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Just Released Modern-Day Allegory Draws Readers to Deeper Messages

ENUMCLAW, Wash., May 30, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — On June 27, 2011 a large asteroid buzzed past earth coming closer than some satellites. According to space. com, NASA scientists and other astronomers routinely look for such “close-calls” as part of a program to “identify potentially hazardous asteroids that could threaten the planet.” While not an actively common occurrence, NASA says asteroids similar in size come this close to Earth about once every six years.

What if one of these asteroids actually hit the earth? What would happen, and what would it mean to the population? Chuck Graham explores this possibility in his just released novel, The Company. Graham’s allegorical story opens with a meteor striking our planet and plunging the world into darkness.

“Such an event, especially one over which we have no control, forces us to focus on the most basic of needs,” Graham writes. “But as the crisis passes, convictions and commitments fade with memories, and many return to their old lives.”

In The Company, a stranger offers Brigos Glen power and light supplied by three businesses, known as “the Company.” He reveals a plan so the Brigons can share the light with outlying territories, which remain shrouded in darkness, but they forsake their duty. After seventy years, the Company summons six Brigons to account for the village’s negligence. A young engineer discovers the startling identity behind the Company and learns the fate that may befall Brigos Glen . . . that is, unless he can stop it.

Though the story may sound straightforward, Graham says it offers a deeper meaning. “An allegory is a great vehicle for telling an intriguing story while providing a ‘story within the story,'” he says. “Those who want to go further can explore the analogies and deeper messages.”

For example, many of the characters’ names have hidden meanings, and some are derived from other languages, including French, Gaelic, Hebrew, and Aramaic. But Graham says the bottom line of his novel isn’t the novelty of hidden meanings.

“The Company encourages the reader to explore, ask questions, and seek answers,” he says. “At its deeper level, it is a story about life, God, and who we are today.”

An attorney for thirty-one years, Graham is executive director of Ciloa, which shares God’s encouragement with the world. He and his wife, Beverly, live in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

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For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview, please contact Robyn Williams by phone at 360-802-9758, by email at robyn@winepresspublishing.com, or by fax at 360-802-9992. To purchase a copy of this book, visit www.winepressbooks.com or call 877-421-7323.

Source: www.space.com/12086-asteroid-2011-md-buzzes-earth-pictures.html 


About A. Nelson

Aaron is a freelance writer who is passionate about covering topics that interest Christian readers. From breaking news and inspirational stories to Bible studies, Aaron is committed to providing concise, well written, and relevant articles that will inspire and encourage Christians to search for a deeper connection in their faith and God.


5 thoughts on “Just Released Modern-Day Allegory Draws Readers to Deeper Messages

  1. You blog is thought provoking and insightful. I am extremely interested in survival information. I actually just finished a book about survival and end times. It answers the age old question: “What does faith look like under the most extreme circumstances.”

    Posted by rebaponderweiss | June 7, 2012, 12:02 pm
    • Survival and the End-Times.. Sounds interesting. What was the answer?

      Posted by Aaron N. | June 7, 2012, 6:20 pm
      • Ah…that my friend is why you have to read the book. 🙂 We all have a general idea of what “we think” end times will be. We use all kinds of biblical and secular information to paint the picture in our heads. But, just like the flood, Noah thought he knew what to expect…but I bet he was shocked.

        Posted by rebaponderweiss | June 7, 2012, 6:38 pm
      • Ok, I’ll bite, what’s the Title?

        Considering rain hadn’t yet fallen on the Earth (as we know it), I’m sure shocked doesn’t begin to convey how Noah felt when the first drops started coming. I’m also inclined to believe that the whole time that Noah was building ark, he wasn’t even able to conceive what God had planned. But as you say, he had faith under extreme circumstances.

        I’m pretty much a literal translation believer. If the most literal meaning of Scripture makes sense, why read into it? So, when ‘survival’ and ‘end-times’ appear in the same sentence, it’s a bit of an oxymoron to me. The Bible paints a pretty clear and vivid picture of what to expect during the Last Days and The End. Jesus was very clear in his teachings of what to expect before His second return (Matthew 24). The only parable or analogy that He ever gave concerning the Last Days is when he compared the world to a woman giving labor:

        A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. John 16:21

        Nostradamus, the Hopi, the Mayan Calendar, Madam Something-or-other, the Bible Code, and whatever other prophetic or future-seeing device that are out there do make you stop to reconsider though, don’t they? Is not deception the Ace in Satan’s deck against Christians? Demon’s can masquerade as Angels (2 Cor 11:14) and have a firm grasp on the Word of God, and how to confuse us. Or, could these mediums not be modern-day prophets and prophetesses?

        No one knows the hour.. save God. Choosing to believe His word solely and not get distracted in today’s world is a good example of faith under extreme circumstances, to me anyway.

        Posted by Aaron N. | June 8, 2012, 8:06 am
  2. Aaron you have hit my feeling right on the head. I too believe that only the Father knows the hour. That is what this book is about…What happens to people of faith…if they get the Noah shock (things are not the way they thought it would be…or they are being decieved to think the end has come…kind of thing). And more than that…what if they are a minority. Anyway, the book doesn’t come out until the end of the month. You can check out the website at http://www.rebaponderweiss.coom
    Thanks for responding.

    Posted by rebaponderweiss | June 8, 2012, 6:43 pm

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