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"An ancient story, with sophisticated, fully developed and complex characters"

Biblical Fiction

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  • ASIN: ‎ B0CDYFQG37
  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Faith Publishing (July 10, 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 216 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8888326992
  • Genre:  Biblical Fiction


The BookViral Review:

With meticulous research and attention to detail, J.R. Bray brings the parable of the prodigal son alive in ‘Trintarious-A Prodigal Son Story’. Despite the use of artistic licence, Bray nevertheless keeps the true essence of the story alive, complete with its well-learned lessons of compassion and humility. His exceptional understanding of biblical times and traditions serves to set a realistic and believable backdrop to his narrative, as he effortlessly creates the hustle and bustle of Israelite life and the differences between their traditions and beliefs to those of surrounding nations.

Moreover, he cleverly aligns the youth in his book with those of today, creating the shared emotions and realistic perceptions of young people throughout the ages, such as yearning for independence and sexual exploration. This brings the parable up to date, allowing its worthy lessons to be transported across time, and therefore accessible and of benefit to modern generations.

However, this is not just a re-vamp of an ancient story., with sophisticated, fully developed and complex characters, which blend and shift effortlessly throughout the book, resulting in an offering which is warm and inclusive, but does not shy away from the realism of multi-faceted relationships. It also leaves room for immature decisions, along with true forgiveness and acceptance of others despite imperfection.

Bray also presents his players as multi-faceted and realistic, such as with Trin’s relationship with his camel, Trista, gifted to him in his fifteenth summer, and with whom he develops a close and caring bond, and his foray into drink and women, despite his obvious attraction to Dayana, a young Jewish girl. This refusal to sugar-coat his protagonist ensures his relatability and presents his decisions and their outcome as a perfectly normal rite of passage towards adulthood, thus avoiding the shaming of certain behaviours which can be linked to religious traditions.

A thoroughly enjoyable read, ‘Trintarious-A Prodigal Son Story’, is firmly recommended.

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