Erik Guzman The Seed REVIEW

The Seed is complex, yet easy to read, smaller book. Through out the book I am reminded of my background in Sociology and the many masks we put on in our lives. Maybe it's just me, but I was frequently reminded of the theory of Dramaturgy, a theory that claims a person's identity is not a stable constant, but constantly changing and adapting depending on the situation. Goffman (Stage theorist) believed life to be a theatrical production, and our interactions based off the part we were playing at that time. I think my background in theory helped me to enjoy this particular book in a different way than others may perceive it (and perhaps different than even that of the author haha.) With that said, the storyline moves at a good pace and the characters are well fleshed. They are deep and dramatic, without being over-characterized as sometimes happens. I enjoyed the understory of God's love and redemption that unfolds within the overall story. 

About the book: 

The Seed (New Growth Press, May 2016)

Young Madeline and Roark are desperately running fromthe shadow that destroyed their home and is threateningtheir lives.

One day, they encounter Tatus, an older man who has sworn to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the shadow, and they form an alliance with him. Tatus promises that he can keep them safe from the shadow if they will help him build a fortress. So they build.

But as fortress-building consumes their lives, Madeline and Roark are increasingly filled with anger and fear, and an unseen evil threatens to ultimately destroy them. When they finally face the shadow, he presents them with an unthinkable offer that will reveal shocking secrets of theforgotten past, the unseen present, and the unimaginable future.

We've all had the feeling that something's not quite right with our lives. It's bigger than any specific failure or disappointment. It's bigger than any person. No matter what you achieve or how much you drink or sleep, you can't shake it. It haunts you---night and day---and propels you to do something. So you build. You build and build the maze that is your exhausting life. Sound vaguely familiar?

The Seed: A True Myth is a journey into the personal labyrinths we create to protect ourselves and those we love from the pain of living in a broken world. Guzman's "true myth" takes the reader on an unforgettable journey that is, in essence, the grand narrative of God's redemptive work in the world. This page-turning Christian fantasy tale is packed with mystery and drama, and readers will feel the weight and power of redemption as they journey alongside Guzman's characters in their epic battle. The Seed deftly communicates the heart of Trinitarian theology through story---without using theological language or Christian terms---and reinforces biblical themes such as God's character and man's true identity and calling.

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About the author:

Erik Guzman is Vice President of Communications and Executive Producer at Key Life Network. He's the cohost of the nationally syndicated talk show Steve Brown, Etc. and announcer for "Key Life." His writing has been featured in Key Life's magazine and online at,, Burnside Writers Collective, and Sojourners ( He is also a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a drummer, and a 5th degree black belt in Aikido. Erik, his wife, and three children live near Orlando, Florida.

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**I received a copy of this for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I wasn't required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own, or those of my family.**