"By the Rivers of Babylon" explores the early life of the prophet Ezekiel, tracing his journey from childhood through his time in the Temple to the Babylonian Captivity. This novel delves into Ezekiel's experiences among the Jewish exiles as they endeavor to build a new life along the River Chebar, striving to remain faithful without the Temple and to discern the forces threatening their faith. Michael D. O'Brien offers an intimate look into the formation of a prophet, providing insights into Ezekiel's mission to rally his people from the brink of destruction. Through vivid storytelling and rich historical context, O'Brien presents a compelling narrative of resilience, faith, and divine calling.
Both his written work and visual art have been reviewed and reproduced widely. He is an author of several books, notably his seven volume series of novels published by Ignatius Press of San Francisco. The first volume, Father Elijah, published in 1996, has sold more than 40,000 copies in hardcover, and subsequent novels have also sold well.