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  • Posted July 16, 2013

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    A novel for thinkers who usually read theology or non-fiction...

    A novel for thinkers who usually read theology or non-fiction...
    If you are fascinated by language and intrigued by the Scriptures, you’ll really enjoy Redemption.  Themes of message, meaning, words and redemption are woven into this book. Those who are fascinated by a monastic lifestyle, contemplation, the deeper meaning of words--you'll find much to ponder and treasure in these pages.

    Redemption would make an interesting book for a small group to read together, as it offers a unique “walk through the Bible” in its twelve readings.  But it is best read side-by-side with its companion novel, The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout by the same author, William Jefferson.

    The Point tells the story of a newlywed couple, Hollie and Goodwin MacBreeze, on a spiritual pilgrimage to the fabled Isle of Estillyen. There they encounter a monastic community of “message makers” who offer spiritual guidance via both informal conversations and formal “readings” of Bible passages. These dramatic readings are summarized in The Point, but presented in their entirety in Redemption.

    A key theme in both books: “words matter…some more than others.” In one of the readings about Jesus, the monks proclaim:

    “Christ was the Message á Medium of God. Christ was not simply carrying a message, approximating a message. Christ was the subject of the matter, the universal noun. The thesis and the story he was, he is. The message of Christ was the medium of Christ. Every single word and twitch of Christ conveyed meaning.”

    As such, it is hard to categorize this book. It dances along the line between non-fiction and fiction—the setting is fictional, but the fresh look at Scripture could not be more real and true. It presents deep theology via story.

    If you’re typically one who likes to read theology, Christian living/non-fiction, you’ll like both this book and its companion story, The Point.   

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    I love words, and I love God¿s Word. If you are fascinated by la

    I love words, and I love God’s Word. If you are fascinated by language and intrigued by the Scriptures, you’ll really enjoy Redemption. Themes of message, meaning, words and redemption are woven into this book. 

    Redemption would make an interesting book for a small group to read together, as it offers a unique “walk through the Bible” in its twelve readings.  But it is best read side-by-side with its companion novel, The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout by the same author, William Jefferson.

    The Point tells the story of a newlywed couple, Hollie and Goodwin MacBreeze, on a spiritual pilgrimage to the fabled Isle of Estillyen. There they encounter a monastic community of “message makers” who offer spiritual guidance via both informal conversations and formal “readings” of Bible passages. These dramatic readings are summarized in The Point, but presented in their entirety in Redemption.

    A key theme in both books: “words matter…some more than others.” In one of the readings about Jesus, the monks proclaim:

    “Christ was the Message á Medium of God. Christ was not simply carrying a message, approximating a message. Christ was the subject of the matter, the universal noun. The thesis and the story he was, he is. The message of Christ was the medium of Christ. Every single word and twitch of Christ conveyed meaning.”

    It's not easy to categorize this book. It dances along the line between non-fiction and fiction—the setting is fictional, but the fresh look at Scripture could not be more real and true. It presents deep theology via story.

    Because this book is deeper than most Christian fiction, if you’re typically one who likes to read theology, Christian living/non-fiction, you’ll like both this book and its companion story, The Point.   

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
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