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Friday, September 30, 2011


 The  Thunder  King:  The  Plot  Thickens



A review of


Lee Duigon The Thunder King (Vallecito, CA:  Storehouse Press, 2011)

                   $14.00   289 pp   ISBN: 978-1-891375-56-9


Reviewer:  Forrest W. Schultz



     Like the second book, the third one in the Bell Mountain saga adds more plot elements to the mix and provides deeper discussions of their significance.  Perhaps there are some critics who may judge the result to be too advanced for a juvenile reader, but, in the immortal words of Mortimer Adler, "We need something over our heads to lift us up!".


     We learn more about the significance of the ringing of the Bell and about the decadence of the Temple, especially that of its First Prester, who is first in wickedness, not in piety.  And we see ever more clearly the parallel between the teaching in the Secret Scrolls and the doctrines in the Bible, and between the history of Obann and the history or Israel and the Church.


     But it needs to be borne in mind that the story is a fantasy -- a story in its own right -- not an allegory. As the biographical sketch of the author on the rear jacket makes clear, Lee Duigon loves both fantasy literature and sound theology.  And, contra much of popular opinion, there is no discord between the two because, after all, God is the greatest story-writer of all -- history is His Story, because it is His fantasy that became reality when He created the world.  Amen!


September 30, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


A  Sensible  View  Of  The  Senses


A review of


Tammy B. Melton Loving God With All Five Senses rev. ed.   (On Assignment Publishing, 2010)

                             $15.99   276 pp   ISBN-10: 0984242848   ISBN-13: 978-0984242849     


Reviewer:  Forrest W. Schultz 


     Tammy Melton claims that we can know God through each of our five senses, which are good gifts from God which bring blessing when used wisely (and harm when used foolishly).  Her book contains doctrinal teaching and practical advice and prayers, all aimed at showing how the five senses can assist the Christian in developing a more intimate walk with God.  This material pertains both to the five senses themselves -- taste, touch, sight, hearing, and smell -- and the spiritual analogies of these senses.


     This book has a sensible view of the senses because it is based on the Biblical world-view, and therefore avoids the nonsensical notions about the body which have confused the thinking of many (including Christians) into supposing that the body leads us away from God.  In contrast to this fallacy stands the slogan of this book found at the top of its rear jacket -- "COME  TO  YOUR  SENSES...AND  DRAW  CLOSER  TO  GOD!".


   This book is also sensible in its writing style, which is clear, fresh, direct, succinct, and alive (unlike so many christian books which are a drudgery to read). 


      Tammy Melton has a rich legacy to draw upon in the lives of her parents, grandparents, and other relatives and ancestors.  I suppose this is why she named her Fayetteville-based organization "Legacy Ministries For Christ".  Her book is one of the latest contributions to the burgeoning literary scene in the Southside counties and is another indication of the growing trend of Christians getting involved in the writing of books.


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