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The Gospel According to Yeshua's Cat (Yeshua's Cats Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C. L. Francisco
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Book Description

The Gospel According to Yeshua’s Cat



What if a cat told the story of Jesus of Nazareth?  



Maybe you'd listen. Cats don't often share their thoughts.

What if a cat’s memories preserved a picture of Jesus lost by the early church long ago in its struggles to survive?

You’d find no dogma, only a cat’s simple love—and that’s a new story altogether.


Here's what readers are saying:

“Imagine if the author of Watership Down had written The Shack!”

“For the first time, I finally understand what the point, the power, and the beauty of “he is risen” is about - hey, it only took 50 years and a cat to translate!”

“I know of one person who would have loved this book—and that is C. S. Lewis . . . A delightful combination of simplicity and deep theological insight.”

“The words left the pages and entered my heart, soul and spirit. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.”


The story of Yeshua's Cat

Mari is a cat living by her claws on the fringes of the Judean desert. Yeshua ben Yosef is a man with healing hands, seeking solitude in the wastes beyond Qumran. 



Their paths cross when Yeshua drives away a pack of wild dogs and rescues the wounded cat, carrying her in his arms to a wadi where he settles to pray. An unusual friendship grows up between them, deepened by Yeshua’s ability to speak with animals, and when he leaves the wilderness, she rides with him, hidden in a sling beneath his robe. More than any other, she is Yeshua’s companion in the quiet times. 



Mari narrates the life of Jesus of Nazareth from a cat’s eye-view, frequently losing the thread of his teaching as she drowses, focusing instead on their times alone. When crowds press close for healing, she withdraws behind the folds of his robes. On her own, she pursues a friendship with Mary Magdalene,and looks on as Yeshua transforms the very elements of Earth in his miracles.




Mari loves Yeshua beyond the wont of cats. But in loving him, she discovers loneliness and fear of loss. How can a cat who lives in the eternal Now cope with sudden awareness of the future, with all its uncertainty and pain? 



Still, in the end, all roads lead to the Passover festival in Jerusalem, where Mari experiences depths of wonder unsuspected by those caught up in the tumult around her. 



“Behold, I do a new thing: see, it springs forth from the bud! Can you not perceive it? Even the beasts of the field will glorify Me.”


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Editorial Reviews

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"As a thoughtful, loving, and gentle portrayal of the life of Jesus, The Gospel According to Yeshua's Cat succeeds. . . an ideal balance for a theological work." 
Indie Reader approved4 1/2 stars!  
                                                            -- Indie Reader


"Yeshua's Cat has a charm that most religious fiction doesn't pull off - it's an original idea that works well in its genre and will appeal to Bible readers and cat lovers alike. The day-to-day detail of what it was to be alive in such an ancient culture is intricate and visually stimulating . . .Through the eyes of a cat, details of Yeshua's life and times are elegantly described to the reader for an especially spiritual Mashup Fiction experience . . . 4 1/3 stars!"
                                                           -- Self Publishing Review


"A biography of Jesus of Nazareth from the viewpoint of a cat who travels hidden in his robes . . ."
                                                          -- Publishers Weekly


"Told in a very unique way through the eyes of a bright insightful cat. Listen to her words, hear her voice and smile. The final ending you need to read for yourself in this outstanding book."
                                                          -- Just Reviews, Fran Lewis


"This inspirational book is heartwarming and enlightening."
                                                         -- Kristi's Book Nook, Kristi Bernard

From the Author

Although nothing can compare with the excitement of diving into a new research project, I've always chosen fiction for my downtime reading. My favorites are fantasy, science fiction, and mystery, although I have an inexplicable weakness for several books by Elizabeth Goudge. Fiction sneaks up on me, gets under my guard, and touches my heart in a way that non-fiction just can't. It opens up new possibilities and sets me dreaming. Books that have been life-changing for me have always been fiction, most noticeably books by C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams. That's probably why I chose to write a book like Yeshua's Cat.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2039 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: C. L. Francisco (January 13, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cat For All Seasons October 9, 2013
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Possibly the most original extra-biblical account of Jesus' life I've ever read! (Okay-- the author's my sister, but it's still true.) It's fresh, and Mari's (the cat's) perspective is objective and clear, without all the baggage of a human trying to tell the same story. New Testament characters that were previously rather dry and opaque become remarkably alive as they are seen through the eyes of a cat, especially when they react to her. Though obviously a fantasy, I had no problem at all believing that such communication was possible. The truths communicated are no less eternal when seen through an animal's eyes. This book really does stand with such fiction as C.S Lewis' books. An enjoyable, fascinating read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Gospel according to Yeshua's cat is one the more refreshing, accessible, and human tellings of an often misused and misunderstood text. It's wonderfully ironic that God has used donkeys, murderers, and outcasts of every kind to lead people to His love. I guess It's perfectly fitting and within character to now see Him alive through the eyes of a lowly cat! C.L. Francisco has written a modern-classic of christian thought, yet far less stuffy and far more insightful. It's well worth the read.
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CL Francisco has created an astonishing tale of the Gospel from the point of view of a little cat who is tucked in the robes of Jesus. It is like Narnia and the Shack, and yet all its own. Amazing. You will need Kleenex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cat-Like Simplicity October 11, 2013
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He rescued her from a pack of wild dogs and gave her the gift of language. Now Mari tells of her life with Jesus. Her simple trust serves as a model for the kind of faith that changes hearts.

The author deftly weaves insightful translations of well-known passages from the gospels, characters from her own imagination, and a story of devotion between a man and a cat. While the book touches on themes such as hatred and marginalization, God's deep love and compassion shine throughout it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts things in perspective October 22, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The strangest thing is that it seems to focus me on Jesus's real message far better than any of my other religious training. Some will say that it is blasphemy, but if it helps even one person, it can not be bad. Read it and see if it opens you mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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My copy of The Gospel according to Yeshua's Cat arrived yesterday and it is beyond wonderful! It was recommended by a friend on Facebook, and I can't thank her enough for recommending it!
As a founder of a local cat rescue organization and a wannabe writer, this is the book I wanted to write; but only someone with a very special, sweet, sweet spirit could have written it.
I am only in chapter 9, because I want to savor every word. So far, I have cried, laughed, nodded knowingly as Mari the cat recounted her travels and her conversations with Yeshua. This author has completely captured the true nature of cats, as well as that of Yeshua within the pages of this book. Much like C.S. Lewis in his Chronicles of Narnia, C.L. Francisco has written a book that transcends the age category of the reader.
I will write a further review after I have finished, but this is one book I can recommend, without reservation, while not even half way through the reading of it! I already know this will be my gift of choice for all my closest friends. My first gift copy will arrive today for my sister's 58th birthday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read. . . . November 19, 2013
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I know of one person who would have loved this book -- and that is C.S. Lewis. "Yeshua's Cat" is written in the style of Lewis's Christian Fantasy Series and is a delightful and refreshing combination of simplicity and deep theological insight. The story is the same as what is presented in the Gospels, just seen from a different perspective. While it can't be said with certainty that Jesus did have a pet cat, there is nothing in the story that is in the least contrary to the picture the scriptures paint of the Master's Journey into time and space. At the very least, there are multiple references in the Old Testament to animals speaking with humans!

The book needs to be consumed in small doses. . .perhaps a chapter a day, to allow the reader to reflect on and digest the nuggets of truth that are found on every page.

There was one question I had upon finishing the book. . . and that was whether the author could possibly come up with a second book anywhere near as good as this one. . .hopefully, the answer is "yes"!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Put Down November 19, 2013
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Wonderfully interesting book that captures your attention from beginning to end. Hated for the book to end as I really enjoyed reading and learning from a different perspective.
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Yeshua's Cat is a very touching experience, giving the reader a chance to walk with Christ in a new way. The story of the times of Christ's teaching in a close, familiar framework
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The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John as told by a cat. And it works. It's a wonderful book. I recommend it to anyone who is the least bit interested in the Bible. Read more
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More About the Author

C. L. Francisco has always chosen fiction for her downtime reading: "Fiction sneaks up on me, gets under my guard, and touches my heart in a way that non-fiction can't," she says. "It opens up new possibilities and sets me dreaming. For me, life-changing books have always been fiction. That's probably why I chose to write a book like Yeshua's Cat."

Retired college professor C. L. Francisco's faith reemerged several years ago after a time of radical doubt. Her conservative Christian upbringing, undergraduate years at Mount Holyoke College, year's stay at L'Abri, early career years in art therapy, and PhD in world religions had all contributed to her confusion. But as a woman whose life had always been grounded in faith, she struggled to find her way again. Oddly enough, the voice of non-human nature spoke more clearly than any other--except for C. S. Lewis' fiction, which she never abandoned. The whispers were faint at first, and often resulted in dead ends, but when they finally spoke clear, she found herself in the presence of the Christ who lives beyond all walls.

The Gospel According to Yeshua's Cat emerged from Francisco's desire to offer fellow strugglers a fresh perspective on Jesus of Nazareth. The book's feline narrator speaks with the wise voice of a young cat whose death after a devastating wildfire provided Francisco with the impetus to begin the book.

Francisco has gone on to write A Cat Out of Egypt, a stand-alone prequel to Yeshua's Cat, which introduces her original feline character's many-times great-grandmother Miw, beloved of the child Yeshua. A Cat Out of Egypt is due for release October 15, 2014.

She is currently working on a third novel in the series, The Cats of Rekem.

Visit her anytime at http://www.clfrancisco.com

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