The Last Day: millions are killed when a meteor hits the earth. Those who survived the impact and its aftermath are thrown back into the stone age and covered in darkness as a massive dust cloud permanently fills the sky, blocking all sunlight. The people of Brigon Glen remain mostly untouched and manage to continue to live normally from their own power and supplies. When this power eventually runs out, and with no knowledge of other survivors, they lose hope. Then the Voice comes: "Would you like some help?" Now, seventy years later, six members of the established power company have been called to Farside, the darks lands beyond Brigon Glen from which no one has ever returned, for a conference with the people at the source of the power. No one knows exactly where they are going, or why they were chosen to go, but the road there is dangerous and some wonder if they will return.
Tagged as "A Parable for Our Time," The Company uses the images of a power company to drive home its point. While I found that the metaphor of the power company broke down at times, it does work on many levels as it is presented in the novel. The reference that stands out most for me is the division of the church. The Brigons are presented with The Plan and an office for distribution of power is put in Brigon Glen. As years pass the people begin to differ in their interpretation of The Plan. They split and two new branches are formed separate from the original, each carrying out their interpretation of The Plan, or ignoring it completely. This power company metaphor also works as an explanation of the Trinity, but I would have to go into far more detail to "summarize" that one.
The first few chapters are very technical as the plans are being laid out and the power company is put into motion, so it was a slow start for me. Overall I enjoyed the metaphors, but I found toward the end that there were some things that just didn't quite fit with the idea of a company of any kind. There aren't many characters involved, and I did enjoy the characterizations. I could easily tell who was speaking without being told on each line.
This novel definitely has something to say and I do suggest reading it. As I said, the start is slow, but once they get on the road the pace picks up.
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The planet has been in darkness for seventy years since a meteor crashed into the planet. Contrary to what scientists thought before the tragedy, there were survivors. One community, Brigos Glen, survived the crash and lived in darkness until a voice offering help called out in the darkness.
Since then, Brighten Power Authority has supplied the community with light and power. Sam Mitchell, an engineer with The Company, has been summoned to a conference at the Heis Center in the mountains of the eastern range. Along with Sam are Company employees, including the Senior Managers. What they learn and how they use that knowledge could impact the future of Brigos Glen and the welfare of the people.
Chuck Graham has written an religious allegory in order to explain the mystery of the Trinity. The question of one God but three still confuses so many today. In The Company, Graham's main character, Sam Mitchell is on a journey of revelation. The knowledge he gains can be applied to our lives, as well.
In all honesty, I found some of the allegorical references to be hard to understand. It was a good novel,and I like what he's trying to do with it, but as I said, some of the meaning is a bit obscure at times. Still, all in all, I enjoyed the novel, and give it 4 stars.
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Chuck Graham in his new book “The Company” Book One in The Company series published by WinePress Publishing gives us a possible future for mankind.
From the back cover: A meteor explodes into the planet. Massive earthquakes rock the land as giant tsunamis engulf the coasts. Sleeping volcanoes violently erupt, filling the sky with clouds of suffocating ash, and soon, the world is shrouded in darkness. Last Day has come, bringing death, destruction, and despair. Yet hidden in a mountain valley, the Brigons manage to survive, but with no power and little food or water, their hope is fading into the eternal night. Then a voice calls out in the darkness and offers to bring them light.
This is the story of Sam Mitchell, an engineer with one of the power managers in Brigos Glen. Seventy years have passed since light was restored to the village. Few remember the time before Last Day or the strangers who helped them in their time of need. But Sam has heard the stories and, with the guidance of his friend, seeks to help others as he goes about his seemingly unimportant, routine existence. That is, until he receives an ominous order from beyond the mountains that will change his life forever.
For centuries mankind has sought God…not simply to find Him, but to understand Him. This quest has left many struggling in a maze of contradictions – one God but a Father, one God but a Son, one God but a Spirit – leading them to the ultimate question: Who is the Trinity? The answer is revealed in The Company by Chuck Graham, a clever allegory, carefully woven with surprising revelation of who God is, who we are before Him, and our calling to love and encourage each other.
This is not an “End-Times” novel. I say this because it looks that way by the cover. Chuck Graham is not doing events from the book of Revelation. Instead, cleverly, I might add, he is doing an allegory working on the premise that after a meteorite strike the whole planet has lost power and is plunged into darkness and one area is offered light. The question is what are they going to do with it? I am not giving anything away when I tell you that part of this allegory is an exploration of The Holy Trinity; The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Want to find out how Mr. Graham does it? Well you have to read the book. Let me also point out that this is also an exploration of our purpose on Earth and how believers can be so misguided in their service to God. I liked “The Company” and recommend this book highly and look forward to the next book in the series
About Chuck: Chuck Graham’s legal career as an attorney in private practice spanned more than thirty-one years. He represented many local, national, and international clients, acquiring intricate knowledge about the often-overlapping structures of the corporate world. He also worked against those seeking to create racial division, including the Ku Klux Klan. He has served as a member of the state bar of Georgia since 1979 and an instructor to attorneys and judges through the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). He received the Medallion of Appreciation from ICLE. Chuck is also a speaker and the author of Take the Stand (Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996) and the compilations, A Year of Encouragement (Xulon Press). In 1997 he founded Ciloa (Christ Is Lord Of All), a ministry devoted to sharing God’s encouragement with the world and teaching those who follow Him how to encourage others. Today Chuck serves as executive director and principal author of A Note of Encouragement, a weekly e-zine reaching 175 countries. He and Beverly, his wife of thirty-four years, have lived in Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta, for fourteen years. God has blessed them with three children. In his free time, Chuck enjoys backpacking and hiking (especially on the Appalachian Trail), playing the guitar, dabbling in photography, and reading extensively about the Christian faith.
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The Company is an interesting allegory that explores the concept of the Trinity (God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit) set in a “What If?” world where civilization as we know it has been wiped out by a meteor. The destruction to Earth isn’t the focus of the story, but rather what happens to a small-community of people who are the only people who seem to have survived the blast, and who are trapped in the darkness that follows the destruction until a stranger shows up offering them help in the form of electricity to power their lights and electronics.
Set in this imaginative fictional world, the author seeks to explore our own relationship with God. The book can be taken on many different levels, and may just be read for pure entertainment value allowing the reader to explore a futuristic scenario for humankind, but really shines as a commentary on the contemporary church and the impact of being divided in our beliefs and our understanding of who God is. Personally, I didn't find the focus of the allegory on providing the understanding of the Trinity to be as powerful as the way the author made me think about our purpose on Earth and how believers can be so misguided in their service to God. This is a book that I'd have to read more than once to mine its depths!
Interesting symbolism and imagery, combined with a well-crafted plot, make The Company into a thought-provoking read. I award this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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