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Abraham's Bind

& Other Bible Tales of Trickery, Folly, Mercy and Love

Michael J. Caduto

6 x 9, 224 pp, Mercy and Love, 978-1-59473-186-0

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Ancient stories from the Bible offer lessons for today’s world

“Little has changed over the millennia. Our existence remains suspended between the realm of the eternal and the elemental plane of the material world. This tension pulls at our hearts and minds as we attempt to find our true selves in relationship to each other and to God. This is the crucible of our lives: the true test of our powers of strength and conviction in the face of adversity, our wrestling with the range of human emotion, from jealousy and rage to kindness, sacrifice, and generosity toward the ones we love.”

—from the Introduction

With insight, thoughtfulness and wit, these provocative and entertaining re-imaginings of stories from the Bible highlight the ways God can work for and through us, even today:

Barren and despairing Sarah becomes pregnant—learning that nothing is impossible.

Jacob the trickster is, in turn, tricked into marrying the wrong wife—learning that what goes around comes around.

Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers, only to rise to wield power of life and death over them—learning that patience and integrity will win out in the end.

Through multifaceted characters, original stories and vivid natural imagery, Caduto brings this ancient world to life. He immerses you in a richly-textured experience of another time and place. Within these pages you will come to see these familiar tales through new eyes.

Praise for Michael Caduto’s work

“[A] deft re-telling.… Stories I have known and treasured over many decades moved me, for the first time in my life, to tears. To read Abraham’s Bind is to submit one’s spiritual imagination to a whole other level of poignancy and power.”

Phyllis Tickle, editor, The Divine Hours

“Engaging and poetic … alive with literary and interpretive creativity…. Helps each one of us with our own personal wrestlings with the ‘others’ in our lives and with our spiritual quests.”

Dr. Norman J. Cohen, professor of midrash and author of Self, Struggle & Change: Family Conflict Stories in Genesis and Their Healing Insights for Our Lives

“Textured with vivid detail and imagery, these stories allow us to experience the passion and fear, longing and faithfulness of the men and women of the Bible and remind us of the timeless struggles of the human heart.”

Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, author, Wisdom in the Telling: Finding Inspiration and Grace in Traditional Folktales and Myths Retold

“A splendid collection retold by a master storyteller…. Gives us a fresh look at the stories that have touched our hearts…. Caduto’s unique storytelling ability shines.”

Dr. Stan Cianfarano, professor of education, College of St. Joseph

“Incredible descriptive detail.”

Mary Cronk Farrell, coauthor, Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions

“Caduto’s rich details and engaging style delve deeply into these stories and characters. Readers will be treated to new insights.”

Matt Biers-Ariel, author, The Triumph of Eve & Other Subversive Bible Tales

 

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