The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem Book Excerpt!

About the Book

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Book: The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem

Author: Kurt Brouwer

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: November 18, 2022

He was the Beloved Disciple…

…and he would be the last.

The mantle to tell the whole story has fallen on him.

From the cross, Jesus entrusted John, the youngest disciple, with the welfare of Mary, Jesus’s mother. Over thirty years later, as Jerusalem becomes a cauldron of explosive tempers, he receives a calling he doesn’t want.

Will he listen and follow?

And if he does, will it be too late?

In 62 AD, the Jewish high priest executes James, the brother of

Jesus, triggering a bitter fight for power in Jerusalem that shatters the

quiet life of John. The Jewish people he loves are making dangerous choices that will change the land of Israel forever.

Should he stay in Jerusalem and help hold off the Roman onslaught? Or is it time to reach out to those beyond Israel’s borders?

If he chooses to leave, what will be his message to these foreign believers? What new words of comfort could he possibly share?

Set against a backdrop of actual events, The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem is the first novel in a new series based on the Bible and Christian history.

Follow along while John faces multiple crises and comes to understand what it is to stand alone and lean on only the Lord.

Your heart will embrace The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem because John’s story is the story of our hope and promise.

Book Excerpt:

His tugging, plus an untimely shove from outside, banged the door into his knee, eliciting a stifled howl.

Bartholomew barged in, looking wildly about. He smelled of wet wool, sweat, and fear.

“It’s James. Arrested. The high priest has him. They are trying him soon or even at this moment. Come on! They’ll kill him, John!”

“Stop shouting. You’ll wake her. Give me a minute.”

John limped back to his room, threw on his brown wool robe and heavy leather sandals. He returned to the door, rubbing his knee. Though Bartholomew wore headgear, John did not. In his dazed state, he forgot about the rain. Carefully closing the double wooden door, he stepped onto the pavement and followed his friend up the narrow street, curving left under a stone archway.

The men hurried, dodging puddles in the gray gloom of the early morning. They stayed close to the buildings as they scuttled along, for the sunken center of the street streamed with a mixture of rainwater and filth.

Down the Western Hill they went, slipping and sliding until they reached the Lower City’s congested streets, clogged with human and animal traffic. Progress slowed while they dodged piles of donkey dung and brimming potholes.

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About the Author

KB sailing Celebrate Lit

Kurt is a Christian writer, living in Hawaii. A few years ago he did a study at his church on the Apostle John. That little project got him hooked on the man who started out life as a fisherman and then became a disciple of Christ.

The more he learned, the more he wanted to know. What did John do after the Crucifixion? Why did he wait so long to write the Gospel of John? Where did he live for the last 60 years of his life? This historical novel came out of the research he did to answer those questions.

He started a blog ( a few years ago. On it he has written over 100 blog posts and a few Christian booklets.

Now he’s working on Book Two in this series. The Last Disciple: Escape to Antioch takes up where Book One ends. The Last Disciple is a Christian historical novel that introduces you to John, the last disciple of Christ.