Escape to Egyptby J. L. Hardesty, J-Force Pub.
As Book Two of The Lost Legend Trilogy opens, Michael, the young horsemen readers came to know and love in Book One, is searching for his father, traveling with the three Wise Men who attended the birth of Christ. Not far into that journey, an angel visits Michael and tells him that he has been chosen to escort the Holy Family out of harm�s way. �You must take Mary and Joseph and Jesus to Egypt,� the angel says. �You will remain as their protector until it is safe for them to return to their homeland.� Michael obeys and lives for the next decade with this Family . . . three individuals who remain, to this day, at the heart of the world�s foremost mystery.
Have you ever wondered what Jesus might have been like as a boy? Did He romp and play with other children? Did He cry when He got hurt and laugh when His father playfully tossed Him in the air? Did He know, even as a youngster, the special mission that was His and His alone?
In the continuation of this Legend that has been handed down from generation to generation, you�ll meet the Boy, Jesus, and the extraordinary stallion, Zabbai. You�ll learn that with Jesus and Zabbai, the first true partnership of horse and human was born.
Jesus and Zabbai shared the first years of their lives together in perfect love and understanding. And thus, say the keepers of the Legend, a new affinity between horse and human had its genesis.
Join us now, won�t you, as we embark upon another adventure with the horseman, Michael, and come to know the One who lived so that all might hope.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J. L. "Jo" Hardesty has had a special bond with horses since she was a small child. In her powerfully inspiring Lost Legend Trilogy, she shares her passion for this gift from God, and reveals the long hidden origin of the partnership between the horse and mankind.
Jo's father, the renowned piano man, Keith C. Hardesty, was a member of the Illinois National Guard's Horse Drawn Field Artillery before his service as a U. S. Army commissioned officer in the European Theater of operations during World War II. He introduced Jo to the horse when she was just 4 years old, and the love affair began. At 10, Jo started cleaning stalls and grooming horses at a livery stable. At 12, she broke to ride a young horse for which her father had traded a grand piano. By 14, she was giving riding lessons and starting colts under saddle.
Jo's independent and adventurous spirit led her to learn about life in a variety of careers. In addition to her horse life, Jo has been a police dispatcher and a school bus driver, a waitress and a restaurant manager, an event coordinator and video producer, not to mention being a wife and mother. She had her first child when she was 18, and became a grandmother at 35. Today, the mother of three and grandmother of seven, is very happily married to a man 15 years her junior with whom she celebrated her 11th anniversary last December.
When she was just 9 years old, Jo and her Dad decided that she would one day grow up to be a writer. But she didn't start that career until she was in her twenties when she began contributing to a number of horse-related periodicals. Later, she managed three highly successful Arabian horse breeding ranches, numerous leading Arabian stallions and breeding programs, and several multi-million dollar horse auctions. She rounded out her experience as the editor of four prestigious national horse publications. In order to devote full time to her career as a novelist, Jo recently handed over the reins of her well-respected and highly successful public relations and marketing company to her daughter and former assistant, Riyan Brady.
Although most of Jo's experience has been with Arabians and Quarter Horses, she has a great love and respect for all breeds. "A true horseman," she says, "understands the value of every breed and style of horse." In The Lost Legend Trilogy, this author skillfully weaves her faith and her love for the horse into a magical tapestry . . . an engaging new twist on the first Christmas . . . the story of a miracle that forever changed the course of history.
Because of her strong belief in the healing power of horses, Jo is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every book to The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (N.A.R.H.A). N. A. R. H. A. is an organization that builds partnerships between horses and humans to help heal the spirits, the minds and the bodies of physically and mentally challenged children and adults.
Jo and her husband, Jim, live on a mountain twenty miles North of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Under the watchful eye of their Border Collie, Duke, they share their little piece of paradise with two cats, a family of raccoons, all manner of deer, elk, foxes, porcupines and every imaginable wild bird.
An experienced and entertaining speaker, Jo is available to speak on the various aspects of the healing power of horses & on her books at public events, book signings, and in radio and television interviews.
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