Quest for the Nail Prints by Don Furr is a journey of three unrelated individuals to the time of Christ for reasons they do not know. Elisabeth is a Flight MED Doctor and was heading to Israel to set up a clinic their for trama patients. She is a believer. Paul is a pastor who is going on a Honeymoon gift from his mother and sick stepfather, without his wife because she is fearful of the area and time - it has always been his dream and she wants him to live it. The third traveler is a Professor of Religious studies, who by all accounts is without any religion whatsoever. The three end up on multiple planes together find a sort of bond or rather a mutual destination. Elisabeth has three free days and decides to go sight seeing with Paul, the professors flight gets cancelled and he ends up with them - then one two three round a corner three strange events running and suddenly Paul is seeing Jesus enter the Holy City on Palm City! The story wraps around and around drawing you in and weaving you into the tapestry - one moment in the garden of the night before the crucifixion it is said a man ran out of his cloths - when really in the dark and struggle the soldiers had tore elisabeth's outer garments off her. They were part of the bible we know now, then always. Even the black man who carried the cross was important and a soldier he also seemed to be from the future playing out a part in the final days of Christ.
This book touches the heart and soul of every christian, jew, and non believer alike. I can see a non believer accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior on their knees as they finish this book, and not because of time travel, rather the importance of the events that took place 2000 years ago. How we simply let them fall to the wayside as ashes from a forgotten fire. I know that the story of Mary and Martha used to be one of the most important stories in my life. I found solace in the giving of the alabaster oil on Jesus feet before dinner instead of waiting to use it on His body at the time of His death. I had fallen away forgotten the moment the breath the meaning the feelings around the table the way Jesus had to teach His Disciples the grand gift that He had just been given. This book takes the moments and breaths life into them and lays them out for the reader to not only read but to feel and taste, to experience. Where were you when Christ was Crucified? I was weeping.
This book may be the book that changes the lives of this current generation. It is not a hoax, not a bunch of smoke and mirrors. Rather it is Life, History-Our History, our freedom from Sin, our Bridge to the Father, the new covenant told in a way that just may make you ask another question as to His return.
I could not put this book down. The author did a wonderful job of making me feel like I had actually gone back in time and spent time with Jesus and His disciples. This book touched me on a very personal level and I highly recommend it to everyone. I have chosen it for my book club and I'm looking forward to a lively discussion. I loved the ending of the book and I can't wait for Don Furr's next book to pick up where Quest for the Nail Prints ended.
This book caught my attention and had me staying up reading til the wee hours of the morning. I finished the book in one sitting, but it was intense!
The characters are very believable. Their personalities are fleshed out and each one is very different. Spending time with Jesus personally effects them in ways they never imagined.
The author did a great job of bringing the reader into the story. Many of the things the characters said and did were very relatable. The story was very personal, in an indescribable way. The story of Jesus, and "being there" was absolutely amazing and heartwrenching.
Even though this book is fiction, it is very thought provoking and makes you think about your roles in life, how your actions can effect others.
"Quest for the Nail Prints" is a time travel novel with a supernatural intervention in the lives of the three protagonists, Elizabeth Stewart, a resident physician, and Pastor Paul Ryann, both from Memphis, and Professor Leonardo Van Eaton from George Town University.
Unrelated Circumstances bring the three together on an International air flight going to Jerusalem. The professor found himself stranded in Jerusalem when his connecting flight for India was canceled. The physician's assignment was not scheduled to begin for three days. Paul Ryann, the minister, was fulfilling a lifetime dream of visiting the Holy land.
The three joined signed up for a local bus tour for a day of sight seeing in the city of Jerusalem. At the first scenic stop the bus made, Ryann witnessed a criminal act. Soon the trio found themselves in life threatening danger. Suddenly they discovered they were in the midst of a mysterious experience taking them back in time to a Jerusalem at the beginning of Passion Week. They became players with the twelve apostles in the upper room, participating in the last supper with Jesus.
The story that follows takes Dr. Stewart and Pastor Ryann on a spiritual journey with Jesus for the entire Passion Week right up to Calvary. Professor Van Eaton ventures out on an adventure that leads him in another direction.
Reading "Quest for the Nail Prints" became a memorable experience for me. The teachings of Jesus took on a new meaning as the Holy Spirit used Don Furr to bring his Words to the page in a new way as I was transported back in time to follow Jesus and the disciples on the final days leading to Golgotha and the Crucifixion. I found that although I was transfixed by the story line, and Furr's writing I had to take time outs for assimilation and reflection on the purpose behind the message of cross. This is a book that will long linger in my thoughts in a way that will have an impact on my reading of the scriptures in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.
"Quest for the Nail Prints" is an unusual time travel novel with a focus on melding plot, character development, theme, and suspense. Don Furr has a remarkable gift for story telling and riveting writing that leads to a supernatural encounter with Jesus.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes with no obligation to post a positive review. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
This is Sheaf House Publishers' second time-travel book. Its first, Seasons in the Mist by Deb Kinnard, is up for an award, and deservedly so, especially if you've a love of Cornwall, England.
But Furr's time-travel book, Quest for the Nail Prints, takes three modern-day people back to Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, to the first Holy Week, which in just coming from the Lenten season, felt appropriate to be reading.
As many of us know, book covers can make or break a book's sales. When I purchased Quest for the Nails, I thought the cover aptly fit the book's premise of going back to the Holy Land. The hole drilled through the book, though, threw me. I thought it a gimmick and, as I read along, became somewhat annoyed by it. Seemed like a lot of wasted space on every page. But as I sank deeper into the plot, the hole seemed to disappear, only to come around again at the book's end, having become significant. Now I understand, value and respect that hole.
Furr takes risks in Quest for the Nail Prints, something which with readers may wrestle as each turn of the page is revealed. I'm good with that; a good discussion about a book only adds to its impact.
I love that Furr answered some questions for me, in particular, about the man carrying a jar. These three modern-day travelers involuntarily journey to 33 A.D.; they not only encounter Jesus but live and breathe with those whom Jesus traveled and lived during the last week of his pre-resurrection life.
The characters in this book are human. The modern-day Christians in Quest for the Nails don't always live the Golden Rule. They judge, they ignore, they hesitate, they fail. At times, they embarrassingly do so while Jesus is looking on. They are full-heartedly human. This made for realistic, relatable reading.
Though Quest for the Nail Prints is clearly a work of fiction, it is an interesting exploration of time-traveling to 33 A.D. and seeing both how the disciples act, as well as Furr's ficitonal characters live, in the "what abouts, ifs and buts" of living in a historical time that has simultaneously already been written about in Scripture. One cannot read this book without feeling near to Jesus. Furr puts us in the main characters' heads and even at times, in Jesus's head.
I don't know about you, but at times when reading Scripture, I've wondered why Jesus's disciples didn't say what I think I would have said or acted more courageously. Furr explores that in Quest for the Nail Prints and makes us walk a mile alongside someone else's shoes. It's one thing to read the history of Jesus and the disciples in Scripture; it's another to live Scripture after it has already happened. The book puts a spin on WWJD and makes the reader think, "What Would I Do?" if faced with the opportunity to live during Holy Week with Jesus; to speak or act, given the same scenario. I became more emphatetic toward for the disciples; they didn't have the hindsight that I or the time travelers do.
This is a fine read at any time of year and is one that makes you think.