April 29, 2010

Giveaway: The Galilean Secret by Evan Drake Howard


The Galilean Secret is a new thriller that combines Da Vinci Code-style intrigue with a fresh perspective on the teachings of Jesus such as millions of readers embraced in The Shack.  Publishers Weekly calls it  "...unique and fascinating..." 

The relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene has long fascinated scholars and intrigued nearly all believers. What was the nature of their relationship and how has it influenced Christianity since the first millennium? With compelling storytelling in the style of Dan Brown coupled with years of exhaustive study, Evan Drake Howard has created a magisterial novel that asks, and attempts to illuminate, enduring questions on the nature of love.

In first-century Jerusalem, the faithful Judith finds herself caught in a web of romantic betrayal and intrigue. She must reconcile her faith with her conflicting feelings for two brothers, one the Zealot Dismas and his brother, the sensitive merchant Gabriel. A letter written by an insightful Galilean rabbi changes their lives forever and sets each on a new path of discovery, humanity and love.

In modern-day Israel, amidst the war-torn countryside, Karim, a young Palestinian, finds himself with a similar struggle. Caught between his brother’s relentless ambition for martyrdom and his powerful love for a woman he cannot have, his life seems an endless journey of rage and despair. Until one day, while seeking refuge in the long-forgotten caves of Qumran, he discovers a crumbling scroll with a mysterious text. Still legible after two millennia, Karim reads a message that indeed changes his life forever. But will the cost be worth his newfound knowledge?

Evan Drake Howard  holds a master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a doctorate in theology from Boston University. He pastors Community Church of Providence in Rhode Island, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

For your chance to win one of five copies of this book, visit the book's website using the link above and tell one thing that interested you about the website or book. Please be sure to include your email address in your comment or profile. 

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This giveaway is open until May 10th and is open to US residents aged 18 and over only. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email or a new winner will be selected. 

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Martha Lawson said...

Wow! I read the excerpts and was blown away! This book sounds amazing. I would love to win this one.

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Anonymous said...

Hi! The story starts at the Dead Sea which I think is fascinating. I saw the cover of the book and immediately thought of the Dead Sea Scrolls. I think this will be a great book to read.
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traveler said...

I am completely fascinated with this amazing story and the intriguing background to this novel. The website which is compelling relates the history and traces the discoveries. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

enyl said...

I think it's intresting that the author is a practicing pastor.

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Some Lucky Dog said...

I read the first few pages of the book and am totally hooked! We visited Israel in February and our itinerary included the caves of Qumran and a visit to the center where the Dead Sea Scrolls are being studied. It was fascinating. The history of the region is so complicated and I'd love to read this story that's woven around it!

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Unknown said...

The first sentence on the nlog got me. It says a lot!
A long-forgotten letter. A centuries’ old secret. A message about love that spans millennia, culture and beliefs.

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Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting that "Nag Hammadi, a town in Upper Egypt on the west bank of the Nile, dates back to antiquity." *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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Margie said...

The elements of this book sound fascinating...the mystery of the caves, the discovery of ancient scripture and the dramatic landscape. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Kaye said...

Wow, this sounds exciting! Please count me in.

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janetfaye said...

I find the discovery of a crumbling scroll with a mysterious text very interesting.

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Steve Capell said...

This would be a book that I would look forward to reading. I am glad your hosting this giveaway. I found out the author, Evan Drake Howard holds a master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a doctorate in theology from Boston University and pastors a small church in Providence, Rhode Island. Thanks again for hosting this giveaway.


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catss99 said...

I liked reading about the author's religious training, schools, degrees ,etc

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Anonymous said...

As one who loves history, archeology and the bible this sounds wonderful! I would so love to have this one!

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