Of Such Is The Kingdom, Part I, Discontent and Insurrection: A Novel of the Christ and the Roman Empire
Step back to Ancient Jerusalem at the time of Christ and the Roman Empire, and ask: What could a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? The answer: Down deep, they all seek something better. But will they find the true fulfillment they are seeking?
The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod's foster brother, is hired by Herod to foment an insurrection against Pontius Pilate, whom he distrusts.
Manaheem recruits the blacksmith, Barabbas, to be the insurrection leader, to the dismay of Barabbas' Godly but fearful wife (when he finally tells her).
The mendicant, an unfortunate but pensive young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings.
Pontius Pilate sees himself as a weak ruler, but his wife pushes him to be stronger and to even take over Herod's territory.
Manaheem re-unites with his former wife, Claressa. In need of more money, he tries to blackmail Herod over the latter's illicit affair, but fails. Read the book to see why.
Herod's palace is attacked, and suspecting Pilate, he tells Manaheem to go ahead with the mission. Will the insurrection succeed? Buy the book to find out.
“Mr. Becher takes you through a wide range of emotions from beginning to end.... This is a great novel that I’m sure you will enjoy” ----Rudelle Thomas (Divine Eloquence)
(This is PART I of a trilogy. You can buy this book now (Click "Buy now with one click" at the right) and get the other 2 volumes later, OR you can look for the entire 3-part [one olume] edition [Of Such Is The Kingdom, A Novel of Biblical Times in 3 Parts 3rd edition]. the choice is yours)
About the author
JAMES M.BECHER was Born on June 8, 1943 of a Christian family and accepted Christ at an early age. Interested in writing and drama since High School, he graduated from a Christian high school, where he participated in several plays and got A's in English Grammar, and wrote write several short stories, poems and articles, usually incorporating my faith into his writings. While attending St. Petersburg Jr. College, in St. Petersburg, FL, he won second prize in a writing contest with a Biblical short story, called "Beggarman-Thief," which now forms part of this, his first novel. He attended Bob Jones University, in Greenville, S.C., and then Clearwater Christian College, graduating with a B.A. in Bible-lit. He went on to Biblical School of Theology (now Biblical Seminary) in Hatfield, Pennsylvania and graduating in 1974 with a M.Div. Ordained in November of 1974, he served in different areas of Ministry, one of which was a foreign student ministry, which is also where he started writing his first two novels, and also where he met his dear wife, Berenice from Venezuela. They were married in 1980, and went to Venezuela in 1989 for an extended stay, where, along with teaching English he completed his evangelistic time travel novel, "Impossible Journey, A tale of times and Truth." Upon returning to the US, he also completed this Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom". Also shortly after returning to the U.S., he began publishing his self-help ezine, "Inspirational Success Tips," his articles from which now form my self-help book "Principles of the Kingdom." In 2006, he revised and expanded this Biblical novel, and later split it into two volumes. Then in 2012, he had the opportunity to preach a Christmas sermon in his church, which resulted in his writing “The Christmas Victory, A Gem of A Sermon, All Wrapped Up In A Historical Novel..” This year he decided to further split volume 1 of this Biblical novel into two volumes, thus making a trilogy, and also to publish all three parts together in one volume.