Saturday, June 01, 2013
Book Review - The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout by William E. Jefferson
The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout is written by William E. Jefferson and is published by Port Estillyen Productions, Inc.
Blue Ink Review says, "The style is allegorical in part reminiscent of John Bunyan and C.S. Lewis. The 'readings' hearken to Donne and Milton as well." After reading The Point, I have to agree, though I will say that it is definitely more modern than, say, The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. This story actually reminds me a lot of Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. Read it and see if you don't agree.
In The Point, Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze take a vacation to a unique island filled with monks, nuns, animals, and a grizzly old man named Oban Ironbout. Goodwin and Hollie are on a retreat style vacation in which they attend "readings" led by the monks of Estillyen. These readings are based upon Scripture, using Scripture within. They provide deeper meaning by delving into the mind of Satan.
Hollie and Goodwin meet Oban Ironbout and learn as much or more from him, which wasn't what they ever imagined would happen. Their lives are changed - will Oban's be as well?
I am fascinated with the deep spiritual truths and the way they are presented and explained in this book. Mr. Jefferson is a masterful storyteller who knows his theology. I am keeping this book for my children to read - or maybe for me to reread.
**I received a copy of The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinion expressed is my own.**