Title: The Voice: (Immanu'El)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Book Condition: Good
Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Bookseller Inventory # G1482008300I3N10
Synopsis: Real people. Real history. No halos. Set apart to God's service even before his birth, Yochanan is a brilliant young man who is being groomed to serve as High Priest of Israel. He has mastered the most difficult spiritual disciplines and possesses a keen insight into the Scriptures. God, however, has other plans for Yochanan. On the eve of his bar-mitzvah, the boy is called into the wilderness, where he embarks on a journey that will empty him, shape him, and test him to the breaking point. On this journey, Yochanan joins the ascetics of the Dead Sea community; lives among a tribe of Bedouin; endures the rigors of the desert's isolation; and comes face to face with Azazel, demon prince of the wastelands. Yochanan's biggest struggle: learning to live in harmony with his purpose, a purpose he barely understands until he encounters God in a form he never expected. The Voice is the second novel in the Immanu'El series, historical fiction told from the perspective of people who walked with Jesus along the dirt roads of Galilee two thousand years ago.
From the Author:
I wrote The Voice during a wilderness experience. For the first time in over twenty years I found myself living alone, and not entirely by choice. Feeling unloved and unlovable, I cried myself to sleep every night for two months, and then one day as I was driving home from work I began to murmur: "My birth was announced by an angel. To fully appreciate the irony of this, you must understand that my father and his father and his father's father were all Sadducees..."
My school had just purchased a MacBook for me, with the instruction that I "play around with it" over the summer, so I set it up next to my living room window and began to type those words I'd rehearsed all the way home. And I kept typing. And typing. Some days I got so wrapped up in the story that began to develop that I forgot to eat. I'd write for twenty hours, fall asleep on the floor beside my laptop, and then shake myself awake to write some more. Once, in a daze, I picked up the phone and dialed the first number that came into my head. "What day is it?" I asked the person who answered. (I really had no idea.)
Telling Yochanan's story was cathartic for me. As he learned to be alone, so did I. As he fell in love with God, so did I. As he received healing, so did I. Reading his story, it turns out, has been equally cathartic for many people who are going through the trauma of divorce. How ironic, that a story about a man who a) never married, b) never divorced, and c) never even had a girlfriend would prove to minister so profoundly to this particular demographic! Yet over and over again people who are learning to be alone following a painful breakup have told me that this book touched them deeply.
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