The Portal

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Today's book is the first book in a fantasy series by Bill Myers. It definitely has a few unique elements to it that aren't found in every other fantasy series out there and some very fun characters! Enjoy!

The Portal (Book One) (The Imager Chronicles) by Bil Myers, Bethany House Publishers, 1991
The Portal (Book One) (The Imager Chronicles)
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 12-15
Subject: Selfishness, Greed
Summary: Denise has never known anyone as greedy and selfish as Nathan! When a magic stone brings some creatures from Fayrah visiting, Denise and Nathan decide to take them up on their offer of help and visit Fayrah to learn about their strange idea of giving rather than getting. However, the bad guys are quite excited about this and have plans of their own that have nothing to do with helping!

Notes: This book is an excellent illustration of the power of selfishness and the power of love. One character even goes so far as to give up their life for another, the ultimate act of love. It is clearly designed to teach the lesson, but it does so in a unique, fun way!
The Portal is the first in the series known under three names: Journeys to Fayrah, The Bloodstone Chronicles and The Imager Chronicles. This series focuses on three characters who enter a fantasy world to learn about the love God (known in this world as The Imager) has for them. Each book focuses on one aspect of belonging to Him and trusting Him. This first book focuses heavily on the idea that the world was designed for people to serve one another rather than focus on themselves and getting all they can for themselves. Nathan is certain that looking out for himself is the way to get ahead in life. When he finds himself in danger and others risk their very lives to save him, he starts to see things differently. In this first book the characters get an introduction to the idea of The Imager but have not become what we would call Christians yet. That event occurs in the third book. It’s merely the start of their spiritual journey.

Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Matthew 20:26-28 -  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave--  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


Stephanie said...

Great book series! This is one of my son's favorites!

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