, an older audience. I don't feel I'm exaggerating when I say this is one of the best 'kids' fantasies ever.
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I found the christian messages no more heavy handed than Narnia's, and as a avowed agnostic I can be...Read more