Sunday, August 18, 2013

Review: The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout by William Jefferson

 Book Blurb

SEARCHING for peace and inspiration, Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze travel to the Isle of Estillyen—a distant harbor known for bringing ancient words of worth to the present. Their lives become unexpectedly and inseparably intertwined with the reclusive Oban Ironbout—and a mystery from the past that will transform them all. It is a tale of pain…and redemption. “In his breakout novel of spiritual revelation, William E. Jefferson invites readers on a journey of discovery where ‘joy and meaning break through pain.’ The author’s writing is skilled, poetic, and reminiscent of the classical period. This is a book to savor, not to gulp.… “The style is allegorical in part reminiscent of John Bunyan and C.S. Lewis. The ‘readings’ hearken to Donne and Milton as well. The themes are deep. Discerning readers will be drawn into the mystery surrounding Ironbout’s tortured soul. The readings interspersed throughout the story offer a unique presentation of the Gospel via the ongoing struggle between the forces of darkness and light, and the necessity for the solution in the ‘Word made flesh.’” —Blue Ink review “In this intelligent and heartfelt novel, a community of monks offer ‘readings’ that powerfully illuminate the words of the Bible for a modern audience. It is a compelling tale told by a gifted and inspired storyteller. Author William Jefferson weaves the threads of his story deftly and often poetically, shaping phrases with a lilting rhythm that evokes the cadences of storytellers of old and enhances the aura of mystery that surrounds Estillyen and its inhabitants. The ‘readings’ powerfully illuminate the words of the Bible for a modern audience.” —Clarion Reviews

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Author Info

William Jefferson, founder of Port Estillyen Productions and author of the breakthrough new novel, 'The Point - The Redemption of Oban Ironbout', has spent his professional career advancing Scripture mission programs through diverse forms of media. After 25 years of strategic leadership on behalf of well-known Bible societies and evangelization organizations, Jefferson is uniquely positioned to present Scripture's ancient truths, in a modern context of media and culture.

Prior to authoring 'The Point', Jefferson helped to structure and implement global initiatives and programs for prominent organizations such as the American Bible Society, United Bible Societies, the International Bible Society (Biblica), and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He holds an M.Th. in Theology and Media from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in Communications from Wheaton Graduate School.
With his novel, 'The Point - The Redemption of Oban Ironbout', Jefferson shares much of the wisdom that he has gleaned during his career: that words matter, that every human being has innate worth, and that Christ alone is the perfect union of Medium and Message.
William Jefferson's preferred title is simply "Message Maker." He writes from his rural home in the Ozarks, where he lives with his wife, Lois, and Border collie, Archie.

My Review

(Written and Provided by Amber McCallister)

The Point is an unassuming yet powerful story that both instructs and captivates its audience.  This story is mesmerizing in its ability to speak peace and comfort to your heart while opening your mind to the truth of the redemption of mankind.  Intricately interwoven throughout is the redemption story which is presented with a freshness and vitality that will attract even the most complacent of heart.

We are introduced to a young couple named Goodwin and Hollie Macbreeze who are taking some time away from their life to find a respite and to gather some wisdom for what is ahead of them. They find themselves at the timeless and enchanting Isle of Estillyen which has more in store for them than just a time of peace and reflection. Hollie and Goodwin stumble upon a hidden treasure while searching for something else. They must decide how to react to the unexpected events that unfold before them.

Life is not always easy and fun, and it is even harder and more complex when we leave out the One who created and loves us. He knows the trouble that we have to deal with, and He quietly implores us to allow Him to come into our heart and help to make things a little easier for us. Only He can impart true peace and equip us for the path that is laid before us.

William Jefferson will delight and entertain you with his unique approach to the telling of the redemption story. His musical and whimsical words will put your head in a tizzy and flood your heart with God’s love and peace. This is one story that will speak volumes to your heart and bring a deeper understanding to God’s love and grace. Jefferson is a brilliant and talented wordsmith, and his story has deeply touched my heart. Anyone who reads this book will never be the same, think the same, or love the same again.

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