Is Flying a Kite
- similar to
'The Celestine Prophecy'
by James Redfield?
The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield, does
not mention 'God' too much, although it is clear the underlying power
its protagonist seeks could be called God. It has been read by many who
seek a greater understanding of the forces which helped shape and maintain
our creation, and in that respect, there is a similarity in the novel:
Flying a Kite. The same intensive search forms the core of the
novel, although I would suggest that logic and characterisation feature
much more strongly in Flying a Kite. It should, therefore, appeal
to all readers of Redfield's 'Celestine' series.
Wikipedia helpfully includes an overview of The
Celestine Prophecy. As it says: 'The main character of the novel
undertakes a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual
insights on an ancient manuscript in Peru.' In the 'Celestine' case the
quest is for true spiritual knowledge - or 'secrets'. As a long-lived
bestseller, the novel gets at the root of the human need to seek out such
discernment - and that is exactly what Flying a Kite also does.
So I would say that The Celestine Prophecy is perhaps the nearest
novel to Flying a Kite that I know of - and this is why it should
appeal to readers of the former by giving them a new perspective. Whereas
Redfield's book is ever immersed in the quest, sometimes at the expense
of all else, Flying a Kite does try to deliver its message in
a more readily digestible form by way of plot, characters and entertainment.
While Flying a Kite makes a serious Christian statement, it
is also a contemporary novel with humour and plot. Here's how the Midwest
Book Review put it:
'Ian Kingsley's Flying A Kite clearly documents the literary
talent of its author. Deftly written, original, genuinely entertaining,
iconoclastic, Flying A Kite is a rewarding and entertaining
read from beginning to end and highly recommended for personal and community
library Contemporary Fiction collections. Of special note is the author's
own web site at iankingsley.com that is packed with helpful information
for aspiring writers seeking to create their own memorable literary
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"A genuine joy to read, without the
contrivance of undue complexity, readers who have enjoyed
'The Celestine Prophecy' by James Redfield and
'The Shack' by Wm Paul Young will certainly find a novel
of equal standing in Flying A Kite."
The above is from the 2015 BookViral review. I was blown
away by their full review. Read it here.
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"Up there with some of the best published work around." (Walter Robson, author of Access to History: Medieval Britain)
"Very good, and addresses a universal question in a much better way than Dan Brown in Angels and Demons, where the God vs science debate is just another sub-plot in yet another ciphering book. In Flying a Kite it's the main plot thread, convincingly dealt with and riveting." (Richard Pierce, author of Dead Men)
"Fluid, smooth and flows at a lovely pace. Really engaging from the start. Like The Shack, there is a niche for this kind of book." (Gillian McDade, author of The Standing Man)
"Tight writing… using dialogue to give just enough detail to hook us into the story, leaving the snippets of backstory until the reader is well and truly engrossed. Great stuff!" (Jo Carroll, author of Over The Hill And Far Away)
"Characters are direct and effective. I enjoyed the pace which allows the reader to think about the important concepts by himself." (Heikki Hietala, author of Tulagi Hotel)