Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah

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As a journalist, Chris Stepien has spent his career asking tough questions and telling intriguing stories.

He's worked as a television producer-director and writer for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). From 1979 to 1987, while at WXYZ-TV, Detroit, he won six EMMY awards for documentaries, sports and celebrity specials, and children's programming, as well as many other honors.

Stepien left broadcasting to co-found Adventure, Inc., a successful Detroit-based video/film production company. He created award-winning communications for Fortune 500 companies like General Motors and Ford Motor Company for nearly nine years. Since 1996, Stepien has crafted marketing and advertising for global clients as writer-creative director and owner of Stepien Creative Services, Inc.

A lifelong metro Detroiter and Catholic, Stepien attended parochial schools and was an altar boy. He and his wife, Ellen, have two adult sons, Alex and Mike. Chris and Ellen are Vincentians, active members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP). Stepien, a former SVdP conference president, is currently spiritual advisor to a group of Vincentians in Dearborn, Michigan. Their core mission is to respond to the needs of poor families in the surrounding community, visit them in their homes, and provide financial assistance, guidance, friendship, and hope.

Bible studies, spiritual exercises, and praying the rosary inspired the author to write this novel about young, preteen Jesus. Stepien relied on his humble love of God and his passion for visual storytelling to help him shape this account of the boy Messiah, and His Passover pilgrimage. His experiences serving the needy and children of alcoholics were very influential, as well.

Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah

Authored by Chris Stepien
Edition: 1

A Biblical Novel ... an Epic Adventure
From Writer, Producer-Director, Chris Stepien

When preteen Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus) makes his first Passover pilgrimage to Yerushlem, the most magnificent Temple in the world becomes his home - after unpredictable events separate him from his family and caravan.

"Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah" is a provocative, spiritually-uplifting tale about 12-year-old Jesus, based on just a dozen verses in the second chapter of Luke's Gospel. (Luke 2:41-52)

Weeks of planning, travel, and celebration set the stage for a profound, three-day odyssey. Why did Yeshua stay behind in one of the world's busiest centers of trade and political turmoil? Who did he meet? Where did he sleep? Was he ever in jeopardy?

And how did his parents, Miriam and Yosef, cope - while frantically searching for their son?

Slave traders, thieves, beggars, and the Roman legion roamed Yerushlem's bustling streets. They lurked in the Temple shadows among the Hebrew guard, scribes, scholars, bloody sacrifices, devout believers, lepers, and powerful priests.

In "Three Days," young Yeshua encounters them all - touching many lives. He meets the generous and the treacherous, under the watchful eye of his heavenly Father.

This story is sure to intrigue those who love spirituality, history, and fiction. You'll find romance, addiction, crime, and punishment. Shadow Yeshua and his family at home, in school, on the open road; meet his friends and share in his hobbies. Witness a reunion with his cousin, John the Baptist.

With more than 300 Scripture verses built into the storyline and dialogue, "Three Days" will grip your imagination and your soul - as you explore the Temple and experience the drama of ancient Hebrew traditions with the boy Messiah. Discover what life was really like in Yeshua's Promised Land, through the lens of rich Biblical history.

This novel may inspire your book club, Bible study, or youth group, as well as prayer and meditation.

It's a story for the child in all of us.

Copyright 2012, Christopher L. Stepien
Stepien Creative Services, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

Publication Date:
0615859119 / 9780615859118
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Christian / Historical

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