BOOK REVIEW: RUMO AND HIS MIRACULOUS ADVENTURES.

When Rumo is taken captive by a race of one-eyed giants, he little knows that it will set him off on an adventure into the perilous world of the Zamonian continent. The only sure thing he has chosen to follow is a silver thread in the sky. Will Rumo find the answers to all the questions he seeks in his life? Or will it lead to despair?

Walter Moers has written what I can only describe as an adventerous masterpiece woven into a fantasy realm about a dog called Rumo who is on a journey of self discovery. He has to overcome incredible adversity to beat the odds in a very unforgiving world.

In the beginning , the protagonist Rumo, lives a very privileged life as a pet on a Hackonian farm. Life was good for the young puppy until his quiet life is shattered when some one-eyed raiders called Demonocles kidnap him and hold him captive on a moving island called Roaming Rock.

Despite the horriific conditions, Rumo manages to survive thanks to the advice of a fellow captive called Volzotan Smyke. He eventually gains enough courage to break free from his captors. THE END. No it’s definitely not.

This is only one story that leads Rumo on an incredible journey of bravery, friendship, sacrifice, loss, and love.

Rumo and his miraculous adventures is the second book I’ve read by Walter Moers. The first was The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books which first introduced me to the world of Zamonia. I would say his books are catered to young adults even though the art on this book cover suggests it’s for children.  Even my wife thought I was borrowing a children’s book. However, I was mesmerized by how the language was masterfully written to paint pictures and describe places that seemed to instantly come to life on every page.

His books are engaging and thoroughly entertaining so you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that Moers is actually German and his books have been translated to English.

Whoever translated the books, Bravo! I’ll make sure to like and subscribe to your channel since that’s what people want nowadays.

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Back to Rumo. The best thing about the book is that it is engaging. At no point did I feel the author was filling in words for the sake of it. Because Zamonia is a made up place obviously, Moers made up a lot of words.  For instance, Rumo is a WOLPERTING and his friend Smyke is a SHARK GRUB who got his knowledge from a NOCTURNOMATH called Professor Nightingale. You get the point. The complex words only add to the overall story and make it so much more richer and not many authors can do that.

All the characters are almost polar opposites of each other which adds to the intrigue especially in tense situations. The warriors and monsters are as thirsty for blood just as much as the professors and alchemists are as desperate for knowledge.

One of the most engaging parts of the book was when a tree called Yggdra Syl (good luck pronouncing that) talks passionately to Rumo about how trees are not as immobile and docile as people think they are. He says,

“We’re supposed to be the epitome of stability, reliability, impertability….That’s all nonsense! We’re really the most mobile living creatures in existence, we’re always on the move- always in every direction….We’re never still….Oak trees are really the finest symbol of mobility, but people insist on misinterpreting us. ” (367)

Yggdra Syl also goes on to talk about how intricate his roots explore the center of the earth.

“It’s like leafing through a book written by earth itself. Full of secrets! Full of surprises! Full of mysterious marvels! ” (367)

That final quote really sums up the story perfectly.  Every character in the book has a story to tell and I could go on and on about how good it is but I don’t want to give it away.

Although this book is a work of fantasy, the themes talked about are very relatable. There is a carpenter called Ornt who people come to for advice. Not because he is very good at it but because he is a willing listener. Moers writes,

“People didn’t see Ornt because they believed he would advice them corectly. They consulted him because he relieved them of something they feared even more than the prosepct of their own funerals; the need to make a decision.” (347)

Whaaaaat ! So deep I had to pause for a few seconds after reading that. Anyway, I hope you liked this unorthodox book review and I highly recommend the book. 10 out of 10 stars for me.

Shout out to my local library for going out of their way to find this book for me.  Have a great day.

 

 

SPIRITUAL MATURITY

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It’s a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Hackettstown. Dare I say, spring has finally sprung and it’s about time too. Then summer will be here in a few weeks and I will complain about how hot it is. Human nature! How fickle we are not to appreciate the simple things in life. Anyway, before I go on and on about the intricacies of the seasons, I’d like to talk about spiritual maturity.

Salvation is a very rewarding experience and the moment I made my decision to dedicate my life to Christ, I realized God really had been looking out for me my whole life especially in the moments I rejected him. It’s one of the more ironic things in Christianity because it implies that you can mess up as many times as you want and God will be there to save you anyway. That is simply not true! Yes, God has given us the power of free will but with that comes great responsibility once you realize HIS gift. Scripture says in

Galatians 5:1

“For FREEDOM Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

The explanation is that once you gain this gift of Salvation you have a CHOICE not to go back to the things that held you back. Value your slavation like the most precious thing you own. You could be struggling with something as big as addiction or as common as procrastination. Whatever it is, you have to realize that you are not battling those things alone in your mind, but you have Christ to guide you along the way. What is the point of going back to things that have no long term benefit to your health or life? Like the verse says, STAND FAST and be BRAVE because you are not a slave to those things anymore.

Part of your responsibility is not just to yourself but to others as well. If you are saved, are you living by example for others to see Christ working through you?

Galatians 5:13

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be SERVANTS of one another.”

If the point of salvation was to shut myself up in a room somewhere and sing “Kum ba ya” all day then I’d be missing the point. This thing called life forces us to be around people. Some of whom we might not like but once you see them through the eyes of God, it makes their faults a lot easier to bear. It does not mean you have to be a punching bag but it means you now have the self control to see beyond what people do to you.

Ultimately you are answerable to God. One of the most misquoted scriptures of my generation is “Only God can judge me.” True. But that does not mean he is exactly happy with what you are doing. Some people misunderstand JUDGMENT with CORRECTION. When my mother told me not to stick a metal knife into a socket she was simply warning me. I refused to listen, waited for her to leave the room, did it anyway and got electrocuted. Lessson learned! All that could have been avoided because there was that voice in my head saying , “Mom, stop judging me. It’s my choice to stick the knife in.” Yes, it was my choice but maybe if I listened to her WISDOM and not my own feelings I would have avoided a more serious outcome.

Scripture says in

Galatians 6:7-8

“Do not be deceived; God is NOT MOCKED, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 Sow to the flesh and reap corruption. Sow to the spirit and reap eternal life.”

So are you measuring your righteousness in the eyes of men or God? Promote love, peace, unity. Extend your grace and forgivness to people who may not even deserve it and that’s how to slowly gain spiritual maturity. Let Christ work through you and let your actions speak for themselves.

Steve.

Paintings by Aisosa.