The date is set for the release of Seeing The Life. It will be released in print and digital format on June 7. I received the file from the editor, Amanda Bumgarner, yesterday and am working on the corrections now.
I'm excited and fearful. Writing fiction about the life of Yeshua, Hebrew for Jesus, places a larger responsibility on my shoulders. Not only do I have to be true to Yahweh's principles but also to the life and character of Yeshua. I've felt the Holy Spirit's guidance in what I was to include of His life and teachings. Also the lives and thoughts of the characters in the book, whether real or imaginary.
You'll find I've used Hebrew names for Yeshua and his siblings. There are so many people named Joseph, Jacob, James, etc. It was easier to use the transliteration to keep the characters separate. There are so many Mary's in the Gospels I chose to call Mary Magdalene, Miriam which is the Hebrew for Mary. I find it confusing to have Mary, the other Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Mary wife of Cleopas all used in the Gospels. Oh, I forgot, Mary mother of James and John.
It has been interesting to research the historical events I chose to include for setting the culture and political tone for the book. I've learned how very evil Herod the Great was even more than I had already known. The statue of the golden eagle he had put on top of the Temple and the ensuing rebellion and murders was real. It heighten the already tense relationship between the Jews and Herod the Great and his sons who succeeded him. There were definitely reasons why Joseph didn't choose to settle in Judea upon their return from Egypt.
It's been a joy and honor to write Seeing The Life. I hope you find it not only entertaining but see Yeshua as more human as well as Elohim (God).
Here's the back blurb:
The life of Yeshua the Messiah as you’ve never seen it before.
From the moment of his birth until past his resurrection, Micah and Dassa witness the life of Yeshua the Messiah. The young couple were friends with Joseph and Mary while they lived in Bethlehem. Through the years they shared joys and sorrows. Then Yeshua became a rabbi and the world has never been the same.
As scribe to Joseph of Arimethea, Micah does what the Pharisee cannot. He writes down his thoughts about the young man he’s known all his life.
Micah, Joseph and their families follow the ministries of John the Baptist and Yeshua, a poor carpenter from Nazareth. Is he the Messiah who will lead Israel against the Roman army? Is he a fraud, a cohort of Satan? Or is he something else? The crowds cheer him, then want to stone him. They hail his arrival then, cry for his execution.
See the life as those who lived at the same time saw it.
Seeing The Life available June 7 in print and all digital formats.
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Sophie Dawson has made up stories in her head all her life. It wasn’t until 2011 that she began writing typing them out.
Her first books were all historical fiction romance. They’ve won multiple awards and garnered rave reviews. Now, Sophie is branching out into contemporary romance though she plans to continue writing historical and hopes to add more books in her popular Cottonwood and Stones Creek series.
Sophie lives with her husband and cat on a farm in western Illinois. She’s an avid seamstress and was a professional quilter for a number of years before the writing bug bit. She’s just thankful it’s not fatal.