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The Last Magi (review)

The Last Magi: A Tale of Faith, by E.A. Sharpe, chronicles the journey of Artaban, the fictional “fourth Wise Man” to follow the star in search of the new born Christ.  This novel is joyous and engaging, a fast read while also inviting us on an epic adventure with plenty of humor, suspense, and awesome surprises along the way.  I recommend this book for readers of all ages who might appreciate a fun and unique perspective on the story of Christ’s Nativity.

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Summary:  A Christmas classic your children will read to their own.  “Wise, witty, profound and often poetic.  A tale for the ages.”  – Charles McClellan.  Now available as a quality paperback.  A compelling tale of faith, folly and the wisdom of the heart, The Last Magi is the story of Artaban, the fourth Wise Man.  Leaving behind his betrothed—the fiery and beautiful Rasha—he follows his fellow Magi to Bethlehem, there to crown “the child born to be king.”  But Artaban is too late; the infant and his family have gone.  Thus begins a quest that takes the Mage through the cities and wastes of Asia and Europe, through years of hardship and peril.  Mocked and impoverished, alone but for his sardonic servant, Ismail, Artaban doggedly persists, even as his body falters and his eyes dim.  Is it all for naught?  Told in ringing prose and rich with vibrant characters, The Last Magi is a gripping narrative of one man’s magnificent obsession, of love, danger, despair and redemption.  Here is a book to cherish, to read and reread.  Here is an old-fashioned fireside tale for children of every age.

Author Bio:  Ernest A. Sharpe is a professional writer living in Austin, Texas.  He has authored novels, screenplays and various forms of nonfiction for many years.

Book Details:
Paperback:  196 pages
Publisher:  Positive Imaging, LLC (December 2, 2015)
Language:  English
ISBN-10:  1944071024
ISBN-13:  978-1944071028
* also available on Kindle and NOOK

 

Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas was born in the third century AD and lived during the reign of Emperor Constantine of Rome, or Saint Constantine the Great as he is known in the church.  When Nicholas was a young man he made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem intending to live a solitary life of prayer, however he returned to Myra (a town in what is now the nation of Turkey), where he was ordained bishop.  Through his charitable work for those in need, for the Church, and for the Gospel of Christ, Saint Nicholas became well-known and beloved among the faithful of that time.  He attended the First Ecumenical Council in 325 AD in Nicaea, where he rebuked Arius for blasphemy, and where the Nicene Creed was adopted, which begins “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth…”

The legend of Santa Claus evolved from Saint Nicholas’s practice of giving anonymous gifts to people, sometimes dropping gold coins in the shoes left out for him, and on a few occasions tossing bags of gold coins into the open windows of houses when families needed financial help.  One story tells of him dropping a bag of gold down the chimney of a home in order to evade the praise of the home’s owner, so that their gratitude for the good deed would go to God instead.

The Eastern Orthodox Church honors Saint Nicholas as the patron of travelers, repentant thieves, and those who’ve been falsely accused, among others.  His feast day is celebrated every year on December 6th.