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In the aging coliseum

of Vladimiria, Count Vladimir sits in his royal balcony overlooking the entire stadium. The vampire-skulled Count sits on his throne musing with Lord Geremy, the Black Lord of Lore, before paus- ing as several guards walk onto the balcony bringing out Sir Daniel stripped of his armor and in thick chains.

“Are you sure that you won’t change your mind and join us?” Vladimir asks him.
 

“I’m afraid not,” Daniel replies. “How about you? Are you ready to repent of your ways.”

“Hmmff! You are delusional. Very well then, I have a surprise for you, Great Son of Henders,” Count Vladimir says as he walks over to the chained Sir Daniel drawing his sword. “Now for your ‘thorn in the flesh,” Count Vladimir says to Daniel before driving the tip of his splintered blade into Sir Daniel’s side. Daniel grunts in pain as he drops to his knees, still bound by the thick chains. Vladimir gives his sword a good twist and watches with enjoyment at Daniel’s plight.

“Enough!” Lord Geremy echoes sternly. “He must be allowed to defend himself against the dragon.”

Vladimir glances at Lord Geremy, then withdraws his sword from Daniel’s side.

Sir Daniel, still on his knees, begins to pray. “Lord God, give me Your strength…”

“You are pathetic!” Vladimir interupts, angered, as he looms over Sir Daniel. “Calling on your God to save you. Where is the logic in that? I am the only one who can save you now. You should be praying to me!”

Sir Daniel looks up at Count Vladimir and says boldly, That’s the thing about faith– it defies all logic.

In this excerpt from the novel, Nephilim the Remnants, Sir Daniel tells his captor that “the thing about faith is– it defies all logic.”  Recalling some of the great events of faith found in the Bible, this seems to be a very accurate statement about faith. 

Here are some examples of Faith Defying Logic found in the Bible-

  • Abraham and Sarah giving birth to a son in their extreme old age– 90 and 100 years old. (Genesis 21:1-7)
  • Moses parting the Red Sea as the Israelites walked through on dry ground to escape the Egyptian army. (Exodus 14)
  • The fall of the city of Jericho by the Israelites walking circles around it. (Joshua 5:13-6:27)
  • A boy named David defeating the giant Goliath with a small stone. (1 Samuel 17)
  • Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego surviving inside the fiery furnace after refusing to bow down before the Babylonian idol. (Daniel 3)
  • Daniel surviving the night in a den of hungry lions for boldly praying to God. (Daniel 6)
  • Jonah saved from drowning by being swallowed by a whale. (Jonah)
  • Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. (John 11)
  • Jesus allowing himself to be killed on a cross so He could be raised back to life and forgive all sins! (Matt. 27 & 28, Mark 15 & 16, Luke 23 & 24, John 19-21)

And the list could go on. None of these things made any logical sense but by faith they happened and the outcome was amazing! God doesn’t always call us to do things that make sense, especially in the eyes of others and many times they don’t even make sense to ourselves. But remember to hold onto your faith in God even when it doesn’t make sense because the Bible tells us –

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Inside Nephilim The Remnants: Character Profiles

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029I have been receiving great comments from my readers, kids and adults alike, about how they really enjoy the Character Profiles pages in Nephilim the Remnants. So it has prompted me to share a post on the unusual way the Character Profiles pages came to be in the book.

Several months before the final version of the book was sent to the publisher, I had a dream. Yes, I said it “I had a dream.” Not a Martin Luther King Dream, an actual dream while I was sleeping. In my dream I was looking through the pages of a book. On the pages were various images of characters and their respective profiles. I was so interested in the pictures and descriptions of these characters in my dream that I thought to myself “I need to do this for my book.” Then I woke up. Immediately, I knew what I had to do.

Through-out the course of writing Nephilim the Remnants, I would sketch and draw images of the characters, places, and other objects while brainstorming for the story. I accumulated quite a few drawings and used over 100 images through-out the pages of Nephilim the Remnants. So I went through all my drawings and picked out my favorite ones to use for each character. I put them all together in a section at the beginning of the book titled Character Profiles along with a brief written description. 

And so, there you have it, dreams really do come true! – the dream inspired Character Profiles pages and how they came to be a part of Nephilim the Remnants. I hope you enjoy these Character Profiles and all the illustrations for that matter. I believe they greatly enhance the storytelling of Nephilim the Remnants!

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Now for me personally, I know God can speak to us through our dreams and I knew once I awoke from my dream that God had spoken to me in a unique way. God is truly the inspiration for the Character Profiles pages, and for this book, Nephilim the Remnants.

Let Freedom Ring!

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4th-of-july-flag-550x320This Independence Day I am truly grateful for the freedoms we have in America.

Freedoms that many brave patriots have fought, bled, and died for. Freedoms that seem to be quickly diminishing and some which have already been forgotten.

But the true spirit of freedom cannot be quenched. Men and women still fear God and strive for freedom.

However, freedom is not free. The cost of freedom is death. Freedom and death go hand in hand. Long have the two been connected to each other. One dies so another can live free. But when death is no longer feared, only then is true freedom achieved. It is the bravery of such people, that stands against the tyranny of oppression in this world.

I have been blessed to be able to exercise my religious freedoms in writing the book Nephilim the Remnants. In the pages of this fictional story is the truth of the greatest freedom ever offered. A freedom that can only be found in Jesus Christ- freedom from our sins!

NephilimAmericaSo this Independence Day remember to excercise your religious freedoms that so many Americans paid the price for. Share the ultimate freedom of Jesus Christ with someone, in a way that only you can do. And let freedom ring!

 

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Hidden Easter Eggs in Nephilim the Remnants

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This Easter season, I thought it only appropriate to share some of the hidden Easter Eggs in the book, Nephilim the Remnants. No, I’m not talking about colorful plastic eggs with candy inside or decorative, hard-boiled Easter eggs, I’m talking about the hidden treasures found in a movie, video game, or in this instance, a book. Now you may have picked up on some of these Easter Eggs in Nephilim the Remnants all on your own but if you haven’t, here are 5 Easter Eggs just for you:

  • First, there is the supposed pirate, Captain Chris, whose full name  Christopher T. Ian hints to his true character. He goes primarily by Chris through-out the story. So using his first name, Chris, combined with the letter T of his middle initial and the letters of his last name Ian, it spells Christian.
  • Next, there is a major connection between the evil sorcerer Maylor and the military general, Rolyam which is revealed towards the end of the story. But there is a subtle hint to their connection revealed in the spelling of their names, as well. The name Rolyam is Maylor spelled backwards.
  • The character Princess Johanna in the story is based upon the author’s real life wife who is also named Johanna. He wanted to give her something with her own name in print because he remembers her talking about how her name was so unique as a child that she could never find anything with her name printed on it.
  • Also, the main character’s title in the story is Sir Daniel, the Great Son of Henders. Son of Henders is derived from the author’s last name- Henderson. Furthermore, Sir Daniel is mentioned as being a descendant of the legendary, Lord David Henders– and David is the author’s first name.
  • Finally, the most important Easter Egg of all. It is not hidden, yet some will miss this powerful gift. It is the one of salvation and eternal life given to us by Jesus Christ, Himself. Towards the end of chapter 15, a prayer to receive salvation from the LORD is modeled in bold print. Confessing these words with your mouth and believing them in your heart will grant you God’s forgiveness of all your sins- past, present, & future. (But you don’t have to wait to read Nephilim the Remnants to receive this gift, you can have it right now by going here and confessing and believing in your heart.)

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There are many more valuable treasures from the Bible planted in the Christian fantasy fiction novel, Nephilim the Remnants. Verses and biblical truths run throughout, so if you are looking for a great fantasy fiction novel that has something extra, check out Nephilim the Remnants!

And to help pull out those biblical truths and verses, download the free Companion Guide to Nephilim the Remnants here as an aid for delving deeper into Nephilim the Remnants.

Free Chapter Downloads of Nephilim the Remnants

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Have you ever wondered what is actually at the end of the rainbow? Well, for all those skeptics who claim that there is nothing at the end of the rainbow because they know someone who’s been there and found nothing- That is because they found the beginning of the rainbow, not the end.

But you’re in luck, because once upon a time, a little leprechaun shared with me the secret of what is really at the end of a rainbow. So now, I am going to share that secret, with you.

Ready. Alright. Here goes. With a wink of his eye and a click of his heels, he said to me, “Somewhere, over the rainbow beyond where the bluebirds fly, at the rainbow’s end, there is…”  Wait for it.  “…a pot of gold!”  That’s right, a pot of gold, but that’s not all, he then went on to say, “…and in the middle of that pot of gold there is a single copy of the Christian fantasy fiction novel, Nephilim the Remnants!”  That’s right, every leprechaun’s favorite book is Nephilim the Remnants! Can you believe it! Now remember folks, you heard it here first!

Now I know what you’re thinking, “What are the chances of someone like me finding the end of a rainbow so I can get my hands on that… free copy of Nephilim the Remnants?”

Well again, you are in luck my friend, because I have decided to give you and everyone who visits this site free PDF sample chapters of my book, Nephilim the Remnants.

Download your FREE Chapters Here!

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This post is obviously a fictional account to promote my book but The real truth about the rainbow’s treasure is found in the Bible – in Genesis 9:11-16 

11 “I [God] establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Fall in Love with Nephilim the Remnants

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ChocoBook_Layout 1Treat yourself and fall in love with the novel, Nephilim the Remnants this Valentine’s Day. Believe it or not, in the midst of this action packed medieval epic of knights, wizards, and Nephilims there is a subtle romance triangle between Princess Johanna, Sir Daniel – the holy knight sworn to protect her, and her eventual captor the dark but chivalrous Lord Geremy of Lore. Who will she choose? Does she even have a choice as one of them is her bitter enemy?

Of course there is a much deeper seeded love story in this book. And it’s that of the Savior’s- Jesus Christ. Who, with the Holy Spirit reaches out in love through the pages of this story. Reaching out for you to know that there is nothing that can separate you from His unconditional love.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good!” – (Psalm 34:8)

So, fall in love with Nephilim the Remnants all over again, or for the very first time. And give someone a Valentine’s gift they can fall in love with over and over again!

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New Year, New Book

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happy-2015-golden-card_23-2147499845Start off the new year with a new book. Why not make the first book you read in 2015 the Christian fantasy fiction novel Nephilim the Remnants. A medieval epic of faith, betrayal, and sacrifice.

A mythology of the last of the Nephilim- beings believed to be half man and half fallen angel, as they fight for and against mankind to rule the medieval lands. A great novel for youths and adults alike and sure to be a big hit in 2015!

Hand drawn illustrations of castles, characters, and maps aid in telling this amazing story which will not disappoint. If you like to read fantasy fiction then you’ll love the book Nephilim the Remnants.

Start Your New Year off with your own copy of Nephilim the Remnants. Purchase it here from one of the direct links to the right. You can even purchase Nephilim the Remnants as an e-book for any of your reading devices.

God Bless you in 2015 and have a Happy New Year!

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Give the Gift of a Book this Christmas!

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SntaBookAre you still looking for that special Christmas gift for the reader in your life? Or maybe a gift for yourself? Christian fantasy fiction novel Nephilim the Remnants is the perfect gift!  A medieval epic of faith, betrayal, and sacrifice.

This mythology of the last of the Nephilim- beings believed to be half man and half fallen angel, as they fight for and against mankind to rule the medieval lands. A great novel for youths and adults alike and sure to be a big hit with your fantasy fiction readers. Hand drawn illustrations of castles, characters, and maps aid in telling this amazing story which will not disappoint. If you like to read fantasy fiction then you’ll love the book Nephilim the Remnants.

Make someone’s Christmas extra special this year and purchase Nephilim the Remnants here from one of the direct links to the right. You can even purchase Nephilim the Remnants as an e-book for any of your reading devices.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year this Holiday Season!

Notable Quote from Nephilim the Remnants

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This quote comes at a critical point in the story when another character recognizes and praises Sir Daniel for his heroic courage and faith.

“In all my journeys abroad I have never  encountered a man who possessed more courage or faith.”

“My friend, there is one greater than I.” Daniel says humbly. “I just follow Him.” 

Check out this and other memorable quotes from the medieval epic novel – Nephilim the Remnants

My 4th Grader’s Completed 100 Book Challenge – Check Out the List of 100 Books He Read!

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100 BOOK (1) Thanks to Johanna, my wife, for writing this post about our son’s 100 Book Challenge.

Hi everyone! Daniel’s 100 Book Challenge began at our local libraryEver since he was a toddler, we would go to our library and pick out lots of items. Now to be honest back when our son was little, he primarily went to the library to play with puzzles, and get new videos to watch.

I wish I could say I was a momma that loved to read to her kids, but that was not the case back then.

Thank goodness that has changed, now I enjoy to read with my three kiddos.

So, let’s fast forward and Daniel is in 4th grade, where we find a poster in the Library for a 100 Book Challenge. Daniel decided to take the challenge! 

His favorite genres include: Christian, Comedy, Adventure, Comic, Mystery, and Science. Daniel was able to complete his 100 Book Challenge in 8 months. He turned in his completed book list (see below) on August 30, 2014! Go Daniel!

Here are Daniel’s Top 10 Favorite Books he read  from the 100 Book Challenge. Following this Top 10 favorite books, is the complete list of all 100 books Daniel read, so you can see for yourself what each book is about.

<< TOP 10 Favorite Books out of the 100 books Daniel read>>

10 Favorite Books of 100

We hope this helps you find some good books for your 4th or 5th grader to add to their reading list or even encourage you to do a 100 Book Challenge with your child!

If the book title in the list is bold with an asterisk, then that is part of Daniel’s Top 10 of 100 books.

<<Daniel’s 100 Book Challenge Completed Reading List (with affiliate links) >>

  1. How to Train your Dragon Book 1, Cressida Cowell
  2. 5,000 Awesome Facts by National Geographic Kids
  3. The BP Oil Spill (True Books: Disasters) by Peter Benoit
  4. The Problem with the Puddles by Kate Feiffer 
  5. Mystery of Crocodile Island (Nancy Drew, No. 55) by Carolyn Keene
  6. Henry and the Clubhouse (Henry Huggins) by Beverly Cleary
  7. Dragonbreath #2: Attack of the Ninja Frogs by Ursula Vernon
  8. Nephilim the Remnants by David A. Henderson * (My most favorite book and my dad wrote it!)
  9. Socks by Beverly Cleary
  10. Dragonbreath #4: Lair of the Bat Monster by Ursula Vernon
  11. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  12. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  13. Wonkenstein (The Creature from My Closet, No. 1) by Obert Skye *
  14. The Show Must Go On! (Three-Ring Rascals) by Kate Klise
  15. National Geographic Angry Birds Space: A Furious Flight Into the Final Frontier by Amy Briggs
  16. Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog by Tom Watson * 
  17. Voyage with the Vikings (AIO Imagination Station Books)  by Paul McCusker 
  18. Potterwookiee (Creature from My Closet) by Obert Skye
  19. Attack at the Arena (AIO Imagination Station Books) by Paul McCusker
  20. Scorpion Sting (Extreme Adventures (Kane Miller)) by D’Ath Justin
  21. Spider Bite (Extreme Adventures) by Justin D’Ath
  22. Stick Dog by Tom Watson 
  23. Peril in the Palace (AIO Imagination Station Books) by Paul McCusker
  24. Revenge of the Red Knight (AIO Imagination Station Books) by Paul McCusker
  25. Secret Cargo (Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: Be a Detective #4) by Carolyn Keene
  26. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
  27. Captain Underpants And The Wrath Of The Wicked Wedgie Women by Dav Pilkey
  28. The Way of the Jedi #1 (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) by Jake T. Forbes
  29. The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee (Origami Yoda) by Tom Angleberger
  30. Super Goofballs, Book 1: That Stinking Feeling by Peter Hannan
  31. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (Daniel wants you know this book was very, very sad.)
  32. Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger
  33. Avalanche Alert (Wild Rescue) by Jan Burchett
  34. Earthquake Escape (Wild Rescue) by Jan Burchett
  35. Good and Evil Perfect Paperback by Michael Pearl (This is a comic Book Bible)*
  36. Poacher Panic (Wild Rescue) by Jan Burchett
  37. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: A Magic Shop Book by Bruce Coville 
  38. Showdown with the Shepherd (AIO Imagination Station Book 5) by Marianne Hering
  39. Problems in Plymouth (AIO Imagination Station Books Book 6) by Marianne Hering
  40. Secret of the Prince’s Tomb (AIO Imagination Station Book 7) by Marianne Hering
  41. Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger *
  42. The Monster’s Ring: A Magic Shop Book Hardcover by Bruce Coville
  43. The Orange Outlaw (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  44. Polar Meltdown (Wild Rescue) by Jan Burchett
  45. Safari Survival (Wild Rescue) by Jan Burchett
  46. The Panda Puzzle (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  47. Young Indiana Jones and the Tomb of Terror (Young Indiana Jones #2) by Les Martin
  48. Ocean S.O.S. (Wild Rescue) by Jan Burchett
  49. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney *
  50. The Quicksand Question (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  51. Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers by Dav Pilkey
  52. The Runaway Racehorse (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  53. The Lost Legion (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) by Tracey West
  54. Storymaze 1: The Ultimate Wave (Storymaze series) by Terry Denton (Not the best book I would recommend.)
  55. Lincoln’s Legacy (Blast to the Past) by Stacia Deutsch
  56. Justice for All: December 5, 1773-September 5, 1774 (Liberty’s Kids) by Amanda Stephens
  57. Look Now: The World in Facts, Stats, and Graphics by Joe˜(Author) (Some parts of this book are untrue)
  58. Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective, Case #000001: The Haunted Toolshed by Dave Keane 
  59. The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys No. 1) by Franklin W. Dixon
  60. Tethan Battle Adventure #3 (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) by Sue Behrent
  61. The Mystery on the Train (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #51) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  62. Dragonbreath #1 by Ursula Vernon
  63. The Kidnapped King (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  64. The Lucky Lottery (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  65. The Missing Mummy (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  66. Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 2) by Jeff Kinney
  67. Revenge of the Horned Bunnies (Dragonbreath #6) by Ursula Vernon
  68. Magic Tree House #50: Hurry Up, Houdini! by Mary Pope Osborne
  69. My Life as a Book (The My Life series) by Janet Tashjian *
  70. Minecraft: Redstone Handbook: An Official Mojang Book Hardcover by Scholastic
  71. Magic Tree House #51: High Time for Heroes (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Mary Pope Osborne
  72. The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) by Jeff Kinney
  73. The Bald Bandit (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  74. The Canary Caper (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  75. Rainforest Rescue (Wild Rescue) by Jan Burchett
  76. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3) by Jeff Kinney
  77. The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  78. The Great Hamster Massacre (The Great Critter Capers) by Katie Davies (Daniel said this book is very sad.)
  79. Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger
  80. Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger
  81. Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4) by Jeff Kinney
  82. Desert Danger (Wild Rescue) by Jan Burchett
  83. The Haunted Hotel (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  84. Night Sky Atlas by Robin Scagell
  85. The Great Rabbit Rescue (The Great Critter Capers) by Katie Davies
  86. The Invisible Island (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  87. The Jaguar’s Jewel (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
  88. The Great Cat Conspiracy (The Great Critter Capers) by Katie Davies (I liked that there were a few verses from the Bible in this book.)
  89. Infinity Ring Book 1: A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner
  90. Infinity Ring Book 2: Divide and Conquer by Carrie Ryan *
  91. The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5) by Jeff Kinney
  92. Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
  93. Infinity Ring Book 3: The Trap Door by Lisa McMann
  94. Weird But True: 300 Outrageous Facts by National Geographic Kids
  95. National Geographic Kids Ultimate Weird but True: 1,000 Wild & Wacky Facts and Photos by National Geographic *
  96. Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) by Jeff Kinney
  97. Target (Star Wars Rebel Force #1) by Alex Wheeler *
  98. Dragonbreath #7: When Fairies Go Bad by Ursula Vernon
  99. Infinity Ring Book 5: Cave of Wonders by Matthew J. Kirby
  100. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

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