By Rob Seabrook
Beneath the Tamarisk Tree is the first novel from Rob Seabrook.
Dismas awakes in heaven, baffled as to why; amazed by the wonder of his new surroundings. He is welcomed by Jesus and for the first time in his short, wretched life he begins to discover some of the normal human feelings and emotions that had been buried and suppressed by a life lived on the streets.
As he reflects on his past he is healed and restored, learning that he is no different to anyone else – created special and unique by a forgiving Father; saved, healed and restored by a compassionate Son and filled with love and joy by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Beneath the Tamarisk Tree is a fictional take on the story of the Penitent Thief, a character mentioned so briefly in the Bible. But his encounter with Jesus offers great insight into the scale of the sacrifice that Jesus made, and all that is freely available to everyone who believes.
Listen here to my recent podcast interview with Matt McChlery, talking about Beneath the Tamarisk Tree.
Reviews of Beneath the Tamarisk Tree
“I love the way Rob writes… I’ve read plenty of descriptions of heaven.. but this was one of the few that genuinely painted a picture of somewhere I could actually visualise…The author is able to weave a truly compelling and moving narrative, moving from the past to the present without ever losing the clarity of the greatest story ever told.” Ruth Leigh, author. Read the full review on Ruth’s blog here.
“The descriptions in this book were outstanding. I could “see” myself in the settings, and I was able to immerse myself in the story. It was very moving, and I was brought to tears more than once.” Judith McNees, author.
“This is a unique illustration of the Easter Story as we know it, that gives us a better understanding of it’s deeper meaning. Beautifully written, it evokes a multitude of emotions from the reader. The author’s description of Heaven is stunning. I thoroughly recommend this book to all readers.” T Wylie (Book Reviewer)
“While I haven’t read many Christian fiction books, I thought this one was fantastic. Rob ensured to include so much information that even if you weren’t familiar with the stories of the Bible, you wouldn’t feel like you were missing anything. This story is humbling and constantly has you thinking about your own life. I thought the author did a great job of bringing the story to life and I would highly recommend it to anyone, Christian or not.” Alyssa Lamanna (Book Reviewer)
“The language that is used throughout is poetic and beautifully descriptive… Everything clearly paints a picture in the mind’s eye, transporting us directly into everything Dismas experiences on his journey – and what a journey it is.” Deborah May (Book Reviewer)
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