WordPlay - New Christian Parables

The Ventriloquist & The Blind Architect

Christian - Fiction
292 Pages
Reviewed on 10/21/2016
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Author Biography

Years ago, bestselling author & award-winning poet Jwyan C. Johnson wrote the script to a cartoon. The story starts off with a police chase to a giant dictionary: the home of our vocabulary words. Cops break down the cover, and they all rush in with their weapons drawn. And as they move around inside this book, we learn that they’re looking for one specific word: a simple 9-lettered noun. It has been bragging about its countless offenses committed against our society, against mankind. Surprising unarmed, and not dangerous, this specific word simply turns us against each other.

Detectives follow the "alphabetical” directions to the right page, the right column and the right row, only to discover that this word has disappeared! Nowadays this divisive word lives inside our minds if we let it! The accomplished mystery writer reveals that "ignorance” was the word the police were after.

The creative writings of Jwyan C. Johnson aim to biblically "protect and serve” the mind state because "ignorance is still at large in our society!” And with his latest kingdom-seeking contribution, Christian Parables, there are some places where ignorance no longer resides so we can win back each other.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deepak Menon for Readers' Favorite

WordPlay: New Christian Parables by Jwyan C. Johnson is an incredibly innovative and creative book where the author has opened up wonderful new perspectives to understanding the true meanings of the parables. This book is not about Christianity, but rather it is about the messages given to people to lead honorable lives. The formatting of the book is excellent. The cover is charming and focuses on the ‘family unit,’ in keeping with the focus of the book. The author explains at the outset that a parable is a communication tool used to animate understanding between others through fiction. In this book, the author has skillfully interwoven inspirational short stories with morals as a direct story combination of new literature and biblical animation: several scriptures sharing the same short story scene! The setting is imagination; the main character is the will of God.

There are too many wonderful parables to comment on individually, but I felt that each one has an electric beauty positively affecting the reader to the core. The morals are many, yet none are unknown to anyone – they are merely ignored by most people who are too busy in their lives to reflect and realize that morals make us stronger to meet life’s challenges. WordPlay: New Christian Parables is about learning how to overcome baser emotions; about overcoming temptation; about walking the right path. The effortless connection that each modern story has with the scriptures is memorable and the many links, story symbolisms and links to the actual parables and relevant biblical scriptures are really wonderfully placed. This is a 5 star book, both for the ordinary man and the theologist. Well done, Jwyan C. Johnson.

Arya Fomonyuy

WordPlay - New Christian Parables: The Ventriloquist & The Blind Architect by Jwyan C. Johnson is an interesting tool designed to both entertain readers and help them memorize the Bible, a workbook that features simply told stories with deeper spiritual meanings. For instance, the “Parable of the Visiting Son” is about salvation. A son returns to find debt collectors and bankers at home, harassing a father who’s about to lose his home. He strikes a new deal with a banker and takes the debt on himself. One could think of the story as an easy one, but it is the references it makes to salvation offered by Jesus that is worth retaining. This book is filled with many such stories.

Jwyan C. Johnson has done a brilliant job in creating this Bible wordplay, a tool that will help anyone who wants to memorize Bible verses. However, this is not designed to merely entertain readers. It’s a study tool, so it’s stuffed with links and references that will open up new pages although I think the author could have simplified the layout. Some of the parables reinforce Bible truths such as the salvation spoken of in this verse: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” But then strangers can be messengers from God, so “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” WordPlay - New Christian Parables: The Ventriloquist & The Blind Architect will be a useful tool for group Bible study and for families who would love to study the Bible in a fun way.

Christian Sia

WordPlay - New Christian Parables: The Ventriloquist & The Blind Architect by Jwyan C. Johnson is a book that opens a new world for Bible lovers, allowing them to both test their knowledge of the Scriptures and to explore the significance of new words, create biblical parallels, and memorize Bible verses easily. There are stories laced with biblical symbolism, and stories told with words that are carefully chosen to reflect the spirit of the Christian Scriptures. Readers are introduced to educative parables - Ventriloquist without His Puppet, the Visit of a Son, a Hide and Seek Game -that could be read as a personal journey toward self-realization, and a lot more. Each story has a hidden Christian message and a moral for readers.

Jwyan C. Johnson’s work is a brilliant collection of parables told for Christian families and Bible study groups, one that can be used for interactive studies. I enjoyed the references to Bible verses and the links. However, the fluidity of the language and its simplicity are among the positive things to consider about this book. It will be a fun playground for Children who want to study the Bible and to cultivate Christian values. Adult readers will find stories they can share with their kids, stories that will allow kids to develop a powerful awareness of some of the Christian values and the story of their Salvation. It is interesting to note that each story contains references to the Bible. WordPlay - New Christian Parables: The Ventriloquist & The Blind Architect is a good book to have at home and in Bible study groups.

Sefina Hawke

WordPlay - New Christian Parables (The Ventriloquist & The Blind Architect) by Jwyan C. Johnson is a Christian fiction novel that will appeal most to an audience made up of mainly young adult Christians. Adult Christians might enjoy it as well, and although non-Christians might not grasp the biblical nature of the book, however, they could still enjoy the stories and lessons. WordPlay - New Christian Parables is filled with many short Christian parables and each one comes with symbolism and morals hidden within in each story.

WordPlay - New Christian Parables is a book that requires the reader to read between the lines to grasp the full meaning of each story, the biblical aspects, and the lessons. I actually had to read most of the stories twice to fully understand every aspect of them. I would spend the first read through just taking in the story, then during my second reading I would concentrate on the meaning behind the story. I found the story symbolism bullet point lists to be particularly helpful in understanding the meaning behind the story and grasping the full level of the symbolism. I personally found that without these bulleted lists I would have been a bit lost; the more stories I read, however, the more I came to understand the symbolism of them. WordPlay - New Christian Parables (The Ventriloquist & The Blind Architect) by Jwyan C. Johnson actually ended up helping me get a firm understanding of symbolism and halfway through the stories I was able to understand the symbolism myself without the bullet lists.