Sentinel: City of Destiny

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Bridgemaker Books, 2007 - Fiction - 324 pages
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Today, as never before, a young boy's life is bombarded by subtle and not so subtle messages of how the world defines the "successful" man. The purpose of Sentinel, City of Destiny is to share with boys, during their formative pre-teen years, some fundamental character traits that define the "Godly" man. The allegorical story is about twin brothers, Jerol and Jarad, their quest through the land of Callow (Childhood) and their search for the city of Sentinel (representing true Manhood). In Sentinel they seek to earn the Mark of the Blade and become part of the King's court of Mettle. The Court of Mettle is an elite fighting force that stands watch over Terrenea (the land in which the story takes place). They are sworn to fight to the death in defense of King Deus (God) and his Kingdom of Light. To make it onto the King's court Jerol and Jarad must first find the four magical keys (Courage, Integrity, Service, & Vision) with which to unlock Sentinel's gate. Unfortunately, their archenemy Azrael (Satan) and his minions challenge the boys at every turn, seeking to prevent their entry into Sentinel (True Manhood). The story contrasts the boys' very different ways of dealing with Azrael's temptations and traps. In the style of Pilgrim's Progress, the brothers face many allegorical characters and situations that represent present day themes in young boy's lives: bullies, drugs, girls, music, peer pressure, video, etc. Hopefully, in the end, it will be clear to the reader; it is better to be like Jerol, who makes wise choices than Jarad, who makes foolish choices.
 

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Contents

TABLE OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES AND SEASONS OF TIME
11
A NOTE TO PARENTS TEACHERS AND CAREGIVERS
12
PREFACE
14
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
17
THE OFFERING
19
BULLS EYE
31
THE GIFT
38
SIN AND PRAYER
53
THE LYRICS
164
BACCHUS
170
SUNSTONES
177
SPIRITS
184
BELLE
194
GEVAH
207
PUFFERS
211
GASCON
220

GERHORSAM
57
GRAVENWOOD
62
MALECOLENCE
87
BRAWLERS
91
THE BADGER WINDS
97
THE KEYS
107
MAMMON
117
SEA OF PLETHORA
123
THE FETTER
130
COVETON
140
DEBT
149
EUPHORIA
160
THE GREEN RIVER
234
THE BRIDGE
239
CROSSROAD
245
THE FORDING
249
THE DOOR
262
EPILOGUE
270
GLOSSARY
273
THE FOUR KEYS TO METTLE MANHOOD
282
HOW TO BECOME A MODERN DAY BLADE TRUE MAN
284
REFLECTIONS OF THE BLADE
287
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