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My Father's Room

My Father's Room

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  • ISBN-13: 9781475092073
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date: Jul 30, 2012
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.40 x 9.00 x 6.00 inches


My Father's Room is a book of parables and prayer poetry that conveys a sense of the authentic culture and essence of the Jewish Messiah Yeshua. Alastair Jacob Brown's contemplative approach to Messiah will appeal to the wider Christian and Messianic Jewish audience. The parables and short stories have a unique familiarity; the poetry is prayerful and profoundly emotive. My Father's Room will encourage the reader to dig deeper into the practice of contemplative worship; its fluid parable style provides an excellent platform for small group discussion and the poetry that makes up the later part of the book is ideal for use as personal prayer or in the corporate worship environment. 

"Mystery dances in the open / She floats above our definitions / And causes havoc with our consternation..." Where to begin with this eclectic collection of short stories-slash-parables and poetry? Some are confusing, others are challenging, and nearly all are a pleasure to read. The subjects of his poetry and prose range from art and ways of seeing, to angels, freedom and of course, the Torah. They take place in a diverse range of localities, from New Zealand, present-day (and future) Jerusalem, and Europe during the Second World War.
The brilliant wordplay and use of metaphors is a highlight of this collection. The Rabbi and the Priest had me grinning as well as reaching for the glossary of Hebrew terms. I loved the playful short story Rock, Paper, Scissors - although I will never think of the game in the same way again!
One of the themes is God working in mysterious and even puzzling ways, showing up in unexpected and unfamiliar guises. He writes of his spiritual and genealogical heritage, with tales bearing tribute to his forebears and descendants alike. Another one of these parables encouraged me, and offers a unique look at an old dilemma. Highly recommended.
--STAN LAYZELL, Auckland Public Libraries, N.Z.


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