Monday, July 26, 2010

Ron Stock's Moses, God's Blessed Donkey

Ron Stock's Moses, God's Blessed Donkey is a family-friendly read with both a riveting story and beautiful illustrations, chronicling the biblical adventures of Moses and Bullion. Moses, "but a different Moses than the one who probably flashed into your mind" is a blessed donkey who "witnessed the Son of God defeating death, and rising again so that God's people might be forever free." Bullion, "so named because when he was an infant, his mother thought that he would grow to be as strong as a bull and as brave as a lion" is a dreamer who imagines himself as a king, "as rich as King Solomon and as loved as King David."

Told through the eyes of a donkey, the biblical stories become more approachable, comprehensible, and enjoyable for children. Stock's writing style is simultaneously accessible to children and sophisticated enough to entertain parents while reading it, making for many enjoyable nights spent reading as a family. Moses is the perfect witness to impart the lessons and significant moments of Jesus' life to children of all ages. Stock's debut book promises more approachable and fun biblical stories for families, and we can eagerly await his next book which will address the life of Simon Peter's life and the construction of St. Peter's Basilica. Stock's writing is an excellent tool to make your children enthusiastic both about The Bible and reading and provides the perfect activity for quality family time.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Richard A. Valicek's Alamptria: Red Moon Rising

Richard A. Valicek's Alamptria: Red Moon Rising chronicles an amazing journey of dark forces, destruction, and sorcery in a fantastical fifteenth century setting. The novel's heroic protagonists, the three Seaton brothers and Melina Hampshire, learn the importance of solidarity and unity, fusing their individual powers of good to effect triumph over the dark forces of the dark lord Makoor that threaten the innocent people of Alamptria.

Alamptria: Red Moon Rising imparts an important moral tale of the triumph of good over evil and the fortifying power of unity. In a time of vampire-mania, readers and viewers alike are bombarded with overly simplistic tales for teenagers, denigrating the vampire and fantasy genre; however, Richard A. Valicek restores the genre's glory with his intricate plot, enthralling language, and powerful themes. While we search to find a sense of meaning in today's tales of vampires, often left without a deeper theme, Valicek's compelling tale is simultaneously dynamic and leaves a resounding sense of the importance of both solidarity and inevitable triumph of the good and free over seemingly insurmountable forces of evil.