The Halfling Contagion
Plague strikes the state of Felmire.
The queen and prince fall victim.
The princess seeks a cure.
Princess Rynliana Caris Feldonsire survived the plague, but no one else has. Halfling midwife Liralee Broderil believes she knows why. Could it be the result of a secret elixir she gave Ryn when the princess was a newborn baby struggling to breathe? If so, the eternal lotus might hold the cure to the contagion destroying the human population of Felmire. But the mysterious plant blooms only one day a year, and only a Lotusborn like Ryn can find it. Will she be in time to save her people?
Mourning for his dead wife and son, Ryn’s father Tarion sinks deeper into grief and retreats from his duty as monarch of Felmire. His younger brother Reave takes it upon himself to discover a cure for the plague. Reave seeks help from the upstart healer and arcanist Victus Graves who has noticed something strange about the halfling immigrants to Felmire. None of them has contracted the illness. Are the halflings the key to curing the contagion? Or are they the cause? Click here for an excerpt.
The Storm Curtain
The Storm Curtain is open.
The Three Sisters have fallen.
War has come to Arillon.
The orcs of Ornak have taken the islands known as the Three Sisters, bringing sudden war to the coast of Arillon, a country on the grand island of Sularil. Hopelessly outnumbered, an alliance of humans, dwarves, and elves attempts to slow the orcs’ march towards the immense city of Thousand Spires. How could the small country of Ornak contain such an overwhelming force? This is the question on the minds of Sularin general and soldier alike.
Only one person is in a position to find the answer. New recruit Grail, an elf of the Oruana Kir, is shipwrecked on her way to the front and finds herself washed ashore on the coast of Ornak. Will she remain alone in a hostile land to find answers? Or will she return across the sea to rejoin her best friend Daxa Torn in the fight? Whatever she decides, one question haunts Grail more than any other: why can she not commune with animals, taking their shapes like the rest of her people? Click here for an excerpt.
Shields of Sularil, Book One
The duke of Torniel has died.
The silver of Hourglass is missing.
A conspiracy will be uncovered.
When dragonborn Nadarr Kasdann recruits a ragtag band of adventurers from the quiet streets of Cold Harbor, he has no idea that the next day they will stumble upon a plot, which could shake the foundations of the country of Torniel. Joining Nadarr are master hunter Danath Errandir, bard-extraordinaire Elendithas Day, and the ever itchy-fingered rogue Norros Arborshade. Together they encounter the mysteries of the missing silver, the legend of Lullaby island, the theft of several majestic pegasi, and the kidnapping of two of their own.
In the Shields of Sularil series, journalism and fiction mingle to tell the tale of a role-playing adventure years in the making. Author and game master Adam Thomas builds the world, the players live in it, and these pages contain a chronicle of their early capers, as they move from obscurity to the halls of the most powerful people in Sularil.
The Jeweled City
Shields of Sularil, Book Two
Thousand Spires is threatened.
Kelen’s sovereign is overthrown.
Seven more gems must be found.
Everyone thought the Gem Defense Grid had been protecting the city of Thousand Spires for hundreds of years, but such knowledge was mere propaganda. Now with a possible threat from the orcs of Ornak and a military coup in Kelen, it is high time to make the grid a reality. Taking the mission to find the jewels sends our heroes to the far reaches of Sularil and to countries beyond. Where will they find the true gems to power the capital city’s magical barrier? And what revelations will they discover about themselves and their families along the way?
In the Shields of Sularil series, journalism and fiction mingle to tell the tale of a role-playing adventure years in the making. Author and game master Adam Thomas builds the world, the players live in it, and these pages contain a chronicle of their missions, as they now work for the First Minister of the Sularin League and the Guild of Secrets.
The Lord’s Prayer
Learning the Words Jesus Taught
I have said the Lord’s Prayer thousands upon thousands of times: at church on Sunday morning, at meetings, before soccer games, in the hospital rooms of patients with dementia, and with my children. But it wasn’t until I tried to explain to my three-year-olds what “hallowed” means that I realized I needed this book. Indeed, these pages do not attempt to explain anything; rather, they seek to invite the person praying – child and adult alike – into a deep encounter with the words Jesus taught us. On the left side of each page, you will find the Lord’s Prayer in the tradition language of the Episcopal Church. On the right side of each page is a very brief commentary on each phrase that mimics the form of the prayer itself. You might pray one or the other or both together. My hope is that, as your children learn the Lord’s Prayer, you will learn it again and discover new depth in the words Jesus taught us.
Letters from Ruby
When the newly ordained Episcopal priest Rev. Calvin Harper arrives in Victory, West Virginia, to be the pastor at an ailing parish, he has no idea how much he still has to learn about being a priest. Thankfully, Ruby Redding takes the young man under her wing and teaches him everything she has learned throughout her long, storied life. Seminary never taught Calvin that the only true way to be a witness to God’s presence in this world is to remain in relationships with people no matter what life throws at them. His studies never taught him that detachment is the bane of ministry. He never learned that deep grief comes only from deep love. But in his first year in Victory, Calvin learns all this and more from Ruby, a woman so full of God’s light that it can’t help but spill onto the people around her. (Published by Abingdon Press)
This time in our society is unlike any other. People communicate daily without ever having to speak face to face, news breaks around the world in a matter of seconds, and favorite TV shows can be viewed at our convenience. We are, simultaneously, a people of connection and isolation. As Christians, how do we view our faith and personal ministry in this culture? Adam Thomas invites you to explore this question using his unique, personal, and often humorous insight. Thomas notes, “[The Internet] has added a new dimension to our lives; we are physical, emotional, spiritual, and now virtual people. But I believe that God continues to move through every facet of our existence, and that makes us new kinds of followers. We are digital disciples.” (Published by Abingdon Press)
“I gain renewed hope for the future by looking at a new generation of emerging Christian leaders like Adam Thomas.”
–Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity
Converge Bible Study: Who is Jesus?
Have you ever stopped to think just how much better Jesus Christ knows you than you know him? It’s a pretty staggering thought really. Not only that, Jesus knows you better than you know yourself. And although you’ll never know Jesus as well as he knows you, part of following the Son of God is getting to know him better. But you don’t want to fall into the trap of learning stuff “about” Jesus. Rather, you want to know Jesus himself. This study invites you to get to know four elements of what makes Jesus who he is: his name, his voice, his life, and his peace. In Who Is Jesus? you’ll discover that the more you know Jesus, the more Jesus will teach you who you are. (Published by Abingdon Press)
Unusual Gospel for Unusual People
It’s probably time for those of us who follow Jesus to realize we are once again the unusual ones in society. Sure, a majority of Americans profess a belief in God and identify as some sort of Christian, but there’s a big difference between checking “Christianity” on the census form and living your life as a follower of Jesus. People who strive to follow Jesus every day of their lives are fewer and farther between than at any point in history since the early church was still illegal. How many of us feel a bit weird talking about our faith in public? How many of us know the dialogue to old Friends episodes better than we know the stories that feed our faith? How many of us want to dedicate ourselves to Christ, but have trouble finding the time? If you’re like me, and you put yourselves in one or more of these categories, then the story you should read is this unusual Gospel of John.