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Estelle Parke Book Review: 'In the Spirit of Elijah' by Trevor Payne
By Estelle M. Parke
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:17:06 AM

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I read this book with interest and found it to be one that would appeal primarily to a Christian readership. The author has been careful to present biblical references with commendable accuracy and has delivered a reasonably interesting, though not riveting or compelling, manuscript.

He has managed to write the book in such a way as to present the characters, especially John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ and assorted disciples, as real, human, genuine people. In this regard, I feel that the author is to be commended for a job well done.

He has included a variety of small, personal accounts and incidents which help to humanize the Biblical characters and 'bring them to life' for the reader.

Unfortunately, owing to the genre of the book and the fact that characterization is the dominant feature, there is a noticeable lack of action and drama. Although this is completely unavoidable, it may impact some readers in a negative fashion.

I was disappointed to discover that there are numerous grammatical and other errors of writing throughout the work, which tend to become a distinct distraction, especially as they appear so frequently. As I was however reading the original PDF 'Proof copy' I do not know if the errors were removed before final printing.

Should the reader be able to accommodate these errors, he would discover an interesting, close and personal account of the life and work of John the Baptist and his growing relationship with and appreciation of his cousin, Jesus of Nazareth.

The impact of both John and Jesus upon their disciples and also upon the rulers of the day, is very well documented.

Overall, this book would appeal most to readers interested in acquiring a 'feel' for local life, customs and beliefs in the time when Jesus walked upon the Earth.

Estelle M. Parke
Email contact via rpbendedek@hotmail.com


Awaiting the Light - Luke: excerpt from "In the Spirit of Elijah"
by Tevor Payne
Jul 23, 2014

"Well, Lord, how shall I begin? What should I speak of, or on, that could aid my brother? How should I write of our beloved John, your cousin? I'm not the apostle that I have known him; and yet his life has had a marked effect on your Church. I have been with Paul many years and see incredible things you do through him; but John? How should I write? What should I write? Why should I write? What should I call this manuscript, that will speak of so great a servant?"

A fictional tale about John the Baptist
by Trevor Payne
Jul 20, 2014

Drop in on the many conversations that occurred. Behold the terror and devastation of the Prison that becomes his greatest victory. The confusion when God is silent or chooses not to reveal His depth of meaning. The opposition of those who think they serve God but don't. And the darkness of God's love for His servant, as He outworks His perfect will for him.

Preface for "In the Spirit of Elijah"
by Trevor Payne
Jul 18, 2014

I know that the first few times I sat down to write, my hair would stand on end or I would get goose-bumps. I felt I was NOT writing a story but history!? It was scary. I remember praying about what John's prison cell loooked like and being given a picture that was not what I thought it should be; so I drew it. Then later I discovered that that was precisely what the cells were at Herod's palace of Machaerus – pits with a heavy wooden grid over them.


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