Michael O'Brien is the editor of Nazareth Journal, a Catholic family magazine, and the author of four books. He writes and lectures widely on the topic of faith and culture, and has been a full-time artist for 20 years with paintings displayed in Churches and museums across North America. He lives with his wife and children in Combermere, Ontario.
Strangers and Sojournersby Michael D. O'Brien
An epic novel set in the rugged interior of British Columbia, the first volume of a trilogy which traces the lives of four generations of a family of exiles. Beginning in 1900, and concluding with the climactic events leading up to the Millennium, the series follows Anne and Stephen Delaney and their descendants as they live through the tumultuous events of this… See more details below
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An epic novel set in the rugged interior of British Columbia, the first volume of a trilogy which traces the lives of four generations of a family of exiles. Beginning in 1900, and concluding with the climactic events leading up to the Millennium, the series follows Anne and Stephen Delaney and their descendants as they live through the tumultuous events of this century.
Anne is a highly educated Englishwoman who arrives in British Columbia at the end of the First World War. Raised in a family of spiritualists and Fabian socialists, she has fled civilization in search of adventure. She meets and eventually marries a trapper-homesteader, an Irish immigrant who is fleeing the "troubles" in his own violent past. This is a story about the gradual movement of souls from despair and unbelief to faith, hope, and love, about the psychology of perception, and about the ultimate questions of life, death and the mystery of being.
Interwoven with scenes from Ireland, England, Poland, Russia, and Belgium during the War, Strangers and Sojourners is a tale of the extraordinary hidden within the ordinary. It is about courage and fear, and the triumph of the human spirit.
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This books nearly six hundred pages just fly by. As I neared the end, I became sad and wished the story could go on and on. Luckily I found out it does have sequels!! Read this and love the characters and the artful, beautiful language used to help you enter their lives. Wonderful!
Do yourself a favor. Read this. It's beautiful.
The spiritual drama O'Brien described in 'Father Elijah' now unfolds with poetic subtlety and beauty. Anyone seeking to understand the mystery of Christian marriage should read this.