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We are hard-pressed to think of a publishing rule that Mary's Scrapbook has not broken. It contains handmade paper that cannot be printed, a back that cannot be bound, a wooden cover, and then there's the content; this volume breaks new ground at every juncture. We are not even sure that it qualifies as a book. It actually looks like an artifact stolen from an Egyptian museum. It is, in fact, a scrapbook from the first century--hand-made paper, hand-made cover, hand-made binding, hand-written script. And the script is where the plot thickens. It takes the reader back a few millennia--back to a first century rabbi with a message for our time. Case in point--If our 21st century financiers had learned their lesson from Asher's unscrupulous borrowing practices and Zachaeus' community investment strategy, might we have avoided our current economic mess? Judging from the reaction (including Laura Bush), we believe Mary's Scrapbook answers a timeless question: How did he do it? How did that rabbi get so many people over so many centuries to follow him to such a radical degree?
A 20-year project. . .
Limited production run. . .
Hand copied by Karen refugee children. . .
Hand assembled in Mae La refugee camp.
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Mark Andrew Ritchie grew up in the poverty and strangeness of Afghanistan, the deep south of Texas, and an Oregon-coast logging town. After a career in the financial pits of the Chicago Board of Trade and a feature in one of Schwager's Market Wizards, he wrote two books to rave reviews: God in the Pits (Macmillan, 1989) and Spirit of the Rainforest (1996, 2000), the highly controversial story of the brutal Yanomamo Indians. His book God in the Pits: The Enron-jihad Edition was a finalist in the Best Books 2006 Awards. Armed with a Master of Divinity degree (TIU 1980), four visits to Israel over three decades, and research under archeologist Dr. James Fleming (Biblical Resources), Ritchie walked the path to Emmaus, rode camels through the desert, and retraced Mary, Peter, and John's Easter morning run up and down the Kidron valley. His personal highlight--overnight "lodging" in a Bedouin tent with his wife and kids in the Beersheva desert. Ritchie is the father of five and lives in Illinois.Review:
This fictional scrapbook belonging to Mary, mother of "Yesous" (Jesus) represents a fascinating idea. What if Mary kept a scrapbook of all the happenings and correspondence she had surrounding Jesus' birth and death, including the announcement of Herod's terrible killing of baby boys in Bethlehem, the reports (by Galilee scribes) of Jesus' miracles and teachings, and finally, his death and resurrection? It makes for absorbing reading, and the process in which the book was created is just as fascinating. The text of the book has been beautifully hand scribed by Karen refugee children in Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand. The one of a kind book was assembled by the refugees and is constructed of banana leaves, giving the pages the feel and look of first-century papyrus. The author, Mark Andrew Ritchie, has written all of the text and included letters from the various people in Mary's life, including her dearest relatives and friends, such as her cousin Elizabeth. These letters draw the reader in and personalize Mary's life story. Readers will be able to enter in to Mary's life and imagine what it was like. Also included are reports of the many wonderful miracles Jesus performed (reports that any mother would keep). Reading "Treasures of My Heart: Mary and Joseph's Scrapbook" is a wonderfully rich experience that will lend a new--and very personal--perspective on the life of Mary. Owning it will bring attention to the plight of Karen orphans in Myanmar. --Jerry Eberle, Booklist Magazine
In a field cluttered with well intentioned but trite literature, it presents an innovative, interesting and informative perspective in a stunning format . . . truly a collectible. --Michael Pritzker
Simply riveting . . . for a moment I thought I was there. --Norman L. Geisler, Theologian, founder Southern Evangelical Seminary
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Book Description Island Lake Pr, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0964695243