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The Voice (Immanu'El Book 2) Paperback – January 18, 2013
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From the Author
I wrote The Voice during a wilderness experience. For the first time in over twenty years I found myself living alone, and not entirely by choice. Feeling unloved and unlovable, I cried myself to sleep every night for two months, and then one day as I was driving home from work I began to murmur: "My birth was announced by an angel. To fully appreciate the irony of this, you must understand that my father and his father and his father's father were all Sadducees..."
My school had just purchased a MacBook for me, with the instruction that I "play around with it" over the summer, so I set it up next to my living room window and began to type those words I'd rehearsed all the way home. And I kept typing. And typing. Some days I got so wrapped up in the story that began to develop that I forgot to eat. I'd write for twenty hours, fall asleep on the floor beside my laptop, and then shake myself awake to write some more. Once, in a daze, I picked up the phone and dialed the first number that came into my head. "What day is it?" I asked the person who answered. (I really had no idea.)
Telling Yochanan's story was cathartic for me. As he learned to be alone, so did I. As he fell in love with God, so did I. As he received healing, so did I. Reading his story, it turns out, has been equally cathartic for many people who are going through the trauma of divorce. How ironic, that a story about a man who a) never married, b) never divorced, and c) never even had a girlfriend would prove to minister so profoundly to this particular demographic! Yet over and over again people who are learning to be alone following a painful breakup have told me that this book touched them deeply.
About the Author
D. L. Maynard has been madly in love with Yeshua (Jesus) for over twenty years. A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, Dee is also on the staff of LifePointe Ministries, a tour guide, and the mother of two boys who serve as the inspiration for several of her characters. She owes a huge debt of gratitude to Bill Jamison and Bruce Marchiano for their contributions to her writing. The rest of her thanks are (hopefully) paid to date, though she does keep a running tab with most of her friends!
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I don't usually underline sentences or paragraphs in the novels I read. However, in this case, I came upon something that struck me so, that I wanted to be able to come back to it again. On page 219, Yeshua says to John the Baptist, "Your work in this world is to prophesy-but your purpose is to delight in God and to delight in Him as He does in you... you've been struggling to be at peace with your work. Why? Your work like mine is not one with which a man can be at peace. It is a work filled with anguish...If your work comes between you and your purpose, lay it down. Lay it down! Cut your hair, go marry ...have children, grow old in peace! Fulfill your purpose!"
John's response to this deeply personal admonition (p 221), "I was free to choose. I could walk away-and God would receive my choice as an act of worship, stay- and God would receive my choice as an act of worship. The paradox was more than I could grasp, yet I was able to touch it once, briefly, before it slipped away from me."
If we agree with the great historic confessions of the faith, "that God ordains whatsoever comes to pass", how our choices and how His ordained will interplay is a mystery. As one writer from the last century wrote, "Part of His will is that our wills should enter into His".
This type of query is something of which we all eventually ponder. With John ("Yochanan"), we find ourselves in good company.
The Voice equals The Carpenter in its depth, realism and emersion in 1st century Palestinian culture. The reader will learn a lot. The action accelerates quickly and is more intensely focused, even more so than in the first novel!
I highly recommended The Voice by D.L. Maynard.
Pain, loss, anger and evil are brought vividly to life. Life and joy are the gifts proven through scripture that GOD wants for us all. The relationships of these Biblical figures of over 2,000 yrs ago are brought to life with all their foiables and fears of the human condition.
This book has been a lesson and a blessing that I shall reread throughout my life. I am thankful for each page.
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