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Resources: Randy's Books

Courageous: Randy talks with Ron Blue about his book project with the Kendrick brothers (video)

In this video clip, Randy Alcorn talks with Ron Blue about his book project with the Kendrick brothers.

Q&A: What do the stones gathered at night represent in Edge of Eternity? (video)

Randy Alcorn answers a Q&A session participant question about imagery in his book Edge of Eternity. Filmed at the 2011 Kingdom Advisors Conference.

What are the languages of the beast and the warrior of light in The Chasm?

In The Chasm, the beast and the warrior of light both cry out in strange languages. The beast screams, “Baal jezeb ashnar mordol nuhl—keez gimbus molech nar­gul dazg!” The warrior of light cries, “Elyon miriel o aeron galad—chara domina beth charis o aleathes celebron!”  What are the languages, and what do the words mean?

Which of your books would be good to start with?

Randy writes, “I would suggest The Grace and Truth Paradox for nonfiction, and The Chasm for fiction.”

Which novel of yours would you recommend to start with?

Perhaps a good novel of mine to start with would be Safely Home. Another very different and shorter choice is Lord Foulgrin's Letters, inspired by C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters. But I am also fond of Deception, which can be read before Deadline and Dominion even though it's a spin-off.

Did Pilgrim’s Progress impact your writing of The Chasm?

Some comparison between Pilgrim’s Progress and The Chasm is valid, but I'm sure the total sales for my book will fall woefully short! However, unlike Pilgrim’s Progress, The Chasm is not a strict allegory, in that not everything represents something else. It's more of an otherworldly retelling of the gospel story, with references back to the character's life on earth.

Why do you like audio books, and why have you read and recorded several of your own books?

If you haven't discovered audio books, you don't know what you're missing. The great thing is, you can listen while driving, doing dishes, working on a car, running, biking, you name it. I love audio books, and so does my wife Nanci.

What encouraged you to include illustrations in The Chasm? What did you hope to gain from them?

I really felt that The Chasm could be enhanced with the illustrations. I searched around for different potential illustrators and finally found Mike Biegel. It was the right fit. I wanted that contemporary feel that is sort of a graphic-novel-sketch approach. I think Mike nailed what I was looking for and it definitely enhances the book. The illustrations allow you to grasp the heavy imagery in The Chasm.

It amazed me how much work Mike was willing to put into them. I'd recommend him as an artist any day!

What inspired you to write The Chasm?

While The Chasm is unique, those who have read Edge of Eternity will see that I extracted and then rewrote as a standalone some chapters in the middle of that earlier novel. Since I first wrote Edge of Eternity in 1999, I’ve wanted to do this. I believe God can use it as an imaginative way of conveying the gospel to people who need to envision the old story in a fresh way.

Do I need to read Edge of Eternity before I read The Chasm?

There’s no need to read Edge of Eternity first. If you read The Chasm first, you may decide you want to go back to read Edge if Eternity.

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