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    Unique and Intriguing

    I found this book of poetic writings to be very enjoyable. Starting with The Christmas Tree I was intrigued to read of the Gospel story through the eyes of a Christmas Tree. Very unique, yet plain and simple. Followed by Obama’s Dream and the various chapters, again telling the Gospel story, some prophesy and events of the Bible in a unique and interesting way. Verses throughout have some very familiar names and circumstances of the modern world which tell the gospel and how the Spirit works in our lives. I found this book to be enjoyable, interesting and easy to read. It is a unique way of telling about the love of God to those who read it.
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    Poetic thoughts about history and the present

    Actor/former journalist/religion correspondent/author Abdiel LeRoy is a British-American whose life is largely inspired by the Bible, Shakespeare, and the great epic poem, 'Paradise Lost'. As a poet Abdiel embraces giant tasks – the lives of Elijah, Obama, Bush, and Trump in his VERSES VERSUS EMPIRE series, as well as the very fine DUELING THE DRAGON, THE GOURMET GOSPEL, THE CHRISTMAS TREE and now the VERSES VERSUS EMPIRE series. He also has worked as a broadcaster, financial analyst, and market commentator, while his passions also include Argentine Tango, Yoga, and competitive swimming. His voice both as a narrator for dramatic readings and on stage is being recognized as a brave new presence in the politics of the globe. As an actor, Abdiel has embodied most of the major Shakespearean roles, and on stages from New York to London to Beijing, though perhaps his most famous appearance is in the hit short-film series, ‘The Expert.’ He has also staged three one-man shows, including the famous children's tale, ‘Wind in the Willows. In this bundle volume Abdiel combines two of his popular books: First, The Christmas Tree - For those who have been impressed and satisfied with Abdiel’s poetry, this prose novel will be a pleasant surprise. Yes, Abdiel can write poetry with impact with the best of them, but can he offer a Christmas story that is both fresh, entertaining and inspirational? The answer is most affirmatively YES! Lyrical, spiritually enchanting, this little story is more than just another Christmas story; it is a unique novel that marries tradition with Biblical involvement and in doing so becomes an important part of our literature. And second, Obama's Dream - Abdiel offers a new view of the life of Barack Obama and its impact on the world. In simple rhyming verse, this epic tale brings considerable writer’s freedom that makes the book wholly entertaining. Abdiel’s wisdom and insights as well as his keen sense of theatrics allow us to consider the state of affairs in this ‘empire’ - a different stance and view and only history will reflect the truth of it all. His biblically enhanced Christmas Story shines. This is a fine set of book, perfect for reading and for gifts.
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    Magnificent Duo!

    I have read all of LeRoy's writings, and am a big fan of his work and prolific writing style. I am adding this review, since I have read both books separately. THE CHRISTMAS TREE I find it interesting how LeRoy was inspired to write this story, and I am very honored to read such lyrically charming words. He writes, so magnificently, "Now you might think that trees have no eyes, and that trees have no hearts, and that trees have no faces. But look closely at the next tree you see..." Powerful words about the journey of a tree, a Christmas tree, along with the reverence of embracing its life. If he writes it, I will read it. I look forward to more by LeRoy. OBAMA'S DREAM LeRoy has a great talent for writing an epic poem. He has a unique way of looking at the world, and as I have read his other epic poems, this is not different and definitely not disappointing. He has a remarkable writing style, and it brings the reader in, as he paints with words. "Close by Obama’s ear, there sits the fiend,/ Whispering foul thoughts of evil influence./ To overhear and learn what might be gleaned/ Of wicked schemes one angel’s preference." I look forward to reading more by this poetic author.
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    Hang onto hope

    From the pen of the poet who tells it like it is comes two profound tales of hope that demand you listen to their wisdom. The Christmas Tree is a marvelous “what if” story of hope wrapped in an allegory of loss. But, as the father of the young one says: "Who knows what magic happens when we're not looking." Since I first read it this story has haunted me, and I refuse to spoil it. If I was still a pastor, I’d be bringing it out every Advent season to share with my parish. It is hopeful, loving and wise Obama’s Dream is another hopeful story in poetry. “So spring the fruits of Heaven's vine, its seed Sown in one heart by angels in a dream, A politician with a poet's creed, A partnership that may the world redeem.” Any ethical leader struggles, hope and wishes that he may fully answer his call to leadership, even if others have hidden agendas. In the Homer-esque poem, Abdiel LeRoy shows us something we are more aware of than ever since the post-Obama era: that hopes get tarnished but we shouldn’t give up on them. I am again honored to be able to review two books in this set that should be on every thinking person’s book list, simple because hope is our future, and we can't change if we lose it Highly recommended 5/5 [disclaimer: I received this set from the author and voluntarily reviewed it
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    A Written Version of Two Great Audibles

    I have already reviewed these works of fiction individually. I prefer the audible adaptations, read aloud by the very talented author and actor, Abdiel LeRoy. I recommend this pair of written adaptations to those in situations such as waiting rooms or common areas where listening to them would be rude or unfeasible, and to those who prefer to read or read along.
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