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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Destiny Image
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 X .5 (inches)|
Michael Robert Wolf has led Beth Messiah Messianic Jewish Synagogue in Cincinnati, Ohio for the past 33 years. He is past president of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America and presently serves on their executive committee. He has produced several childrens video movies and is presently working with Kingdom Pictures on an independent film he wrote called "Sound of the Spirit," due to be released early in 2012.
"A slice of life from the 1960s. You will not be able to put this refreshingly entertaining book down." Sid Roth, "Its Supernatural" TV host
"The Upper Zoo is an exquisitely written novel that will tug at your soul. Those who enter its world will find it deeply affecting and poignant." -- Jonathan Bernis, Jewish Voice Ministries
Author: Michael Robert Wolf
Located in: Mainevile, Ohio
Submitted: June 11, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. In addition to leading a Messianic congregation for over thirty years, I have written a number of screenplays and stage productions. My latest screenplay is the Kingdom Pictures movie "The Sound of the Spirit", which I also directed. It is distributed by Bridgestone Multimedia Group and will be available in September. "The Upper Zoo" is my first novel.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to write about the experience of a sensitive boy during the 1960s who is confronted with challenges to the precious and special gift created in God's image that each human being is.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I want the the theme "There are many kinds of smart and many kind of wise" to stir a hunger for the only source of true meaning and purpose, and for readers to process their own formative school experience in new and fresh ways. I also hope that young people learn lessons from the challenges the various characters face and the ways in which they prevail.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? The characters took me on a journey, so that I learned more about myself and my deepest feelings as I wrote the book. Each day of writing was an adventure.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I was influenced by many authors and screenwriters. But my main influence was my own experience. Though the book is not strictly autobiographical, it includes many of my experiences and observations.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I hope they not only read the book, but that they also review it on this site (And, of course, that they hopefully like it in the process).