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Reforming the Potter's Clay
Donald James Parker
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A brawl between magick and miracles featuring teens and pre-teens.

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The Morales family is divided with two positive votes for Harry Potter and one against. Only the father's negative ballot is accepted in the election, and HP books go on the forbidden reading list. Barbara, a bombshell who has bewitched Mr. Morales, urges him to get a life. The kids complain he is not practicing what he preaches in regard to discovering truth for oneself, so he consents to study the first book with them to search for concrete evidence that Harry is a bad influence. In the meantime, the kids' world gets turned upside down when a new family moves to town and starts a gang, pulling the Morales kids in. This is no ordinary group of troublemakers, though they do encounter trouble at every turn. Adam, the son of an Assembly of God pastor, is the leader of the God Squad, whose members use Holy Spirit power to get into and out of adventures in a classic duel between magick and miracles.

EJ broke the silence. "Seems to me that life is like a big detective story God arranged. We need to get all the clues and figure out the answer to the mystery."
"Perfect analogy!" Tammy said. "I think it's exciting to uncover all the truths that God provided for us to figure out who dunnit."
EJ smiled broadly. "And in the end, the answer is not the butler, but the devil."
"We think so, EJ. Or it could be God, depending on which mystery you're solving. It's been easier for us to avoid the snares because of Adam's gifts."
The two Morales kids glanced over at Adam. He was rolling his eyes skyward.
"Gifts? What do you mean by gifts?" EJ asked.

Don is a 1968 graduate of Madison Central High School in Madison, South Dakota. He graduated from Dakota State University in Madison in 1972 with a degree in secondary education. After moving to Washington State in 1981, Don studied computer programming and turned his writing efforts to software. After twenty-five years of IT work, Don's passion for writing flared up again, and the doctors couldn't do anything to cure it. The outcome is a five book series involving two generations of the Masterson family and two stand alone books - Reforming the Potter's Clay and Angels of Interstate 29. More are on the way.

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In a youth culture bewitched by Harry Potter, Donald James Parker's Reforming the Potter's Clay is a timely YA novel that wields some powerful magic of its own. The story begins when widower Salvatore Morales, a Christian dad leery of the occult, refuses to allow his 14-year-old son Pedro and 12-year-old daughter EJ read Harry Potter. But when the woman Sal is dating turns out to be an extreme Harry Potter fan, Pedro and EJ convince him to discover the truth for himself by reading the book with them. Thus begins an intriguing journey into the spiritual realm where Pedro and EJ, along with six other friends known as "The God Squad," encounter the reality of good versus evil on the streets of Anywhere, U.S.A.

I absolutely loved this book. I do not generally read YA, but Donald James Parker has written a compelling novel that not only deals with the difficult issues of the occult in today's pop culture, but does so in a manner that mesmerizes and entertains, revealing key spiritual truths that are vital to today's youth. A powerful must-read for the YA market, their parents and beyond.
Julie Lessman - author of the Daughters of Boston series.

Timely and poignant, with a host of recognizable relationships, REFORMING the POTTER'S CLAY includes readers in an entertaining, if subject intense, examination of witchcraft's effects on teen culture, and our childrens' prospects for happiness in a society that exalts the individual as criteria absolute.

Easily read and spiritually rewarding, I heartily recommend Mr. Donald James Parker's recent book release, REFORMING the POTTER'S CLAY.

Dante Longo II

really enjoyed reading Reforming the Potter's Clay. Although I was a little skeptical at first, as I delved deeper into the story of Pedro, Adam, EJ, and the others, I came to see how this inner process of spiritual development and trust has taken place in me. Using the Harry Potter series as a starting point was literary genius, and I commend the author for bringing in such a timeless quest into the modern day. An exceptional read for families or young adults, Reforming the Potter's Clay is a book that all those who are at a pivotal point in their life should read.

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Potent without being preachy, enlightening without condescension - and quite amusing at times - Reforming The Potter's Clay is a welcome addition to the world of Christian fiction. Parker dares to take on quite a challenge in tossing the ideological shackles of political correctness - but he pulls it off with flying colors.

Latonya Franklin
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Fiction Books :: Christian Books :: General Books

ISBN: 0615212239
ISBN(13-digit): 9780615212234
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 220

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