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'The Greatest Love Triangle Story Ever Told: Abraham, Sarah and Hagar' is a historical novel based on the early Genesis story of Abraham, who through his wife Sarah would become father of the Jews and by extension Christians, and through Sarah's Nubian slave girl Hagar, father of Muslims. The dysfunction of their family continues to impact our daily headlines on a daily basis. The author, an award-winning journalist and author of three non-fiction books and six novels published in serialized form, set out to discover the Abraham who is neither Jew nor Christian nor Muslim, for historically and personally he could be none of those. Mr. Chapman tells this ancient story in a contemporary and often humorous way. Combining elements of historical research, Middle Eastern travelogue, romance novel (soft porn, some might say) and theological commentary, the book follows Abraham's quest to find and worship the one god of creation at a time and a place where 97 major gods were worshiped. Abraham is introduced in the opening chapters at age 8, apprenticing in his famous father Terach's stone idol business, learning to carve each of those 97 major gods, and his first flirtations with the idea of one god, with a help pf a pretty weird angel. Ensuing chapters show Abraham as a young adult, becoming one of the leading traders throughout the region, and growing in wealth.With the empire of Queen Shebad of Ur threatened by an Aryan invasion from the north and unrest in Ur's colonies in modern day Iraq, and having defeated the first wave of Aryans (though befriending an Aryan bard named Stan who is also in communication with the one god and that oddball angel), Abraham leaves the trail, marries his half-sister Sarah and settles into the good life of gentleman winemaker. Alas, despite his god's promise to make his children as numerous as the grains of sand, Sarah cannot conceive -- an embarrassment at a time (so soon after the world was nearly destroyed by flood and fire and brimstone) when fertility was valued above all else. With the empire on the verge of collapse, following this god's command Abraham leaves the fabulous city of Ur in southern Iraq and travels north to Canaan, which this god says he will give to Abraham's people in perpetuity. But Sheik Abraham and his hundreds of people and animals are not welcomed by its current inhabitants, and when drought begins to devastate the region, they head to Egypt. Fearing for his life, at the border Abraham tells Egyptian soldiers of the Babe Brigade -- whose job is to find the finest women for the horndog pharaohs -- and one of the paraohs marries Sarah, setting off a terrible plague. The pharaohs give Sarah a wedding gift of a slave, the recently captured Nubian princess Hagar. When they are all cast out of Egypt, they return to Canaan, settle among the Mammorites, Abraham again becoming a famous winemaker with fertile fields of crops an animals, Sarah and Hagar developing a close and intimate friendship. But still Sarah has not given Abraham children, so she conceives a plan to use Hagar as a surrogate mother. Once the former Nubian princess has conceived, however, and feeling the true affection of Abraham, she refuses to give the child up, and great conflict comes to Abraham's tent. Eventually Sarah gives Abraham a son, but the enmity between Hagar and Sarah will divide his tent, and continue to impact the world 4,000 years later. On his death bed, Abraham spells out his simple but heartfelt belief in the one god of creation who needs to other prophet.
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A native of Oregon and a product of the University of Oregon school of journalism, Don Chapman was raised by a mother with a Baptist background and a father who left the Presbyterians for the Lutherans — which accounts for his being baptized twice, first with the Lutheran sprinkling of water, later a good Baptist triple-dunking because sprinkling didn’t wash away enough original sin. He eventually went with the Lutherans and attended three Concordia schools in the Missouri Synod educational system — Portland, Oregon; Seward, Nebraska, where he earned a bachelors degree in education, with a theology minor, and learned to talk corn blight with local farmers at the Conoco station where he pumped gas, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, where he served as a vicar at a small parish in the infamous inner-city Pruitt-Igo housing development and did what he called “hoops ministry” with teens. Be dropped out after two semesters because the more he studied the Bible and how and why it came to be created in its many and disparate parts, the less he believed it. Following journalism school, he went to work as the sports editor of the East-Oregonian in Pendleton, later as a sports columnist with the San Jose Mercury-News in California and then as a daily non-sports columnist with the Honolulu Advertiser. Since 1994 he has been editor-in-chief of a Honolulu publishing group that includes the state’s best-read newspaper, MidWeek. He’s won writing awards in both California and Hawaii, and in 2005 received a fellowship from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and was one of six American journalists to participate in the first U.S.-Korea Journalists Exchange Program. He is the author of three non-fiction books, and between 2001 and 2005 wrote six novels that were published as daily serials in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. His writing has also appeared in more than 30 magazines and newspapers. Throughout a journalism career that spans 36 years, while he did his best to avoid churches and was generally successful in that quest, thoughts about god and religion and the miracle of life on Earth were never far away, and personal theology evolved over the years.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Condition: New. Kevin Kobayashi (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1456416030
Book Description CreateSpace, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 444 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 1456416030