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John Eklund’s Catholic novel. Yesterday, I wrote in this space that people of faith need to stop complaining about the tone and quality of entertainment media (including TV, movies, music and books) and start creating alternatives.
Now, I’m informed of one writer who is doing that. John Eklund, author of The Third Testament, is a practicing Catholic who, as his website informs us, “took to writing Christian fiction on a whim and found he loved every minute of it.”
The Third Testament is his first novel. Here’s the synopsis, again from his website:
Widower Fred Sankt is a professor at a small Catholic college who is not at all accustomed to dreaming. When he begins experiencing a series of profoundly vivid dreams that consistently awaken him at 3:00 a.m., he is not alarmed—simply curious. In the last of his dreams, Fred meets a faceless old friend who informs him that he has been chosen by God to record the next testament of the Bible. Fred decides that, even though it has been nearly two thousand years since the last passage in the Bible was written, if it is God’s will for him to take on a project of this magnitude, he has no choice but to accept. But his entire world is turned upside down when his doorbell rings unexpectedly one evening. After he is served a summons, Fred thinks things can’t get worse until he receives the news that his daughter Ellen’s health is in jeopardy. Despite his personal hardships, Fred soon finds that writing is his only solace. As Fred continues on a spiritual journey to unlock the truth, he creates a treasure for all Christians that ultimately reignites the torch of the faithful.
I haven’t read the book myself but it has received some positive reviews in the Catholic media. So, props to Mr. Eklund for jumping the literary pool and creating the kind of entertainment he would like to see.
Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11