Giants in the Land - The Book


 

 Live with the Heart of a Giant Tour

           

Clark is actively involved in media interviews and presentations throughout the country. He loves to share his outreach timeless message with school, community and faith based groups and tailors his presentation to each audience.

School presentations are most often done in assemblies but may be tailored to the individual classroom. Reading or literature weeks, career days and stay-in-school programs are frequent requestors of his involvement.

 

Live with the Heart of Giant T-Shirt

           
Show those you meet that everyday people can do extraordinary things. This shirt is perfect for those who have read the book, Giants in the Land, or those who just love the positive message. Available only at in person presentations and signings.
 

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What Readers Are Saying . . .

Reviews from Giants in training and those they look up to:  (Please note I have removed personal or unrelated comments and spoilers in my sole descretion from the reviews.) 

"...I thought it was AMAZING!...One of my favorite things I liked about it was the moral: 'We all have giants in our lives, and that we need to continue on when hey leave.' Some of the giants in my life are my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, cousins, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  Something else I liked about the story was teaching us that we can do hard things. It gave me faith and knowledge that I can be a giant. Best of all, I just loved the entire story and I can't wait for the other two! Thanks for the book and keep it up!"
(Megan A. age 11) 

"I enjoyed the book immensely. I read it like a kid in grade school again, but marveled at the message like a GIANT ADULT..It may be in a target market for 7-15 year olds, but I think that is selling it Short so to speak in a Land Lacking more Giants.. Everyone should read it ! Some will accept it, Some Need it, Some will not understand it, But it may help inspire that " ONE " Who doesn't know it!"
(Erin Bronson)

"I thoroughly enjoyed this story. ...Along his journey, he learns valuable lessons, as do we...This book touches on what happens when we are sheltered too long, and how we can become. It stressed to me that my new path of dropping the worry ball is the way to go. It is a fun and quick read. It is a great story and a fun journey to follow along, but you will learn lessons as you read."    
(www.theknitwitbyshair.com)

"...I believe that there are some great morals to the story: we tend to learn to rely on giants in our lives, yet someday we must learn to walk on our own, we can always return to our family, and to follow the Lord's leading."

(Ariana G.  age 12)

“I recently read 'The Way of Things, Book One of Giants in the Land'... and could not put it down!  Filled with suspense, drama, and tender romance, the story quickly engages the reader. The book is designed to target the teen market, but as is the case with many teen books, adults will enjoy it too.  I especially like the moral lesson in the book--that of having 'giants' in our lives. ... As a Christian, I believe that God puts 'giants' in our lives to mentor us and help us with difficult tasks. That 's what the body of Christ is all about.  I had several mentors or giants, if you will, in my life as I was growing up. Now I am mentoring young moms as they face the daily challenges of raising children. God, of course, is our ultimate Giant, but I believe He places people in our lives to help us along life's journey.  This book not only has some good moral lessons, it is also a good read. Adults and teens alike can read it for the deeper meanings that lie within the story, or read it because it is entertaining. It is certainly a refreshing change from the vampire and wizard books that have been filling the bookshelves for the past decade.  Thank you, Clark! I hope there will be many more to follow!”    
(Crystal Bowman--best-selling children's author, national speaker, and MOPS Mentor)

"Mr. Burbidge takes us on a journey. A journey even a child can understand. When we're suddenly faced with the pain of separation from a giant that helped mold us into who we are, he teaches us to keep persevering into what we can become. In honor of the giants. Written in an easy, chapter book format, this is a quick read that will teach younger children and adults the importance of perseverance and continuing on when we're faced with a life...without the giants who have helped us."

"Tweenies will love this book about giants. Full of action and adventure. The book is all about finding the giant in us all; having hope, courage and faith to be all you can be."

"When I first saw this book, I thought it would be a book for my son, who is eleven. But then I read a little bit about it and decided to give a try. Giants in the Land is about a village of hard workers who have always depended on the someone else for protection and extra work. But what happens when suddenly those you depend on vanish?  The main character, Thomas takes the lead and goes on a journey that will help him discover what he and his people really need! Courage, strength and determination! This book is an easy read and I enjoyed it. I like the author, Clark Burbidge’s writing style and am looking forward to more books!"

"Giants in the Land, Book One-The Way of Things series by Clark Rich Burbidge, is an interesting chapter book for kids. The giants represent someone in your life that has helped or guided you, and now suddenly they are no longer there and you must fend for yourself. The main character Thomas must go on a journey of self-discovery as he looks for the missing giants. The book is well written and the illustrations by Karl C. Hepworth are wonderful and tie in perfectly with the story. Even though the book is written for children, adults can still enjoy reading this tale too. I recommend Giants in the Land to all readers."
(Billy Burgess, blogger)

"Giants in the land is an easy to read chapter book, great for kids and adults alike, especially for story time at night. Burbidge has created a story that is filled with lessons we all must learn someday. Specifically this book deals with what happens when you lose someone who you have relied on and trusted and having to find a way to continue on. Burbidge has an easy to understand writing style that will capture your attention and bring you into the story, paired with the illustrations of Hepworth this is a great book for all ages, and would be an ideal book for young boys when trying to find something to read."
(Elle @ http://organicshoes.wordpress.com/contact/)

"This is the perfect coming of age story. Thomas finds out some huge things about himself. This would be a great book for tweens and even young adults! I like how the word "giant" is used in this book, and how it means so many different things! A great, quick read."
(Hayley Kolb at http://www.hangingoffthewire.com/)

"What a cute book! My son and I enjoyed reading this together. However, as I read it, I felt like I had read it before…And it hit me, change the names a bit, and you have “Pilgrim’s Progress”. This book echoed “Pilgrim’ Progress” very much. I enjoyed reading “Pilgrim’s Progress” aloud, so this one was just as enjoyable. It had mystery, and adventure, along with the life lessons that make any book an instant classic.
“Giants in The Land” is appropriate for nearly any age, and as a read aloud, or read alone. It is easy to follow, and easy to get into."

"Giants in the Land is a captivating story that takes you on an amazing and dangerous adventure. I could see this book appealing to many different ages. On a basic level just the story in itself is entertaining and nail biting. I found myself on the edge of my seat as I read of Thomas' adventure. I found myself willing for Thomas to go on and find the answers he seeks! On a deeper level it relates on our relationship with God and how we use our lives to live like Giants! I think there are so many times in life when we wonder what our purpose is in the grand scheme of things and this book can be an inspiration to all. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series to see what happens next."

"...I enjoyed this book- it has a nice message. It is written kind of like a parable with an underlying Christian theme of God and seeking out truth. I liked the message it portrayed of a giant not being measured by his stature, but by the size of his heart. It also talked about the different "giants" we have in our lives and how they have helped us along the way. In the book, the giants leave the town and the people have to learn to do things on their own, just as we have to learn to be strong and survive, too. Then, once we have learned these lessons, we can be a guide to others. The book has a nice message and I will look for the rest of the series when they come out in the future."

"Giants in the Land was a great book! It is a quick and easy read and enjoyable to a great age range! I adored Thomas and the journey that he went on and found some life lessons that make this book one that will stand the test of time! I really did not have a hard time getting into it and found it was also a great book to read when busy with the kids and needed some well deserved me time. Which honestly with us halfway into the summer holidays is often. :-) If your looking for a book to read this summer I really do recommend it! We are never to old to learn life lessons and Thomas teaches us a very important one!...Buy your own copy and one for a friend. This is definitely a book you will want to share!"

"When you think of giants in a story, you may imagine big, scary giants who we fear. In Giants in the Land, they represent the people who protect us, guide us and are always there for us. We all know those people in our lives, and many of us have lost a giant. This is a difficult and painful loss, one that I can relate to.  I have read a few children’s books in my book reviewing career, but this is the first book that I’ve read that helps children (and adults) deal with these issues and how to move forward in the face of loss. This book was so well written and the story was so interesting, I know that kids will be entertained while learning a valuable lesson.  I think of myself as a big kid, and I think I always will, so I found this book very entertaining and I know that parents and their children will enjoy spending some quality time together reading Giants in the Land. I applaud the author for writing such a good story that will entertain and educate. This is the first book in a trilogy and I look forward to reading the next book in the series."

"We have been reading this book as a family read aloud. All of the children love it - from the 11 year old girl to her 6 year old brother. Once Thomas sets out on his journey, the adventure begins. Some of the chapters have had such thrilling scenes that we find ourselves reading faster as the tension mounts. Some of the things my children have commented on: "I like the giants' names; you can tell what their job is by their name." "There will be more of these, right? I don't want this story to end!" There have even been a few nameless children caught peaking ahead because they just couldn't wait. You know this is a winner!  From my point of view, it has been a delight to see in my children their understanding of how this story correlates to their lives and faith. It has been so enjoyable to read, we have had to set time limits so as to not read it all at once and neglect other things. We are all looking forward to reading more in this series!...This is one you'll want for your home library."

"My rating 4 ½ stars (out of 5 possible).
 Burbidge does a wonderful job telling his tale...I recommend this book for young readers, especially those in the middle school and junior high ages. It is a wonderful story that will help adolescents learn some healthy character traits with a biblical point of view."

"Clark Burbidge, offers up a superb piece of juvenile fiction in the form of his newest novel: Giants in the Land, book one of The Way of Things series.  Engaging from the start,...Aside from a solid story plot, Burbidge offers his young readers more than a typical fiction novel. He includes astounding vocabulary - something most books of today's age lack. The author's use of larger life concepts are prolific throughout the novel, as well...I'd personally recommend this book for sixth graders and above. I think adults can even glean something from Burbidge's novel, as we sometimes forget that others think of us as giants, too."

"This story has some wonderful lessons on taking others for granted, learning to work together, overcoming your fears and trusting God. This is a wonderful story! It would make a great read aloud for children 9 to adult. I plan on reading this to my boys!"

"The symbolism the book drew between the giants and the people in our lives that are our leaders was really interesting and deeper than I was anticipating...I definitely would say it is a meaningful, action-genre book (especially for pre-teens)...The illustrations in the book were really fun, cartoon styled images that really set the scene for each chapter! In the end, this book left me excited for the next installment in the series (the ending was a great cliffhanger!) and I would readily recommend this book to pre-teens, teens, and adults looking for a wonderful, easy read about becoming who you are meant to be."

"This was a quick read and one that I enjoyed. I liked the symbolism and the fact that hope was the real heart of the message. It's about our journey through life and having the faith to rely on God rather than self. Although it's classified as "juvenile fiction," it can be appreciated by older readers as well. I think it would make a nice family read-aloud. If you like the Narnia series or Pilgrim's Progress, you may be interested in Giants in the Land and the books to come in this series."
(Sara http://embracingdestiny.blogspot.com/)

“Giants in the Land” is an allegory...We each need someone who is a giant to help us learn and grow and then we each need to be a giant to someone else for the exact same reason. After all this is the way of things. ”Giants in the Land” is a neat little book. I liked it a lot and am looking forward to the next book in the series."

"Do you remember the special people in your life that had an impact on who you are? Was it a teacher? A coach? Your youth Pastor? Counselor from school, Grandparent, Mom and Dad? What happens when the Giant in our life moves on either by circumstance or death? Clark has written an allegory that even young kids can understand, about how keep going even without the Giant. It is also a encouraging book for adults as well. The chapters are quick and move at a nice pace.
I would recommend this as a gift for a graduate. Highly recommended!"

"I give this book 4 stars out of 5. I enjoyed this book because it reminded me of the fairy tales that my mom used to read me every night before bed when I was a child. It was a simple, entertaining but interesting book and it only took me a day to read it. My 12 year old daughter is reading it now and she said it kind of reminds her of a simpler form of Pilgrim's Progress."

"Author Clark Rich Burbidge weaves a wonderful fantasy tale in which honor, bravery, and loyalty save the day! A delightful read for any age, Giants in the Land will have you rooting for Thomas during his adventures to distant lands on a dangerous quest. Encountering many challenges along the way, Thomas demonstrates great wisdom and courage in order to help his village through a very difficult crisis...An action packed journey from start to finish, Giants in the Land will leave you sitting on edge.  Kudos to Burbidge for crafting a male lead truly worthy of role model status...I find the integrity of Thomas’ character a refreshing change to the overabundance of self-centered and impulsive protagonists pushed on the market today.  Parents, gather your children before bed, snuggle up under the covers, and enjoy reading this delightful tale to your children."