Upon This Rock: The Life of St. Peterby Walter F. Murphy
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The acclaimed novel of the early years after the Resurrection, and the power of a Gospel, a Church, and a new World, is now available in a convenient NOOKbook edition. Walter F. Murphy, author of the bestselling novel The Vicar of Christ, engages the epic grandeur of the Rising and the heroic struggle of Simon Peter to spread the good word that the kingdom of God is at hand. His journey is harrowing: he flees from Jerusalem to Galilee and, after further fascinating travels, finally arrives in Nero's Rome. The story unfolds in epic scope filtered through the skeptical but insightful Greek scholar Quintus, who follows Simon Peter in his journeys.
In Upon this Rock, Murphy humanizes the disciples as never before: they are filled with love for the Master, but like every man they are at times petty, selfish, vain. Peter himself is a man of spacious moods, resenting Jesus' love for John and envying the spiritual power Mary of Magdala's vision of the risen Master brings. And Peter can be crude, angry, and self-pitying, for he is an uneducated man with a tragic past that fuels his nagging spiritual doubt. His faith wavers, even fails, but ultimately triumphs, conquering even the brutal torture of the disciples by Nero's Romans. Upon this rock a Church was built. Just as the Master envisioned.
A novel previously published in print by Macmillan and Ballantine paperbacks, this work is at last available from Quid Pro Books in a quality, authorized NOOKbook edition, with proper formatting, active and detailed Contents, and the original maps and imagery from the hardcover edition retained in this digital work.
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Meet the Author
Walter Murphy taught constitutional law to generations of students at Princeton, where he held the chair of McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence first occupied by Woodrow Wilson. Born in Charleston, S.C., Murphy served as a Marine in Korea and won a Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart, eventually retiring with the rank of colonel. He graduated from Notre Dame and George Washington University, and earned a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. His novels include the New York Times bestseller 'The Vicar of Christ,' which won the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award and was preceded by his unprecedented research in Vatican archives and access to church and papal sources.
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