Yeshu: A Novel for the Open-Hearted

Yeshu: A Novel for the Open-Hearted

Yeshu A Novel for the Open Hearted In this Quaker retelling of the New Testament saga readers are invited in to experience the resonant silences in the written record by joining the storytelling carpenter Yeshu his young neighbors Da

  • Title: Yeshu: A Novel for the Open-Hearted
  • Author: Charles David Kleymeyer
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  • Page: 238
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  • In this Quaker retelling of the New Testament saga, readers are invited in to experience the resonant silences in the written record by joining the storytelling carpenter Yeshu, his young neighbors Daavi and Shoshana, and a band of fellow seekers as they travel through wilderness, village, and city in search of what is divine and what it means to be human Brimming with adIn this Quaker retelling of the New Testament saga, readers are invited in to experience the resonant silences in the written record by joining the storytelling carpenter Yeshu, his young neighbors Daavi and Shoshana, and a band of fellow seekers as they travel through wilderness, village, and city in search of what is divine and what it means to be human Brimming with adventure, laughter, and natural beauty, the quest they share forever alters their lives, and still impacts ours The brother and sister who are the eyes and ears of this telling step out of the obscurity of history to show us that the meaning of the public story we thought we knew eludes us until our personal story makes it our own Before Daavi can take his first footstep at Yeshu s side, Shoshana goes mysteriously missing, leading him on a search to save her that puts his own soul in the balance during his journeys with Yeshu and beyond When the novel opens, Daavi is a young lad helping out in his neighbor Yeshu s workshop He hands the carpenter tools and fetches him water from the village well In return, Yeshu tells Daavi stories Over time they forge a friendship that is deepened by the arrival of Yeshu s second cousin Yohanan, who wanders the wilderness, emerging from time to time to sing praises of the natural world and baptize seekers of the spirit Among those seekers are the lost soul Maria Magdalena and the exuberant Thunder Brothers, James and John They treat Daavi as their equal, and he blossoms The transformative impact of Yeshu s teachings and example are illuminated in the dilemmas facing Daavi and his friends, and in the choices they make and avoid They are challenged to embrace all living creatures as sacred, and the role of family and community are pitched against responsibility for the destiny of society Each of them must answer their questions personally, and Daavi s lifelong road to clarity of insight and effective action is neither level nor straight The novel s author is an award winning writer, poet, and applied sociologist with a lifetime of service to organizations and communities of low income ethnic groups throughout the Americas During a Fulbright in highland Ecuador, he produced a trilingual collection of documentary short stories in Spanish, Quechua, and English He has published six stories from the novel, one of which won an Award of Merit for Seasonal Article, from the Associated Church Press His professional publications include four books and 30 articles As a Creative Writing major at Stanford University, he studied under Wallace Stegner He then served in the Peace Corps in Peru, and earned an M.S in Sociology and a Ph.D in Development Studies from the University of Wisconsin His career in international grassroots development is still ongoing For five decades, the author has been a performing storyteller at folk festivals, spiritual retreats, Indian reservations, and on radio and television This avocation shaped his narrative voice, while his cross cultural international development work molded his philosophical and ethical outlook The life lessons and oral history techniques he learned from Indians and Blacks throughout the Americas have informed his vision of the teaching style and humanistic practices of the historical Jesus and other New Testament figures These lessons of love, compassionate service, and forgiveness were amplified by the author s long time spiritual commitment to the Religious Society of Friends Quakers His novel is intended for readers of all ages and spiritual backgrounds The author is the father of two adult children and a pre teen who have all served as his fiction editors He visits classrooms and libraries where he presents a self scripted, first person performance of Abraham Lincoln telling stories of his Indiana childhood.

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    While this book is described as a retelling of the New Testament, it is so much more. That is only the first of many layers. This book is a perfect for anyone (of any religion or no religion)who is on a quest to finding meaning in a hectic, frightening world. Through wonderful storytelling, Kleymeyer reminds us of the importance of compassion and caring for others and our environment, above all else. His story gives this message more power by showing us that through silence, being still and list [...]

    Hands down one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. The storytelling draws you in like a campfire on a cool summer night. This tale of growth, discovery, relationships, community, and love is certainly told with the artistry of a storyteller. Each chapter is a gem. Each sparkles with poetic beauty and some element of deep wisdom - you know, the kind a child can come up with at the breakfast table, dropping your jaw and making your day in one sweep. Or the kind that strikes you as you lo [...]

    This is a lovely book. It is written in simple language but the concepts are as eloquent and beautiful as the high ideals behind it. I feel like Yeshu does what Anne Rice attempted to do with her Christ the Lord books. Kleymeyer does it better than Rice does, as I found the Christ the Lord books to be stuffy and rather dull. Yeshu is readable and relatable. Perhaps there are those with deep seated convictions about the inerrancy of the Bible and who will be too steeped in their own interpretatio [...]

    *I have won this book from First Reads*I am just waiting for the book to arrive so I can read it then review it.

    Michelangelo is supposed to have said that he could look at a block of marble and see within it a sculpture waiting to be revealed if he would just chip away the unnecessary parts. I thought about that image often while reading this book. There is a good novel in there -- but it is imprisoned within a whole lot of extra stuff that should be chipped away. The "extra stuff" is not bad material, any more than the chipped-away marble is of poorer quality than the marble that composes the angel insid [...]

    Coming in a bit long at 582 pages, I wasn't sure what to expect as I began reading Yeshu. In some ways, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Yeshu is the story of Jesus told through the eyes of a young boy named David who grows up in Nazareth and counts Jesus as a friend even before his ministry begins. The first half of the book recounts fictional events to fill in some of Jesus' life before his ministry begins, and the second shows his ministry through new eyes.Yeshu does an amazing job [...]

    What would it have been like to be a neighbor and friend of Jesus when he was a young man--working as a carpenter, immersed in village life, gradually growing into the spiritual depth that would lead him to his ministry? And what would those years of wandering ministry have felt like to a teenage boy from Nazareth—Jesus’ neighbor—who was welcomed to follow along with the disciples?This rich, wonderful book answers those questions. I highly recommend it! It’s packed with realistic detail [...]

    First of all, does anyone remember a book called I Am Aram? I feel positive I read it 15 or 20 years ago, and Yeshu reminded me so much of the family life in that story. But the internet tells me I Am Aram doesn't exist. Whatever I'm thinking of lived on our bookshelf at home, so maybe someone in my family can clue me in about what I'm thinking of?Back to the topic at hand, I knew the author of this book about a decade ago and remember him talking about Jesus's lost years --- apparently, after J [...]

    I received this book for free, with the agreement that I would read it and write a review on , as well as on . At first, I was intimidated by the book's length582 pages! But I quickly got into the story and am happy to rate it a solid five out of five.What was it like growing up in Jesus' time? What if you were a child and were actually able to be there when Jesus did his thing? How did his death change the world in the short term?Yeshu is a GREAT story. Many parts of Jesus' life and spiritual g [...]

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.I did not finish this book. Usually when I don't finish a book, I rate it with one or two stars. In this case, the book is well-written. The reason I did not finish it was the inner struggle I had with reading a fictional book about Jesus. I feel that what God intends me to know about Jesus I learn from the Bible and my experience. I did not read anything that I felt was inconsistent with what I know about Jesus. In fact, many moments felt q [...]

    Charles David Kleymeyer MS’70, PhD’73authorFrom the On Wisconsin magazine website, onwisconsin.uwalumni:Charles David Kleymeyer's retelling of the historical Jesus narrative — Yeshu: A Novel for the Open-Hearted (Quaker Heron Press) — won three national prizes for fiction in 2014. He wants the work to invite readers in, as a “storytelling Jewish carpenter touches humankind forever, and his wilderness-wandering cousin connects nature with the spirit” in journeys that “brim with univ [...]

    Ok so I received this book for free in exchange of an honest review. So at first I was like what did I get myself into. I gotta say this book is like 600 pages! But in the end, it was worth it. First of all, it's the story of Jesus through someone else's eyes. At the beginning, it was hard for me to really get into the story, but once I got into it, I was really into it. Kleymeyer has a simple way of writing so it was easy for me to understand. I learned a lot by reading this book. I learned how [...]

    A tale of discovery, growth, community ,relationships, and love Each chapter tells its own story. Kleymeyer reminds us we should show compassion and caring for others. While the book is described as a retelling of the New Testament, it is only one of many layers. If your on a quest to find meaning in this hectic world this is the perfect book for you. He shows us that through silence, listening for our inner voice we can find our path to compassion and be able to live in what may seem like chao' [...]

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