The Seed by Erik Guzman

Journey into the personal labyrinths we create to protect ourselves and those we love from the pain of living in a broken world in Erik Guzman’s new book, The Seed. Young Madeline and Roark are desperately running from the shadow that destroyed their home and is threatening their lives. When they finally face the shadow, he presents them with an unthinkable offer that will reveal shocking secrets of the forgotten past, the unseen present, and the unimaginable future. This page-turning Christian fantasy tale is packed with mystery and drama, and readers will feel the weight and power of redemption as they journey alongside Guzman’s characters in their epic battle.

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{More about The Seed}

The Seed (New Growth Press, May 2016)

Young Madeline and Roark are desperately running from the shadow that destroyed their home and is threatening their lives.

One day, they encounter Tatus, an older man who has sworn to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the shadow, and they form an alliance with him. Tatus promises that he can keep them safe from the shadow if they will help him build a fortress. So they build.

But as fortress-building consumes their lives, Madeline and Roark are increasingly filled with anger and fear, and an unseen evil threatens to ultimately destroy them. When they finally face the shadow, he presents them with an unthinkable offer that will reveal shocking secrets of the forgotten past, the unseen present, and the unimaginable future.

We’ve all had the feeling that something’s not quite right with our lives. It’s bigger than any specific failure or disappointment. It’s bigger than any person. No matter what you achieve or how much you drink or sleep, you can’t shake it. It haunts you-night and day-and propels you to do something. So you build. You build and build the maze that is your exhausting life. Sound vaguely familiar?

The Seed: A True Myth is a journey into the personal labyrinths we create to protect ourselves and those we love from the pain of living in a broken world. Guzman’s “true myth” takes the reader on an unforgettable journey that is, in essence, the grand narrative of God’s redemptive work in the world. This page-turning Christian fantasy tale is packed with mystery and drama, and readers will feel the weight and power of redemption as they journey alongside Guzman’s characters in their epic battle. The Seed deftly communicates the heart of Trinitarian theology through story-without using theological language or Christian terms-and reinforces biblical themes such as God’s character and man’s true identity and calling.

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Erik Guzman

{More About Erik Guzman}

Erik Guzman is Vice President of Communications and Executive Producer at Key Life Network. He’s the cohost of the nationally syndicated talk show Steve Brown, Etc. and announcer for “Key Life.” His writing has been featured in Key Life’s magazine and online at KeyLife.org, Liberate.org, Burnside Writers Collective, and Sojourners (sojo.net). He is also a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a drummer, and a 5th degree black belt in Aikido. Erik, his wife, and three children live near Orlando, Florida.

Find out more about Erik at http://www.keylife.org/authors/erik-guzman.

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God’s grand narrative — the only ‘true myth’

Author’s debut novel is rich in Christian theology and symbolic imagery

5/11/2016 || Seattle: At some point everyone will have a moment where they simply know something is missing in their lives. Attempts to fill, ignore or dull this void are never successful and only end up leaving them exhausted, confused and alone. These are themes explored by author Erik Guzman in his debut release, The Seed: A True Myth (New Growth Press/May 16, 2016/ISBN: 978-1942572794/$17.99). This parable uses symbolism and vivid imagery to help readers think critically about the great lengths they go to in order to avoid the pain of living in a broken world, rather than accepting the peace and freedom the Gospel offers. 

Guzman’s “true myth” takes the reader on an unforgettable journey that captures the grand narrative of God’s redemptive work in the world. “The word ‘myth’ is derived from the Greek word ‘mythos,’ and that word simply means ‘story,’” Guzman explains. “Tolkien famously used the idea of a ‘true myth’ to lead C.S. Lewis to accept the Christian faith. The Christian story is similar to pagan myths. However, what Tolkien argued was that in the case of Christianity, the story we see everywhere in cultures across time actually happened in the person and work of Jesus. Therefore, Christianity is the one true myth . . . the one true story. And my book tells that same story.”

The Seed introduces readers to Madeline and Roark, two young people who are desperately running from the shadow that destroyed their home and is threatening their lives. One day, they encounter Tatus, an older man who has sworn to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the shadow. As the three form an alliance, Tatus promises he can keep them safe from the shadow if they help him build a fortress. So they build.

As fortress-building consumes their lives, Madeline and Roark are increasingly filled with anger and fear, and unknown to them, an unseen evil threatens to destroy them. When they finally face the shadow, they are presented with an unthinkable offer that will reveal the shocking secrets of the forgotten past, the unseen present and the unimaginable future.

Without using overtly Christian terms, The Seed deftly communicates the heart of Trinitarian theology and reinforces biblical themes such as God’s character and man’s true identity and calling. Writing with theological accuracy was critical for Guzman. “I went to seminary to write The Seed. I read lots of books and attended lots of lectures. It took years of shooting ideas around with friends and a number of talented editors to get the story right. I didn’t do it alone.” This page-turning fantasy tale is packed with mystery and drama, and readers will feel the weight and power of redemption as they journey alongside Guzman’s characters in their epic battle.

Guzman hopes the imagery, characters and events in The Seed will truly become an actual seed in readers’ hearts that will blossom into a lifetime — and an eternity — of freedom and joy.

Learn more about The Seed: A True Myth and Erik Guzman when you follow him on Twitter (@ErikGuzman) or read his articles at www.keylife.org.

Advance Praise

“It’s rare, but sometimes one reads a book that is so absorbing that one can’t put it down, so filled with truth that one can never ‘un-see’ it, and so profound that one will never forget it. The Seed is that kind of book. The ‘experience’ of reading The Seed will haunt me the rest of my life. I don’t even have the words to describe that ‘experience.’ Experience it for yourself and then give this book to everyone you know.”

~ Steve Brown, Author; Key Life radio broadcaster

“There are stories that we know so well they lose their power to overwhelm, transform, warm, and enlighten us. The story of God’s love for sinners is sadly one. But here, in this beautifully written fantasy, Erik Guzman has done what many writers try to do without success. He’s made that old story come alive in a new, illuminating way, the way of Love. The Seed will both remind of the old story and teach you new truth about the repeating ‘pattern of Love in the world’ and how we are loved, not for what we do but because we are His. Buy this book. Share it with your family.” 

~ Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, Author of Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longing

“A colorful, right-brained feast that satisfies the soul and stimulates the imagination.” 

~ Frank Viola, Author; speaker; blogger at frankviola.org

About the Author

Erik Guzman is Vice President of Communications and Executive Producer at Key Life Network. He’s the co-host of the nationally syndicated talk show Steve Brown, Etc. and announcer for Key Life. Guzman’s writing has been featured in the organization’s magazine and website as well Liberate.org, Burnside Writers Collective and Sojourners (sojo.net). He has a BA in mass communication and an MBA and is perpetually working toward a Master’s in theological studies. He is also the author of the soon-to-be-published book The Gift of Addiction: How God Redeems Our Pain.

Guzman is also a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a drummer and a fifth-degree black belt in Aikido. He lives near Orlando, Florida, with his wife and their three children.

Keep up with Erik Guzman on Facebook and Twitter, or read his articles at www.keylife.org.

Suggested interview questions

The Seed: A True Myth is your first book. What drew you to the fantasy genre?

—Just what is a “true myth”?

—You say the shadow in your book is real. What is it, or what does it represent?

—We’ve all had the feeling at one point or another that something’s not quite right with our lives. Where does that come from? 

—What are some ways people seek to ignore or fill the emptiness in their hearts? Why are these methods not effective?

—What is the most genuine way to survive in a broken world like ours?

—What responsibility do you think Christians have to show others how to handle the suffering life often brings us?

—Explain the concept of a fractal and your fascination with them.

—Why do you view The Seed as a type of fractal?

—Why do you think most readers will be able to identify with the struggles of the characters in The Seed?

The Seed is packed with Trinitarian theology but doesn’t use the typical “Christianese.” How did you take care to present the Gospel in an accurate way while still creating an entertaining and engaging story?

—What is the overarching message you’re trying to communicate to readers in The Seed: A True Myth?

To request a review copy of The Seed: A True Myth, schedule an interview with Erik Guzman, or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Buzz

“It’s rare, but sometimes one reads a book that is so absorbing that one can’t put it down, so filled with truth that one can never ‘un-see’ it, and so profound that one will never forget it. The Seed is that kind of book. The ‘experience’ of reading The Seed will haunt me the rest of my life. I don’t even have the words to describe that ‘experience.’ Experience it for yourself and then give this book to everyone you know.” —Steve Brown, author and Key Life radio broadcaster

“A colorful, right-brained feast that satisfies the soul and stimulates the imagination.” —Frank Viola, author, speaker, blogger at frankviola.org

Reviews

  • ‘THE SEED’ REVIEW

    The plot in this book is so thick and twisty, that I really didn’t know who to trust. The book has incredible visuals weaved into the storyline, but I was also a bit confused at times with some of the characters. By the end of the book I was really able to see how every character and action was weaving together to create the story.

    Written by The Talbert Report on July 8, 2016

  • ERIK GUZMAN ‘THE SEED’ REVIEW

    The Seed is complex, yet easy to read, smaller book. The storyline moves at a good pace and the characters are well fleshed. They are deep and dramatic, without being over-characterized as sometimes happens. I enjoyed the understory of God’s love and redemption that unfolds within the overall story. Great allegory.

    Written by Through the Open Window on July 5, 2016

  • {{BOOK REVIEW}} ‘THE SEED’ | YOUNG MADELINE AND ROARK ARE DESPERATELY RUNNING FROM THE SHADOW THAT DESTROYED THEIR HOME AND IS THREATENING THEIR LIVES.

    The Seed is one of the most mesmerizing books that I have picked up in quite some time(and I read a lot of books).

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on July 4, 2016

  • ‘THE SEED’ BY ERIK GUZMAN

    The Seed tells an imaginative and highly allegorical version of humanity’s fall and redemption, and with its mythic style, the story has a unique and engaging pull from beginning to end. For fans of myth and allegory, The Seed would be a perfect read.

    Written by Book by Book on June 30, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R8UR3RZXBZI10/

  • ‘THE SEED’

    This book was an interesting and unique book filled with lots of twists and turns and a lot of thought provoking content. I liked how it was written in a fantasy type manner which made it all the more interesting and engaging. It brought some excellent truths to light in such an engaging manner and really kept one thinking long after the final page was turned. A truly delightful and unique book that I highly recommend. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on June 30, 2016

  • BOOK REVIEW OF ‘THE SEED’ {MYTHICAL FICTION}

    The Seed is full of wonderful imagery and description, but I had a difficult time connecting with the book and it’s characters. I began very intrigued and liked the initial quick-pace of the novel, but as it went on I knew I was missing some connection to the characters and the symbolism. I think if this is a genre you enjoy and are able to sit and read the book in one sitting (or fairly close to it), then you will probably connect with this book more than I was able. But as a mom of 6, who gets interrupted while reading or had a few days in between readings, I had a trickier time. I’m still glad I read this and tried something different! It just wasn’t for me.

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on June 30, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1X479WU0TFZIS/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘THE SEED: A TRUE MYTH’ BY ERIK GUZMAN IN REVIEW

    I want to preface my review by stating, I don’t usually read “fiction” books anymore. And quite honestly at first glance of this book I was tempted to pass by it like I generally do so many others in this genre. However, I managed to look at it just long enough to see the description of this book and felt drawn to read it. I was not disappointed! This is definitely a book I would recommend to others. Regardless of if you read “fiction” books or non-fiction books this book is great.

    From the start of the book Guzman does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the story. Guzman wrote this book in such a captivating manner. I generally do a lot of reading but I was so drawn into the story of this book that I finished it in less than 2 days…

    Written by Reflections: Inspiring people to be more on June 30, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/REYEOHF0507CA/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1942572794

  • ‘THE SEED: THE TRUE MYTH’ BY ERIK GUZMAN

    In all, a story that provides rich images of Biblical stories and underlying truth of man’s sin, God’s love and redemption. It may very well be a story that ignites some in seeking God’s words.

    Written by Just Commonly on June 30, 2016

  • DIFFERENT KIND OF READING

    The Seed is an interesting book on several levels, though I found it somewhat difficult reading. I don’t normally mind reading allegorical or mythical books. In fact I’m in the minority when it comes to other writer/editor friends in that I like speculative/fantasy/allegorical fiction.

    But this was hard for me to get into. Maybe because it started out rather dark. Maybe because the timeline jumped about rather than in a straight line.

    The characters were okay, though I had trouble getting into them at first as well. Again I think that might have been the timeline-jumping thing. Also the lack of names and then name changes for each of the characters was a little tricky to keep up with.

    But in the end, I did like the book.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on June 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R375KEIQ63J13/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1942572794

  • ‘THE SEED’ BY ERIK GUZMAN

    This was a unique allegory that was an interesting summer read.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on June 27, 2016

  • A TRUE MYTH

    The Seed is an interesting read by Erik Guzman and one that really made me think a lot throughout the book. Guzman has been compared to C.S. Lewis as far as the writing style and type of story and I completely agree. I was not sure what to expect with this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was immediately drawn into the story and I loved how it was written. I was able to become completely immersed I the story and draw parallels with my own life and my relationship with God.

    Written by Moments on June 25, 2016

  • ‘THE SEED: A TRUE MYTH’ BY ERIK GUZMAN | RE:VIEW

    Guzman takes liberties to create an interesting story without “theological language or Christian terms”, though for any Christian familiar with the Biblical narrative, the story is easily mapped out. I did appreciate the vivid parallels that Guzman was able to convey between a society (not unlike ours) that works to wall ourselves off and thinks we are better than we are. To be honest though, I didn’t enjoy this like I thought I would. It’s an allegorical journey but not a story in the way Lord of the Rings is allegorical. Go into it realizing this and you may enjoy it if that type of book appeals to you.

    Written by Thinking Thoughts on June 24, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3FNF5VBAAG6E9/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1942572794

  • ‘THE SEED’

    I really wish the book had started at a different point because it just didn’t make sense to me. I tend to know fairly quickly whether or not I’m going to like a book. With this one I wasn’t sure what to think. I really think that some are going to be turned off with the way it starts off because I found it confusing.

    Written by Fic Gal on June 24, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RPD4HZQRD2DNO/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘THE SEED: A TRUE MYTH’

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, and I can see myself reading this again and even reading it to my children once they get a bit older. It has a beautiful message, well flushed out characters, and the world building is complex (sometimes a little too complex, but still well done).

    Written by Mama Bear Reads on June 21, 2016

  • GREAT STORY

    The Seed is the retelling of the creation story in the bible and it is a very neat and unique retelling. This book really leaves you thinking about redemption and our own struggles.

    Written by For The Love of Books on June 21, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2E33X48PZ424U/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • GREAT PICTURE OF THE GOSPEL

    The Seed was a different book for me. Actually, it was more of an experience than a simple reading of a book. Guzman deftly weaves a tale that portrays God’s plan of redemption through characters that jump right off the page. Void of the typical “church” words and sometimes confusing theological terms, Guzman is able to present the Gospel. What a gift he has shared with readers!

    Written by Mother of Three on June 20, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RCHSEO988Z2LR/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1942572794

  • ‘THE SEED’ BY ERIK GUZMAN

    A profound look at an old tale in a new light. A remarkable journey filled with truth, darkness, fear, and hope. A must read for those interested in theology and hearing God’s word in another light.

    Written by Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarianon June 20, 2016

  • A GREAT INTRO TO FANTASY

    I had not read much fantasy before reading The Seed. It was a great book to start with in the genre. Everything was easy to picture and the story was beautiful.

    Written by amandainpa on June 18, 2016

  • REMINDS ME OF SOMETHING FROM C.S. LEWIS!

    Initially it was difficult for me to get into this book. The very beginning (first chapter or two) don’t explain much and leave readers guessing what they’re reading. However, it gets much better as the book goes on. I love books that can take a story and turn it into a parallel of Biblical facts. This is why I feel like this book is much like something from C.S. Lewis. He mixes fantasy with Biblical truths.

    Written by Loving Mommahood on June 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2QW1IGCBRY324/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1942572794

  • ‘THE SEED’ BY ERIK GUZMAN BOOK TOUR AND BOOK REVIEW

    This book will keep you interested for the whole book until the last page. Hope that this author keeps writing. I cannot wait to read his next book.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on June 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R313LUZKXS6VDU/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm