The 13th Apostle
The Thirteenth Apostle uncovers a jarring world secret through loss, love, and human experience culminating beyond simple answers and instead in ultimate truth. Upset over the tragic loss of his infant son to a freak genetic abnormality writer Sasha Komarov, sets out on a quest for answers regarding his family's mysterious and illustrious past. His travels take him from Canada to Siberia,where a century ago his great-grandfather survived a massive explosion resulting from the devastating Tunguska crash. While there, Sasha becomes entangled in a forbidden love affair and thrust into nefarious dealings with Chechen terrorists-from which he narrowly escapes with his life. Amidst it all, Sasha reconnects with distant relatives who hold key not only to the mystery of his son's death, but to his grand purpose in life a mission of extraordinary global significance. The truth he uncovers is astonishing-certain to rattle the religious masses...but would the world accept it?
A short biography of St. Paul, the Apostle.
The 13th Apostle
The story—both romantic and terrifying—of how a handful of men, armed with nothing more than handguns and guts, forced the greatest nation in the world from their shores. On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, the first great revolution of the twentieth century began as working-class men and women occupied buildings throughout Dublin, Ireland, including the general post office on O’Connell Street. Among the commoners in the GPO was a young staff captain of the Irish Volunteers named Michael Collins. He was joined a day later by a fourteen-year-old messenger boy, Eoin Kavanagh. Four days later they would all surrender, but they had struck the match that would burn Great Britain out of Ireland for the first time in seven hundred years. The 13th Apostle is the reimagined story of how Michael Collins, along with his young acolyte Eoin, transformed Ireland from a colony into a nation. Collins’s secret weapon was his intelligence system and his assassination squad, nicknamed “The Twelve Apostles.” On November 21, 1920, the squad—with its thirteenth member, young Eoin—assassinated the entire British Secret Service in Dublin. Twelve months and sixteen days later, Collins signed the Treaty at 10 Downing Street, which brought into being what is, today, the Republic of Ireland. An epic novel in the tradition of Thomas Flanagan’s The Year of the French and Leon Uris’s Trinity, The 13th Apostle is a story that will capture the imagination and hearts of freedom-loving readers everywhere.
The Thirteenth Apostle
The time is the mid-first century AD. The followers of Jesus of Nazareth, called the Apostles, are meeting in Jerusalem to resolve disputes that have already broken out among them. Mary, from the town of Magdal attends the meeting and she proclaims that she alone knows the true teachings of Jesus. The other Apostles scoff at this idea and secretly plot to have her killed if she tries to gather a following. Paul and Luke, two of the Apostles, hire a Roman ex-centaurion turned mercenary named Quintas Cotta to get rid of her quickly. Cotta finds Mary alone in a garden and stabs her cleanly through the heart. As she is dying, she asks for forgiveness for Cotta. Haunted by Mary's words, Cotta decides to track down Paul and avenge her death. The events which follow alter his life forever.
The Thirteenth Apostle and the Sacred Quill
This wonderfully creative story of the life and times of the Apostle Paul also features the saga of a fictitious but special sacred quill handed down from generation to generation by the holy men of Israel to write the Holy Scriptures. Bible students and adults of all ages will find this Bible tale very heart warming and will leave you wondering about the Quill: Where is it now? This saga of Paul's life is loosely structured after the accounts found in the Bible, but the tale of the sacred quill is intended exclusively for the fun of your imagination. While all of the missing pieces of Paul's life are filled in with my own personal guess work, the integrity of the Holy Scripture is never compromised. In this story, you will have the benefit of moving back and forth through time, enabling you to see and relate to how life should be again with a little courage and obedience. The Thirteenth Apostle and the Sacred Quill is Biblically based and is intended to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ through the trials and tribulations of that great Jewish Apostle to the Gentiles named Saul of Tarsus, or Paul. The concept behind this story was spawn from the debate of who actually replaced Judas-Iscariot. The Apostle Paul was chosen by Jesus Christ Himself to be the Apostle of the Gentiles, while Matthias was chosen by the Apostles to complete the number twelve. The debate comes through the silence of the Scriptures. God never mentioned in the book of Acts that He wanted the Apostles to choose another man on their own. But they did it anyway, choosing between two different men. It was conceivably possible that they even casted the lots of the Urim and the Thummim to help them make their choice. Consider carefully, for if there were two men to choose from, and they had to throw lots to determine their choice, then how could it be God's doing without the High Priest to do it? Do you actually believe that the name of Matthias is found in the Foundation Wall of that great city "New Jerusalem" as mentioned in Revelation 21:14 over the name of Paul? With the exception of Bible Scriptures spoken by Biblical Characters, no part of this adventure story is intended to be 100% accurate. May God bless you and keep you, and may His face shine upon you. May you come to the knowledge of the truth, which is seen in the face of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Amen!
The 13th Apostle
It's 33 A.D. in Jerusalem. A young beggar embraces the teachings of Jesus. He then wins his opponents with his knack of applying Jesus' parables to everyday life. Later he hears of the plot against Jesus and tries to warn Him. Intrigue, suspense, and miracles abound as he pursues his mission. The 13th Apostle was written especially for young people. Gamaliel's example will inspire them to do great things for God!
The Adventures of the Thirteenth Apostle
Life was set in place and going well. I was slowly taking the lead in my father's business, and it was growing beyond what he had planned or envisioned, with the two of us buying and selling whatever things were needed or in demand. Then the sale with my brothers in Jerusalem changed everything. Though I did not understand Jesus' words, they somehow touched my heart, and I knew I would never be the same person I was before. After going home and selling all that I owned, and getting stuck with my best friend, we journeyed to Jerusalem. On the day we arrived, Jesus was being put to death. Words can't describe the sadness and loss I felt, not for what I gave up, but for what I had just lost. Then a clear voice called to me: "Matthew," and I answered him, "Yes, Jesus." He was waiting there for Justin and me to arrive so that He might invite us to do a mighty work for the kingdom of God. We learned things that gave us vision into the spirit realm, and taught us to see men as God sees us. Our vision and our spirits were often opened to see "in the spirit," so all we could do was go forward; there is no going back for us anymore. For each of us, one of our greatest joys was when we told our families about Jesus and they found His love, too.
The Thirteenth Apostle
There are two things good and that which must become good. Humanity does not understand this. Reality and pseudoreality. There is God, and there is man. If a man seeks truth, he must be eligible for the reception of truth. Mankind does not know this. Consequently, believing in the existence of truth, he assumes he is therefore able to perceive it. This is not in accordance with experience in our religions, but it continues to be believed, particularly by the four thousand religions on the earth that we follow blindly. The science of effecting a bridge between the inner and outer man has been rare, and for the most part forgotten, inevitably there are those that think their religion stands them in good stead and accept the truth of these lesser experiences and rituals when they worship. They are wrong. God’s heart lies only with the Sufis. A man cut down a tree one day. A Sufi who saw this taking place said, “Look at this fresh branch, which is full of sap, happy because it does not yet know it has been cut off and ignorant of the damage that it has suffered. But it will know in due time. Meanwhile you cannot reason with it.” This severance, this ignorance—these are the states of the leaders of religion, worshiping the ceremonies rather than God.
Originally from New Hampshire, Amasa Mason Lyman converted to Mormonism over the objection of his family at age nineteen. Compelled to leave home with a total of eleven dollars in his pocket, he ventured some 700 miles east to Ohio, where Joseph Smith told him to return east and serve a mission despite his unfamiliarity with the church's doctrines and procedures. Ten years later Lyman temporarily replaced Orson Pratt in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. This made him a kind of fifth wheel (thirteenth apostle) when Pratt was reinstated. Lyman would nevertheless regain his position in the quorum two years later and serve faithfully until his expulsion in 1867 for denying the divinity of Jesus. He then gravitated toward the anti-Brighamite spiritualist movement in Utah. Tracing the arc of this transformation from firm believer to prominent heretic, Lyman's diaries are a window into the thinking of pioneer Mormons and the idealogical issues that sometimes divided them. This is the first in an anticipated multi-volume collection of historic diaries that will comprise the Signature Legacy Series.