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Thomas Clayton Booher, The Oerken Leaves (Tome, 2008)
The Oerken Leaves takes a unique look at corruption in the modern age. Book 1 of a trilogy titled The Whole Creation Groans, its author Tom Booher ingeniously contrasts today’s realities against a perfect world.
This trilogy is reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, reflecting theology in readily understood terms. Like other trilogies, the book has a special appeal to the hardest audience to reach – 14-18 year olds. In this case, the wardrobe is replaced by an oak tree and its leaves, which provide a stunning portal for transfer between the earth and the planet Eskathoer (eschatology?).
Thus the stage is set for Brutus, an evil youth from earth, to visit the perfect planet, and for two earthling brothers and their sister to observe his contamination of the perfect world. With little effort, Brutus betrays the trust of the Eskathoerians and uses deception to make them honor him as a leader. He has met the devil in a pond and is morphed into an adult.
At this point, the whole of God’s creation surely groans (see Romans 8:22), for the only bad planet in the universe was the earth, and now that earthlings have travelled to another celestial orb, negative effects might disperse through the universe.
This book opens many opportunities. For one, it’s ideal for teaching youth about the effects of sin. For another, it can appeal to the most scientific mind, for it uses a grand experiment to compare civilization before and after the introduction of evil. With his Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Thomas Booher is highly qualified to address these themes.
I look forward to the next two volumes and encourage readers to spread the word. We may be looking at the Alice in Wonderland of a modern age, and a trilogy with a profound message.
Bruce Cook, PhD, Publisher