The Seed: A True Myth (Book Review)
An unlikely trio: Tatus, Madeline, and Roark are building a fortress in desperation to fight their common enemy—the shadow. The shadow has stolen their families, homes, and won’t seem to stop haunting them. Building the fortress consumes all of their time, but as they build, they grow increasingly angry, all the while simultaneously growing plagued with fear. The unseen evil threatens to destroy them. In time they come face to face with their enemy, and he presents them with an inconceivable offer. Their forgotten pasts are revealed, their shocking secrets are brought to light, and the future looks much different than they anticipated.
The Seed: A True Myth (released May 16, 2016) takes the reader on a journey that is, in a way, based on the narrative of redemption. By saying “A true myth,” Guzman is referring to the one true story of redemption that is found in the Bible. This story invites the reader to remember the weight of sin and the power of redemption.
The author is Erik Guzman, MBA, VP of Communications and Executive Producer at Key Life Network, cohost of the nationally syndicated talk show Steve Brown, etc.. announcer for Key Life. His writing has been featured in magazine and online. He is also a 5th degree black belt in Aikido and a Lay Eucharist Minister. Erik, his wife, and three children live near Orlando, Florida.
This book is a Christian fantasy tale packed with mystery and drama. The story explores themes such as God’s character, man’s identity, man’s calling, and Trinitarian theology without using heavily Christian terms.
I enjoyed much of the symbolism in The Seed , but I do have some questions about the theological implications of this book (Note: there are a few curse words throughout). But I can still appreciate many of the redemptive themes that are obviously inspired from the Bible. (For a deeper study on Trinitarian theology, I’d suggest Michael Reeve’s non-fiction book Delighting in the Trinity.)
I really enjoyed the use of imagination in The Seed. In novels I can’t overstate the importance of imagination. I believe it aids us in worshiping God. How can we worship a God we can’t see without the practice of seeing the unseen? So I believe we need more books that use imagination and enjoy books that use it effectively. Some chapters in this book kept me up late at night because I couldn’t stop thinking about the Biblical themes.
A few sections of the book were not particularly easy to follow. One reason for this may be the use of multiple names for one character. There are three main characters, but they each have two or three names each throughout the novel (Madeline/Raven/Madria, Roark/Ruak, Tatus/Erik).
The Seed is interesting because, as writer Mike Morrel commented in his endorsement, it is “the path where allegory meets biography.” In a way this book strikes me as a mythic spiritual memoir.
Overall I would share this book with friends and then invite them into a conversation about the theological implications, the redemption themes, and the use of imagination.