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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 prophecy 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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  • Three Epics to Savor

    OBAMA'S DREAM "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.” This fantastic journey begins in the White House while Mr. Obama is dealing with how things are/aren’t going and reminds him of the hope one man can represent. I adore challenges, and this was one. I am a retired minister, ordained by the same denomination Barack Obama claimed in Chicago. I know some of the people who were influential in his faith upbringing. But I’m not as “fluent” in the Bible as I used to be. This book had me reading along with both a Bible app and a copy of 'Paradise Lost' to cross reference LeRoy’s citations. I highly recommend this book. 5/5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ELIJAH “For what can armour, helmet, sword, or shield/ In that arena do where prophets wield/ Their power, and works of angels are unsealed?/ This is a battle of another field!” Elijah's story has captivated people for thousands of years. I taught it in Sunday school, sang Mendelssohn’s Oratorio 'Elijah', and delved into it more times than I care to count for sermon preparation. In this epic poem, Abdiel LeRoy takes great care with the Bible account of Elijah, while weaving in romance, time-shifting, and dragons. It's an unorthodox take, and full of innovative ideas. His original spin is approachable by those not familiar with the “record” or with epic poetry as a whole. To get the most out of it, I suggest having a Bible text nearby for cross-reference, then just sit back and enjoy! Highly recommended 5/5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JEZEBEL'S LAMENT "I, Jezebel, a harlot by repute,/ Appoint a poet to set the record straight,/ Time's slanderous assertions to refute,/ Though this be three millennia too late!” So begins another great Abdiel LeRoy deep dive into Biblical history. As a theologian, I can attest that little is known about Jezebel. As a feminist/womanist historian I can’t prove much more. ”I sighed in resignation. I was a bartered commodity, valued only for my beauty and for the alliance of neighboring kingdoms in my body. But that beauty brought power. I sensed it immediately.” We certainly know that is true. Women have been used for millennia as the price for power; forgetting of course, we have a power beyond what is seen by men. LeRoy sees the rise and fall of Jezebel through 21st-century lenses but, in his own way, points truth to power. He is a gifted muse on his own terms, but give him a story like this one, connected to his love of Elijah... and holy cow what springs forth is amazing! I cannot recommend this highly enough! Well done! 5/5

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  • A BRAVE NEW LITERARY PRESENCE

    As a poet inspired by mythology and Scripture, Abdiel LeRoy embraces giant tasks. This collection includes two epic poems and a novella, all Biblically based, yet with an inventive freedom that makes them wholly entertaining. In his Introduction to ELIJAH, LeRoy describes the life of the Old-Testament prophet as "a storyteller's delight. In one episode, he is single-handedly defeating hundreds of false prophets in a showdown on Mount Carmel, and in the next, alone in the wilderness and praying for his own death! And then of course, there is his spectacular exit, ascending to Heaven in a chariot of fire...." Then he turns his attention to the prophet's main enemy, Jezebel, in JEZEBEL'S LAMENT, telling us in the Preface: "We live in an age that is starting to transcend the binary perspectives of good and evil, hero and villain, in our storytelling, that sees nuance where all was previously black and white. We are now showing more interest in the back stories of our villains and 'monsters', trying to understand what drives them, and even taking some responsibility for the social forces that create them." The tale begins with Jezebel's opening address to the reader in rhyming verse... "I, Jezebel, a harlot by repute, Appoint a poet to set the record straight, Time’s slanderous assertions to refute, Though this will be three millennia too late!..." Read one of Abdiel's books, and more than likely you’ll reach for the others! Grady Harp

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  • Magnificent!!

    I've read the prolific words of Leroy, and have now had the privilege to listen to the words spoken in those gloriously biblical stories. The Epics contains both Elijah and Obama's Dream, both stories that I've read the print and listened to the audio. Leroy brings his magnificent Epic poem to life as he narrates and tells the grand story. I thoroughly enjoyed Leroy's work, and will definitely read and listen to more of his work. He has a grand and unique perspective, and has accomplished a great task of writing an epic poem, which is no small feat. So, taking his narrative (remarkable and mesmorizing voice) and adding it to tell the story was just genius. For Elijah ... "Elijah lies beneath a tree in the desert, praying for death, then falls asleep. He is twice awoken and fed by an angel, who assumes a human form so as not to overwhelm the man of God." Absolutely wonderful and hypnotic narration. And for Obama's Dream ... He has a remarkable writing style and add to it his reading, no, narrative style, and it brings the reader in, as he paints with words, his voice flowing over gently with the narrative song of his words. "Close by Obama’s ear, there sits the fiend, Whispering foul thoughts of evil influence. 3 To overhear and learn what might be gleaned Of wicked schemes one angel’s preference." I look forward to reading (and listening) more by this poetic author.

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