Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness

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Description

An extraordinary journey back in time shows a struggling single dad that the faith he's lost is still alive--and stronger than ever. . . .

Michael Stewart has weathered his share of hardships: a troubled childhood, the loss of his mother, even the degradation of living on the city streets. Now he's raising his teenaged daughter, Elizabeth, on his own and doing the best he can at work and at home. But he's turned his back on his faith--that is, until the morning Michael and Elizabeth volunteer for a food pantry at their local church. While storing boxes in the basement, they step through a mysterious door . . . and find themselves in first-century Jerusalem during the tumultuous last week of Jesus Christ's life. It is a dangerous and violent place, where doing what your heart tells you is right can get you imprisoned--or worse--and they are thankful to take refuge with a kind widow. But when they come face-to-face with Judas Iscariot and the condemned Christ himself, Michael realizes that before they can escape Jerusalem, he must experience history's most necessary and shattering heartbreak--and that pain and loss must happen if Michael is to be set free: to live, love, and reclaim the blessings he has in the present day.

Product Details

Price
$16.99
Publisher
Gallery Books
Publish Date
March 30, 2010
Pages
246
Dimensions
5.68 X 0.66 X 8.16 inches | 0.46 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781439184233
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About the Author

"After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just ten years old and mimicking the only writer he knew at the time...Charles Schultzs Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame and Michael's desire to fill blank pages would become a life-long obsession. As an adult, Michael spent more than ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck.

Reviews

"A beautiful book. . . . I applaud Michael J. Sullivan for bringing his story to life."
--Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fireproof and Haunt of Jackals
"Necessary Heartbreak is the product of a big talent and a mighty heart, and this entrancing tale of mysteries both temporal and spiritual is sure to take up residence under your skin." -- Sam Hamm, Screenwriter (Batman movies)

"Necessary Heartbreak is the first of Sullivan's trilogy, which opens with quite the proverbial bang." -- Midwest Book Review

"Michael J Sullivan's story is inspiring, makes you think about what is important in life, what your faith means." -- Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech head basketball coach

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book and eagerly await the volumes that are slated to follow. I highly recommend it." -- Pastor Marc Axelrod (Potter, WI)

"Mr. Sullivan treats the story of the last week of Christ's life with much respect. --Kyle Sabo, The Cathedral of the Incarnation Book Club (Garden City, NY)

"It is a great action/adventure story with a time traveling twist . . . Full of complicated love stories and questions of faith and belief . . . It made me laugh and cry at turns. --Melissa Voet - Community Book Club (California)