Road to El Roi: A Journey to The God Who Sees

Road to El Roi: A Journey to The God Who Sees


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A memoir that is written from a Christian perspective. Road to El Roi was inspired by an ancient story made new in a retelling of the saga of Hagar, the surrogate handmaiden of Sarai and Abraham. Paralleling Hagar's situation, Jess Moravian builds her family using an anonymous donor with the agreement of her infertile husband Chuck. Jess Moravian is a woman who has already undergone physical and emotional abuse before and after her marriage, yet she decides to stay in the relationship. She conceives her children using anonymous donor sperm to solve her husband's infertility and produce the family she has always desperately wanted. Despite her success in conceiving, Chuck continues to neglect and disrespect Jess until she finally decides to divorce Chuck. Little does Jess know, Chuck will become violent again, as he had just before their wedding. Before and after their divorce, Chuck uses their children as bargaining chips to continue to control Jess. It is in this battle that Jess discovers through a series of personal miracles and illuminations her version of El Roi, The God Who Sees, which causes her and her children to realize their Truth, with discovered family in the mix. Road to El Roi reflects on an epic spiritual battle that has wider impacts in the arena of domestic abuse, estrangement, and historical religious mores about God's attention to detail and His ability to work with any scenario, however flawed. The title Road to El Roi was inspired by the story of Hagar in the Bible, the surrogate/handmaiden of Sarai and Abraham. In the story, Hagar is marginalized and mistreated by Sarai, and then used to produce a child for the desperate couple. Due to conflict between Sarai and her slave, and the fact that Sarai was eventually able to have her son Isaac, Hagar and her son Ishmael are forced out into the desert. In their exile, Hagar nearly witnesses Ishmael's slow death in the wilderness until her cries are heard and an oasis appears to sustain them. Hagar is the first in Bible history to declare God's name as El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. Road to El Roi subtly parallels Hagar's journey, with a pivotal piece written by Rabbi Jonathan Kligler that speaks to the community of faith about those who are outcast in our society. The name Hagar, in fact, in ancient Hebrew means "The Stranger".Jess Moravian's story has many similarities to Hagar: in Jess' case, it is her husband who is infertile, and with his agreement, she uses a donor to conceive her family, acting much as a handmaiden in her marriage, when he has already shown and even admitted his lack of love for her. When Jess finally leaves the marriage, she finds that she and her children are then treated as bargaining chips. To make matters worse, Jess' ex, Chuck, uses the court system to manipulate her and her children due to his obsessive need for control and domination. It isn't until Jess wanders through the most hurtful aspects of her journey that miracles and signs begin to appear that illuminate what she feels is a divine inspiration, a message intended for victims of abuse and neglect. Road to El Roi contains a contribution by Rabbi Jonathan Kligler of Woodstock, NY which speaks to the treatment of the outcast in society, translated to modern-day spiritual applicable to all faiths, not just Judaism. Road to El Roi is a sidewinding and intimate memoir, followed by chapters that analyze the condition of the meek and the nature of the controlling. The book also includes other stories from real victims. In the endcap are workable suggestions for change and parameters for identifying court abuse. In the end, Jess comes to terms with her place in the secular world and acknowledges that her battle to live freely as a mother is a spiritual war of epic proportions that is affecting millions of good parents and bewildered children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732859609
Publisher: Yellow Pug Ltd.
Publication date: 11/24/2019
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 1,177,391
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

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