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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.He is the author of Alabaster.
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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!
In Aslan's book, sisters Marta and Mariam have grown up without their mother, having only the woven rugs she created to remember her by. Managing the household included weaving and selling rugs as well as taking care of the family's olive grove. Until the fateful day when their father must choose between compassion and self-preservation. The decision he makes alters the course of their future.
Meanwhile, their brother Eliazar does little to offer any practical help. Immersed in his studies and all too quick to point out his sister's failures to uphold every last part of the law, a wedge begins to grow between the family. Eliazar is soon drawn away from home leaving his sisters without male protection. As a result, Mariam falls prey to the unwanted advances of a young man in her community.
The despair, poverty and lack of options for young women of the time is truly heart-breaking. In the midst of their struggles, the sisters meet the gentle, wise and loving teacher, Jesus. A man so unlike any other they have met. Marta and Mariam learn about a heavenly Father's love for them and that changes everything.
Alabaster offers a fresh perspective on the ministry of Jesus and his impact on those around him, I highly recommend this deeply moving book! As a word of caution, I would suggest an adult audience due to references to marital relations, domestic abuse, and violent forms of punishment for law breakers (accurate for the time period, but disturbing nonetheless).
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Alabaster from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.
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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