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Alabaster Paperback – March 28, 2017
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"Imaginative, authentic, and evocative. A powerful narrative beautifully told." -- Gerard Kelly, author of The Boy Who Loved Rain
About the Author
Chris Aslan was born in Turkey and grew up in Beirut and wrote A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road--part memoir, part travelogue about life in Uzbekistan. He is currently lecturing on textiles, tour-guiding around Central Asia, and studying in Oxford for Anglican ordination.
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I will say - this novel deals with real life issues, many of which are particularly prevalent in honor/shame cultures, but also happen (on different levels maybe) in western cultures. It deals with subjects like rape, domestic abuse, and even public execution - letting the raw truth speak for itself, but without being crass or unnecessarily graphic. I would say if you've comfortably read Francine Rivers, you're in similar territory here. And just like her, the author doesn't leave the characters in a place of tragedy - they do find their way to hope and healing. They still have to deal with the realistic consequences of their past trauma and/or choices, but they do come out transformed.
Having spent some time in Central Asia like Chris, I know that the themes and issues presented are very real and relevant. I think that's what made this novel so glorious to me. It could be written about life in the 1st century Middle East, as well as a current-day village life in Central Asia. Its timelessness makes it even more brilliant to me.
Finally - the depth of the characters and the pure poetry of the writing were powerful, transporting me into the heroine's world effortlessly. I couldn't get her or her situation out of my mind, even days after finishing the novel. This is a book I would re-read (not so usual for me), because of its beauty and message of hope. Very happy to recommend it for others! Bravo, Chris - bravo!
I especially liked the portrayal of the breaking of the Alabaster Vase and the Anointing of Jesus's feet. The emotions of that event challenged my heart to greater Love for the Savior.
I can't think of anything that I particularly disliked in the book, except I hated to see the father die without experiencing healing. However, that would have distorted the Biblical account.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction.
Thank you Chris, for blessing my heart through this book.
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This is one of my favorite stories within the gospels.Read more
By Chris Aslan
𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒎𝒐𝒔𝒕
𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐
Alabaster is a moving story that...Read more