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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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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