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"The Point - the Redemption of Oban Ironbout" by Will

"The Point - the Redemption of Oban Ironbout"
by William E Jefferson
Publisher - Port Estillyen Productions

Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze travel to Estillyen hoping to find inspiration for their lives. Hollie has just been diagnosed with a disease that has ...
"The Point - the Redemption of Oban Ironbout"
by William E Jefferson
Publisher - Port Estillyen Productions

Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze travel to Estillyen hoping to find inspiration for their lives. Hollie has just been diagnosed with a disease that has her concerned and is needing peace with accepting what may come her way. Goodwin is carrying with him a sketch that he had done as a young child and is interested in visiting the place again.

Oban Ironbout is living on the property where the sketch was made and has a very bad attitude about life after losing his wife and sons. Walnut throwing and gun shooting has managed to keep people away, but not Goodwin and Hollie.

This is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness and acceptance.

posted by Cheria on June 30, 2013

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A New Classic? I finished reading "The Point: The Redempt


A New Classic?

I finished reading "The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout" by William E. Jefferson two weeks after starting. Yes, it was a slow start since I had a hard time with writing style and the first few chapters. I plodded on gradually increased ...

A New Classic?

I finished reading "The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout" by William E. Jefferson two weeks after starting. Yes, it was a slow start since I had a hard time with writing style and the first few chapters. I plodded on gradually increased my reading time as I began to get into the story. The story has a pleasantly surprising twist to it. Goodwin and Hollie Macbreeze have traveled to the Isle of Estillyen for inspriation, for rest and to see a place Goodwin's grandfather spoke fondly about-The Point. Once they have settled at Estillyen, Goodwin travels to The Point and meets Oban Ironbout first hand-a man who wants nothing to do with the monks or the nuns or anyone for that matter. But Goodwin does not give up, even taking Hollie to visit and showing Ironbout a picture that he drew as a child of the house on The Point. The mystery behind Oban Ironbout begins to unravel but be ready for an unexpected twist. In between the visits to Mr. Ironbout the couple attends the readings that the monks on Estillyen are well known for. These series of readings called Redemption are from the Bible. The monks present them in a most compelling way.


This is a story one reads through to get the emotional impact, then read a second time for intellectual contact, and a third time for the spiritual impact and again and again because each time you read something you didn't notice the time before. So it's worth a try. If for nothing else then to discover the mysterious twist as Oban Ironbout is redeemed.
I received this book to review for free from Handlebar Publishing.

posted by gccbookworm on June 26, 2013

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

    The Point by William E. Jefferson I was asked to read this book

    The Point by William E. Jefferson

    I was asked to read this book and give a review for others to know what the book was about. Here goes:

    The book takes us to a mythical Isle of Estilyen where Hollie (also known as Lee) and Goodwin (aka Win) have gone to retreat from the world as they are adjusting to the news of a serious health issue for Hollie. They are newly married and haven’t really settled down anywhere yet, and thought this would be a good place to put life in perspective and adjust to the health issue.

    In addition, Goodwin was seeking a house he has loved all his life – due to a picture his grandfather had of Estilyen. Goodwin made a sketch of it when he was a child and wants to see if it is really there. His grandfather passed away a few months ago and he feels this will let him see what was there for his grandfather, all those years ago.

    This book, though, is not just a fictional book about two people who love one another and trying to find their way in the world. This island seems to have some mythical presence about it – you surmise that from the beginning when Goodwin and Hollie meet Mr. Kind on the dock before they board the ferry. I knew then something was up.

    Monks live on the island and give ‘readings’ that contemplate life. It seems Estilyen is where many come to contemplate life and get serenity. There is an Abbey on the island as well, and this all plays into the story as to where Hollie and Goodwin stay, eat and gain guidance in their lives.

    In Goodwin’s quest to find the house on ‘the point’, he comes upon Oban Ironbout, who wants to keep everyone away from this part of the island. He is know all over the island as a mad man who will hurt anyone who comes near and he has signs posted everywhere warning people to stay out. Goodwin doesn’t back off and, in the end, finds a man who needs love and understanding. Hollie is very intuitive in see what Oban is all about and there is a lot about why he is like he is. Oban changes during the book – won’t tell you how as I don’t want to give away anything, but you will like it.

    As for the monks and the readings, they were very hard to keep up with in the book. You had to really read and reread what was going on to grasp the meaning – but once you did, you realized how deep and scriptural the readings were. There was much in them that I wanted to underline and tell others about and say ‘yes, that is all so true’. Some of them gave me new understanding of scripture that was being told in a storybook way.

    One thing that was hard for me reading the book – the author would switch between names for Hollie and Goodwin without any explanation. This was hard for me to follow until I realized what and who was talking.

    Second, it was hard to tell when one character was talking - sometimes one character talked for quite a while but nothing indicated who it was and you had to reread to try to figure out who was saying what. Punctuation helped some but many times that didn’t even show who was talking.

    When I began the book, it was very hard to stay focused on anything as it seemed to me to story line went from one thing to another, without seeming to tie anything in together. It is very deep and not something you would read from cover to cover in one setting. As a matter of fact, you can’t read a lot of it a time as there is a lot to digest in just a few pages. It made me appreciate ‘words’ much more and how they weave our lives together. It is definitely worth a read for those who want to delve into Scripture - the fiction part of the book is just a means of presenting the Gospel.

    I thoroughly enjoyed PILGRIMS PROGRESS and, to me, this is written a lot like it, but is harder to figure out who is who. The readings are from the Bible and brought a lot of it life for me in ways I had never thought of. The author is clearly a great Bible scholar and I am going to loan my book to my pastor and get his take from it. It will be interesting.

    Thanks to Handlebar Publishing for the review copy of this book in exchange for review. Lilah Winget

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

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    William E. Jefferson in his new book, ┬┐The Point┬┐ The Redemption

    William E. Jefferson in his new book, “The Point” The Redemption of Oban Ironbout published by Port Estillyen Productions brings us into the lives of Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze.

    From the Back Cover: SEARCHING for peace and inspiration, Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze travel to the Isle of Estillyen—a distant harbor known for bringing ancient words of worth to the present. Their lives become unexpectedly and inseparably intertwined with the reclusive Oban Ironbout—and a mystery from the past that will transform them all. It is a tale of pain…and redemption.

    First off there really is an Estillyen that you have to take a ferry to visit and there really are monks there. “The Point” is a story about pain and how, if it is not resolved, will make us reclusive and bitter and try to keep the world away. “The Point” is a story about love and how it can break down the walls that we use to protect us from that pain and can heal us. I think Mr. Jefferson has done a good job in his handling of the subject. It is an allegory and, sometimes, I have problems with allegories and I think this was one of them. Other than that the story is well done.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    The Point The Redemption of Oban Ironbout William E. Jefferson

    The Point
    The Redemption of Oban Ironbout
    William E. Jefferson
    Port Estillyen Productions ©2013
    ISBN 978-0-9856621-2-7 (ppbk)
    ISBN 978-0-9856621-3-4 (e-book) 286 pp.

    If I hadn’t promised to read this book, I’d have set it aside after the first few pages .I’m glad I didn’t. The concept of the monks dramatic ‘Readings’ is stupendous. I am now reading scriptures in a far more profitable and interesting way.

    The problems with this story? Nothing insurmountable. The main characters are finally introduced clearly on page 11, which cleared up any confusion. The monks and some other folks speak quite poetically and that’s cool, once accepted as being a bit wordy. The rhythm of these talks is fun.

    The main difficulty I had: The times the author ‘told’ readers information via dialogue between characters. Such dialogues don’t come across as credible. An example: Hollie tells Goodwin she’s wearing red slacks and has brass buttons on her shirt. He can see all that, and doesn’t need to be told.

    The plot, although a bit thin, is okay, too, with a cool surprise near the end and a happy time for all.

    As this author gains experience I’ll look forward to future stories.

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