Time has taken its toll. We must bid farewell to what we’ve known and enter what lies ahead.
Welcome to the ancient island of Estillyen, a place that is paradoxically both very far away and quite close. A troupe of Message Makers from the seventeenth century mysteriously arrives to grapple with the theme of technology and our integrity of life in today’s context, and the reader is invited on a journey to discover and reflect on whether it’s possible to find a balance between the onslaughts.
Divine Choreography of Redemption is a celebration of prose, imagination, and faith. It explores the story of redemption as a divine drama advanced by acts and agents that transcend time and space. As the story unfolds, a classic battle between technology and spirituality unfolds which considers not just the trappings of high-tech, but its approaches to life and relationship to myths, reality, past and present, from Dante to Christ.
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite Divine Choreography of Redemption: Setting the Eternal Saga in Time by William E. Jefferson is the second book in a week with a theological connection that I've picked up - and then set back down, for a fleeting moment - that felt like it might whiz over my head. This book is intelligent fiction at its finest and while it isn't really very lengthy, it feels like it carries a world of weight within its pages. Jefferson takes us to the Isle of Estillyen, where time isn't linear and distance is beautifully ambiguous. Through the narrative of Estillyen's message-making monks (who "go by chosen names: Saga, Narrative, Plot, Story, and the like"), we are brought along on a journey to discover a means to balance - and whether it's even possible to coexist - the subservient technological onslaught of today with an authentic scriptural foundation. Divine Choreography of Redemption by William E. Jefferson is beautiful in both its message and the eloquent execution of that message. It's clear that Jefferson is skilled in the craft of writing, particularly when the story weaves through spirited observation and a doctrinal examination, but to be able to do this with liberal doses of humor and make it entertaining requires an altogether higher talent. In less capable hands, the depth of Jefferson's prose could have been a bedtime story for all of the wrong reasons. Instead, readers will find a book that entertains and delights while engaged in a careful dance that leads us on a beautifully intelligent path of reflection. Less thought was required in determining a star rating of five, and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to read this book.