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Celebrate Lit: The Last Disciple--Escape to Antioch by Kurt Brouwer


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Book: The Last Disciple: Escape to Antioch

Author: Kurt Brouwer

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: June 15, 2023


He was the Beloved Disciple… …and he would be the last.

The burden to tell the whole story now rests on his shoulders.


He was the Beloved Disciple, chosen by Jesus and destined to be the last to carry the divine message. Devastated by the loss of his adopted mother Mary, John has no time to mourn. The streets of Jerusalem teem with danger, as Roman rulers engage in fierce conflict with Jewish rebels, all vying for control.


While his allegiance lies with his people, John is at odds with the rebels’ passion for earthly power. His quest is to preserve and share the legacy of Jesus.



Will he succeed in spreading the gospel?


Or has he waited too long?


As Jerusalem descends into chaos, John escapes to Antioch. He finds rest, renewal, and purpose among the devoted Christians there and begins sharing his account of the life and teachings of Christ.


Yet even within this refuge, the old conflicts descend on Antioch too, and the dangers ignited in Jerusalem draw near.


Set against a backdrop of actual events, The Last Disciple: Escape to Antioch is the second novel in a series woven from the Bible and Christian history.


Join John as he embarks on an extraordinary journey, discovering the true essence of faith, love, and divine purpose.


Your heart will embrace The Last Disciple: Escape to Antioch because John’s story is the story of our hope and promise.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Kurt Brouwer is a Christian and a member of a vibrant Christian church in Hawaii. He also loves to write.



A few years back, Kurt did a study at his church on the Apostle John. If you’ve ever been obsessed by anything, you’ll understand that Kurt couldn’t stop researching, digging, diving into the life of John and other first century Christians. The result is a series of Christian historical novels.


The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem was published on Amazon in November 2022. It has been in the top five for Inspirational Religious Fiction and Religious Historical Fiction in 2023.

More from Kurt

Right now I’m living in two worlds: writing and researching the first century world of the early Christians while also tackling the technical demands of self-publishing and online book promotion in the 21st century.


LIVING IN TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS


Writing a book and publishing it have become almost polar opposites, at least for me. Research and writing require a focus on history, places, people, and then the work of creating a written narrative that brings all these to life. With my books, I focus on the first century Biblical world of John, the disciple of Christ. So I have to study, imagine, and then describe the life of first century Christians like John, Timothy, Priscilla and many more.


But publishing has to be done in the modern world of software, online apps, book cover graphic design, and navigating sites like Amazon.com. I actually enjoy this, but I definitely find it frustrating too.


GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR BOOK TWO


For example, I had my book cover designer create a graphic I wanted to use as a part of the book detail page on Amazon. But when I go through the step-by-step instructions on Amazon, I get an error message. Eventually, I’ll figure it out, but there’s a steep learning curve in the publishing and promotion side of writing. Here is the design. It may not be on Amazon yet, but you can see it now.


This is the description for book two:


He was the Beloved Disciple… …and he would be the last. The burden to tell the whole story now rests on his shoulders.


He was the Beloved Disciple, chosen by Jesus and destined to be the last to carry the divine message. Devastated by the loss of his adopted mother Mary, John has no time to mourn. The streets of Jerusalem teem with danger, as Roman rulers engage in fierce conflict with Jewish rebels, all vying for control.


While his allegiance lies with his people, John is at odds with the rebels’ passion for earthly power. His quest is to preserve and share the legacy of Jesus.


Will he succeed in spreading the gospel?


Or has he waited too long?


As Jerusalem descends into chaos, John escapes to Antioch. He finds rest, renewal, and purpose among the devoted Christians there and begins sharing his account of the life and teachings of Christ.


Yet even within this refuge, the old conflicts descend on Antioch too, and the dangers ignited in Jerusalem draw near.


Set against a backdrop of actual events, The Last Disciple: Escape to Antioch is the second novel in a series woven from the Bible and Christian history.


Join John as he embarks on an extraordinary journey, discovering the true essence of faith, love, and divine purpose.


Your heart will embrace The Last Disciple: Escape to Antioch because John’s story is the story of our hope and promise.


But now I’m heading back to what I really love, writing and research. I’m about half way through with the first draft of book three in the series. The title will be, The Last Disciple: Exile to Ephesus.


Yours in Christ, Kurt

Blog Stops

Christina’s Corner, September 24

Texas Book-aholic, September 26

The Lit Lady, September 27

Artistic Nobody, October 2 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, October 2



Giveaway


To celebrate his tour, Kurt is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


My Review:


I highly recommend this book.


Funny thing is, I recently read another book about John (and without naming names or titles), this book is very much more to my taste. In the pages of this book, the New Testament shadows take on flesh and become real men.


I learned so much, but I also think my faith grew a little bit deeper. It's one thing to know that all the disciples were either martyred or, in the case of John, exiled, but...it's a totally different thing to live that pain with them and the ones who cared for them, even a little.


This is an in-between book, covering the years between the execution of James and John's exile (so not yet in this book). I definitely want to go back and read the others.


I did receive a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit tours, but my opinions are my own. I do recommend this book to everyone.



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T. Michelle Cooper
T. Michelle Cooper
07 de out. de 2023

What book genre is your favorite and why?

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
10 de out. de 2023
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So sorry for the delay in reply--my husband and I traveled to NYC to visit my daughter.

Now, I love your question! My favorite to read is historical romance and my favorite to write is contemporary romance. Christian in both cases because God is part of all aspects of my life.


Why? I love the escape of going back in time where we know the answers. I like writing contemporary because we're living it and we don't know all the answers--so more to explore and did deep.


How about you?

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Convidado:
26 de set. de 2023

LOVE THIS !

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
10 de out. de 2023
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I appreciate you reading! I don't know how I didn't see your comment sooner! Blessings, Christina

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Debra Pruss
Debra Pruss
25 de set. de 2023

The book sounds very intriguing. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you did not get any damage from the tropical storm/hurricane. Have a fabulous week. God bless you.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
25 de set. de 2023
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You are welcome. We've had beautiful weather this past week. My mother, who lives in Virginia, did get a lot of rain, but they're fine, too. Thank you for thinking of us! :)

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Mike Law
Mike Law
25 de set. de 2023

This looks likeva great novel to read. Thanks for sharing.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
25 de set. de 2023
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It was--and you are welcome! :)

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Convidado:
25 de set. de 2023

Thanks for sharing!

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
25 de set. de 2023
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Thank you for reading. Have a great week!

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