Hello! My name is Allen Newton, and I have launched my new book, The Babylonian! I have been a missionary for over 20 years, and I love history and languages. These loves have lead me to write about Biblical history. What I mean by that is I integrate information God has given us in His Word with other historical data, legends and explanations that I think are plausible - all in an entertaining story. The Babylonian tells the story of Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon seen, sometimes from his own eyes, sometimes from the perspective of others, but primarily from the life of a young man whose goal in life is to serve this great king.
'Christian fiction is boring, predictable, sappy, safe, and usually shallow. It avoids the harsh realities of the world that we live in, sees everything through rose colored glasses, and has absolutely no grasp of the tragedic: its necessity and its inherent draw to the human psyche. To focus on redemption without seeing the NEED for it in the bleakness and depravity of our surroundings (and even our own natures) is to decimate its power. This is why thinking people tend to avoid Christian fiction like the plague.'
I wrote that a couple years ago, and, by and large, I still stand by it. This book stands apart, belongs to an entirely different category. I hate to even call it Christian fiction because of what that usually entails. I devoured this book. It brought the ancient world to life in my mind, illuminated Bible passages I had read a thousand times before in a whole new way. There is a complexity to this book that is rare in any genre: fantastic subplots, mysterious backstories, and tremendous character developement. The author successfully avoided one of the hallmarks of lousy literature: self-projection. This is not a person trying to cast themselves in a story, it introduces you to a character who is flawed, captivating, and above all believable.
What impressed me most (as with all the best historical novels) was the ability to surprise the reader when writing about a known historical sequence of events. I was kept on my toes the whole time, and (trying to avoid spoilers!) the combination of plot resolution with cliffhanging elements was thoroughly enjoyable.
Get it, read it, share it, you won't be disappointed. Great ride, great read!
The author has been a missionary in Portugal for the last 25 years. The book is set in ancient Babylon and is Biblically accurate. This book will actually help you read and understand a significant portion of the Old Testament. You will never read Daniel, Jeremiah and Ezekiel the way you did before.
While I was reading 'The Babylonian' I kept thinking of how much of a privilege it was to be reading it. For the first time, I had a first-hand account and was looking at one of the most interesting times in human history, through the eyes of someone that lived it. The way the book was researched and written made this possible. I highly recommend 'The Babylonian' to all." Mark Pereira, church planter