Book Review: The Point

Book Description:
SEARCHING for peace and inspiration, Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze travel to the Isle of Estillyen—a distant harbor known for bringing ancient words of worth to the present. Their lives become unexpectedly and inseparably intertwined with the reclusive Oban Ironbout—and a mystery from the past that will transform them all. It is a tale of pain…and redemption. “In his breakout novel of spiritual revelation, William E. Jefferson invites readers on a journey of discovery where ‘joy and meaning break through pain.’ The author’s writing is skilled, poetic, and reminiscent of the classical period. This is a book to savor, not to gulp.… “The style is allegorical in part reminiscent of John Bunyan and C.S. Lewis. The ‘readings’ hearken to Donne and Milton as well. The themes are deep. Discerning readers will be drawn into the mystery surrounding Ironbout’s tortured soul. The readings interspersed throughout the story offer a unique presentation of the Gospel via the ongoing struggle between the forces of darkness and light, and the necessity for the solution in the ‘Word made flesh.’” —Blue Ink review “In this intelligent and heartfelt novel, a community of monks offer ‘readings’ that powerfully illuminate the words of the Bible for a modern audience. It is a compelling tale told by a gifted and inspired storyteller. Author William Jefferson weaves the threads of his story deftly and often poetically, shaping phrases with a lilting rhythm that evokes the cadences of storytellers of old and enhances the aura of mystery that surrounds Estillyen and its inhabitants. The ‘readings’ powerfully illuminate the words of the Bible for a modern audience.” —Clarion Reviews
About the Author:
William Jefferson, founder of Port Estillyen Productions and author of the
 breakthrough new novel, ‘The Point – The Redemption of Oban Ironbout’, has spent
his professional career advancing Scripture mission programs through diverse
forms of media. After 25 years of strategic leadership on behalf of well-known
Bible societies and evangelization organizations, Jefferson is uniquely
positioned to present Scripture’s ancient truths, in a modern context of media
and culture. Prior to authoring ‘The Point’, Jefferson helped to structure and
implement global initiatives and programs for prominent organizations such as
the American Bible Society, United Bible Societies, the International Bible
 Society (Biblica), and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He holds an
M.Th. in Theology and Media from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in
Communications from Wheaton Graduate School. With his novel, ‘The Point – The
 Redemption of Oban Ironbout’, Jefferson shares much of the wisdom that he has
gleaned during his career: that words matter, that every human being has innate
worth, and that Christ alone is the perfect union of Medium and Message. William
Jefferson’s preferred title is simply “Message Maker.” He writes from his rural
home in the Ozarks, where he lives with his wife, Lois, and Border collie,
My Review:
The book had a slow start and if I was not reviewing the book, I may have stopped reading after the first chapter, But I am glad I kept going.  It is one of those books that is slow to get started, but once you get into the book you find it extremely interesting.  The two main characters are a couple who are on a pilgrimage to an island where they listen to several readings as told by monks.  The readings are taken from scripture but given a little extra explanation and some with a twist, including comments from Satan.  It reminded me of other fictional pilgrimages that tell us a story that we can take a lifetime of wisdom from.  Some will not like this book and as I said before, it would have not been a primary pick for me, but I did enjoy reading the book.  The descriptions of the Isle of Estillyen are comprehensive and you feel as if you are on the island yourself.  the author has written another book with a similar theme and he has a website that explains the island and the monks who are a major part of the book.  You can read more about the book and the whole story on the author’s website.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review from Handle Bar Publishing.  I was not obligated to write a positive review.  The opinions in this review are my own.

One thought on “Book Review: The Point

  1. I’ve read this book as well and really enjoyed it. I think people who typically read non-fiction, especially of theology or Christian thought, would enjoy this book. So much of it revolves around Scripture and the power of God’s word in our lives. It also, subtly, addresses topics like wholeness, healing, prayer, contemplation.

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