Chuck Black: Raising the Sword of the Spirit
A middle-of-the-night story about a Prince who saves His people from the Dark Knight mesmerized his children. At first it disappointed Chuck. He wondered, Why should a fictional story capture my children's hearts the way I want the Gospel to?
But then he realized Jesus also told fictional stories with deep spiritual significance. Encouraged by wife Andrea, Chuck shared the story with other families. It soon grew to a self-published series of books of six novels. Those books, the Kingdom series, retell the Bible story from Genesis to Revelation, setting it in a land of knights and castles. As the books' popularity grew, it became difficult to handle alone, and Multnomah stepped in.
Chuck’s current series, The Knights of Arrethtrae (Multnomah), tells of the brave warriors who take the Prince's story to the far reaches of Arrethtrae and fight the Dark Knight's evil schemes. Rather than base this second series on actual events, Chuck focuses on common issues with which teens struggle—like greed, apathy, and escapism.
"The Bible says that we believers have the ability to tear down high places," Chuck says. "So often we forget about that spiritual battle and fail to participate in it. So that's really my goal, to open their eyes to the spiritual warfare and to get them excited about being warriors for Christ."
One of the most powerful books in the series, Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart, grew out of Chuck's own struggles with doubt as a young adult—something often overlooked by families today. At a homeschool convention where Chuck spoke to more than 500 parents, all admitted they struggled with doubt and likely their children did too. Almost none of them had talked to their kids about it.
"You do not want your children leaving home with unresolved doubt," Chuck cautions. He cites John the Baptist as an example of a godly man who wrestled with doubt. "Even though we have periods of doubt, God's love reaches through that and pulls us to His truth."
The final two books of the series released in October: Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor tells of an inexperienced warrior whose actions bring calamity to an elite fighting group. When the Prince calls, can Quinlan lead the men he let down? Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest brings the tale of a tournament knight who is kidnapped and left for dead. Can Rowan overcome his pride to serve a higher calling in a distant land?
Chuck's writing has grown into a family business. Several of them travel around the country for conventions, and all help with marketing and promotion. His daughter, Emily, composed nearly 100 songs for the audio drama versions of all 12 books.
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