From Afar

From Afar

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Book Summary:

The Magi, or Three Kings, of the Nativity story are among the best loved yet most mysterious figures in all history. The fleeting and sparse account in St. Matthew's Gospel raises as many questions as it answers. It has been so embroidered over the centuries that the original historical context has been almost completely buried. Yet the world of the early first century was as dynamic and intriguing as any legend - and much more perilous.

In his compelling novelization of the journey of the Magi, Roger Thomas draws on Scripture, history, and modern research. This swift-moving tale brings these shadowed figures to vivid life. You meet them as men of their time and culture: learned and noble, yet experienced with a brutal world and even violent when necessary. Come with them as they search for a King they do not understand, and seek for answers to questions lying in the deepest parts of their souls - providing they survive the dangers of the journey.

"From Afar is expertly written, carefully crafted and fast moving. Battle scenes... heightened the action, and the final meeting in Bethlehem was tender, majestic, and moving---just as it should be." - Fr. Dwight Longenecker

About the Author:
Roger Thomas

Roger Thomas is a self-employed computer consultant and corporate instructor who lives in Michigan with his wife Ellen. They have raised six children and are now helping those children raise their 14 (at last count) grandchildren. He loves reading, especially works by the Inklings, and baking bread to enjoy with homemade grape jam. From Afar is his third book.

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From Afar
5 Stars Perfect Advent or Christmas read
on December 20, 2016
I like historical fiction, with Biblical settings or the Roman Empire being favorites. This story has both. I enjoyed the ideas the author puts to the magi and the stars, the dialogs with Mary and Joseph (deepening their characters beyond the usual; I welcome the that), and learned a few things along the way. This could become an annual read for me.
From Afar
5 Stars Deeply Interesting
on February 13, 2017
This book made the story of the 3 Wise Men come alive! These biblical characters were an important part of the Nativity story but, other than that, I never could quite understand them. This book was rich in authenticity, drama, intrigue and plausibility. I wish there were another one just like it to read.
From Afar
5 Stars Makes one consider the details
on January 29, 2017
This is a very interesting work of historical fiction. It makes apparent implicit details in the journey of the Magi and reflects on the motives for that journey. Perhaps seeing the infant of the star change the three of them will in some small way change us as well.
From Afar
4 Stars Very enjoyable
on October 30, 2016
I enjoyed this book very much. It presents a believable narrative of why the Magi felt compelled to journey to Bethlehem, and what that journey might have been like.