Thursday, September 26, 2013

Living Stones - See What Reviewers Have To Say





About Living Stones 


She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nearly killed in Seattle during a jihadist bombing, Ashley recognizes the synagogue bomber and is later stalked by a hired Muslim hit man in Israel. There she reacquaints with Najid, the Christian Palestinian scholar she had met at the University of Washington. She falls in love with him, putting her at odds with her Zionist pro-Israeli convictions.

On the run, Ashley sees the beautiful rock churches and shrines.  But the living stones, the people of the Holy Land intrigue her. She meets Jews and Palestinians, Rabbis for and against Israeli settlement expansion. Gentle Palestinians like Najid’s family, and those in the West Bank suffering under military occupation. Both Muslims and Christians living peacefully together.

Najid and Ashley find the bomber in Seattle despite the FBI dragnet put out to arrest him.. Living Stones is the story of an American woman coming to terms with the truth of the Middle East, and the lies she had been fed. Will she survive the forces that threaten to tear her apart?
 


See What Reviewers Have To Say 

Reviews

“Lloyd Johnson creates a new way of looking at the tumult in the Holy Land.”
—Sami Awad, Executive Director, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem

“Lloyd Johnson brings a worldview which is both entertaining, educational, and based on his own observation and personal experience. His book, LIVING STONES, is a must read and will open up a perspective that will be an eye opener for those fortunate enough to get their hands on it.”
—Leonard Rodgers, Global Initiatives, Inc.

“Lloyd Johnson has done an important and wonderful thing in
bringing the reality of Israel and Palestine to the fiction reader. In Living Stones he shows us what most Americans don’t see: the real face of Palestine and of life under occupation.  Just as important, Johnson’s strong faith shines through in every page. This is a story about crossing boundaries and about forgiveness. Don’t pick up this book if you are not willing to have your assumptions challenged.  But don’t miss the opportunity—your faith will be strengthened and your horizons widened.”

—Mark Braverman, Program Director of Kairos USA and the author of A Wall in Jerusalem: Hope, Healing and the Struggle for Peace in Israel and Palestine.


From his own rich experiences with the Living Stones, Lloyd Johnson weaves a story of intrigue and danger but also love, curiosity, forgiveness, and hope. Living Stones takes us as readers beyond simplistic understandings of Israel and Palestine.  In this gripping novel, Ashley Wells’ journey of discovery helps open minds and hearts—for others in the novel, but for us as well.

—Joan Deming, Pilgrims of Ibillin Executive Director

Many excellent books treat the conflict, but in “ Living Stones” Lloyd Johnson creates a new way of looking at the tumult in the Holy Land— through a fiction lens .  Stories of ordinary people, the living stones, caught up in the historic chaos, unmask the hidden dynamics of the conflict—social, spiritual and psychological.  Their action-adventures reflect the reality of life in Palestine/Israel.
Sami Awad, Founder and Director, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem
I am enjoying your book... passing through memory lane - not only
geographically but politically, culturally and spiritually! Very exciting
read... can see a good movie made from this! :)

I'll let you know when I'm all done.. I am mentally " walking with Ashley"
on the streets of Bethlehem and at Shepherd's Filed  - even imaging Gamal on
my brother in law's street in Beit Jala!  very cool! ) 

Ann Ammar 

Follow Lloyd’s tour here with Pump Up Your Book
 

 


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