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Since Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan, there has never been an allegory written that so clearly depicts the journey of a soul from birth, discovering purity and evil, choosing one's road, and the passing into eternity.  The Bible says that Christ is The Word, God, existed in the beginning with God, gave life to all He created and brought light into the world. John 1:1-5.
What if the Word was not only a noun, but also a verb and an adjective? What if the Word who created all, also Told history, spoke it into existence with his breath, his voice, his being, speaking his power over all?

Words as:

 

"Let there be..."

"Rise and walk"

"Come forth..."

"It is finished."
K.A. Gunn takes the reader into a deep journey with author Leonard Told and his jealous fallen enemy author Luman who also is writing his anti-history, giving all characters the opportunity to believe  truth or deception. Those reading this allegory also experience this same choice. 

 

As I read this powerful story, there were times I needed to close this book for a few hours to savor and absorb the words of truth as in this scene with Brew, the main character.

 

"Yes, Brew." He (Told) turned to me again.  "All facades hiding my name will come down.  I am the antidote.  I am the tree of life grown from the seed that first had to die.  I am Told  -to write for the Untold."

 

The eternal truths presented in this story will force you to meditate on the words of Told as well as the revelations of the characters as they decide whether or not to accept the words of Told. 

 

This book is not only for the follower of the Word (Told), but also for those following his enemy, (Luman).  The depth of this book will challenge the intellectually elite while sharing the gentle simplicity of the Told's desire to simply become our all in all. 

 

I believe The Book of Told will become a classic in literary history, sharing its message for centuries to come.  Let The Book of Told write on your life to bring you closer to the Word in your story. Mrs C, USA
 

When I started reading The Book of Told shivers went up & down my spine. Approximately two years ago I had an idea to write a story similar to this one, but you have written it far better than I could ever have done. I am just starting out as a writer and hope to someday be able to write as well as you have done with this book.
I am looking forward to your sequel.
Thank you for sure an amazing story with so much truth hidden within the storyline.
Carol

 

So, I wish I could look myself in a room and finish your book in a day.  I LOVE it!  I don't get to much time to myself but when I do your book is the first thing I reach for.  Is it okay if I write a blog about your book?  I wanted to get your permission before I did. xxxx

 

 The Book of Told: mere words by KA Gunn is a complex allegory based on biblical images and themes. Many of the ideas, especially in the first half of the book, are under-developed as are the majority of the vast cast of characters. Mrs Gunn's readers would have been better served by a shorter tale more focused on a smaller number of key elements explored in greater depth.

However the main message of authorship is made clear in The Book of Told. And this timeless message makes this book a good choice for deep thinkers ready for a challenging read. Amazon reviewer.

 

Just wanted to let you know I've finished reading your book :) I didn't find it hard reading as you suggested it might be - just very deep so sometimes I had to stop and think for a bit on what I read. I'm still thinking through at all, as there's so much to process!
As someone who struggled through Mr Bell's scrapbook of grammatical terms with you (and I'm still not sure if I know what an adjectival phrase or clause are!) - it seems to me that Someone much greater than you or I has placed these ideas in your mind, and the way you have humbly gone about releasing your book, doing it not for your personal gain speaks of this too. If nothing else (though there was plenty else!) - I am reminded once again of the truth that I really only discovered for myself a few years ago: how very little we can do for ourselves and how much we need to rely on God and His power - and how anything in and of ourselves is not of His plan, the selfish "Ent" in all of us was never part of God's plan.
I pray that as you continue with this project you will keep on relying on God's mighty power alone. Will look forward to hearing what's next All the best, xxxx

 

 

Finished it... well done. You are so gifted! A hugely difficult task to bring in symbolic meanings for the reader to be lead not only by your personal story, but in there story too. You also managed to weave in layers of time yet with the same characters like it's the same story even through the ages. God's word for all. I felt there was a story within a story within a story, and yet you still kept the Author to be the one to tell it. Like the story of the ages, the story of the book characters, and the one you and us all play. As symbolism in this story is to give us insight into our own life. Very clever. Many hours of thinking. I pray that God will bless you with the freedom He gives and that the girls saved in A21 will also know this freedom within their very souls! xxxx

 

 

I keep being amazed at the way you have expressed it all every time I go back to read some more. Just love the way you have put it together and as I think I have already said I find it quite challenging as a Christian to read it in the way you have presented it. Quite a novel approach which is so in keeping with your basic concept of the story.  In Rev 20 we see The Bible has Satan chained for a 1000 years so why not have him with writer’s cramp for a bit! …. And the beast uttered proud words and blasphemies in Revelation 13 and all the inhabitants of earth whose names were not written in the Lamb’s book of life worshipped the beast in V 8 and onwards and of course in Rev 20 Satan goes out to deceive the nations but…of course TOLD has the final say!!! I guess what I am saying is that your version (if you want to call it that) simplifies the mysteries of Revelation which I find acceptable in the format you have given the book. I like the ending. The song, the hummings and the sense of awe that is expressed when revelation of the true TOLD comes and his signing is seen makes it a magnificent ending and of course they head off to live in reality!! Delightful. I love the final full stop too!!! I like the quotes you have chosen to use and the way you have put the last paragraph together is fascinating and so in keeping with your style of writing! xxxx

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08.10 | 16:59

Kylie, I would be delighted to have my name as a side character in your next book. I am telling anyone who will listen that they too must read The Book of Told.

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08.10 | 16:42

Thank you SOOO much, Carol, for your encouragement! I would love to use your name as a side character in the prequel! Much blessings to you!

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08.10 | 15:43

For the first time in many years I have found a book that I didn't want to put down. I wanted to just continue reading to find out where the story was going.

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06.10 | 07:11

so so nice

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