If you like rich fantasy with lavish well-crafted descriptions, then Auralia's Colors, by Jeffrey Overstreet is a book you'll definitely want to pick up.
If I've piqued your interest, hop over to the author's website. He has the first chapter available in PDF format. I read it, and I found myself immediately drawn in to the world of Auralia's Colors, and wanting more.
Below is a quote from the author:
I write fantasy because it draws me into an elemental world of nature—forests, mountains, rivers, fire, secret tunnels, and amazing creatures. I’ve grown up in the big city, and I longed for those rare vacations to the Oregon Coast where I could see nature with all of its raw power and awe-inspiring beauty. I believe that creation “declares the glory of God,” and that the natural world “pours forth speech” (to borrow some words from the Psalmist). I feel closest to God, and open to learning about him, when I’m close to nature. Fantasy takes me there.
-Jeffrey Overstreet, in an interview at Zyphe
For those of us readers who've found themselves drawn, with unquenchable appetites into worlds of fantasy, Jeffrey Overstreet strikes at the core of our desire. Wonder, beauty, a sense of amazement, a hunger for the majestic, a longing to transcend modern life, with its man-made beauty which is indeed the most ugliest blot of all. How ridiculous--how atrocious--our modern buildings look, even compared to a barren tundra. Are you the type of person who looks out your bedroom window, at all the houses and buildings, and imagine what it would be like if they would all disappear. (I'm speaking aesthetically, we wouldn't want to erase precious souls whom God loves of course! Whom he wants to make beautiful, in Christ!)
As Jeffrey said above, "Creation 'declares the glory of God."
Consider this verse:
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time."
Romans 8: 19-22
When Christ returns, we have much to look forward to...I can hardly wait!
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