Thursday, August 29, 2013
A Book Review on The Book of Jotham by Arthur Powers
A simple, yet profound read. Written as a novella, I picked up that even the short length of the story proves that truth can be presented succinctly in few words. Jotham as a disabled man communicates his journey with Christ and humanity in a very sensory way. He processes events and the genuine character of individuals around him through what he feels. This is opposite of what we define as competence. His conversation is limited but his understanding of relationship with the Creator and Savior is deep and necessary. He epitomizes that "childlike faith" our Lord so encouraged in each one of us. What I like most about this story is that Jesus could have restored Jotham to complete normalcy, but chose for the better of surrounding souls to live and let live. Jotham's underlying peace and received love was grace enough to endure mockery and insults. Although challenged in a way that I felt he was locked inside his disability, Jotham no less understood when he was being insulted or loved: A most basic intelligence. The book's message is encouraging to those who are caregivers to disabled people. Wholeness as a perception is expressed in this novella as one that draws us to faith, something beyond what we see, feel, hear, and taste.