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About the author:
James M. Becher was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 1943 to a Christian family and accepted Christ at an early age. He was an avid reader in his youth, especially interested in stories about other time periods and also science fiction. In Jr. High school, he became interested in writing and drama. He wrote several poems, articles and a few short stories, plays and novelettes.
While attending St.Petersburg Jr. College, he won second prize in a short story contest with the Biblical short story, "Beggarman-Thief."
He graduated from Clearwater Christian College in 1970, with a B.A. degree in Bible-literature, and Biblical School of Theology (now Biblical Seminary) in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, in 1974 with a M.Div.
He was ordained in November of 1974, and has served as assistant or associate pastor or Bible teacher in several churches. He also served in a foreign student ministry, which is where he met his wife, Berenice from Venezuela. It was there also that he began working on the novel "Of Such Is The Kingdom," based on his short story, "Beggarman-Thief." In 1984, James and his wife spent a year and a half in Venezuela, where, while teaching English, he also worked on his second novel, "Impossible Journey, A Tale of Times and Truth." Upon returning from Venezuela, he completed and revised his Biblical novel, "Of Such Is The Kingdom," which was published by PublishAmerica on September 7th, 2003. [This company has now gone out of buisness] He completed and revised "Impossible Journey" and it was published in June of 2005. In 2010, he revised and expanded "Of Such Is The Kingdom," adding a Part III, and in June, 2014 it was split in two, with Parts I&II comprising one book and Part III a separate book. [The contract for PARTS I&II, being over and this title no longer being available in stores, he is now re-publishing this title through Create Space.]
He has also published, written articles for and edited the bi-weekly ezine, "Inspirational Success Tips." His articles from the ezine now form the major part of his non-fiction self-help book, "Principles of the Kingdom", also published by Publish America.
Of Such Is The Kingdom, Parts I & II
A Novel of the Christ and the Roman Empire 3rd edition
James M. Becher
What do a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? Down deep, they all seek for something better; and eventually, they all find the childlike humility and faith required for true fulfillment. The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod's foster brother, helps Herod foment an insurrection against Pilate, using the blacksmith, Barabbas as leader, to the dismay of the latter's Godly but fearful wife. The Mendicant, a young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings. Meanwhile, Pilate's wife pushes him to take over Herod's territory. When the insurrection fails, Manaheem turns to blackmail, and Barabbas turns to robbery, enlisting the aid of our two beggars. Manaheem almost loses his one true love, his former wife, Claressa, with whom he is trying to re-unite. The robbery goes bad, and Barabbas and the beggars get caught and are sentenced to death.
- Publication Date:
- 1976350670 / 9781976350672
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Christian / Historical