book launch: Voice of a Servant
And, at long last, this lovely retelling of the story of Naaman has been released into the world!
This story is accessible to middle grade readers but certainly not limited to that audience. And I've had students and adults alike come away from this text inspired to dig into the historical narratives of the Bible with renewed enthusiasm!
My heart in this work is to invite readers into biblical/historical narratives with both a commitment to upholding Truth and a vibrant, engaged Imagination.
It is mission critical that we come to the received Word with confidence in its Truth. Because it was written in a long-ago era, it's important we're willing to do a little research at times, in order to understand the relevant times and traditions and make sense of what's going on.
At the same time, we must remember these are stories. True stories, but stories nonetheless. So we approach the biblical narratives with human empathy and imagination, remembering these characters were human, just like we are. We ask questions of the characters, and we wonder what they would have been feeling and what else may have been going on in their lives.
Voice of a Servant is set in the time of the divided kingdom, when Elisha was prophesying, and Aram (Syria) was conducting frequent raids into the Land.
Encompassing 2 Kings 2-8, the story is told from three servant perspectives: