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The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout…

The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout

by William E. Jefferson

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C. S. Lewis meets John Bunyan in this endearing novel by theologian William E. Jefferson.

Words matter. So Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze will learn in their visit to the Isle of Estillyen, an island inhabited by monks who are renowned for their ability to craft unique stories, bringing deeper understanding to scripture. As they explore the island, and its residents, they meet an old man named Oban Ironbout, (who’s cantankerous personality instantly calls to mind Carl Fredricksen from Pixar’s “Up”) to whom they feel inexplicably led to know, and to help. But is it too late for Oban to change his ways, or is he destined to live out the remainder of his days in bitter solitude?

This inspirational story certainly gave me a lot to reflect on, and I found the readings by the monks fascinating. I absolutely loved the spirituality and the message of this book. If I had one complaint, however, it would be that the author was a little too detailed in certain parts, and while it made it very easy to imagine everything that was going on, it did make reading a little bit tedious at times. Still, I think that was probably part of the character of the book itself, as the author explains “The Point is a surprise. As I scribbled and scribed, it appeared. It came to be! A peculiar way to write a book, I admit. Yet words set the will in motion. Thus, no apologies, no regrets do I bear for this form of wordy mix.” Well put, I think! ( )
  Marieange | Jul 7, 2013 |
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SEARCHING for peace and inspiration, Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze travel to the Isle of Estillyen—a distant harbor known for bringing ancient words of worth to the present. Their lives become unexpectedly and inseparably intertwined with the reclusive Oban Ironbout—and a mystery from the past that will transform them all. It is a tale of pain…and redemption. “In his breakout novel of spiritual revelation, William E. Jefferson invites readers on a journey of discovery where ‘joy and meaning break through pain.’ The author’s writing is skilled, poetic, and reminiscent of the classical period. This is a book to savor, not to gulp.… “The style is allegorical in part reminiscent of John Bunyan and C.S. Lewis. The ‘readings’ hearken to Donne and Milton as well. The themes are deep. Discerning readers will be drawn into the mystery surrounding Ironbout’s tortured soul. The readings interspersed throughout the story offer a unique presentation of the Gospel via the ongoing struggle between the forces of darkness and light, and the necessity for the solution in the ‘Word made flesh.’” —Blue Ink review “In this intelligent and heartfelt novel, a community of monks offer ‘readings’ that powerfully illuminate the words of the Bible for a modern audience. It is a compelling tale told by a gifted and inspired storyteller. Author William Jefferson weaves the threads of his story deftly and often poetically, shaping phrases with a lilting rhythm that evokes the cadences of storytellers of old and enhances the aura of mystery that surrounds Estillyen and its inhabitants. The ‘readings’ powerfully illuminate the words of the Bible for a modern audience.” —Clarion Reviews

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