Wars of the Realm: Chuck Black

Wow, so if you haven’t checked these books out, do it now!  While attending a homeschool conference, I attended Chuck Black’s lecture.  This lecture on Spiritual Warfare and the family led me to his booth later on the day.  Chuck writes fiction stories about spiritual warfare, the Bible, Honor, etc.  Of course, the ones on spiritual warfare caught my eye.  The series is called “Wars of the Realm.”

Of course, as a military wife and with my spiritual gifts being spiritual discernment and wisdom, I was drawn to this series. His son, working the booth, told me the books were similar to Frank Peretti’s books.  And they are.  Except not quite as frightening. I absolutely love them! I read books 1 and 2 in one day! Now I’m stuck waiting for the third to come out and I absolutely cannot wait!

I highly recommend the books.  However, it is important to keep in mind that these books are fiction. They are not real. Chuck takes concepts from the Bible and applies them to his stories.  Could things happen the way they are portrayed in Chuck’s books?  Sure. But they can also happen other ways.  You may think it odd that I tell people this, but I have known people to read books on spiritual warfare (angels and demons) and they start seeing demons everywhere, have nightmares, etc.  Remember, Jesus has the ultimate victory.  While we are on earth, we need to keep our eyes focused on Jesus.  Know the tactics of Satan. Persevere against him. But do not live in fear of him.

The book is good for almost any age.  However, due to fighting, emotional scenes (ie – father dying, school shootings, etc), and moral decisions (ie – whether to drink, etc) it is best to introduce the books for older youth who are able to fully understand the choices being made and will not be torn apart emotionally by hard emotional concepts. Example: a 5 year old may find the loss of a father devastating and lose his security or scenes with demonic beings may cause nightmares. 

Chuck has two other series; “Kingdom Series” and “Knight Series.”  The first is an allegory to the Bible. The whole thing. Although I haven’t read them yet, I am looking forward to it! What’s an allegory? Think of the Narnia books and the way they portray the Bible. Same thing only he uses Midevil concepts instead of a whole other world.

The second series is about concepts like honor, integrity, etc.  Chuck uses knights to portray these things. Again, I haven’t read this series but am looking forward to it!

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