Richard Paul Evans Discusses Hidden Spiritual Themes In His 'Michael Vey' Series

Bestselling author Richard Paul Evans stopped by The Glenn Beck Program on Tuesday to discuss the latest installment in his Michael Vey series, Michael Vey 6: The Fall of Hades.

"Michael Vey is a series that he brought to me because everybody was turning him down. What is this? It's not dumb enough to be a young adult fiction book," Glenn said.

Describing the series as the kind of stuff we want to get into families' hands, Glenn told Evans how the books have impacted his relationship with his son.

"As a dad, thank you for giving me some of the best memories with my son. I have now had six summers where we have waited for the next one to come out. We have talked about it coming out, and then we have spent nights together reading. It will be one of our fondest memories for the rest of our lives. I mean that sincerely, thank you," Glenn said.

"That's beautiful, thank you," Evans replied.

The series features a boy named Michael with Tourette Syndrome who gets wrapped up in an international mystery with his friends. In The Fall of Hades they try to recruit Hatch’s Electric Youth in a thrilling, action-packed adventure.

"The characters make it cool not to be the cool kid and to have more depth and more respect," Glenn observed. "At no point have I felt that any of these are trying to teach lessons, they just do. When you're writing these, do you think, Well, I want to make sure this kid is teaching this kind of quality?" Glenn asked.

"I'm a storyteller. I want the stories to be really powerful. To me, Michael Vey has a meaning that few people have understood. To me, it's a very spiritual book, and that's how I actually primarily see it. But not many people have actually caught that," Evans said.

Glenn compared Evans' writing approach to the difference between Lord of the Rings and Narnia.

"I was just thinking the same thing. Tolkien always thought that C.S. Lewis was too overt," Co-host Pat Gray said. "So he wanted to make his writings more subtle and just have the underlying theme be God."

"I actually saw a battle on one of my posts, on a trailer post, someone said, I love the book and the Christian messages. Someone wrote, This is not Christianity at all. And they're going back and forth in this battle," Evans said. "There's no Christianity in this. It's fascinating."

While preferring to keep any spiritual messages a mystery, Evans did offer one insight.

"I'll tell you this, and this is probably the most I could possibly say, is the cover of this book is to me Christ climbing the cross. When I look at that, that's what I see. I see Calvary right here. That's what it means to me, and some people won't understand that," Evans said. "It doesn't matter. Because the fact is the message and who Michael is and the love he has and the loyalty he has is important for everyone."

Michael Vey series, Michael Vey 6: The Fall of Hades is available at bookstores everywhere.

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POLL: Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests?

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Just one day after Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel, which left over 1,400 people Israelis dead, 34 different student groups from Harvard University wrote a joint statement pinning the blame of Hamas' terrorist attack on Israel. In the following days after publishing this callous statement, these students staged a walkout and rallied in support of the Palestinians. As Glenn has discussed, this is not an isolated event, and campuses across the country have hosted similar rallies where antisemitic jargon like "we don't want no Jew state" and "globalize the intifada" is freely spewed.

Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests?

While the Universities have not officially backed any of these rallies or student groups that organized them, they haven't stopped them either, which raises the question: should they? On one hand, these are American students in American Universities, who are protected by the First Amendment. On the other hand, history tells us how dangerous antisemitism is if left unchecked; and what of the rights of Jewish students to be safe on the campuses they pay to attend? Let us know what you think in the poll below:

Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests? 

Would you feel safe if your child attended a University that allowed pro-Hamas protests?

 Should Universities allow pro-Israel protests?

Is pro-Hamas rhetoric protected by the First Amendment?

POLL: What do YOU think Israel should do about Gaza?

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Should Israel take over Gaza after defeating Hamas? This contentious historical question has resurfaced amid Israel's retaliatory airstrikes in Gaza following Hamas' terror attacks, which resulted in the greatest death of Jews since the Holocaust. Biden and the global elites have warned Israel against occupation of the Palestinian territory. When asked on 60 Minutes if he would support the Israeli occupation of Gaza, Biden said, “I think it would be a big mistake.” Today Glenn responded to Biden’s answer: “I don't think it's a mistake to occupy."

This has been a long-standing, polarizing issue that is now more relevant than ever, and we want to hear YOUR thoughts. Let us know in the poll below:

Would you support an Israeli occupation of Gaza?

Do you think the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza are justified?

Do you think a two-state solution is still possible?

Funding IRAN?! Here are the TOP 5 reasons Joe Biden should be IMPEACHED

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On September 12th, the House announced an official impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden with allegations of abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption. Naturally, the media quickly jumped to the President’s aid claiming that “there is no evidence to support these claims” and that the whole affair is a witch hunt.

If you’ve been listening to Glenn, you know that this is simply not the case. Biden has been committing impeachment-worthy deeds before he even stepped foot into the Oval Office—there’s no shortage of evidence to justify this inquiry. Here are 5 scathing reasons why Biden should be impeached:

He was responsible for the Afghanistan withdrawal disaster.

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The Biden administration began with the US's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Under his watch, Biden left thousands of US citizens and allies stranded in the Taliban's hostile regime. Countless Afghan allies have been murdered by the Taliban due to the Biden administration's negligence.

He was involved with Hunter Biden's illicit foreign business dealings.

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There is clear evidence that Joe Biden was more than aware of his son Hunter's foreign business dealings. From suspicious money laundering through the Biden family's accounts to Joe's involvement with important business meetings within Hunter's company, there is mounting evidence to warrant an impeachment inquiry.

He lied about his involvement with Hunter's business dealings.

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Not only did Biden involve himself with his son's less-than-legal foreign business ventures, but he lied to the American people about it too, claiming he had NO KNOWLEDGE of what was going on.

He failed to protect the Southern border, and actively made it worse.

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Biden singlehandedly turned the Southern border into the worst illegal immigration crisis in US history. He reversed many policies set in place by the Trump administration, resulting in 2.3 million illegal immigrants flooding into the US under his watch, a historic high.


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Biden reversed the Trump-era policy that halted all funds going into Iran. The Wall Street Journal revealed the smoking-gun evidence proving that Iran trained AND funded Hamas before its gruesome terror attacks against Israel. Moreover, shortly before the attacks, the Biden administration unfroze $6 BILLION dollars of Iran's assets as a part of a prisoner swap. On top of this, Biden resumed $200 million worth of "humanitarian aid" to Gaza that Trump had ended—because the money was being used to buy weapons for Hamas.

Top 5 economic milestones that show HOW BAD Bidenomics has made the economy

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From groceries to house prices, everything seems to get more expensive, and you can thank Biden for that. Glenn recently exposed the truth about 'Bidenomics' and the havoc it has wrought on the American economy. Here are five economic milestones during the Biden administration that expose the glaring track record of "Bidenomics:"

In July 2022, the inflation rate hit 9.1 percent, a 40-year record high.

In June 2022, gas hit an all time record high of $5 a gallon for the national average.

61 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck as of this September.

Interest rates reached a 15-year high at 5.25 percent and are still increasing.

Americans have $1 trillion in collective credit card debt, in part due to food/staple pieces being very high.