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Fantasy Novel Spins Contemporary Issues in Allegorical Form

Author points readers toward bedrock values and truths

2011-02-25

LONGWOOD, FLâ€" In a world throttling toward its darkest hour, Ranger, Prince of Blue, befriends Ariela, not realizing that she is the daughter of his archenemy. When Ariela discovers her father’s secret imperial ambitions, she is forced to flee for her life to the â€?"Islands in Time.” Rescued from her evil father by Ranger, Ariela is taken to the underground refuge city of Ha-Miqtal where she discovers a secret that will change her world and the future of Planet Blue. By virtue of the power of the River flowing through their lives, they unwittingly set in motion a series of events that move them one step closer to the liberation of their planet.

Planet Blue: The Oracle of Ha-Miqtal ($18.99, paperback, 9781612155142) by Michael Leonard Hennen presents contemporary truths to an emerging generation of decision-makers in an engaging wayâ€"through a fantasy novel. â€?"Seeing truths from this perspective allows the reader to form objective opinions without the social clutter of peer groups and propaganda,” says Hennen. In the story, the reader must contend with several central truths: 1) that God is the author of circumstance and time, 2) that all life has value, 3) that evil has within itself the seed of its own destruction, and 4) that truth and integrity are virtues worth pursuing.

Though presented in an other-world context, the issues and circumstances covered in the book are based upon actual events, cultures, conflicts, and religious and political worldviews. Those issues range from purity to suffering for the truth, from reverence for life to the dangers of unrestrained technological progress. Michael Leonard Hennen is a missionary, pastor, church-planter, teacher, author, and most recently an administrator for a Christian satellite TV channel.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Planet Blue: The Oracle of Ha-Miqtal through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Planet Blue: The Oracle of Ha-Miqtal is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.
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