Children - Adventure
148 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2018
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite

Remember by Gary M. Parham is a children’s fantasy novel that presents the epic story of mankind, as seen in the Bible, in a new, intense way. Parham’s book throws readers into the midst of a straightforward adventure tale about God Himself—King Adonai. The King has a great kingdom filled with diverse perfect beings called Malachs. When one of the Malachs becomes vicious and begins to destroy everything, King Adonai’s fragile new people, the Zera, are sent to a protected place called the Garden. It isn’t long before evil finds them. Only those who read a special book that can connect them to the King will understand how to tap into the King’s secret plan amid the waste, torture, and disruption of the Garden.

Remember could easily be called The Adventures of King Adonai. He is developed as a central character in a way reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’s iconic Aslan, but with a more personal flavor than even Lewis was able to create. A wise leader, and a sensitive individual who wants a close relationship with his special new creations, the Zera, he was a character I truly got to know and care about. It was exciting to see His friendship with the great Malachs Gabriel and Michael, and His decisions unfolding with well-crafted and exciting plotting amid heroism, friendship, struggle, and heartache as families are torn apart. Gritty emotion and Gary M. Parham’s resonant, highly visual writing bring a frightening reality to the descent of one of the greatest Malachs into a dragon-like prince of darkness, and his conflict with the King drives through the story like a hammer hitting a nail—soundly and well.

joshua yates

" is the key!"

I have never read a book that depicts God's character, perfect plan of salvation, and the good news of the Gospel as completely and powerfully as this book does. It is the whole Gospel, the full story from beginning to end, and it is so beautiful I was moved to weeping more than once.

This King and his kingdom are not new to me, but the author paints a picture in a way that brings every scene of the well known story together, into a finished work of art, like a painting that i can step back and fully appreciate for the first time. It became clear in my imagination, so clear that i could actually feel the "remembering" as the story went on. Like a forgotten dream of a memory coming to life! The Gospel I've always known, Gods perfect plan, unfolded and put on display in a way that leaves absolutely no doubt as to the origin of its inspiration.

I agree with the other reviews comparing the story line to those of C.S. Lewis, but i would also add that it reminds me much of John Milton's "Paradise Lost" in it's depth of introspection from the viewpoint of Jubil (satan), and how the events leading up to the failed rebellion and the fall of man may very well have played out. As someone who has struggled with addiction in the past, i remember all to well how those small seeds of dark thought can spread through your body, mind, and spirit like a deadly poision, and know firsthand that the mindset and transformation that takes place is exactly what the author describes in this book. these were the first tears that came in reading this book...watching Jubil go down the same deadly path i did. Knowing in my mind where it would lead, where i was led, before Jesus saved my life. Wishing he could understand and stop before it was to late.

The other tears that came were tears of joy, and even of triumph, as the story wraps up in the final battle. This is part of the Gospel we all know about, but rarely get to see and feel in the way this book allows. Absolutey Beautiful. Magical. I have no better words to use, but feel i should say thank you to Gary Parham for sharing this story of Love, the struggle of man, and the triumph of God, of good, over evil. If we all shared the gospel in this way, the true story as it was intended to be told, i am certain we would see a drastically different kind of christian in the world today. Lights on a hill for all the world to see.