Sin, Salvation and Shadowmancer

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Zondervan, Sep 14, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages
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The bestseller Shadowmancer stormed the literary world, rocketing to top sales. Who could have predicted that a country vicar would have such a hit on his hands? But that's only one chapter in the amazing, faith-sustained life of G. P. Taylor. Kicked out of school for trying to set fire to a teacher's desk, Graham Taylor's future looked bleak. He became a roadie for a punk-rock band and launched into a life of nightclubs and drugs. It appeared he would live hard and die young ... but God had a different plot in mind. In one awe-filled moment, Taylor heard God telling him to go home to Yorkshire. There he found a job and his future wife waiting, just as God had promised. Before his ordination, though, Taylor panicked, joining the police force instead. Like Jonah, he had to learn that hiding from the Lord's will is impossible. How did Taylor become a vicar in a part of England filled with tales of smugglers and storms at sea? How did he write Shadowmancer and his other runaway bestsellers to counteract the growing occult presence in so much of today's fiction? How did he find hope and healing when a near-fatal heart condition almost ended it all? This story is filled with unpredictable twists and revelations. And like Taylor's Christ-inspired novels, it's a tale you won't be able to put down.

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User Review  - lily -

From some reviews that I read, GP Taylor had been said to be the next CS Lewis--that is in no way true, except maybe that they have both done some fantasy Christian allegories. The writing in this ... Read full review

An inspirational and heart felt book.

User Review  - jimmychitown -

Bob Smietana has done an excellent job of telling a remarkable tale in the life of G.P. Taylor. From his boyhood that seemed to be leading him to self-destruction, to his journey to faith, and the ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Graham 'G. P.' Taylor is the author of the international bestselling Shadowmancer and Wormwood, both of which were nominated for the prestigious British book award known as the Nibbies. Wormwood was also nominated this spring for the Quills award as children's book of he year in the United States. His third novel, Tersias, was released in August 2005. Taylor lives in North Yorkshire with his wife, Kathy, and their three daughters.

Bob Smietana is an award winning journalist and features editor for the Covenant Companion magazine, a correspondent for Religion News Service (RNS), and freelance religion writer whose stories have appeared in national and regional US newspapers (including the Washington Post, LA Times, and Chicago Tribune) and national religious magazines, such as Christianity Today, the Christian Century, Sojourners, and US Catholic. He was one of the first American journalists to interview Graham Taylor and has written about Taylor for RNS and Christianity Today. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife, Kathy, and their three children

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