Epiphany

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Category: Contemporary
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Date Published: December 10, 2009
Number of Pages: 356
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Epiphany is the story of three wise men, but not like you have ever imagined them. Paul Harrington has brought them to life with passion as they make their journey throughout the novel. They are the Arabian, kind and thoughtful. The Oriental, small, wise and quick witted. And the strong, dark fighter from Ethiopia, a loner. Each one so different from the next. They travel alone, distinct, and yet, through the magic of the star, with one purpose. The star is alive, compelling and full of God’s strength as it leads them they know not where.

The scenes come to life and you feel what is happening, see the looks on their faces and the thoughts in their hearts. You can feel the tension. It is a very moving book to read. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The scene where these three travelers meet in the middle of the desert, led there by the same star, is simple, and the first moment that I felt God’s presence. But not the last. It drew me in and I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it.

The wise men represented the beginning of our one universal church. They traveled from afar, as the song goes. But, other than their names, and gifts, that’s about all I could tell you about them. This fictional work brings to life three extraordinary kings, wizards, magi. True to history, it is alive with dark sides, sacrifice, and cruelty. It is as described in the Bible. Battles and torture were part of their untold story. The author takes your emotions through the love of God to hate and evils; of Roman soldiers serving an insane ruler and to good, loving, sharing people. Through all this the journey continues. When they cannot possibly continue, their faith in each other and in the magical star that is guiding them pulls them beyond human strength.

The story never lags, it holds you in its grasp and you follow the star along with these strange yet brave men and those that travel with them. The author’s words move with grace and wonder from one scene to the next quickly, never leaving you behind.

I look forward to future novels by Mr. Harrington.

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ISBN-13: 978-1439264881
Original Language: English
Book Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.9 x 0.1 inches


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Wanda J. (“Jody”) Rakis was born in Texas, and moved to Michigan with Ling-Temco-Vought Missile Corporation in the early 60’s. She was an executive secretary with the company with top secret clearance. Not too long after arriving in Michigan she met a tall, Greek, handsome salesman and they were married a year later. She was a stay-at-home mother for seven years. Jody returned to the work force after fire destroyed their new investment business. Because their three children being very young, and they lived in a log cabin on a cold, northern Michigan lake, Jody took a job with the school system, as secretary for the Superintendent and Board of Education. She later switched to elementary school secretary so that she could be with her children in the summers. During these years, Jody became more active in her parish and began teaching CCD classes at night. She has been fortunate to have many, wonderful, exciting, sometimes demanding, positions in her career. From school secretary, she managed a new travel agency that opened in her town. Another challenge, another great experience. From there Jody scrimped and saved and was eventually able to open her own business, a secretarial and office rental business with a conference room and three offices, located in the newest building of her small town. The business was very successful and expanded twice in two years, to eight offices and a waiting list of tenants. After herr children graduated from high school, Jody and her husband sold their respective businesses and moved to sunny Florida. One of their sons had also moved there with school friends, and their daughter came with them. Their oldest son was married and starting a family. During those years, Jody attended Barry University and completed required courses for her Paralegal Certificate. In Naples, Jody again became active in our parish, teaching CCD and also becoming sponsor for RCIA candidates. After ten years, the Rakis’ son and daughter moved back north and Jody and her husband missed being close to them and their new families. They moved to Cincinnati, where their daughter lives. Upon arrival, Jody’s husband worked for an appraisal company and Jody found employment with The Kroger Co. as legal secretary to the lead labor attorney for the company. She retired from Kroger in 2005. The Rakis’ parish is St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Delhi, suburb of Cincinnati. Jody am involved with the Christ Renews His Parish movement, prayer groups, and serves as a minister for the Divorce Support Group. Keeping active and staying mentally busy is one of God’s blessings for Jody. Because of some medical problems, she does spend down time, resting and rejuvenating her strength. By reading and reviewing, Jody hopes to continue to rejuvenate her mind as well.

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