“In his breakout novel of spiritual revelation, William E. Jefferson invites readers on a journey of discovery where ‘joy and meaning break through pain.’ The author’s writing is skilled, poetic, and reminiscent of the classical period. This is a book to savor, not to gulp.…
“The style is allegorical in part reminiscent of John Bunyan and C.S. Lewis. The ‘readings’ hearken to Donne and Milton as well. The themes are deep. Discerning readers will be drawn into the mystery surrounding Ironbout’s tortured soul. The readings interspersed throughout the story offer a unique presentation of the Gospel via the ongoing struggle between the forces of darkness and light, and the necessity for the solution in the ‘Word made flesh.’”
—Blue Ink review
“In this intelligent and heartfelt novel, a community of monks offer ‘readings’ that powerfully illuminate the words of the Bible for a modern audience.
It is a compelling tale told by a gifted and inspired storyteller. Author William Jefferson weaves the threads of his story deftly and often poetically, shaping phrases with a lilting rhythm that evokes the cadences of storytellers of old and enhances the aura of mystery that surrounds Estillyen and its inhabitants. The ‘readings’ powerfully illuminate the words of the Bible for a modern audience.”
Estillyen is a world where truth and life conquer lies and death.