Sophia House

Sophia House

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by Michael D. O'Brien
     
 

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Sophia House is set in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. Pawel Tarnowski, a bookseller, gives refuge to David Schäfer, a Jewish youth who has escaped from the ghetto, and hides him in the attic of the book shop. Throughout the winter of 1942-43, haunted by the looming threat of discovery, they discuss good and evil, sin and redemption, literature and

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Sophia House is set in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. Pawel Tarnowski, a bookseller, gives refuge to David Schäfer, a Jewish youth who has escaped from the ghetto, and hides him in the attic of the book shop. Throughout the winter of 1942-43, haunted by the looming threat of discovery, they discuss good and evil, sin and redemption, literature and philosophy, and their respective religious views of reality. Decades later, David becomes a convert to Catholicism, is the Carmelite priest Fr. Elijah Schäfer called by the Pope to confront the Anti-christ in Michael O'Brien's best-selling novel, Father Elijah: an Apocalypse.

In this "prequel", the author explores the meaning of love, religious identity, and sacrifice viewed from two distinct perspectives. The cast of characters also includes the notorious Count Smokrev, a literate Nazi Major, a French novelist, a terrifying Polish bear, the Russian icon painter Andrei Rublev, and Pawel's beloved Kahlia, the elusive figure who moves through the story as an unseen presence. As the story unfolds, the loss of spiritual fatherhood in late Western society is revealed as a problem of language in the heart and soul, and as one of the gravest crises of our times. As the author points the way to rediscovery of our Father in heaven, he also shows us the path to renewal of human fatherhood. This is a novel about small choices that shift the balance of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586170394
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Michael D. O'Brien, iconographer, painter, and writer, is the popular author of many best-selling novels including Father Elijah, The Father's Tale, Eclipse of the Sun, Sophia House, Theophilos, and Island of the World. His novels have been translated into twelve languages and widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe.

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Sophia House 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to pick hp this book as I loved Father Elijah when it first came out. It is not really about David Schafer who becomes Father Elijah but more about Pawel Tarnowski and his growth in the Faith and finding himself with the help of David. Once you start you cant put it down. It is'nt all about Nazis but about a person finding himself it is a must read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael O'Brien's books have a rare depth to them not found in much of today's popular literature. This book (a prequel to Michael O'Brien's 'Father Elijah') explores many important spiritual and cultural and historical topics, while telling the story of a young Jewish boy being hidden by a disillusioned Polish bookseller in Warsaw during World War II. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to read a book that entertains you while making you think.