(From The Boy Who Closed the Sky: A Novel of Elijah the Prophet)
by Dr. DeWayne Coxon
President Emeritus, Blossoming Rose
I have loved the stories of Elijah’s saga, but never before had I imagined the intimate sacred dimensions. Here is fiction which follows the Biblical narrative of Hebrew history. Prayers and miracles, faith and doubt, saints and sinners join the intrigue.
The tale opens after Jeroboam has rebelled against the Davidic Kingdom and drawn the ten northern tribes to Baal worship. Teenage Elijah works with his brother on the family farm. They encounter the false prophets of Baal and the horrible influence they had on the peasants of Israel.
Storytelling is at the heart of this book, stories that reveal the joys of loving the Lord and the sorrows of following the Baals. Ceremonies of both persuasions and the prayers of both sides heighten the drama in the graphic showdown on Mt. Carmel.
Jewish, Christian, and Moslem readers – youth and adult – will identify with these scenes.