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Thursday, February 2, 2023
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Book: The Winnowing Fork
Author: Betty Ruth Weatherby
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release date: September, 2022
NEW CHRISTIAN NOVEL FILLED WITH ADVENTURE
ZACCHAEUS EXPERIENCES ROMAN OCCUPATION AND THE FAMILY SHAME OF LEPROSY AS HE SURVIVES IN THE HISTORICAL SETTING OF 2000 YEARS AGO.
Betty Ruth Weatherby travels the world and uses her experiences to create the Biblical Fiction of “The Winnowing Fork” to convey the message of God’s sustaining, eternal
The tax collector’s mother is banned with a skin disease when his father is conscripted by the occupying Roman army.
Follow Zacchaeus as he grows to love the sound and glitter of gold coins while his greed consumes him, overcoming even his love of family.
Zacchaeus in his lonely, self-isolation discovers that the real author of peace and serenity is in a man called Jesus whose father is God himself. Jesus passes through Jericho on his way to Passover in Jerusalem.
Zacchaeus tries to see through the crowd as the entourage passes:
“He yanked the leaves back again, and found the Rabbi looking at him,
Betty Ruth Weatherby is a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus. She earned her teacher’s credential from Chapman University as well as a cross-cultural language and academic development certificate from Sacramento State University. Weatherby has sold her books across America. She is the author of the Lanover Adventure Series, Pepper’s children’s series and excels in Women’s Adventures. Women can travel the world as part of God’s Plan to enjoy life at its fullest and step out in faith.
Weatherby was born in the shipbuilding community of Sausalito, California and writes from a world of experience in fulfilling the Christian walk. Her most recent novel “The Girl on the Tombstone” is a nostalgic historical piece based in San Andreas, California where she grew up and attended Calaveras High School.
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Zacchaeus was always a puzzle to me. How did he become a hated tax collector and only
One meeting with Jesus turned his life around. So, I imagined a story, gave him a family and neighbors to create a life around him as he accumulated his “taxes.”
The author takes a figure from the Bible and expands on the life he might have had. Most of us know the story of Zacchaeus and how be became a man who wanted wealth. It is easy to see how this man was more interested in hearing coins clank together than being with his family. His mother had leprosy which kept everyone away from her. It must have been so lonely to know that no one wanted to be near you. The story illustrates how greed takes over and how we can turn our backs on doing the right thing.
I did like the description of the time period and how hard it was to survive at times. Zacchaeus can see that his family is starting to disappear doing other things. Is he on his own now? How will he be able to support himself? When he is finally offered a job he had three rules to follow. Zacchaeus was to never cheat, never lie and keep his word. Sounds like good rules to follow, so I wondered how this would play out.
The best part of the story for me was when Zacchaeus realizes that he is not happy. He thought he had everything he needed but something was missing. Counting his coins over and over used to bring him joy. Why does he feel empty inside? His encounter with the Messiah is a powerful scene and I liked how he understands that he must change. All this time his greed has made him bitter and lonely. Now he desires to follow the Messiah and experience forgiveness and unconditional love.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.