The Wolf of Tebron is an intriguing book. When I picked it up, I expected a lightweight fairy tale for young adults, but found as I read it was so much more than that. Yes, it is appropriate reading for a younger crowd, but the book also possesses a depth to it and discusses issues and human struggles that adults face on a daily basis.
Lakin wrote The Wolf of Tebron as an allegory that would portray God in all of his kindness, wisdom and glory, a story that would reveal to us in new ways a personal God who loves us and is devoted to watching after us. I believe that Lakin did indeed achieve these goals in the pages of the book.
Another goal of Lakin’s was to explore the writings and themes of Christian apologists G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis and present their thoughts in a new way. As such, you will find in The Wolf of Tebron various quotes from both of these great men, quotes that she worked into the book so well that one cannot tell which maxims are quotes and which come from the author’s pen. While I do not know if written by the author or quoted from elsewhere, here are two of my favorite lines from the book:
It is said among wolves, “It is no good asking for a simple answer. After all, real things are not simple.”
The riddles of God are much more satisfying than the solutions of man.
And now for a synopsis. The main character is Joran, a young blacksmith who believes his wife has abandoned him, only to find that she has been taken against her will and only he can rescue her. Ruyah, a magnificent wolf, becomes his constant companion, encouraging, protecting and aiding him as he travels to the four corners of the earth in search of his wife, eventually sacrificing himself for the young man.
I’m not going to give any more away than that. Instead, I encourage you to read this book for yourself. It’s an experience you won’t easily forget. The Wolf of Tebron is Book 1 in the Gates of Heaven Series. I genuinely look forward to the next volumes in this series.
The Wolf of Tebron by C.S. Lakin
Publisher: AMG Publishers/Living Ink Books
Publication Date: August 2010
The publisher provided me a copy of this book for review purposes.