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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Featured Image: Michael Vey 6: The Fall of Hades, as featured on The Glenn Beck Program, September 13, 2016.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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