We are told that over 2000 years ago, Judas Iscariot was the disciple of Christ, who ultimately betrayed him. Today he is a divorced, remarried plumber living in Australia and his past has come back to haunt him.
While this may seem like the plot of an interesting fictional novel, it is instead a series of events in author Simon Hay’s life.
The plumber turned medium set out to write a book that takes the reader along as he relives the spiritual awakening that connected his previous lives and gave him a better understanding of his place in the modern world.
“The Disciple” is a well written book that mixes the spiritual and the mundane, as well as the past and the present through seamless storytelling. It is not necessary that you believe. It is enough that the author believes.
This isn’t a book that tries to save the world or even Australia. Hay doesn’t want to convert the masses. He simply wishes to share his story and touch the lives that need to be touched. At its heart, it is a tale of redemption: His own.
- The narrative is very easy and comfortable, not at all difficult to follow.
- The characters are complex. Hay gives us very three dimensional protrayals. No character is incidental. Each character serves a distinct purpose in the narrative and help to advance the plot.
- Hay gives equal scene time and reverence to the female characters such as Mary, Martha, and Rachel, who are often marginalized in such tellings.
- While I understand that it is about Simon’s current journey, I can’t help but feel that Hay left us a little in the dark when it comes to Judas’s history. He often alludes to events like Judas joining Jesus but we never get the full look at the event or why he joined.
- I’m a very spiritual person and many things in this book resonated with me on that level. But there were a couple of things that also caused me to back away spiritually from the story. And unfortunately it is not a tale you can take a la carte. It’s the full seven course meal or nothing. It is fact or fiction, which leaves me in a limbo when reaching for the truth in this book.
Fact or fiction aside, “The Disciple” is a well written and new look at familiar characters. It grabbed my attention from the first chapter and didn’t let go.
- Learn more about Simon Hay and his healing practices (www.simonhay.com)
- Grab a copy of “The Disciple” from Amazon.com
Erin Eymard aka The Bookworm has been an Examiner since July 2013. She also has her own book blog, The Bookworm’s Fancy, and contributes to The New Podler Review of Books. For more updates, subscribe to the New Orleans Book Examiner.