Shannon here: Caryl McAdoo shares her inspiration for her Children’s Dystopian trilogy, Days of Dread, plus a chance to win a copy of book one, The King’s Highway. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Nov 27th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Caryl:
Are We Living in the End Times?
Many Christians today believe those terrible days spoken of in Matthew 24 and Revelation are upon us. Just as His disciples in those times, we come to God in prayer asking in verse three: “When shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you, for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Matthew 24:4-6
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:7-8
I, too, believe these things are happening before our eyes now—wars, famines, pestilences (covid), and earthquakes in diverse places. The numbers and severeness of all natural disasters have increased substantially over the past decades, dwarfing stats of the past centuries put together!
Records are constantly being broken around the world. As the pains of a woman in labor that come stronger and closer together, our earth groans. Yet the love for Christ seems to be waxing cold due to widespread sin “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12
Many deny the Lord and His holiness, accepting such abominations as the murder of unborn babies, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage—all legal in our country as I type! Not only does society ignore the warning to repent and watch—as in Revelation 3:3, “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”
But pastors in pulpits across the nation turn a deaf ear to any possibility of misleading their congregations (Matthew 24:4-5 above). Still, we are promised “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:13-14
I watch and wait to see the rise of a world-wide, charismatic leader to broker a seven-year peace treaty in the Middle East—the last event to be seen before His return. Jesus mentioned this to His disciples: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)” Matthew 24:15
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:21-22
Our Messiah spoke of days so terrible that the world had never experienced since its beginning or ever would again. This is where my inspiration for the “Days o Dread” Trilogy came from. Books one THE KING’S HIGHWAY and two THE SIXTH TRUMPET have been widely read and received so many great Five-Star reviews.
Now, book three THE KIDRON VALLEY has debuted, completing the trilogy. The series was originally written for mid-grade and young adult readers, but parents and grandparents are enjoying the story as well—even some grandpas who don’t read fiction have raved about this series.
An editor from Zonderkidz asked me why I would write a dystopian with such a grim topic for the younger ages. I told her to boost their faith that in any instance, no matter what was going on around them, the Father will never leave or forsake them. He will provide and protect and see them through the hard times.
Because controversy surrounds when the Son will actually be seen in the sky and His elect “raptured”, I intentionally left that to the readers’ own perspective while leaving no doubt He is real and coming back! I hope you will enjoy this series. The three paperbacks would make a great gift for children and grandchildren!
About Caryl: Award-winning, Christian author Caryl McAdoo prays her story gives God glory. Of her best-selling novels, readers love her historical Christian romance family sagas most, but she also writes Christian contemporary romance, Biblical fiction, mystery, and for young adults and mid-grade booklovers. A far majority of reviewers give her stories five-stars and praise Caryl’s characters, counting them family or close friends. The prolific writer loves singing the new songs God gives her almost as much as penning tales—hear a few at YouTube! Married to Ron over fifty years, she shares four children and twenty-one grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door. Learn more & connect:
Caryl’s Youtube – Hear Caryl sing her New Songs!
About the book – The King’s Highway: A mysterious dead man directs the small band on their journey to a much safer corridor he dubs The King’s Highway. Airplanes are falling out of the sky, and all things electric rendered useless after a mysterious flash. It tests the grit of fifteen-year-old Jackson Allison when the care and safety of his younger siblings fall solely to him. No one knows for sure what’s happened, but danger lurks if they stay. With a fierce determination to keep his thirteen-year-old sister McKenzie and nine-year-old brother Cooper safe, the high school freshman is compelled to leave their Irving home in the shadow of the DFW Airport for their grandparents’ farm a hundred-plus miles northeast. Thrust into a lawless, chaotic world, he’s guided by an ever-changing cryptic note that leads his growing troupe along the King’s Highway. Bullies, Russians, wild animals, gang-bangers, and kidnappers thwart their progress while a lack of drinkable water and food is a constant concern. Will he ever get his people to safety in the Red River Valley in far Northeast Texas?
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Question for Readers: Do you agree that we are in the last days?
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