Throwback Thursday 6.14.12

June 14, 2012 Fun Stuff 6


Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books!

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog, or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any book will do.
  2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
  3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
  4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

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Thanks for participating, and we look forward to seeing which books you choose to remember!

Original Release Date: May 1, 2002
Title: Arena
Author: Karen Hancock

Summary: Callie Hayes is living a life of fear and disillusionment when she volunteers for a psychology experiment that promises to turn her life around. As her orientation proceeds, Callie becomes frightened by the secrecy and evasion she encounters. When she demands to be released from the program, she is suddenly dropped into a terrifying alien world and into a perilous battle between good and evil. With limited resources and only a few cryptic words to guide her, Callie embarks on a life-changing journey. Will she decipher the plans the Benefactor has established for her escape, or will she succumb to the deception of the Arena?

This is what is known as Christian Sci-Fi. Yes, that genre really exists. Back when my faith was intact, I read this book many times. Then I loaned it to a friend and never got it back.

I’m pretty sure that I would still enjoy this book, even though my beliefs have changed. It’s not overtly Christian (it’s all allegorical), but the allegory is certainly not subtle. In this world, “God” is an alien named Elhanu. Yes, an alien (see? allegory).

If I ever get through my TBR list, I definitely want to read this one again.

6 Responses to “Throwback Thursday 6.14.12”

  1. Kelly

    Woah, never heard of Christian sci-fi. Even though I am a Christian, I typically do not like “Christian fiction.” However, I liked the sound of this blurb before I read your last paragraph. Great throwback!

    • Mandi Kaye

      I definitely understand not being a fan of “Christian fiction,” but once you find a good author or type of book, it can be *really* good.

      Have you ever read Ted Dekker?

  2. Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

    I have someone never heard of this book (nor am I familiar with the term “Christian Sc-Fi”), but it sounds like it would be an interesting read! I’m in the same boat where I used to have more of a grounding in faith and now not so much, but I like the idea of god as an alien!

  3. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

    Well, I’m familiar with Christian Fiction, although Christian Sci-Fi is a new one! And I’m like Kelly – I am a Christian, but I’m not typically drawn to the Christian Fiction genre, although there are definite exceptions (I have read several of Ted Dekker’s books and enjoyed them, for example. Frank Peretti is another). But this book sounds great! I love allegory (Chronicles of Narnia, anyone?) and the cover is gorgeous. I’ll definitely be checking this one out!

    Great Throwback! Here’s mine!

  4. Gabby

    I’m stepping right in line behind you guys. I too and a Christian, but Christian fiction rarely holds my attention. With that being said, I am a big fan of Ted Dekker. I also like Frank Peretti and Francine Rivers. Thenks for this Throwback. I haven’t heard of this one, but now I’m curious. :o)
    My Throwback Thursday

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