Benjamin: The Road to Capernaum

Benjamin: The Road to Capernaum

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by John Koehler
     
 

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Before that day he was a weak and worthless cripple, a “sinful man” according to his father. Afterwards he was completely healed of his physical disabilities at the hands of the rabbi from Nazareth. Destined for the dungeons of society, suddenly a world without limits was open to him. This is the story of Benjamin, a man who was given a new body, a new

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Before that day he was a weak and worthless cripple, a “sinful man” according to his father. Afterwards he was completely healed of his physical disabilities at the hands of the rabbi from Nazareth. Destined for the dungeons of society, suddenly a world without limits was open to him. This is the story of Benjamin, a man who was given a new body, a new life, and a new chance to live life the way he had always dreamed.

“Redemptive stories are always, always, always the best stories. We need them to suture our hearts and duct tape our souls. We need them to take us somewhere where the view is grand and wide and gripping. This tale of personal redemption will rocket you through history and drop you off at the time of Jesus. You will feel the pulse of a first-century miracle. You will dangle over the edge of reason. You will drink deeply from true principles of faith and life. If you ever wanted to be seized by redemption, don’t miss this trip.”

Michael Simone, D. Min.

Senior Pastor, Spring Branch Community Church

“How would your life have changed had Jesus placed his hand on your brow and healed you of your worst affliction? John Koehler’s new book, Benjamin, The Road to Capernaum, is a fascinating tale of just such a miracle. Benjamin’s life was drastically changed from the moment he was “Christ touched,” to his dramatic struggles against the brutal forces of Rome, with all of her prejudices and might hostile to the fledgling Christian religion.”

Charles Randolph Bruce

Coauthor, Rebel King Series of Novels

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“How would your life have changed had Jesus placed his hand on your brow and healed you of your worst affliction? John Koehler’s new book, Benjamin, The Road to Capernaum, is a fascinating tale of just such a miracle. Benjamin’s life was drastically changed from the moment he was “Christ touched,” to his dramatic struggles against the brutal forces of Rome, with all of her prejudices and might hostile to the fledgling Christian religion.”

Charles Randolph Bruce
Coauthor, Rebel King Series of Novels

“Redemptive stories are always, always, always the best stories. We need them to suture our hearts and duct tape our souls. We need them to take us somewhere where the view is grand and wide and gripping. This tale of personal redemption will rocket you through history and drop you off at the time of Jesus. You will feel the pulse of a first-century miracle. You will dangle over the edge of reason. You will drink deeply from true principles of faith and life. If you ever wanted to be seized by redemption, don’t miss this trip.”

Michael Simone, D. Min.
Senior Pastor, Spring Branch Community Church

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938467028
Publisher:
Koehler Books
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Benjamin

The Road to Capernaum
By John Koehler

Koehler Books

Copyright © 2013 John Koehler
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ISBN: 9781938467028

Rome
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I am late, running along the windswept shores of the Galilee. I splash through the shallows and yell ahead to my friends, who are pushing a boat out into deeper water, beginning to paddle. It is starting to rain, and thunder is booming in the distance.
I yell for my friends to stop, but they don’t hear me. Yet I can clearly hear them laughing and talking, as the afternoon storm approaches. How could they be so stupid as to take a boat out during a rainstorm?
I have to warn them!
I dive into the water to catch them, and everything changes. I’m walking down a dark, cobble-stoned corridor, so dark that I have to wave my hands in front of me, like a blind man, afraid of what I might bump into. Lightning tears the sky outside, but no light penetrates the darkness I am in.




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“Redemptive stories are always, always, always the best stories. We need them to suture our hearts and duct tape our souls. We need them to take us somewhere where the view is grand and wide and gripping. This tale of personal redemption will rocket you through history and drop you off at the time of Jesus. You will feel the pulse of a first-century miracle. You will dangle over the edge of reason. You will drink deeply from true principles of faith and life. If you ever wanted to be seized by redemption, don’t miss this trip.”

Michael Simone, D. Min.
Senior Pastor, Spring Branch Community Church

“How would your life have changed had Jesus placed his hand on your brow and healed you of your worst affliction? John Koehler’s new book, Benjamin, The Road to Capernaum, is a fascinating tale of just such a miracle. Benjamin’s life was drastically changed from the moment he was “Christ touched,” to his dramatic struggles against the brutal forces of Rome, with all of her prejudices and might hostile to the fledgling Christian religion.”

Charles Randolph Bruce Coauthor, Rebel King Series of Novels

“As one who has had the privilege of serving wonderful miracles of God more commonly referred to as kids with special needs, I heartily recommend this wonderful story to you. What John has done is give a name to a nameless character in scripture. Names are so important and were even more so in Jesus’ time. The many women in the Gospel stories along with persons with disabilities were not named. Then like now they were outcasts. But not to Jesus who knows their names.
Thanks to John through this wonderful work so do we. Perhaps another miracle will happen through this book. Perhaps it will move you and me to find out the name of a person with a disability traveling the road to Capernaum where we live.” ??? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????

Nick Palermo National Director Young Life Capernaum Ministries

Meet the Author

John Koehler is the author of five books, is an award-winning designer and a publisher. He is perhaps best known for winning the 1991 Boomerang World Championship in Perth, Australia. Married since 1982 to Patty, his college sweetheart, John is the proud father of Kimmi and Danielle, and grandfather to Lilli and Eli. John lives and works in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Benjamin - The Road to Capernaum 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love histoical fiction, biblical fiction even more! First time reading this author, will read more of his books. The story was fast moving, was into it right away! Good to the last page.
letheridge2 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! The characters and scriptures used to create this story really bring the bible to life. I was engaged from beginning to end. Each chapter was full of excitement. Benjamin is an amazing character and a true believer. Wow, the power of faith. Even though his situation seemed hopeless during his captivity, he was able to focus on something other than himself, which also gave him life and a purpose. I find this truly amazing . I was on edge about Benjamin’s fate and was truly surprised how the story ended. Very inspiring.