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: What did YOU think about the 2nd GOP presidential debate?

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Wednesday was a big night for the Republican presidential candidates during the second GOP debate... OR WAS IT?

Glenn wasn't impressed with the debate. In fact, he went as far as to say it was the worst Presidential debate BY FAR he had ever seen for THIS reason: NO ONE discussed the major issues that Americans are actually facing.

Inflation has doubled Americans' grocery bills. Gas is nearing a historic record of $100/barrel. We have DOUBLED our national deficit. Bidenomics and the globalists' green agenda pose an existential threat to core American industries while we continue to fund the Ukrainian people's pensions and small businesses. It is as if our government has forgotten the American people.

It is as if our government has forgotten the American people.

Do YOU think the candidates hit the mark during the second GOP debate? Do you support Trump's decision to skip two debates in a row? Let us know in the poll below!

Do you think the 2nd GOP debate was overall positive?

Did the candidates debate issues you are concerned about?

Do you think the "real" debate was between Trump and Biden in Michigan?

Do you think any of the other GOP candidates can beat Trump? 

Do you think Trump can beat Biden? 

Do you think any other candidate besides Trump can beat Biden?

Do you think it was a mistake for Trump to miss the first debate?

Do you think it was a mistake for Trump to miss the second debate?

COVID is back! Or that is what we’re being told anyway...

A recent spike in COVID cases has triggered the left's alarm bells, and the following institutions have begun to reinstate COVID-era mandates. You might want to avoid them if you enjoy breathing freely...

Do YOU think institutions should bring back COVID-era mandates if cases increase? Let us know your thoughts HERE.

Morris Brown College

Both of Upstate Medical's hospitals in Syracuse, New York

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There was a time when both the Left and the Right agreed that parents have the final say in raising their children... Not anymore.

In the People's Republic of California, the STATE, not parents, will determine whether children should undergo transgender treatments. The California state legislature just passed a law that will require judges in child custody cases to consider whether parents support a child’s gender transition. According to the law, the state now thinks total affirmation is an integral part of a child’s “health, safety, and welfare.”

We are inching closer to a dystopia where the state, not the parents, have ultimate rights over their children, a history that people from former Soviet nations would feign repeating.

Glenn dove into the law AND MORE in this episode titled, "Parental Advisory: The EXPLICIT plot to control YOUR kids." To get all the research that went into this episode AND information on how YOU can fight back, enter your email address below:

If you didn't catch Wednesday night's Glenn TV special, be sure to check it out HERE!

The Biden admin has let in MORE illegal aliens than the populations of THESE 15 states

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There are currently an estimated 16.8 MILLION illegal aliens residing in the United States as of June 2023, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). This number is already 1.3 million higher than FAIR's January 2022 estimate of 15.5 million and a 2.3 million increase from its end-of-2020 estimate. Even Democrats like New York City's Mayor Adams Mayor Adams are waking up to what Conservatives have been warning for years: we are in a border CRISIS.

However, this isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010. In the first two years of the Biden administration alone, the illegal alien population increased by 16 PERCENT nationwide, imposing a whopping net cost of $150.6 BILLION PER YEAR on American taxpayers. That is nearly DOUBLE the total amount that the Biden administration has sent to Ukraine.

This isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010.

These large numbers often make it difficult to conceptualize the sheer impact of illegal immigration on the United States. To put it in perspective, we have listed ALL 15 states and the District of Colombia that have smaller populations than the 2.3 MILLION illegal immigrants, who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration. That is more than the entire populations of Wyoming, Vermont, and South Dakota COMBINED—and the American taxpayers have to pay the price.

Here are all 16 states/districts that have FEWER people than the illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration.

1. New Mexico

Population: 2,110,011

2. Idaho

Population: 1,973,752

3. Nebraska

Population: 1,972,292

4. West Virginia

Population: 1,764,786

5. Hawaii

Population: 1,433,238

6. New Hampshire

Population: 1,402,957

7. Maine

Population: 1,393,442

8. Montana

Population: 1,139,507

9. Rhode Island

Population: 1,090,483

10. Delaware

Population: 1,031,985

11. South Dakota

Population: 923,484

12. North Dakota

Population: 780,588

13. Alaska

Population: 732,984

14. Washington DC

Population: 674,815

15. Vermont

Population: 647,156

16. Wyoming

Population: 583,279