Just Man, Enoughby El Dundore David
JOSEPH IS CONFUSED… and for good reason: his life is very confusing. His fiancé is a virgin. But she’s pregnant. So she’s a pregnant virgin. And that’s the easy part. They are chased out of town but they were leaving anyway. Joseph dies in a river, but is rescued by friendly enemies. He and Mary are befriended by educated,
JOSEPH IS CONFUSED… and for good reason: his life is very confusing. His fiancé is a virgin. But she’s pregnant. So she’s a pregnant virgin. And that’s the easy part. They are chased out of town but they were leaving anyway. Joseph dies in a river, but is rescued by friendly enemies. He and Mary are befriended by educated, uneducated, self-educated shepherds. They find refuge with the most unholy character in Bethlehem, but are rejected by the bigots who ought to know better. He is protected by his oppressor, exploited by those who presumably care about him most, and the regal people bearing gifts have really come to seize his most prized possession, the baby Jesus, to whom he has dedicated his life. Then there are those dreams, or nightmares, in which the most terrifying creatures command you not to be afraid.
You see, it’s not that he confuses easily. He’s just an ordinary Joe all mixed up and in love with a good woman at an awkward time in her life. The story is funny, but it’s not funny to him: it’s faith in hard action. Then Faith comes along, making things easier. Is this getting any clearer? Yep, he’s just an average Joe – or is he? Whose choice was this to raise the Messiah? And I am Joseph. Or maybe you will be. I hope so, but you’ll just have to unwind with this Just Man to see why I am all wound up.
Just Man, Enough is the vibrant, bouncy tale of Joseph; the young carpenter gallant, intrepid or just plain unlucky enough to fall in love – and stick – with Mary, a girl with problems of her own. The tale is now equal parts allegory, metaphor, celebration, praise and comedy as Joseph takes center stage and becomes the new, old model of husband, father, provider, protector, leader and follower: learning as he goes and doing his best to survive as he learns.
“I can’t help the fact that in places it reads like a Bible study at Hooters - but I can explain!” The Author
- Westbow Press
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For anyone who shares in the burden of fatherhood or knows someone who does, this is a GREAT read. In a day and age where gender and paternity roles are grossly misunderstood, this story sheds light on a natural, becoming sense of manhood and fatherhood in the context of the greatest story ever told.
In the typical, flannel-board and cartoon cutout version the Nativity story shows what happened to two people 'once upon a time.' In this great, highly imaginative update, the tale becomes the relevant and applicable story of what happens to us all the time, especially when given a choice to either serve God or just let events take care of themselves without getting involved. When Joseph chooses the former - becoming very deeply, inextricably involved - we are constantly reminded that even when we make the right choice A) things are never easy, B) complications frequently occur, and C) the combination of the two often make us question just what it is we have gotten ourselves into. Another thing the book does a superb job of reinforcing is that our lives are not lived in a vacuum. Our actions and decisions are noticed by the many people around us to whom we sometimes have to explain ourselves, and with whom we continuously interact. The situation was no different for Mary and Joseph, and it is through those supporting characters, as well the main protagonists, that the author finds a lot of room for expression in the potential spaces they create. This is a highly imaginative work and supple work that combines the feel of the ancient, middle eastern documents it claims as its base with a modern sensibility that channels an easy flow of numerous currents that are just what readers today need to ride.