No Dark Clouds

No Dark Clouds

by R. W. Nelson

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Inspired by the author's two-year observation of the struggles and disabilities of India's beggar children, No Dark Clouds is a unique Christian fiction intertwining the lives of seven beggar children in Biblical Jerusalem with historical figures of the time, including Jesus. The background of the novel is the historical account of the life and ministry of Jesus.
The novel brings forth the raw emotions of what a personal encounter with Jesus might have been like for a youth living in Biblical Israel at the time of Christ. The story also gives the reader a possible glimpse of the lives of those who found themselves caught up in the Passion Week, trial, and crucifixion: people such as a slave, a Roman soldier, a Pharisee, Barabbas and King Herod. This fictional account takes the reader to Jerusalem on Resurrection Sunday, where he or she experiences the life-changing effects of that day in the lives of Pilate, his wife Claudia, the Disciples, Cleopas, and even the High Priest Caiaphas.
Beggar Boy and his companions all bear a form of disability. For him, five scars inflicted by a cruel man are etched across his face, rendering him an outcast. He has no home and no guardians to take care of him. At ten years of age, he has to beg and steal to survive. His friends are controlled by Taskmaster whose income is derived from the children's begging. Aditya, the oldest at fourteen years of age, is also one of the shortest beggars. Her disability of metaphyseal dysplasia (similar to that of dwarfism), forces her to sing in the marketplaces in order to survive.
The beggar friends grow up in a tumultuous Israel. The Zealots (led by Barabbas) threaten rebellion while the Romans (led by Pilate) are focused on squashing any type of revolt. In the midst of all of this, Jesus continues with his ministry and carrying out miraculous healings, even in the midst of constant rejection and persecution from the Pharisees and Sadducees. In particular, one of the stories that appears is that of the centurion (Darius) who pleads with Jesus to heal his servant (Favian). Another miracle is that of the blind man who is healed by Jesus smearing mud in the blind man's eyes.
By saving the life of a centurion (Leonidas) during an ambush by Barabbas, Beggar Boy is 'rewarded' by being allowed to live and work within the Roman Fortress Antonia. This also provides a way for him to steal food from the granary and distribute it to his beggar friends. A major task for the boy is the carrying and administering of vinegar wine to criminals being crucified on a cross.
When Beggar Boy learns (then verifies) that a 'Healer-Man' has healed two of his beggar friends (one from deafness, the other from deformity in the arms and legs), he sets out by leaving Jerusalem to find this man (Jesus) in the hopes of being healed of his knife-scarred face. However, Jesus is in the Holy City for the Last Supper, Gethsemane, His trial, and crucifixion.
Beggar Boy returns to the Roman fortress only to find out that a crucifixion for three criminals will take place soon at Golgotha. Grabbing his javelin and vinegar wine, he hurriedly departs to Golgotha to administer vinegar wine to the criminals. A climactic encounter unfolds when Beggar Boy arrives at Calvary only to realize that it is the 'Healer-Man' who is being crucified. The boy had wanted Jesus to heal his scarred face, but Jesus needed the boy to give Him vinegar wine instead. The boy experiences 'spirit-crushing' disappointment and betrayal by his own Roman caretakers.
The uniqueness of No Dark Clouds is that it includes Biblical study material embedded within the storyline as experienced by the characters. It truly is an educational venture into the 'realm of the heart'. The topics include: The ministry of angels; Heaven, what is it really like; the 'names ' of God in Scripture; Messianic prophecies; the miracles of Jesus; the Tabernacle of Moses; the 'I am' statements of Jesus; and the 'Beatitudes' of Jesus. Though many novels and motion pictures end at the crucifixion, No Dark Clouds follows the lives of the characters from the crucifixion, to the Resurrection, to the Ascension, and beyond. The 'empty tomb' profoundly impacts not only the beggar children, but the Jewish religious leaders, the Romans, and Jesus' disciples and followers.
A key fictional character is Mishea, a twenty-year-old Ethiopian slave who is the royal tutor for the Roman children in Jerusalem. She becomes the 'mother figure' for the beggar children, and is the first to understand Messianic Scriptures from the book of Isaiah. 'Life-trait' themes of the characters abound within the novel including: God made you unique, judge someone from within, and everyone has God-given gifts. No Dark Clouds offers the readers a unique blend of history, geography, Bible references, and Christian doctrine, all wrapped around the profound story of a beggar boy and associates and their search for and encounter with Jesus.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161695128
Publisher: Pax Veritas Media, LLC
Publication date: 11/24/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 489 KB

About the Author

First written as a motion picture script while living in India observing beggar children for two years, then subsequently a church musical, No Dark Clouds has now been penned as a unique Christian fiction by R. W. Nelson. Performances spanned the nation from Off-Broadway – to TBN Studios, Irving TX – to Los Angeles.

Born in Texas, R.W. received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University and his Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a cognate in Media Management from Regent University, and the Christian Broadcasting Network, Virginia Beach, VA.

As the former president of People To People Productions and New Life Films , R.W. was active in production and distribution in the Christian film industry. An ordained Southern Baptist minister, his first copyrighted publication was entitled A Case for Salvation. He then wrote numerous laymen Bible college courses including, Spiritual Warfare; Old Testament Survey; New Testament Survey; Romans; the Minor Prophets’; among others.

R. W. holds two certified California teaching credentials and taught special education for almost two decades at the middle school level, and is the recipient of two Digital Voices Awards® for the video productions, ‘An Emerson to Einstein Silent Movie’ and ‘Mummy Math’.

He is the creator and writer of his daughter’s globally experienced internet youth Bible course, A-Z Scripture Memory, (a-zscripturememory.com) and was the creator and host of the international radio program, ‘Bible School of the Air’, featuring audio cassette courses such as, ‘Experiencing God’s Peace, Love, and Joy,’ and ‘A Crumbling Tower.”

Finally, the above mentioned ‘life-experiences’ have culminated, not only in writing No Dark Clouds as a novel, but using those valuable teaching experiences by creating No Dark Clouds - The Thematic Unit Companion , for the religious, church, and home-school educational classroom.

With five kids through college and now in careers, R.W. and his wife Lani are still very active in secondary education with number six child, currently attending Grapevine Faith Christian School, Grapevine TX.

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-MikeRoye More than 1 year ago
R. W. Nelson is a man after God's own heart, and he wrote this book to tell the true story of Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection. He writes skillfully in a heartwarming and entertaining way, which really brings the story to life for audiences young and old alike. Readers will better understand the truth of the Gospel story and how it impacted people during the time of Christ's incarnation, as Nelson masterfully blends the Biblical account of Jesus's earthly ministry with a fictional narrative that is also grounded in an authentic context of ancient Roman history, geography, and culture. As it unfolds with each successive chapter, this story will truly grip your heart as you enjoy a front row seat to the life, ministry, and deity of Jesus Christ as told through the unique perspective of how the work of the Cross impacted the lives of orphaned children and Roman soldiers who were living in Jerusalem during the time when the Messiah walked the earth. The book all by itself is worth the purchase price, as the story it tells is captivating from cover to cover and deeply insightful for those wanting to know more about the true historical events of the Holy Passion Week. Yet, readers will be blessed just as much by using the other educational resources that accompany the book, which the author provides to help further each reader's knowledge of the Bible as he explains the many Scriptural truths that are interwoven abundantly into this story from start to finish. If you already love Jesus and want to know more about the history and culture of the types of people who may have encountered Him as He went about doing His divine work of salvation as a gift for all mankind, or even if you have never heard why it is important for people today to learn about the life of Christ, then this book is for you! "Of course, there are many other things which Jesus did, and I suppose that if each one were written down in detail, there would not be room in the whole world for all the books that would have to be written." -Gospel of John (Chapter 21, verse 25)