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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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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 (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Many writers are good and some writers are talented. The rare writer is both but also has a cadence, a rhythm, and an almost lyrical quality to his verse. Arthur Powers is one of those rare authors. In his new novella, The Book of Jotham, he invites us into the song of Jotham, the tale of a mentally-challenged man who lives in the time of Christ. We travel in Jotham's mind, understanding as he understands, walking as he walks, being ridiculed as he is belittled for his limited comprehension of life. We are with Jotham when, failing to perceive his mother's death, we see his vision of the 'light' fading from his life. We are with him when he wanders to the city, and when he finds 'Abba' a new source of light to guide his life.

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.
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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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