Episode 41
Insights on the Nativity and the New Testament
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New Teaser from Tennis Shoes 13: "Thorns of Glory"

 Apr 28, 2018

Hard to find anything that isn't a "spoiler" these days. This from the POV of Apollus.

The cords binding my wrists were severed. The Lamayan soldiers, as well as the Nephite prisoners, were backing away from me as if I had the plague. There was just Moroni standing to my left, and the former Hummingbird Captain about six paces in front of me, poised to rush at me with his obsidian sword.

“My gladius!” I yelled. “I demand the return of my Roman gladius! Who has it? Where is it?”

I searched faces in the crowd for the man who’d stripped away my sword atop the ridge, trying to keep one eye on First Deer. I was sure that I’d spotted the thief, but he wasn’t stepping forward.

“Apollus,” said Moroni, his tone almost gentle, pitying.

“Back away,” I told him sternly. Then to Lamanai, “You promised me a weapon!” I turned my rage onto the thief. “Give me back my gladius, you miserable cur!”

He didn’t move. Just gaped defiantly. No one was responding. No one was offering me anything with which to defend myself.

Out of the corner of my eye I saw First Deer flick his wrist. Something landed in the grass at my feet. I studied it. The man with the black-spotted nose had tossed me a knife off his belt. It wasn’t even as long as my forearm. Not obsidian. Not sure it was even flint. I couldn’t have said what kind of stone. It had a reasonably sharp point, but did it have a blade? The thing looked more like an eating utensil.

“What in Jupiter’s name is this?” I asked First Deer. “Your grandmother’s toothpick?”

He’d reassumed his battle-stance, ready to charge. “Arm yourself, Roman demon!”

Foolish, I conceded, to believe they had any intention of making this a fair fight. As I scooped up the knife, First Deer was already shrieking and lunging forward....



  • Janice

    Apr 28, 2018 3:33 pm

    can’t wait

  • Shaeleigh

    Apr 29, 2018 3:30 pm

    Can’t wait to see the finished book! Thanks for publishing this teaser. I recently introduced my younger siblings to your 1st book in the series, and they’re hooked. They have me read a full chapter every chance they get!

  • Shantell Randall

    May 7, 2018 7:23 am


    But when does it come out?!

  • Michelle

    May 16, 2018 5:32 pm

    I love Apollus! You have created some very likable characters! I am still biting my nails about the destiny of a few of them. Lol!

  • Chelsea

    May 21, 2018 8:35 pm

    I adore these books! I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to listen to these books and understand! They have been my favorite since I was little and we listened on to them on our first family road trip! I can’t wait for this book to come out!

  • Annalee

    Aug 30, 2018 2:40 pm

    I’m so excited for it to be published! Any idea of when that might be???

  • Casey

    Aug 31, 2018 11:15 am

    I am a fairly new convert to the Church. Originally I was looking for a story to listen to with my 13 year old grandson when traveling from my house in Utah to his in California. Well…this is now MY favorite story!! As I learn about the Church and reading the Book Of Mormon, this series has brought it to life!
    I just finished Drums of Desolation. When is the next one coming out?

  • Darryl White

    Sep 8, 2018 12:29 pm

    Ooh, I remember Apollus! Seriously, there is often so much time between the publication of the books, and the familes have gotten so complex, that I often forget just who is who.

    Fortunately, when I get into one of the Tennis Shoes books, it doesn’t take me long to get into the swing of things. Nevertheless, when you finally announce the release date, I think I will go through the whole series again to refresh my memory.

  • clara silva

    Sep 10, 2018 4:13 pm

    I so cannot wait for the finished book I have been waiting

  • Alison

    Sep 27, 2018 12:26 am

    I have read all 12 books 3 times waiting for this one to come out so I wont forget where I am… I am so excited for it. Oh including the Zarahemla series too.

  • Catherine

    Nov 21, 2018 5:07 pm

    I see many asking about a release date, but I don’t see an answer. Is there an intended release date?

    Reply from Chris: No release date. Still plugging away. Sorry Catherine.

  • Jennifer Titus

    Dec 7, 2018 11:49 am

    My girls (7 and 2) have listened to the whole series with me up to this point. They love the stories and family and talk about them as if they’re real and their adventures real. Thanks for making the stories so real and lessons relevant.

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