Monday, September 22, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: We Three Kings by John Pontius

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We Three Kings, by John Pontius
2014, 240p, LDS Fiction
My Rating=4.5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

When the signs of the Savior’s birth appear, Nephi witnesses another miracle—the Liahona starts working again after 600 years of being idle! Determined to find and worship the King of kings, Nephi takes his brother Timothy and skeptic Cephus on a journey across the ocean that ultimately changes their lives—and the course of history—as they become the legendary Three Wise Men.

This is a creative and thought-provoking take on the Three Wise Men. The signs of Christ's birth have been given and Nephi, the prophet, has been told to embark on a holy quest to return to Jerusalem and seek out Christ. He's taking his brother, Timothy, and needs to convince Cephus, an obscenely wealthy and powerful man, who is also an unbeliever, to come. Cephus is to be the skeptic who will be objective and whose testimony of this experience will be widely accepted. He also needs to provide the ship they will take. Nephi is able to convince Cephus to join them and their road to Jerusalem is anything but smooth.

I loved the relationship between Nephi and Cephus. There were times that Cephus was so whiny and would outright disobey what Nephi asked him to do, but he was always caught and reprimanded. I understood the importance of taking Cephus and his role in the story, even if he was annoying at times. Some of their exchanges were pretty humorous. Cephus was able to make some changes along the way.

This is a book that is full of adventure and even has a little romance. It's well written, entertaining and easy to read. I especially loved the ending!

I also like that there's an author's note at the end where he explains that this is purely a work of fiction, but some of the people and places are historically accurate. The author passed away in 2012, so his wife, Terri, and mother, Ann, served as editors of this book which he originally wrote for his children in 2004.

About the author: 

John Pontius was born on May 12, 1952 in Moscow, Idaho to wonderful parents, Robert V. and Ann Pontius. He passed on peacefully in his home on December 10, 2012, after a lifetime of service to the Lord Jesus Christ. John had the sweet and humbling gift of writing with the pen of angels. The Lord gave him an ability uniquely his to express the gospel of Jesus Christ in a simple yet magnificently beautiful way. Throughout his life, he has touched many thousands of lives through his published books and firesides. John’s passions also included music, playing piano and organ masterfully since a young boy, oil painting, woodworking, conducting choral and orchestra (his favorite being the Mat-Su Alaska Community Messiah, which he did for many years), Christmas, and anything that captivated his mechanical and technical genius.



sherry fundin said...

I am sorry to hear about the author, but congratulations to Teri for finishing his project.

sherry @ fundinmental

Unknown said...

How sad that he didn't even get a chance to see this come to print. It sounds fantastic!

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