- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: AnotherView Publishing (October 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0978856503
- ISBN-13: 978-0978856502
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
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"Schade has combined, so eloquently, the facts of many major global religions and woven them into a tender, inspiring and heartfelt novel." --Catherine Bradford: Host The Wellness Roadshow - Searching for the Whole Being
"Schade's eloquent and engaging approach to a highly debatable subject matter compels the reader to become involved in the work." --Editors Choice Award iUniverse ...
"Extremely well written, Schade's prose is priceless, and his subject matter forces each of us to explore beneath the surface of man's purpose and direction in difficult times." --Denise M. Clark: Author and Editor
From the Back Cover
A layman's odyssey every 'open-minded' Atheist, Jew, Christian, Muslim, Agnostic or Spiritual seeker must read!
[Semi-NonFiction] Scriptural realities illuminate this mythical journey to discover the truth about God
· Engaging, educational and compassionate - based on religious facts
· A fictional bridge to the more comprehensive and non-fictional viewpoints
on God, Religion, Secular and Spiritual values
· Unbiased introduction to the deep-seated strife between and within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
· Challenges each reader to reflect on their personal faith, or non-belief, and tolerance of others with differing views
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Jacob's travels takes to the road, where three of the world's major religions will be questioned and grilled, as the grieving father tasks the knowledge and beliefs of the leaders in hopes of finding, "How could God let my child die?".
As each guide on the road gives their view of "God" and who "He" is, Jacob tries to piece together the "who, what, why, where and how" of why a so-called loving God could let his young daughter die. The reader is put in the back seat as Jacob maneuvers his way through Christianity, Islam and Judaism-- Who has the answer? Jacob has his notebook and notes ready, as he questions the different religions, which sometimes holds tens, and often hundreds, of off-shoots with different beliefs and ideologies.
The reader is taken on a journey, and often wishes he or she could lend a hand and ask questions of the religious leaders themselves, just to help Jacob out. But, Jacob is ahead of the game and asks all guides the right questions; but does Jacob get the answer he is looking for?
This is a must read for anyone who has ever questioned God during a time of distress or grief. This book is also a primer for anyone who has not stepped out of their own religious beliefs and learned of the sincere understanding of other's spiritual walks in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The reader will be informed as they take this journey with a desperate father looking for an answer.
Who does Jacob believe has the right answer? Will Jacob's confusion be cleared up? This is a great read for anyone wanting more information themselves, or simply wanting to read of another's quest, which won't leave the reader disappointed.
Jacob's journey takes him down major thoroughfares marked, in turn, "The Road to Christianity," "The Road to Islam," and the "Road to Judaism." As he travels these roads to seek out authorities he can question about each faith, he also takes many of the paths that branch off of the main roads: Roman Catholicism vs. Protestantism (and its many subpaths) vs. Mormonism; Sunni vs. Shi'a Islam, etc.). On each road or path Jacob visits the person other travelers recommend to him as being articulate spokespersons for their faith. He begins by visiting a priest friend he has known for years.
Although the "roads traveled" resemble a mythical quest, Jacob's conversations as a seeker are never simply academic exercises. He asks probing, insightful questions, listens carefully to the responses, and is quick to point out inconsistencies in his host's explanations. Neither are the religious authorities Jacob visits wooden characters. They come across as flesh-and-blood human beings, dedicated to their particular faith and patient in their responses to Jacob's respectful, but sometimes confrontational, line of questioning.
An example of the humanity of the book is when, during Jacob's talk with his priest friend, a Roman Catholic Cardinal stops to visit the priest and turns out to be the former Catholic school principal who put the fear of God into Jacob years ago when Jacob was in a Catholic school. At another time Jacob is embarrassed to learn that the revered Islamic scholar he inquires about turns out to be the woman he asks for directions in a library.
Schade's most remarkable achievement is that the authorities Jacob seeks out and questions, in addition to being extremely knowledgeable and articulate about their beliefs, all come across, with the exception of an extreme fundamentalist here and there, as compassionate, likeable characters Jacob ends up respecting and considering friends after he has grilled them about their beliefs. Indeed, the reader comes away with great respect for the intellectual integrity of even the one atheist Jacob encounters.
This book could only have been written after years of diligent research into the beliefs of the major religions covered (and their offshoots). One could read this book simply as an engaging story, but it is also an excellent summation of what adherents of these faiths believe. Anyone interested in religion will find this book fascinating.
Did Jacob find the assurances he was looking for on his journey? Did he have the direct encounter with God he so desperately sought? You'll just have to read the book to find out.
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