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The Book of Jotham Paperback – March 7, 2013
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Arthur received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, three annual awards for short fiction from the Catholic Press Association, and 2nd place in the 2008 Tom Howard Fiction Contest. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many magazines & anthologies. He is the author of A Hero For The People: Stories From The Brazilian Backlands (Press 53, 2013) - winner of the 2014 Catholic Arts & Literature Award - and of The Book of Jotham (Tuscany Press, 2013) - winner of the 2012 Tuscany Novella Prize. He is Judge of the 2014 & 2015 Tom Howard/John Reid Short Fiction & Essay Contests, and of the 2015 Dappled Things J.F. Powers Short Story Contest.
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"It is not whether we are intelligent, but in what way we are intelligent. Jotham sees things others cannot see." Those words from Arthur Powers' notes are the underpinnings of his prize-winning novella, The Book of Jotham.
The Book of Jotham takes place in the time just before and after the death of Jesus. Jotham, a mentally challenged child, hears himself described as "big as a house, stupid as a donkey," yet the reader comes to see that he is gifted with an innate ability to understand with his heart. Very skillfully, Powers allows Jotham to tell his story, using simple perceptions of opposites--cold or warm, up or down, empty or full, light or dark, good or evil.
The story begins when the child is told that his beloved mother has died. Except he doesn't understand death. He feels the absence of his mother's warmth, and the cold, distance of his father who has always looked upon Jotham as a punishment. Out of emptiness, Jotham searches for his mother, associating her with light. He stumbles upon a crowd of people from which comes the brightest light he's ever seen--Jesus. And Jotham falls in love.
Though his apostles oppose it, Jesus baptizes Jotham, and the `idiot' child, himself, becomes a parable from Jesus about those who see the misshapen, awkward, and ugly with only their eyes, and not with the higher understanding of their hearts. Jotham is so in love with Jesus that he not only senses, and even experiences, Jesus's pain during the Crucifixion, but also His joy in the Resurrection. The book is a gem for anyone serious about a genuine, loving relationship with God.
I could not put this book down; nor afterward get Jotham out of my mind.
Our journey with Jotham includes his participation in the the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. His simple take on the charity of Christ adds a sense of reality to the miracle. We are with him as Peter shares his sandals and introduces Thomas. We are privy to Jotham's relationship with a lost and confused Judas whose betrayal of Christ destroys. Yet, the most profound relationship that Jotham develops, excluding that with his Abba, is the one he develops with Mary. Her compassion toward Jotham is revealed not only in her kindness, but in the glow of the Christ-light that grows in her. Jotham can see that light of Christ as it is transferred from the source of all light to those who follow his ways. It is a powerful explanation of how the Holy Spirit places the light of Christ into each individual believer. If only we, like Jotham, had the gift of seeing Christ in others.
So few see the light as Jotham does. So few see the love that Abba (Jesus) has for his slow- minded creation.Read more ›
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A story for all ages for all time. A reminder that God is creator of all and all are beautiful I his sight. It is only we who put limits on people. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Deanna Klingel
I greatly enjoyed my afternoon reading The Book of Jotham. From the first page, the reader is able to experience the life of Jotham, his senses, his intuition, and most... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Molly Scanlon
What can I say other than keep tissues handy. This is historical fiction at its finest. This story brings you right into the life of the main character, into his thoughts and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by K. Ann Seeton
I am old enough to have learn to love the The Lord with all my mind, heart and soul. This book reminds us to love Jesus with our heart firstPublished 21 months ago by Polega
Arthur Powers spent decades contemplating this novella which is a poetic tribute to those with intellectual disabilities. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Leticia Velasquez
A different writing style, but it's rhythm is compelling as well as comforting. Sometimes we all have problems putting our feelings into words and sometimes all we can do is simply... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Susan
This was a moving book that drew me into an illustration of a concept that is either mocked or championed in our current culture: the value of the "incapable. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Erin McCole Cupp
In the simplest way, these words show the difference between those who love God, those who don't and those who don't get it. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by dancingcrane