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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Tuscany Press (March 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939627001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939627001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ARTHUR POWERS is himself a convert to Catholicism. After spending much time in Brazil in the Peace Corps, working with those for whom the Catholic faith is woven into life, and after meeting a woman who eventually became his wife, he came to question his very rational agnosticism. Powers was baptized into the Roman Catholic faith in 1976 as a thoughtful, aware adult of 29 years.

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Arthur Powers went to Brazil in 1969 and lived most his adult life there. From 1985 to 1997, he and his wife served with the Franciscan Friars in the Amazon, doing pastoral work and organizing subsistence farmers and rural workers' unions in a region of violent land conflicts. The Powers currently live in Raleigh North Carolina.

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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I was particularly impressed by the writing skills of the author.
Jean Todd
The love and acceptance that Jotham felt when around Jesus is something we can all feel if we just open our hearts to his love.
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It is a powerful explanation of how the Holy Spirit places the light of Christ into each individual believer.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kaye Park Hinckley on January 22, 2013
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The Book of Jotham

"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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom K on January 21, 2013
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The Book of Jotham, a unique piece of faith filled storytelling from our gospel tales. Jotham, in the childlike voice of the man-sized narrator who's simplistic love, pierces your heart over and over. Throughout, the reader is transfixed to see Jesus through Jotham's lens which is focused on His spiritual light shown on our human darkness.
I could not put this book down; nor afterward get Jotham out of my mind.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2013
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This is a unique and moving book. Powers immediately grabbed my attention with his personal, introductory note, in which he describes himself as someone who was once perhaps overly concerned with his intellectual side, and how his attitude and views on this had to change once he considered how those with mental disabilities might appear in the eyes of God. That in itself is insightful, but the idea of flipping the whole thing around, and looking at the life and person of Jesus through the eyes and experiences of a mentally disabled man is nothing short of brilliant, not to mention deeply moving and illuminating. Powers writes with great respect for his characters, really bringing them to life and opening up their inner being to the reader. This is a beautifully, expertly told tale that will stay with you long after finishing the book. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Schmeidler on January 24, 2013
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I just read the Book of Jotham--it is a FAST READ, so there is NO excuse not to experience this book! :) Within the first few pages I knew that I, too, was Jotham. I was experiencing many of his emotions, only in a different time and space. His wounded heart was my wounded heart. His tears, my tears. In the space of just moments I was filled with hope, transported to a different space and time where I, too, could imagine what it would feel like to walk in the Presence of God. To see His Light. To feel His touch. When Jotham cried ABBA, I cried ABBA. It was like being there, at the cross, unable to help my Jesus. Then, just like in real life, He came to me, just like He came to Jotham. His hope filled my being. I was assured, once again, that God was aware of my own trials, my own rejection, my own pain. Like Jotham, I can feel joy in the knowing that Christ is triumphant, over all. God bless you for writing this beautiful piece of work, Arthur. Keep up the good work...the world needs you. I highly recommend this book for the Lenten Season...It is AWESOME!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ann Frailey on January 22, 2013
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Reading The Book of Jotham is a powerful and life changing event. I really felt drawn into the story and actually believed that I could see out of Jotham's eyes. This is a masterpiece of writing and deserves to become a classic. Educators as well as writers would do well to read and ponder this book and consider the skill it took to take such simple language and weave truly amazing imagery. As a Catholic I know the story of Christ's life on earth very well but this book looks at the same events through the eyes of perfect innocence and uncomplicated honesty which see what few of us can still see - kind of like the children who can still hear the jingle of reindeer bells on Christmas morning in The Polar Express. Some men and women are born without the capacity to understand highly educated thought but they can see and understand that which too many of us have become blind and deaf to. The Book of Jotham takes the reader on a journey through a noble soul and you will never be the same afterwards.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen C. Techler on March 11, 2013
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I am reading The Book of Jotham for the second time, seeing Jesus through the eyes of Jotham. There is much to meditate on. I'm sure this will be one of several books on my Kindle that I keep going back to. It would make the perfect gift for parents of a child the world might deem less than perfect.
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