Of Such Is The Kingdom

A Novel of Biblical Times in 3 Parts

Fiction - Literary
324 Pages
Reviewed on 08/28/2019
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Author Biography

JAMES M.BECHER was born on June 8, 1943. He was Interested in writing and drama since High School. In Jr. College, he won second prize in a writing contest with a Biblical short story. He attended Bob Jones University, in Greenville, S.C., and then Clearwater Christian College, graduating with a B.A.in Bible-lit. He went on to Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1974 with a M.Div. Ordained in November of 1974, he served in different ministries, one of which was a foreign student ministry, which is where he met his wife, Berenice from Venezuela, and It was there also that he began working on the novel "Of Such Is The Kingdom," based on his prize winning short story. Wanting to show the contrast between the earthly kingdoms of the time and the kingdom of God, he drew out the plot and added more characters. In 1984, James and his wife spent a year and a half in Venezuela Upon returning to the US, he completed this Biblical novel, which was published in 2003. In 2007, he revised and expanded the novel, , adding PART IIII.
In 2018, James updated all of his books, and this year (2020) he decided to re-publish "Of Such Is The Kingdom" through WestBow Press, revising it again, with fact-checking for historical accuracy and fine-tooth-comb editing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Of Such Is The Kingdom is a work of literary fiction subtitled ‘A Novel of Biblical Times in 3 Parts’, and was penned by author James M. Becher. Generally suitable for readers of all types, with the exception of a few violent scenes, this sweeping epic work takes on the historical ambiance of the Roman era and combines it with literary considerations that bring biblical times and stories to life. The central conflict of the novel focuses on Herod’s foster brother, Manaheem, a wayward non-conformist tasked to foment an insurrection against Pontius Pilate. The people he recruits for this ominous task have their own quests to undergo, and their own struggles to endure.

A combination of powerful Christian fiction and compelling historical intrigue and drama, author James M. Becher has created a work which will suit many different tastes and approaches. The central plot with Manaheem and Barabbas showcases two very different men who find themselves in dire times, steeped with political intrigue and facing their own trials during the last days of Jesus Christ. Alongside this, many other figures are featured and given excellent character development to create a holistic view of ancient Palestine and its nature as a powder keg of intolerance and blood. Becher recounts some gory action moments superbly well and mediates these with tender, emotive scenes where his characters are put to the test to find their own deeper purpose. Overall, Of Such Is The Kingdom will satisfying readers on many inspiring and interesting levels.