Striving to create a home strong in the foundations of love, respect, and God's truths ...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Giants in the Land" by Clark Burbidge

There are giants in the land.

And it has always been so as far as anyone can remember. They work side-by-side with the people, and whenever there is a job too difficult or a threat too great they are there to step in. The giants’ presence gives the townspeople a special confidence about life. But they have become much more dependant on the giants than they realize. One morning the people discover the giants have mysteriously disappeared. Fear and panic grip the town. Someone must find them and bring them back! 

Thomas, a young farmer, volunteers and sets out alone on a great journey of danger and discovery. Thomas learns the true nature of giants and what it means for him and his people. Join Thomas in his timeless rite of passage and learn what it means to become something more than you have been, why it is necessary in life, and how to do it.

Learn more about Giants in the Land

Giants in the Land  is a neat spin on what our lives would be like if the intangible were tangible.  If our idols could walk among us and our fears plunder the earth, what would our lives look like?  How would we react to everything we would see around us?

That is Thomas' dilemma.  As Thomas journeys to help his family, facing his fears along the way, we can clearly see what each 'giant' represents in his life - and just how we might apply his wisdom to our own life.

At times the prose begins to sound almost ... well, preachy, but Thomas' journey is so difficult and the lessons so wise that I really didn't mind.  The story is super short overall and the action really holds one's attention.  As a general rule, I'm not a fan of short books because the book tends to end at about the same time I become really fond of the main character, but Thomas' honor and integrity shone through from the very first page, making me want to champion his cause even as he considered leaving home to help his village. 

There is a sequel to this book, and I'm most interested to learn what wisdom Burbidge has to impart next.  If you'd like to shake your reading material up a bit and go for something that is quietly, contemplatively thoughtful, then this is definitely the book for you.

About the author ... 
Clark Burbidge's path to becoming an award winning author had distant beginnings. He received an MBA degree from the University of Southern California and a BS Degree in finance from the University of Utah. His career spans 31 years in banking, project finance, investment banking and more recently as Chief Financial Officer of three separate companies. He has been actively involved in community and church service, including lay youth and adult ministry, for over 35 years. 
It has been his long-term dream to write and publish several works that have been kicking around in his mind for many years. His first book, "Life on the Narrow Path: A Mountain Biker's Guide to Spiritual Growth in Troubled Times" was released nationally in March 2011. His second book "A Piece of Silver" was published in July 2011 and is currently entering its 2nd edition. Clark enjoys life in the foothills of the Rockies with his wife, children and three grandchildren. He looks forward to this next phase of life's wonderful adventures.
Learn more about Clark by visiting

To buy Giants in the Land, visit here.

I received a free copy of Giants in the Land from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

No comments:

Post a Comment