This is the entire 3-Part edition of this novel, containing all 3 parts (For those who’d rather get the whole thing all at once and save). Step back into New Testament times–to Ancient Jerusalem at the time of Christ and of the historical Roman Empire, and ask: What could a cynical, non-conformist dry-goods salesman, a disgruntled blacksmith, and a musing mendicant all have in common? The answer: Down deep, they all seek something better. But will they find the true fulfillment they are seeking? The non-conformist, Manaheem, Herod’s foster brother, is hired by Herod to foment an insurrection against Pontius Pilate, whom he distrusts. Manaheem recruits the blacksmith, Barabbas, to be the insurrection leader, to the dismay of Barabbas’ Godly but fearful wife (when he finally tells her). Will the insurrection succeed? The mendicant, an unfortunate but pensive young man named Timotheus, joins with an older beggar completely unsympathetic to his musings. Pontius Pilate sees himself as a weak ruler, but his wife pushes him to be stronger and to even take over Herod’s territory. Manaheem re-unites with his former wife, Claressa. In need of more money, he tries twice to blackmail Herod, losing Claressa in the process. Will he win her back? Barabbas, also in need of more money, turns to robbery, enlisting the aid of the two beggars. Will the result be riches or disaster? Does redemption lie ahead, and at what cost to those who find it? Amid conflicts, suspicion, and treachery within the empire, what will be the reactions of the rulers to the new sect called Christians?
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I, James M. Becher, was Born on June 8, 1943, of a Christian family and accepted Christ at an early age Interested in writing and drama since High School, I graduated from Grace L. Hill Memorial Christian School, where I participated in several plays and got A’s in English Grammar, and wrote several short stories, poems, and articles, usually incorporating my faith into my writings. While attending St. Petersburg Jr. College, in St. Petersburg, FL, I won second prize in a writing contest with a Biblical short story, called “Beggarman-Thief,” which forms part of my first novel. I attended Bob Jones University, in Greenville, S.C., and then Clearwater Christian College, graduating with a B.A. in Bible-lit, going on to Biblical School of Theology (now Biblical Seminary) in Hatfield, Pennsylvania and graduating in 1974 with an M.Div. Ordained in November of 1974, I served in different areas of Ministry, one of which was a foreign student ministry, which is where he met his dear wife, Berenice from Venezuela, and which is also where I started writing my first two novels.
Berenice and I were married in 1980 in St. Petersburg, FL. In 1989, we went to Venezuela for an extended stay, where, along with teaching English to the Shell American Oil Company’s employees, at the same time I completed my purposeful time travel novel, Impossible Journey, A Tale of times and Truth, using a friend’s computer. Upon returning to the US, I also completed my Biblical novel (a historical fiction novel of the time of Christ), “Of Such Is The Kingdom,” which I had started before we left, and of which the short story, “Beggarman-Thief” is a part. It was published by PublishAmerica in 2003.
Also shortly after returning to the U.S., I began publishing my self-help ezine, “Inspirational Success Tips,” my articles from which now form my self-help book “Principles of the Kingdom.”
Later, I revised the sci-fi novel, Impossible Journey, A Tale of Times and Truth, and it was published in January of 2005.
In 2007, I revised and expanded the Biblical novel, OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM, A Novel of Biblical Times, adding PART III about the early church.
I also completed a short self-help book (or booklet–roughly 18,000 words) based on my articles from my ezine with quotable quotes for each chapter. It’s titled Principles of the Kingdom (God’s success principles) and was published in 2012
In November 2013, I preached my “Christmas Victory” message, based on an insight on Isaiah 7:14, which the LORD had shown me in seminary. I also gave a history of the writing of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” This resulted in the writing of my latest novel, The Christmas Victory, A Gem of A Sermon, All Wrapped Up in a Historical Novel, which was published in July of 2014.
This year (2018) I have been further revising and updating all my books. I completely re-designed the cover to Impossible Journey, making it more relevant to the content, I made Of Such Is The Kingdom into 4 volumes, thus giving buyers a choice of getting all 3 parts at once or starting with PART I and getting the other 2 parts later. I also added a full-color Gift Edition to “The Christmas Victory,” thus giving buyers a Christmas gift option (to buy as a gift for someone else or even as a gift for themselves),