THREE MORE BIBLE STORIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED…but maybe could have
About the Book
This book is a sequel to my previous book, SIX BIBLE STORIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED…but maybe could have. It takes additional minor characters of the New Testament—a pagan woman, two blind men, the father of the apostles Matthew and James, and others--and presents fictional stories about them woven into the actual Biblical narrative. Justa, a pagan woman, is presented with a back story of true faith, genuine love, debilitating tragedy and miraculous healing. She is introduced as a house slave who longs to be respected and loved. Her story follows her as she learns resilience from Mary and Joseph, how to love and be loved from her beloved husband Danel, and her true worth from Jesus. Micah and Asher’s story begins with them as thieves partnering with Eli, an unrepentant ne’er-do-well. Then, through the concern of the apostle Nathaniel, they are lifted up from blindness to sight, both physically and spiritually. The story of Alphaeus is about a man who is obstinate regarding his Jewish beliefs and traditions, even if his stubbornness means being estranged from his sons, Matthew and James, and creating heartache for his wife, Rebecca. Alphaeus’ adamant stand leads him to join Saul in persecuting the first Christians until he and Saul are ironically called to be ambassadors for Christ. These stories engage and inspire, for they not only speak to questions of faith in the context of the start of Christianity, but they also touch on challenges regarding faith and the meaning of life facing contemporary believers and unbelievers alike.
About the Author
ROBERT (BOB) BAILOR is a Philosophy Professor with a particular interest in meaning of life issues. He is also a retired Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Bob has published two non-fiction books in philosophy (Passion, Longing and God and A Month of Wonders), one non-fiction book in addiction counseling (Chemical Addiction & Family Members) and a fictionalized self-help book on aging (Getting Older). His first three novels are a trilogy about one person’s spiritual journey from agnostic to genuine believer committed to a life of faith, hope and love (Through Fire to Faith, Through Horror to Hope, and Through Loss to Love). Bob’s fourth novel (Murder in the Time of COVID) is a murder mystery set in the time of the COVID pandemic that demonstrates the courage, intelligence and integrity of the law enforcement personnel trying to solve a case which turns out to involve aspects of sex trafficking and religious extremism. The fifth fiction book (Six Bible Stories That Never Happened) is a companion to his sixth fiction book, the current Three More Bible Stories That Never Happened. Both BIBLE STORIES are collections of artistic religious fables aimed at a general Christian readership who would appreciate creative, enjoyable fictionalized faith-based readings. All books are summarized and available at Bob’s website: robertbailor.com. Bob has also published numerous articles in philosophy and counseling, and he has presented talks at various professional conferences on teaching philosophy, spirituality, and advancing professional counseling skills. Bob lives in Westerville, OH with his wife, Mary Rose. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.