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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. Yet, as we think of Jotham as limited, this powerful author shows us that we are the limited. We are limited by our fear, our intelligence, our greed, and our sin. To truly see the pure light that Jotham does, we need to have the pure heart that he possesses. In this short magical read, Powers weaves us the story of a man who processes more than we ever will. A pure, simple, and loving heart that is drawn to the light of Christ without impediment. This is a powerful journey that we take with Jotham - a journey to the truth. Love is more powerful than any knowledge or pride we may have. And the love of Christ is the most powerful love of all. Bravo! Arthur Powers for The Book of Jotham, this is more than just a tale. It is a love song you have created. I highly recommend this book!
The title character of Arthur Powers' fine novella is an adult retarded man who found himself following Christ. It is an attempt of the author to get inside the head...and heart...of Jotham, as he experiences Christ's saving power, as he experiences the gentleness of Christ's mother Mary, and the pain he feels at Christ's suffering and crucifixion, and the subsequent experience of grace at Christ's resurrection and the descent of the Holy Spirit.
The affective experience is what is important to Jotham. This book reiterates, in narrative form, what Benedict XIII has been trying to tell the world...Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations, Christianity is not a manufactured myth--Christianity is an experience and relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Jotham has all his needs. He did not need a healing miracle, he was happy and satisfied with the living experience of Christ.
One rarely reads a novel that one can describe as a meditation. But The Book of Jotham is exactly that.
"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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