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Posted July 30, 2011
This was a fun book for me to read. King Henry VIII has always been a favored historical figure of mine, and hence I've fallen in love with the time period. Colin Hay is a very likable character, I like how he is portrayed as being human and seeing as he wrestles with his feelings that he is unworthy of God. These feelings are very familiar to many and I always enjoy a book where the charterers are struggling with feelings and situations that are really happening to other people out there. The way that is Colin is always trying to do the right thing, and even when he's wrong, he always tries to remain true to himself. He sticks with things and sees they through to the end. This is a great book for young adults, it is a real coming of age book. Seeing Colin go from a scared boy to a man and seeing the trials and tribulations he went through in this process will show that all things are possible if you have faith. Thanks to LeAnne Hardy and Kregel Publications for the opportunity to review this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2011
Fantastic Historical Christian Fiction!
Glastonbury Tor by LeAnne Hardy is a historical fiction novel that is phenomenal! It is well written; one of the best books I've reviewed this year! The characters are believable and the plot jumps off the page and grabs you - not letting go till the very end. I love that history is brought to life in this story of a young man coming of age in turbulent times. The wisdom and faith built into this story just makes it so much richer. I highly recommend this book for young adult readers and older! Many thanks to LeAnne Hardy and Kregel Publications for the opportunity to review this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2011
History, Ancient Lore And The Presence Of God
LeAnne Hardy in her new book, "Glastonbury Tor" published by Kregel Publications takes us to Medieval England under the reign of King Henry VIII.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England and situated 31 miles south of Bristol. Glastonbury's early history is linked with it's dominant landmark, the Tor, a nearby hill which rises up from the otherwise flat landscape of the Somerset Levels.
Colin Hay is seventeen. He blames his father for his mother's death and attacks him. Convinced he has killed his father, Colin flees. He heads to Glastonbury, seeking protection and a way to somehow cleanse himself of his sin. On his way he befriends a family who read an English Bible, against the law in King Henry VIII's England. Colin is taken in at the Glastonbury Abbey and plans for his orders as a monk. At the same time, in an effort to divorce his wife, King Henry has thrown off Catholicism and established the Church of England. The King's soldiers loot the Abbey of anything of value, accuse the Abbot and others of treason against King Henry and hang them. Hidden from the soldiers was the treasured olive wood cup. The Abbot had convinced Colin to keep it in his possession.
Opposing Colin is the evil Father Bede who wants the cup, believing, "When I raise the Holy Grail and call upon its power, all men will fall at my feet and worship." Colin finds himself in a spiritual battle with Father Bede and the evil Gwyn ap Nudd (Lord of the Otherworld), whom Bede worships. So even in a place reserved for God Colin learns there is evil.
LeAnne Hardy has written a uplifiting book that can reach a wide audience at different levels. "Glastonbury Tor" is a book of forgiveness, learning how to forgive and how to accept forgiveness. It is filled with history and ancient lore and the presence of God. I highly recommend it.
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Posted July 25, 2011
A journey back in time to search for the truth found only in the Bible.
Living under the rule of King Henry VIII whose greatest desire is a fondness for tournaments and lavish palaces, the persecution of the church was underway in England during the 16th Century. Being in possession of a Bible was considered a crime. Only the priests from the church were allowed to read it and decipher the meaning of its Latin words. This way they maintained a control over the church and it's people. The belief that if unlearned men read it for themselves, they would fall into all sorts of errors.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
So when seventeen-year old Collen is sent into exile for the attempted murder of his father, he makes his new home in the Glastonbury Abbey in order to study and become a monk, like his mother had long hoped for him. Only now she was dead, giving birth to his still born sister, and whose death he has blamed on his father. Now living in the monastery, he hopes in addition to making his mother proud, he can find forgiveness and salvation for the sin against his father.
When the Thatcher family provides him a place to sleep one night on his way to the monastery, he finds that not only can the daughter read, but that the family has possession of an English Bible, therefore allowing them to understand the mysteries of the Bible, that before had only been for the privileged Latin speaking priests. So while the King is attempting to close the monasteries down all over England, Collen becomes confused over what he learns about Jesus in the Bible from his time at the monastery and the grace that is available to him from the Thatcher family.
I received Glastonbury Tor by LeAnne Hardy, compliments of Kregel Publications for my honest review. This is a fictional story laced with historical accuracies of the early persecution of the religious freedoms of the church. Just understanding the penalty for reading an English Bible back then and the luxury we take for granted now is a huge eye opener for any believer of God. While we know persecution continues even today in many third world countries, just the details that Hardy pulls into the story makes you appreciate what is available to me even today with my own Bible and attending church. This book rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars and is available in paperback and eBook formats.