The Sword, The Ring, & The Parchment

Friday, December 25, 2009
Book: The Sword, The Ring, &; The Parchment by Ed Dunlop, Cross and Crown Publishing, 2006
Genre: Allegory
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 10-15
Subject: Salvation and faithfulness to following Christ
Terrestria Chronicles -- The Sword, the Ring, and the ParchmentSummary: This book portrays the experience of someone becoming saved in full allegory. Josiah represents an ordinary person before salvation, enslaved to Argamor, who represents Satan. Josiah is trapped in the weight of guilt and the chains of iniquity. But as his punishment for trying to escape the dungeon of condemnation draws near, King Emanuel, in His coach of grace, pulls up and demands that Josiah be given to Him, as He has paid the price and bought Josiah's freedom. King Emmanuel adopts Josiah as His own and makes him a prince in his kingdom. He entrusts Josiah to Sir Faithful and Lord Watchful and leaves to prepare a place for Josiah in The Golden City of the Redeemed. Josiah learns to be faithful and follow King Emmanuel's instructions as written in the book, his sword.
Notes: This is an excellent allegory. It is written in very simple language and includes a guide at the end explaining the way of salvation. It is ideal for someone wanting a summary of the Gospel message.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Romans 5:8 - But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Unknown said...

Perhaps the author will graduate from allegory to a more effective literary form. Allegory is the opposite of having the reader discover the message. It leaves nothing to polysemy (multiple meanings for a single image). To read a completely opposite treatment, see my new release, Angela 1: Starting Over. To learn more, please click on my name and follow the link to my website. Thanks!

J:-)mi said...

Interesting thoughts. I've never heard someone comment on the negative aspects of allegory before. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Glad to see you're reading and thinking about the books! :-)

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