Seeker of Stars: A Novel Review:
As a boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars but has rigid obligations to apprentice with his rug-making father. When his life is radically changed, he is propelled onto a new path full of danger and glory in pursuit of a special star. The journey leads Melchior to reflect on life and death, dreams and duty, and to find unusual reconciliation within his family and with the God he never knew he sought. Destined to become a classic, Seeker of Stars offers a fresh retelling of the story of the magi, and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.
First, I purchased this one. Yep, it intrigued me that much. At only about 140 pages it is a quick read, but that doesn't mean shallow. While there isn't enough time for deep backgrounds, or great character growth, there is enough time to get drawn in, and drawn in I was.
In the Nativity story we tend to focus (rightly so) on Jesus and his immediate family. Fish points us towards the Magi, though, and the story of how one might have been affected as a result of his journey to bring gifts to the King. As I have stated in previous reviews, I am a sucker for Biblical fiction and this is no exception. What is different is that there is little mention of the magi in the Bible. They are a footnote, a reminder of those who had been looking for a sign. Fish breathes life into them, and as a result the story of Jesus and the events surrounding his early years have more depth.
Melchior reminds us that the people mentioned in the Bible were real, with a life beyond what is recorded. They had hopes and dreams. They loved. They struggled. They fought and reconciled. And above all they were forever changed when they came face to face with the King.
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