In the tradition of Stephen Lawhead and Elizabeth Chadwick, Marlayne Giron writes epic fantasy fiction centered around traditional Christian values. Her work has been compared to Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia.
Her latest book, The Victor, is an inspirational historical fiction book - written for ages 12 and up - that is destined to become a classic. Perfect as a homeschool resource, this spellbinding tale is set apart from other Christian fiction books by her subtle but powerful method of presenting Christian principles embedded in a majestic adventure that is gripping, riveting, and engaging for readers of any age.
"The Victor is an epic adventure of love, loss, and triumph over evil. Giron’s characters leap off the page into medieval battles, jousts, quests, and romance. Fans of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and medieval fantasy will not want to miss out on this classic tale!" - Tosca Lee, NY Times Best Selling Author
"I loved this book. The author had me at castles, sword fights, and a gentle romance, but the novel reveals an eternal story of good vs. evil that is much deeper than just what’s on the surface. Middle and high school students (and their parents) will love this account of adventure, drama, betrayal, sacrifice, and ultimate victory." – Karen Koch, former editor of the Christian Home Educators Association of California Magazine
"Author Marlayne Giron has woven together a fast-paced adventure and a tender love story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, even as they are caught up in the lives of believable characters, both good and evil. The Victor will introduce – or reintroduce – readers to the majestic story of the Bible, a story of love, redemption, and victory. Though aimed at high-school aged readers, adults will be captivated by it as well. Highly recommended!"– Kathi Macias, bestselling author of nearly sixty books, including the 2011 Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award, “Red Ink”.
A benevolent king, his sword of power.
A ruthless traitor bent on revenge, and the faithful son who stands in his way with the woman destined to share his throne.
Who shall emerge the victor in this epic battle between good and evil to rule the lives of hapless men?
"The Victor is an absolute "literary masterpiece" that should be required reading in High Schools across the land. In fact, if there was a required reading list for Christians, The Victor would have to be on it." - Robert Heath, Founder/Director of Kids for Christ/USA
“I've been homeschooling since 1992 and recommend The Victor with Companion Lesson Plan for advanced Language Arts students in upper middle school through high school.
The Victor is a medieval fantasy with poetic language, intense scenes, and a classic good vs. evil plot. The reading level is a stretch, and the content contains sexual innuendo and violence, so it's not for struggling readers or for younger advanced readers.
The Lesson Plan explores the language and Biblical symbolism of the novel and works especially well for Christian homeschoolers. Because the Christian Bible plays such a powerful role in history and sociology, however, I recommend this book and lesson plan for non-Christians as well.
Lesson Plan contains a vocabulary list, chapter summary questions, pronunciation guide, guide to allegorical symbolism, short biography about the author, and a bit about the armor that knights and their horses wore during medieval times. End of chapter questions about content are interspersed with ideas for further study, and essay topics.” – Kathryn A. Frazier, homeschooling mom
“I am a teacher and love the fact that the book "The Victor" has an accompanying lesson plan. It is complete in every way. We want our kids to become critical thinkers and with the lesson plans Marlayne has for this book there is no doubt that you are asking the students to think critically. The vocabulary lists were phenomenal. I actually use this with my students in my classroom. Pick it up to go along with the book, it is worth it.” – Sandra K. Stiles
If you had one deep, heartfelt wish, what would it be?
Then suppose that wish came true in story form, but it wasn't like you expected but exactly what you needed to hear?
Make a Wish is a compilation of short stories that grant wishes to real people where they are the "star" of their own story.
What is your wish?
Cindy Sproles, Speaker, Writer, Teacher
What Marlayne Giron has done with the hardships of life is nothing short of amazing. It has often been said there is a silver lining beneath every dark cloud. Although, that is a gentle word of encouragement, the difficult part is fighting through the darkness to see that glimpse of silver. Make a Wish takes the hopes of the oppressed and hurting on a journey into their dreams to search for the silver lining. Even when circumstance will not allow for a physical change in reality, one can never stop the heart from dreaming...wishing...hoping. When we can do that beneath the wings of Christ, the silver lining becomes nothing less than golden. Marlayne Giron has taken these true-to-life wishes and adorned them with jewels of hope and encouragement. She has taken the idea of a wish, and in the gentleness of her words, turned back time for just a moment...because sometimes; all we need is a moment.
Making a Wish will stir your heart, swipe at your emotions, and make you stretch your arms toward the love of an amazing God. Stretch--dream--wish...for wishes can come true. - Cindy Sproles, ChristianDevotions.us Editor
I wasn't sure what I would think about this book as I don't usually read short stories; however, this book turned out to be exceptional and far above my expectations. Each chapter tells you a little bit about a real-life person and then has short story based on a wish they have. The real-life stories are emotional, but the fiction stories based upon them are real tear jerkers. Marlayne Giron's writing brings the stories to life and I actually felt like they were happening. I found myself crying several times, which at one point was a bit embarrassing as I was in a hospital waiting room. However, do not get the idea this is a sad book, these were tears of joy and happiness. The characters faith in God shines through in every page, and a few times I felt my faith being strengthened. I would highly recommend this book.
What if, even for the 10 minutes it would take to read your story, your greatest wish could come true? No matter who crazy it may seem Marlayne has taken the wishes of people and turned them into stories, where everything they dreamed of can come true.
Whether it's seeing that loved one just one more time and knowing that you are never truly alone. Or meeting the love of your life in the perfect fairy tale setting. Maybe you get to meet your favorite fictional character of all time. Or just for a day, that sickness which has plagued you for years could be gone.
Many of these stories brought tears to my eyes and I loved some of the intro stories as well. I know this is a book many will read and enjoy
Do you ever wish your dream could come true? Or that you could have just one more moment with a deceased love one to tell them how much they meant to you? If you do, then this is an absolutely FANTABULOUS book just for you. This author is like no other author, and God truly uses her to share happiness in the lives of others. I'm still, as I sit here sharing my thoughts on this book, in awe of completely incredible this book is.
In this "Make a Wish" book, Marlayne Giron creates short stories from peoples wishes. These stories play out like they would if it really happened. Marlayne, at the beginning of each "wish"/chapter tells a little bit about the person and their wish, and then jumps into the wish fulfillment story that stars that wish maker. Each wish is unique, some about dreams and hopes of marrying a prince charming or a knight in shining armors, some about getting that one more moment with a loved one, and some of them about getting one more chance to walk again. No matter what they are about, though, each have something in common with the one before it: they are all gifts from God. They are, simply put: beautiful. Of course, while many while make you smile, you must have LOTS of Kleenex available, for you will cry rivers after reading some (or, in my case, ALL) of them.
If there was any way possible, I would give this book 5 TRILLION stars instead of simply 5. Yes, it will remind you a lot of the "Make A Wish Foundation", but it's beautiful just like that. This book of wish fulfillments isn't just for kids, like the MAW Foundation....it's for ALL of God's wonderful children, both young and old. So, whether you have a wish or not, I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone. You will fall in love with the book and it's author. And, if you didn't have a wish before, this book will leave you wishing...and hoping...and dreaming. And, if that happens, you should contact Marlayne! With God's guidance, she'll make it come true for you. I should know-she fulfilled my wish for me, too!
I met Marlayne Giron through a giveaway where she was offering her first book, The Victor. We first started emailing each other, then talking on the phone. She has become a very dear friend of my husband and I.
One day I was talking to Marlayne and told her that my husband Henry was in one of his very rare moods of depression. She thought about what she could do to cheer him up and that's how "Make A Wish" was born. She wrote a short story for Henry and emailed it to him. It was one of the most beautiful stories either of us had ever read. The story made us both cry and laugh. It was if God had given her the words to write. There were things she wrote that neither one of us had ever told her. Like how he still, after 39 yrs. of being paralyzed, will still try to move his toes. How he loves the smell of orange blossoms. And that he has always said that when he gets to Heaven and is no longer paralyzed, he wants to be God's gopher and run and run and run! Henry's story is "A Gift For Henry" page 7.
Marlayne also wrote a story for my best friend Donna, who lost her daughter (Butterfly Kisses: page 45), and for a friend Henry grew up with, Darlene, who lost her husband (Three Wishes: page 15).
Some of the other stories are:
"Two Peas In A Pod" about Sandra, who lost her sister Jeannie.
"Strength For The Journey" about Debra and her son who has Smith Magentis Syndrome.
"Heart Of Darkness/Heart Of Light" about John, who had a very sad childhood.
All of the stories in the book have been a blessing to not only those who they were written for, but to everyone who reads them. They are stories of hope, courage, love. You can't help but be touched by them.
I love this book and will pull it off the shelf from time to time. It isn't one that will sit gathering dust. It will lift you when you're down and encourage you when you feel lost.
Imagine a quadriplegic man walking again, experiencing sensation in his legs and running! It is the fondest wish of a man confined to a wheelchair since the age of fourteen, so his friend, Marlayne writes a story that fulfills his wish. She writes a story where he is the main character and can walk!
Another one of the stories, sees a young J.R.R. Tolkien fan become an "elf" and live amongst the fantasy characters that Tolkien created in his Lord of the Rings books. A woman, mourning the sudden and inexplicable loss of her daughter, experiences one last memory-making afternoon with her; another woman battling cancer and fearful of dying is visited by other dear family members who have come back to her from heaven to encourage and to calm her fears. A family that loves watching the T.V. show "Extreme Home Makeovers" get their wish to get a brand-new home. An infertile young couple get to experience the joy of holding their own child...
Every story comes to life with vibrant detail and throughout the telling, the author fulfills the wish of every person and gives all glory to God in the process.
This is a brilliant concept, (using fiction to bless individuals in such a poignant and profound manner) and the story lines have such limitless potential! Encouraging in every way, this book is a beautiful tribute to each individual the author blesses with a "wish".
I absolutely loved this book!
It started with the crop circles, followed by the disappearance of cattle. Then he appeared. He was obviously old order Amish. He did and said everything right, but no one knew what family or farm he belonged to. He worked in the fields and barn raisings like everyone else and was in every respect just like one of them...except for his silver eyes. Despite his quiet and respectful demeanor, the community of Bird-in-Hand was leery of him. Everyone avoided him...except for Rebecca Esh.
Two star-crossed lovers whose romance not only endangers the Amish family who takes him in, but also puts the world he and his brother came from in great peril.
I am sitting here typing with a very stiff neck from sitting up late last night to finish the ending because I could not sleep without finding out how it ended. The book held my attention from page one! I couldn't wait to see how this novel would end and was wondering if I would be disappointed in the ending. I wasn't. The ending was so bittersweet, and I will not give it away but am wondering, however, if there will be a sequel? If so, it will be on my reading list.
I am usually fairly eloquent but for once I am struggling to describe this book and trust me that is a good thing. What genre does it fall into, it's Amish, it's contemporary fiction, it's a romance, it's a mystery, it's sci fi, it's fantasy, it's Christian, it's biblical, it's paranormal, in fact it's all these and more wrapped up into one fantastic story. I started reading with a little bit of trepidation as I'm not really a paranormal fan and I was a bit puzzled as to what it was really all about, and how Amish and Paranormal would fit together. However, I like Amish books so I thought I would give it a go. Giron's writing soon swept me up into the story, and I was completely hooked. I loved all the characters, and they were all true to life. Seth and Silas's characters were extremely well drawn, and I could picture them perfectly. It's a story where you need to suspend belief and go with the flow and it is extremely entertaining, involving and engrossing. I had to keep reading to find out what happened. I couldn't figure out at all how this was going to end, and when the end came it was a complete surprise; however, I realized the clues were there all along, and I should have known this is a book that everyone should read, whatever genre you like. There is something here for everyone. Buy it and read it immediately. You will not regret it. It is 100% entertainment.
I was not sure how I would see this book with the paranormal twist, but it kept me hanging page by page as to how these simple people were going to deal with the complex problems they were facing. I was so torn with Rebecca and Seth as their hearts were leading them away from all they believed. I was hoping that I was not going to be left hanging in the end and I was more than surprised at this author's ending. I thought it to be ingenious.
I believe this book has many lessons to learn through the characters in it. Lessons on judgement, on matters of the heart and how to make right choices, even though your head wants what is wrong. Lessons on family and friends’ relationships and how helpful it is to cultivate these areas of our lives. A wonderful book and I totally recommend it as a very good read.
I wish there was a sequel to this book. I loved the characters of Rebecca and Seth. When I first heard of an Amish story with crop circles and aliens, I thought well this can't work. But I was presently surprised by Marlayne Giron's story. She did a wonderful job of making the story plausible. I look forward to reading more books by Marlayne. Her story evoked many emotions and I have to admit at times I needed a Kleenex. So do yourself a favor and settle in for a good read.
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