TMW Book Reviews

Review – The Son


David Sawyer

This gripping story combines historical fiction and a spiritual journey, set against the backdrop of the Roman conquest and the rise of Christianity. The narrative begins with a devastating attack by two Roman legions on a remote mountain kingdom, resulting in the death of the king and the capture of the queen and her daughters. The prince, referred to as ‘The Son’, and his best friend survive the onslaught and went on a perilous journey to rescue his family, leading them to the land of Israel.

Amidst the turmoil of Roman occupation and Jewish rebellion, their paths intersect with Jesus of Nazareth and his disciples. This intersection brings a dramatic twist to the tale, especially when Noro, the prince’s best friend, becomes a disciple of Jesus. At the same time, Prince Marcus, driven by his mission, aligns with the Jewish rebel Barabbas. This divergence in paths sets a tone of conflict between spiritual awakening and the harsh realities of political rebellion.

Perhaps one of the most impactful themes from The Son is the emphasis on how choices can lead to vastly different life paths. In a spiritual quest, we must see the importance of mindfulness and intentionality in decision-making. The book suggests that our choices, big or small, can steer our lives in various directions; thus, being conscious and deliberate about these choices can genuinely impact our personal and spiritual growth. We also realize the transformative power of faith through characters like Noro, who undergo meaningful changes after encountering Jesus, as well as the redemptive influence of belief and love, and the contrasting paths of violence and revenge. This resonates a lot for readers, illustrating how faith can catalyze a profound personal change. As we read along, we can’t help but contemplate into our own beliefs and potential to foster healing, especially in overcoming adversities or past mistakes.

With lines like “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” and “It wasn’t his nature to give up so easily, and to an uncertain goal,” Sawyer skillfully captures the diversified nature of humanity. The characters are portrayed with great chasm, showing that people are a blend of virtues and vices, strengths and vulnerabilities. After all, each of us has our battles and contradictions, much like the characters in the book.

The Son offers a spiritual perspective on a pivotal time in history. The book is not just a story of a prince’s quest but a deep dive into the human soul, with lessons on faith, redemption, and the consequences of our choices. It’s a must-read that offers both intellectual and emotional satisfaction.

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Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024