- Create your FREE Amazon Business account to save up to 10% with Business-only prices and free shipping.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
The Book of Jotham Paperback – September 13, 2020
Enhance your purchase
Special offers and product promotions
- Publisher : Full Quiver Publishing; 2nd ed. edition (September 13, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 86 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1987970039
- ISBN-13 : 978-1987970036
- Item Weight : 4.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.22 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,847,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
It is written entirely from Jotham's perspective. Under normal circumstances, this is not a problem. But Jotham is not what we would consider "normal". Because of the way it's written, one gets a look at how a simple person lives life.
More importantly, once Jotham find the light, he never lets go. He doesn't let his circumstances cloud his vision. He is a shining example for each of us.
The title character of Arthur Powers' fine novella is an adult retarded man who found himself following Christ. It is an attempt of the author to get inside the head...and heart...of Jotham, as he experiences Christ's saving power, as he experiences the gentleness of Christ's mother Mary, and the pain he feels at Christ's suffering and crucifixion, and the subsequent experience of grace at Christ's resurrection and the descent of the Holy Spirit.
The affective experience is what is important to Jotham. This book reiterates, in narrative form, what Benedict XIII has been trying to tell the world...Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations, Christianity is not a manufactured myth--Christianity is an experience and relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Jotham has all his needs. He did not need a healing miracle, he was happy and satisfied with the living experience of Christ.
One rarely reads a novel that one can describe as a meditation. But The Book of Jotham is exactly that.
The second person narration and sentence fragments are less off-putting than I might have guessed since they serve an important purpose here as the story is told from Jotham's point of view.
The author takes us into what most people perceive as the "simple" mind of a handicapped person. Jotham is described as "big as a house, stupid as a donkey." His mind, and the minds of other mentally handicapped persons, are not simple at all. At first glance, his thoughts seem to be simple, but they can also be complex, honest and insightful. The reader can bond easily with Jotham because Jotham sees truth more clearly than any supposedly normal intelligent man. It takes a tremendous amount of skill for an author to create a character like Jotham.
At the beginning of the story, Jotham tries to understand his mother's death. The reader sees her death as "light fading away." He leaves home and, because of his disability, is ridiculed. He eventually meets Jesus (the new light). I enjoyed experiencing the miracle of the loaves and fishes through Jotham's eyes. Through this imperfect young man, we can see the light in Jesus' disciples. But we can see darkness (in Judas and others) as well. The relationship between Jotham and Judas is extremely well done; the scene between these two characters after the crucifixion is particularly compelling.
I was easily drawn into the story. The characters are mostly ones with whom we are already acquainted: Jesus, the Blessed Mother, Mary Magdalene, Peter, Thomas, Judas. I especially enjoyed the moving interactions between Jesus and Jotham.
It is ironic that in our wounded world, beautiful souls like Jotham are often aborted before birth. And yet these imperfect human beings have great potential for love, perhaps more than most "normal" human beings.
Brilliant character studies, interesting setting descriptions and beautiful writing all make The Book of Jotham an excellent and worthwhile read. It may be short (can be read in a couple of hours), but it is filled with well-developed characters and poetic prose. Although the story of Jesus and his apostles has been told and retold numerous times through Scripture, tradition, movies, books, plays and documentaries, this is a beautifully refreshing and unique version. Highly recommend!
Ellen Gable (Hrkach)
Top reviews from other countries
The story is told from the perspective of a simple minded man who has no great grasp of theology or any great resevoir of knowledge. However, he has a the gift of the Holy Spirit, which he reveals but an't explain or even acknowledge.
This book is a 'must read'.