This novel is set in the northern kingdom of ancient Israel during the reign of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.
Yered, a prosperous merchant, is obsessed with arranging an interview with the mysterious prophet, Elijah. To accomplish his goal, he must out maneuver two separate military troops who are in hot pursuit of the fugitive prophet. Even if he somehow figures out a way to reach Elijah before the two army units, Yered still has another major obstacle to overcome. Once face to face with the elusive man of God, he then must convince him to come out of hiding long enough to answer a few questions at the risk of being captured or killed.
Will Yered’s preoccupation with questioning Elijah result in a revealing interview that will stand the test of time? Or will his fierce determination to meet with Israel’s most visible and most dangerous prophet cause him to lose everything including his life?
Kevin is an author and entrepreneur who especially loves the creative process of writing. He has been writing for over fifteen years and has eight books to his credit. His published works include several non-fiction projects on a variety of topics such as Christian singleness, a spiritually based motivation book, a coffee table book honoring local senior women at his home church, a Mother’s Day coffee table book and a history of how the Bible came to be. His first fiction book is a witty and entertaining look at one man’s journey to rediscovering an authentic relationship with Christ. His second book centers on one woman’s pursuit of justice with a tinge of revenge in a small, fictional town in SC. He prides himself on writing projects that are different from each other and interesting.
Born in Florida and raised in New Jersey, Kevin lives in Columbia, SC where he is always on a search for the next great interesting book to write. His future projects may be a novel that highlights an ironic twist or a non-fiction work that has something to do with the Bible.
Traditionally, Elijah has been portrayed as an intensely passionate and pious prophet. After extensive research on this iconic Hebrew religious leader, I think that only tells half of the story.
My novel highlights the very traits that make him human. He was a man of great humor, fears, passions, virtues and weaknesses. The more we understand just how human Elijah was, the more we can grasp a better understanding of the God he served.
How does your portrayal of Elijah in this novel match up with the Elijah in the Bible? I think the traditional view of Elijah is that he was a passionate man of God who was always highly respected. In my novel, I agree that he was a passionate prophet. However, I believe the fact he was a foreign born former shepherd who dressed and smelled differently from the more urbane residents of Samaria and Jezreel were important factors on who he was and what he did. Just like conditions in his homeland of Gilead, he was rough and tough person. Before you send in your hate mail, I based my portrayal of Elijah on a lot of research. To many modern people, I think they see him as larger than life while I see him as a flawed human which helps him to appear more real (and relatable). The Bible emphasizes the deeds of Elijah, but I am of the opinion that he also was an effective preacher. After his Mount Horeb experience, I think he developed a deeper understanding of the different roles of miracles (actions) and the word of God. He initially thought his dramatic victory at Mount Carmel against the priests of Baal would be enough to convince the people to return to God. After Mount Horeb, he understood that miracles may draw the attention of the people, but it is the word of God that sustains the relationship with Him.