Of Such Is The Kingdom, A Novel of Biblical Times: 3rd edition in 3 Parts

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WestBow Press, Mar 12, 2020 - Fiction - 324 pages

Intriguing historical fiction novel of Biblical and Roman times developed from a prize-winning story.$ave by getting the entire 3-Part edition containing all 3 parts in one volume.


Step back to Ancient Jerusalem at the time of Jesus and of the Roman Empire, and ask: What could a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? The answer: Down deep, they all seek something better. But will they find the true fulfillment they are seeking? 

The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod's foster brother, is hired by Herod to foment an insurrection against Pontius Pilate, whom he distrusts. Manaheem recruits the blacksmith, Barabbas, to be the insurrection leader, to the dismay of Barabbas' Godly but fearful wife (when he finally tells her). Will the insurrection succeed? 

The mendicant, an unfortunate but pensive young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings.

Pontius Pilate sees himself as a weak ruler, but his wife pushes him to be stronger and to even take over Herod's territory. 


Manaheem re-unites with his former wife, Claressa. In need of more money, he tries twice to blackmail Herod, losing Claressa in the process. Will he win her back? 


Barabbas, also in need of more money, turns to robbery, enlisting the aid of the two beggars. Will the result be riches or disaster? 

Does redemption lie ahead, and at what cost to those who find it? Amid conflicts, suspicion, and treachery within the empire, what will be the reactions of the rulers to the new sect called Christians?"


"The story has a powerful message that has clearly been displayed throughout the novel. Mr. Becher takes you through a wide range of emotions from beginning to end. ..... This is a great novel that I'm sure you will enjoy!. 5 stars" -----Rudelle Thomas (Divine Eloquence)

 

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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Of Such Is The Kingdom is a work of literary fiction subtitled ‘A Novel of Biblical Times in 3 Parts’, and was penned by author James M. Becher
. Generally suitable for readers of all types, with the exception of a few violent scenes, this sweeping epic work takes on the historical ambiance of the Roman era and combines it with literary considerations that bring biblical times and stories to life. The central conflict of the novel focuses on Herod’s foster brother, Manaheem, a wayward non-conformist tasked to foment an insurrection against Pontius Pilate. The people he recruits for this ominous task have their own quests to undergo, and their own struggles to endure.
A combination of powerful Christian fiction and compelling historical intrigue and drama, author James M. Becher has created a work which will suit many different tastes and approaches. The central plot with Manaheem and Barabbas showcases two very different men who find themselves in dire times, steeped with political intrigue and facing their own trials during the last days of Jesus Christ. Alongside this, many other figures are featured and given excellent character development to create a holistic view of ancient Palestine and its nature as a powder keg of intolerance and blood. Becher recounts some gory action moments superbly well and mediates these with tender, emotive scenes where his characters are put to the test to find their own deeper purpose. Overall, Of Such Is The Kingdom will satisfying readers on many inspiring and interesting levels.
 

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Contents

Dedication and a Related Dream
5
OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM
6
Acknowledgments
7
OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM
8
Another Seeker
50
The Plan
54
The Assignment
57
To Love Again?
62
First Sentence
156
Jurisdiction
162
Glimmers Of Hope
167
Friends Again
172
The Truth
175
Crucifixion
183
Redemption
186
OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM
194

The Gang
66
Repentance?
68
Flesh And Spirit
72
Plans
76
Messiah?
80
John
88
And More Plans
90
The Outrage
95
The Question
101
The Answer
104
The Order
113
The Insurrection
118
OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM
123
Sanctuary
124
The Shopkeeper
127
Loaves And Fishes
133
Robbery?
136
The Proposal
143
Dreams
146
Robbery And More
149
The Bereaved
153
Resurrection
195
The Bereaved
202
The Meeting
206
Pilate
210
Children
213
An Eventful Meeting
216
Laughter And Fear
221
Ceremonies
230
Pentecost
238
Herod Agrippa
240
The Academy
247
The Summons
252
Stephen
256
Pilates End
261
Joseph And Saul
265
James And Peter
292
Agrippas End
303
Dont miss out
313
About the Author
316
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JAMES M.BECHER was Born on June 8, 1943 of a Christian family and accepted Christ at an early age.  Interested in writing and drama since High School, he graduated from a Christian high school, where he participated in several plays and got A's in English Grammar, and wrote write several short stories, poems and articles, usually incorporating my faith into his writings.  While attending St. Petersburg Jr. College, in St. Petersburg, FL, he won second prize in a writing contest with a Biblical short story, called "Beggarman-Thief," which now forms part of his first novel.  He attended Bob Jones University, in Greenville, S.C., and then Clearwater Christian College, graduating with a B.A. in Bible-lit.  He went on to Biblical School of Theology (now Biblical Seminary) in Hatfield, Pennsylvania and graduating in 1974 with a M.Div.   Ordained in November of 1974, he served in different areas of Ministry, one of which was a foreign student ministry, which is also where he started writing his first two novels, and also where he met his dear wife, Berenice from Venezeula.  They were married in 1980, and went to Veneuezula in 1989 for an extended stay, where, along with teaching English he completed his evangelistic time travel novel,  "Impossible Journey, A tale of times and Truth."  Upon returning to the US, he also completed the Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom".  Also shortly after returning to US, he began publishing his self-help ezine,  "Inspirational Success Tips,"  his articles from which now form my self-help book "Principles of the Kingdom."  Then in 2012, he had the opportunity to preach a Christmas sermon in his church, which resulted in his writing “The Christmas Victory, A Gem of A Sermon, All Wrapped Up In A Historical Novel..” 

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