Enthralling New Novel Explores Redemption’s Undying Draw In A Digital Age

Online PR News – 26-October-2018 – New York, NY – William Jefferson’s Divine Choreography of Redemption: Setting the Eternal Saga in Time offers a deeply moving portrayal of the meaning of faith in a world wistfully enchanted by the prospects of artificial intelligence and algorithmic command.

With prophetic insight and disarming wit, the author adroitly illustrates the inevitable clash between the universal advance of digital technology and the human quest for sacred space. The novel covers a terrain of theological and literary reflection—from Dante Alighieri to Jesus Christ and William Shakespeare to Marshall McLuhan—as it probes the relationship of reality and myth.

The 162-page novel was published by New York publisher Hybrid Global in May of this year and quickly picked up five-star reviews from Indie Reader, Readers’ Favorite, and Midwest Book Review.

You can read the complete press release here.

Guest Post on A Title Wave

William E. Jefferson, author of Divine Choreography of Redemption recently wrote a guest post for A Title Wave.

From the article:

… the dark, deathly role of Satan enlightens the light. The light of truth shines brighter still, when cast against the darkened veil. This point is not lost in my newly released novel, Divine Choreography of Redemption: Setting the Eternal Saga in Time. As the plot unfolds, readers will discover Satan playing a rather mesmerizing role…

… In a modern digital society, prone to nibbling on tiny tweets and tidbits, Scripture’s epic drama plays a vital role. The divinely choreographed drama draws us into matters that matter most. It halts the frenzied pace of mediated chatter and invites us to enter the eternal saga, …

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Critical Acclaim for Divine Choreography of Redemption From IndieReader

… a masterful look at technology’s influence on humanity in this modern-day allegorical adventure in which the narrator, Narrative, relates his unusual visions in his quest to write a new telling of the story of redemption…

… this modern allegory is a must-read.

… The brilliance of this novel is Jefferson’s ability as a storyteller. Though deep, there are plenty of fun and humorous scenes that keep the plot moving. The author’s talent keeps this novel’s strength of story from getting lost in its symbolism…

… many sections are compelling and worth second or third readings, not because they’re difficult, but because they’re profound. Intriguing and thought-provoking, …

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Critical Acclaim for Divine Choreography of Redemption From Readers’ Favorite

… intelligent fiction at its finest …

… Jefferson takes us to the Isle of Estillyen, where time isn’t linear and distance is beautifully ambiguous…

… Divine Choreography of Redemption by William E. Jefferson is beautiful in both its message and the eloquent execution of that message…

… readers will find a book that entertains and delights while engaged in a careful dance that leads us on a beautifully intelligent path of reflection…

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Estillyen Essay Contest: Ten Possible Directions

Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth offers ten portrayals in which Lucifer appears as a real-time observer of well-known Scripture narratives, including the Transfiguration and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In one angst-ridden diatribe, titled simply “The Speech,” Lucifer explodes with theological musings. Seemingly unfazed by the divine construct of Scripture and its story of redemption, Lucifer contends that his chaotic brand of message making will eventually trump God’s choreographed message.

We invite you to muse on this speech and join the contest by submitting a short (300-word) essay on the characterization of Lucifer as reflected in “The Speech.” If you’ve already registered for the contest, thank you! If not, we invite you to do so now. You can register for the contest and read the speech here.

If you need a specific direction for your essay, feel free to use one of the following ideas. Of course you may use your own idea as well. Possibilities are endless; be creative!

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Estillyen’s Call for Book Bloggers

storiedseaDo you have a blog? Do you write book reviews? Estillyen is offering Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth for review. We invite you to be one of the reviewers.

Estillyen has also launched an intriguing essay contest. The contest is free, open to all writers over 18 years of age, and centers on the fascinating topic of Lucifer’s’ Speech to the Netherworld. You are welcome to enter. The contest runs through October 31. This press release on RNS offers additional information about the contest and its background.

Many colleges and public library systems recognize the value of this contest and are helping to promote it. These colleges include Gordon College, Wheaton College, Taylor University, Evangel University, Missouri State University, Bethel University, The College of the Ozarks, Dordt College, Westmont College, Northwestern College, Trinity International University, and Calvin College. Library systems include the Kent District Library System (Michigan), Knox County Library System (Tennessee), and the Springfield Public Library System (Missouri).

Our hope is to see a number of reviews generated within next two to three weeks. If you choose to receive a copy of the book, we kindly ask that you post a review on your blog, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

Please respond to L.Walegir@Estillyen.com if you would like to review Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth. Provide the mailing address where you would like the book mailed; we will send the book Priority Mail.

The novel is not a quick read, but, we trust, is well worth your time.

Thank you!

Speech to the Netherworld by Fictional Lucifer – Religion Press Release Services

 

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Lucifer’s Speech to the Netherworld spurs deep theological reflection on matters of redemption and human worth. Today RNS offered a press release on Lucifer’s speech and Estillyen’s contest:

SAN FRANCISCO, California, September 12, 2014—Lucifer’s unprecedented speech to the netherworld is for real. It’s found in chapter twenty-one of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth.
Messages from Estillyen contains ten portrayals, in which Lucifer imaginatively appears as a real-time observer of well-known Scripture narratives such as the Transfiguration and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to author William Jefferson, “The characterization of Lucifer plays a vital role in surfacing important theological truths, particularly the matter of redemption and human worth.”
For the rest of the press release, read here.

 

“Centering in Christ”

The essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer as found in Chapter 21 of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth is underway! In conjunction with the contest, Port Estillyen Productions is offering free downloads of the dramatic readings of Scripture from the Monks of Estillyen.

Reading Twelve, “Centering in Christ,” is now available for download. Find it in its entirety here, along with Readings One through Eleven.

Read all twelve readings. Ponder the message.

“Most certainly. Those who swear to follow no one follow at least one. They follow self. Self is full of words lodging in the heart. Did you ever think of your heart that way, Voice? A repository you are. Words have willed their way, winnowing through your mind, rooting in your heart. They move you. They accuse you. They excuse and abuse you.” – excerpt from “Centering in Christ”

“Let Them Go!”

The essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer as found in Chapter 21 of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth is underway! Estillyen is pleased that various colleges and universities–among them, Bethel University, Gordon College, Taylor University, The College of the Ozarks, Dordt College, Evangel University, Westmont College, Trinity International University, and Northwestern College–have seen fit to help promote the contest to their students of literature.

In conjunction with the contest, Port Estillyen Productions is offering free downloads of the dramatic readings of Scripture from the Monks of Estillyen.

Reading Eleven, “Piercing Words,” is now available for download. Find it in its entirety here, along with Readings One through Ten.

“READER: A word must be spoken, scribbled, scribed, shouted, or something else, in order to become a word. Words are thought descriptors. They project thoughts from anonymity. They transfer thoughts into messages. Messages move the  world. . . .

VOICE: When does a message become a message, anyway?

READER: When it leaves its origin and transfers meaning in another place. That’s the mark of a message.” -excerpt from “Let Then Go!”

“Piercing Words”

The essay contest on the characterization of Lucifer as found in Chapter 21 of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth is underway! In conjunction with the contest, Port Estillyen Productions is offering free downloads of the dramatic readings of Scripture from the Monks of Estillyen.

Reading Ten, “Piercing Words,” is now available for download. Find it here, along with Readings One through Nine. Read them all, and ponder the message.

“READER: God thinks. Does he not? Certainly he does. God thinks in ways beyond knowing, thoughts ever flowing. Creating, communicating, ordering, searching, weighing. In God’s reckoned way, he said this to that, and light was let; the formless formed; the earth was born. Divine thoughts through and through give equilibrium its balance, hold everything together. God never quit, never went away. He’s always there.” – from “Piercing Words,” Reading Ten in Messages from Estillyen