Author Zhenya Grebenchuk Offers New Comparison Between Chess, Belief

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Many clear examples walk readers through parallels between chess and struggle to believe

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The game of chess is perhaps one of the longest-surviving games played. In his new book The Last Queening Square: It's Time for Royal Pawns to be Promoted into Queens on C8 (published by WestBow Press), author Zhenya Grebenchuk has taken the game of chess and used it to examine new angles in familiar biblical stories and ideas.

One day I was looking around my house to find simple things to help me better explain my spiritual understanding to my family. As I was looking around, I came across my old chessboard under a couch. I paused for a second, and then it came to me: why don’t I use a famous game of intelligence as a tool to represent the invisible combat of my spiritual passage into psychological adulthood?

In The Last Queening Square readers will encounter many kinds of mental zigzagging. For example: a king, a queen and a knight are standing on the cage-trap door. This can be Yahweh, Jesus and Holy Spirit who are holding the door open, allowing millions to claim their spiritual freedom and to be released from the cage of sin. Now all previously captured pieces are free to go and to live in victory provided by the Holy Trinity.

In the second context, this can be viewed as heart, mind and body released from the cage of oppression. Now they are ready to re-enter the board and play a new game, under a new color and with the new leadership of a brilliant spiritual king.

Many such unexpected contexts will arise to shift the meaning of a simple position into a complex understanding weighed down with spiritual flavor.

About the Author
Zhenya Grebenchuk is Ukrainian immigrant who came to America in 1991 as a 15-year-old boy. Two months later, his father was deported back to Ukraine by the State of Idaho, and Grebenchuk became head of his father’s family of four. Learning English became his first priority. A few months later Grebenchuk spoke clear enough English to get a part-time job. His family has survived in this country, and they are very grateful to God and the American people for that. Now, 20 years later, Grebenchuk has written a four-part book combining his old love of chess with his adoration for biblical understandings.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, the world’s premier Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI)—the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press will be evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit or call 866-928-1240.


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