The Broken Spear

A Novel About Victim Victory

by Jacob M. Van Zyl



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/13/2011

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 332
ISBN : 9781449710095
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 336
ISBN : 9781449710088

About the Book

Man and beast exert themselves to survive—by fight, flight, or submission. Respecting the pecking order prevents conflict, but when leaders are challenged, lethal fights for dominance may occur. However, the survival of the fittest is sometimes thwarted by the sheer tenacity of the underdog. In first century Corinth, nine-year-old Jason is teased and bullied by his pugnacious rival, Krato, who is two years older. Jason’s grandfather urges him to take the submissive role until he and his rival are both adults. Then the two year difference will vanish, enabling Jason to throw off Krato's reign by beating him in the discus and javelin events at the Isthmian Games. When that long anticipated day arrives, Jason is both winner and loser. His dream turns into a nightmare. He flees for his life, bringing immense hardship on himself and his beloved Tabitha. Sexy Diana tries luring Jason in the wrong direction. The apostle Paul arrives with the holy gospel in their wicked city. The Christian message is woven into the fabric of choices and consequences. Circumstances beyond their control eventually bring the four Corinthians together in a place of horror. In the face of death, old beliefs are turned upside down. They only have a broken spear for defense.

About the Author

Jacob M. Van Zyl is a retired pastor/psychologist with a D.Phil. in psychology. In the past decade, he published three devotional Bible-studies that covered most of scripture. While touring Bible lands and studying the Acts and letters of the apostles, the idea of a novel about that time emerged. He knew the background already, and did additional research for the novel. Jacob is a Canadian citizen, living in the province of Alberta. He is married and has one son and two grandchildren. His current interests are Bible-study, writing, nature photography, and computers. His main driving force was God's grace that enabled him to overcome problems, utilize opportunities, gather and share knowledge, and assist the burdened to become victorious victims. More info is available at his website