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The Book of Jotham

The Book of Jotham Jotham is a mentally challenged man child who like the other apostles follows Jesus as Christ carries out his ministry and experiences death by crucifixion resurrection and ascension Yet the other

  • Title: The Book of Jotham
  • Author: Arthur Powers
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Jotham is a mentally challenged man child who, like the other apostles, follows Jesus as Christ carries out his ministry and experiences death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension Yet the other apostles the dedicated Mary, Peter, Thomas, and the rest while they care for Jotham and look out for him, don t understand why Jesus loves him so Thomas even says, after JeJotham is a mentally challenged man child who, like the other apostles, follows Jesus as Christ carries out his ministry and experiences death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension Yet the other apostles the dedicated Mary, Peter, Thomas, and the rest while they care for Jotham and look out for him, don t understand why Jesus loves him so Thomas even says, after Jesus offers a parable, I don t see why all the pots can t be strong and beautiful Jotham may be different, but through him, we come to see Jesus and Jotham not just with our eyes, but also with our hearts.

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    1. William Faulkner's best-known novel, The Sound and the Fury, the book that propelled him to the '49 Nobel Prize, purports to be "a tale told by an idiot." A mentally-challenged character, "Benjy," narrates the book's first section. Whatever term we now employ to signal Benjy's affliction, his voice is childlike, detached, and often disorienting. Benjy's narrative is characterized by nonlinearity: events appear in a stream of consciousness. Though some readers find this section difficult to follo [...]

    2. Many writers are good and some writers are talented. The rare writer is both but also has a cadence, a rhythm, and an almost lyrical quality to his verse. Arthur Powers is one of those rare authors. In his new novella, The Book of Jotham, he invites us into the song of Jotham, the tale of a mentally-challenged man who lives in the time of Christ. We travel in Jotham’s mind, understanding as he understands, walking as he walks, being ridiculed as he is belittled for his limited comprehension of [...]

    3. "Jotham" is a beautiful story of an unsung apostle, telling the story of Christ through different eyes. I loved reading this story and experiencing the Passion in an entirely new way. The powerful tale will be loved by all Christians and will hopefully open some eyes, and hearts. Also a wonderful testimony to the dignity of every human life.

    4. I loved this book. I don't know the exact word count, but it's either a short novel or a novella. The concept was wonderfully executed, and though we watch the world through Jotham's eyes, we see the motivation and development of compelling Gospel characters like Judas and Mary Magdalene. I had always had questions about Judas Iscariot - was he in control and responsible for his actions if God needed them to happen, and, what could make him do what he did? Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth m [...]

    5. This is a novella about Jesus, as seen from the point of view of a fictitious disciple. Jotham is a mentally challenged man who leaves his father’s house, and sees a light on the road. The light, it turns out, is Jesus. Joyfully and easily, without a shadow of doubt or a particle of reluctance, Jotham falls in with Mary Magdalene and the Apostles, and begins following Jesus. He is with them through the days of preaching and miracles, he is with them at Jerusalem where he witnesses the crucifix [...]

    6. A simple, yet profound read. Written as a novella, I picked up that even the short length of the story proves that truth can be presented succinctly in few words. Jotham as a disabled man communicates his journey with Christ and humanity in a very sensory way. He processes events and the genuine character of individuals around him through what he feels. This is opposite of what we define as competence. His conversation is limited but his understanding of relationship with the Creator and Savior [...]

    7. I am so glad Mr. Powers wrote The Book of Jotham. The language Mr. Powers used brought me to a level where I saw the world through Jotham's heart and it was a much higher place than where I was. Being familiar with the gospels, I marveled at the inclusion of Jotham in them, which I used to my advantageI put myself in his sandals and they fit. I always remember my favorite books by the message I walk away with after reading them. The Book of Jotham gave me this: God loves me. I don't know if ther [...]

    8. Depicting the life of Christ from the perspective of a mentally-challenged man, The Book of Jotham is a tale that is both haunting and lyrical. The story is narrated in the second person in short sentences that take on a poetic quality. At first, this device may seem distracting, but it gradually draws the reader into Jotham's world, and what an amazing world that is. Jotham's understanding of Jesus is far more profound than those around him who mock him or shame him. Jotham is the child-like ad [...]

    9. I enjoyed this story. I thought the narrative was beautiful, poetic with a strong first person viewpoint. The most moving part to me was in the beginning when Jotham describes his mother. It clearly reflected the deepness of a mother’s love, as a reflection of God’s love. This poignant note was touched upon again when he meets the Blessed Mother and sees her as another mother. The characters were very “earthy” , yet the underlying sense of spiritualty came through. It was a good read for [...]

    10. The story of Christ has been told from many different viewpoints, but this fictional short read was different and appealed to me as a mother, a retired teacher who worked with special needs students, and a Christian. Jesus's teaching about the pure in heart is shown so exquisitely by this author, and Powers's portrayal of the interaction between his fictional character and Mary Magdalene was beautiful and touching. I dearly loved this book.

    11. Beautiful writing; moving story. It's written in second person and before you know it, you become the protagonist, the mentally challenged young man sitting on the side of the road when a charismatic rabbi passes by. A very fast read. First I read for the emotion of the tale, and then re-read to enjoy the poetry of the words.

    12. What a wonderful book! A unique perspective with a simple but powerful impact. It really made me take 'pause' & think & experience my faith in a raw form. Let go of the baggage; feel & understand the beauty of God's grace that lives in all of us if we choose to accept it.

    13. Before I picked up this book to read a little tonight, I considered not continuing it. I found myself annoyed by Powers' writing style. I found it too fragmented and unnatural and it was distracting me. I wasn't enjoying the story and the prospect of 800+ pages remaining was more than I felt I could committ to. Am I ever glad I listened to my better judgement. The beauty of the characters and of the story is in the simplicity of the writing!Where I am now, Jotham has just witnessed the healing o [...]

    14. Reviewed by Ellen Gable Hrkach on CatholicFiction:The Book of Jotham is a unique and beautifully moving account of a mentally challenged man (Jotham) who becomes one of Jesus’s followers. What makes this book so unusual is that it’s written in the second person and is a fictional story of this man’s relationship with Jesus and the apostles. The narrative from Jotham’s point of view is filled with sentence fragments and (what appear to be) simple thoughts. I initially wondered whether it [...]

    15. This was a moving book that drew me into an illustration of a concept that is either mocked or championed in our current culture: the value of the "incapable." With language that manages to be simultaneously both deep and light-handed, Powers paints a picture of both why and how God creates all His children in love, even if we can't see that same loveability with which He sees us at every moment. If you're looking for a brief vision to warm your heart towards those you might find yourself holdin [...]

    16. Recommended on son rise morning show.This was a very short but very powerful read that addresses the question: what gives a person value? Intellect? Ability? To do what? This book throws the traditional notion of success and value, at least that of modern American culture, upside down. I wish I'd been able to really quiet my mind to read this slowly, and out loud. Would be great for a meditation or retreat.

    17. Jotham is mentally challenged and suffers ridicule and rejection throughout his life. When he meets Jesus, whom he immediately recognizes as the Father, he finds acceptance and love. Others question why people such as Jotham exist, but Jesus finds great worth in him. Lovely picture of the pure, loving heart of those in Jotham's position.

    18. More of a meditation or prayer than book. I struggled with how many stars to give and settled on three because I liked it, but would not say I 'really liked it'. Would I recommend it? Yes, especially for prayer time during the Lenten season or at adoration.

    19. This is a wonderfully crafted story which you will find lingering in your thoughts after reading. The style and dialogue are delivered at a comfortable pace while sucking you deeper into each chapter. Great book from a talented writer.

    20. A beautiful story of following Christ and the disciples, told from the point of view of a mentally challenged young man. This novella gave me a new perspective on the simple, yet oh-so-powerful phrase, "Abba, Father!"

    21. This story reads more like a poem. There is so much said in the spaces between the words, in the small phrases used to tell the story. It is beautiful.

    22. Very interesting perspective of the life and death of Christ. Seen through the eyes of someone with Downs Syndrome. Worth the read.

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