The Crown Of Kuros

Saturday, November 5, 2011

How will I prevail against Authades? I’ve never even seen a dragon, much less done battle with one! What if I am defeated? What if Authades kills me? Will the thing become known across Terrestria and will His Majesty’s name be dishonored?

Book: The Crown Of Kuros by Ed Dunlop, Cross and Crown Publishing, 2006
Genre: Allegory
Target Audience: Boys and Girls, but primarily boys, 11-20
Subjects: Faith, Submission, Selfishness, Spiritual warfare, Distractions
Summary: The Crown of Kuros is gone, taken right out from the vault and it seems Josiah is to blame for it! He was in such a hurry to get back to his entertainment that he did not take care to lock the door carefully enough. And now, only he can recover this crown. If he does not recover the crown, his heart will never be fully yielded to King Emmanuel. But to recover this crown he will have to face the dreadful dragon Authades, a powerful enemy who has killed many a warrior.
Notes: This is an excellent allegory. It is a series that shows pictures of the Christian walk, the beginning book talking about salvation, the ending book talking about Christ’s return. Each book in the middle uses simple allegorical concepts to show glimpses of what it means to be a child of God and follow Him. This book deals with a couple of different issues. The first one, the theme of the book is yielding your heart completely to the Lord. Josiah is given a command, but his heart isn’t fully yielded, he is more interested in pursuing entertainment than full obedience. The second issue is shown when Josiah spies on a meeting Argamor is leading in which head knights, or demons, are presenting plans for taking over the kingdom. They list multiple things that are clearly meant to be allegories of things in popular use today. They discuss how they will use things representing television and music to distract the people and slowly get them more and more immune to the evil taking place around them. They discuss how rather than storming the castles and attacking the armies they will steal the hearts one at a time, quietly, until the kingdom has ceased being alert and is ready for take over. It’s a scary look at what our culture actually looks like today! It’s a powerful description, meant to challenge us to wake up and be firm in our faith and our fight against evil.
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Kings 8:61 – But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”

Matthew 6:24 - “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.


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