Sin, Salvation & Shadowmancer

Sin, Salvation & Shadowmancer
Richard Atherton The author is a retired solicitor.
01 June, 2007 1 min read

Authors: Graham P. Taylor & Bob Smietana
Publisher: Zondervan
256 pages
Purchase from: Amazon (£7.76)

Graham Taylor shot to fame in 2003 with his first novel Shadowmancer, a Gothic fantasy set in the eighteenth century on the North Yorkshire coast, in which Christian themes are woven into a powerful story of good and evil. Shadowmancer was released on the same day as a new ‘Harry Potter’ story – and knocked it off the top spot in the bestseller lists for weeks. So who is this man, who for a time was ‘hotter than Potter’? Sin, Salvation & Shadowmancer reads as an honest account of one pilgrim’s progress – from an unhappy childhood and turbulent teens in Scarborough to crazy times in London working for a pop music company and indulging in all the usual excesses. Taylor then returns home as a prodigal son and begins a new life in Scarborough. Friendship with a Christian couple leads to his conversion, and he meets and marries Kathy. He then becomes an Anglican minister. This is a typical ‘rags to riches’ account but I was impressed by the honesty with which Taylor describes his struggles and his weaknesses. He describes himself as a sinful man who by the grace of God has found salvation, and who is very much a ‘work in progress’. This book is a ghost-written autobiography (Bob Smietana is a journalist from Illinois of Reformed persuasion) and is an absorbing read from start to finish.Graham Taylor presently divides his time between writing and touring schools – promoting reading and writing to a largely non-reading teenage generation. It will be interesting to follow this pilgrim’s future progress.

Richard Atherton

The author is a retired solicitor.
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