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This timely novel tells the story of families wrestling with religious and political issues that have no easy answers. Two women escape from Hitler's Europe, only to find war and social turmoil in their adopted countries.
Newport, Oregon (PRWEB) March 17, 2013
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Claire, a Christian girl, saves two Jewish children from the Nazis, but loses them on the bloody beach of Dunkirk. The children, Dora and Maxi, are rescued and spend the war years in England, while Claire joins the French Resistance and marries Paul, an aristocrat. Unwilling to raise her children in war-torn, class-ridden Europe, Claire insists on going to America. There she and Paul struggle to adjust to a new culture and to each other.
Meanwhile, Dora and Maxi immigrate to the new state of Israel. Maxi becomes an archaeologist and Dora an expert gardener in her kibbutz. They are both swept up in the many attacks on Israel and do what they must to keep themselves and their children safe. Claire and Dora go on searching for each other and for a faith that can sustain them through the violence and moral upheaval of the latter twentieth century. Dora becomes a Messianic Jew, and falls in love with a rabbi. Claire becomes a well-known composer of sacred music.They both must watch helplessly while their children find new values and new paths to spiritual wholeness.
As the two women grow older, they move beyond the childlike forms of religion they began with and embrace a mature faith in the simple, basic message of Jesus and of the Hebrew prophets--love of God and neighbor--that fits the needs of the 20th century for a compassion extending to the whole human family, regardless of religious and political division. The book looks at all sides of the Middle East conflict, the clash of religious creeds, and at the dangers of an oil-based economy that feeds on war, runaway debt, and environmental pollution. In the novel's fully realized, complex characters, readers will find themselves embodied, along with their own fears, hopes, and longings for a life that fulfills the needs not just of the body, but of the mind and spirit.
The author, Barbara Rogers, PhD. has published both fiction and non-fiction on subjects ranging from Jungian Psychology to history, including her 2011 novel of the Dark Ages, The Ring and the Cross, which combines history, religion, and mythology and is set in a time as chaotic as our own.
SpiritBooks publishes fiction for discerning readers who want to learn and grow as they read.
Other books include: Yeshua's Dog (Jesus finds a stray to share his ministry), and Moon Blue (a WW II veteran battles PTSD).
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