The Substance Hoped For

A Journey of Faith

by Jeffrey H. King



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/19/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 448
ISBN : 9781425925970
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 448
ISBN : 9781425925963

About the Book

The Substance Hoped For is based on Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the essence of things not seen.”  It is the journey of one man, Tom Snyder, from agnosticism to faith in God.


That journey comes in the form of traveling back in time to the night Christ is born and eventually living with Joseph, Mary, and Jesus for almost two years.  Struggling at first to simply accept that he is indeed back in time, he eventually comes to terms with that situation.  Beyond that, believing in God and Jesus’ true nature takes a bit more doing.


Through Tom’s 21st  Century eyes, we see the Christmas story and the people of the New Testament as more than mere Sunday School characters.  Taking his cues from the bible, human nature, and his years on the stage, Jeff King breathes the details of life into the three Wise Men, King Herod, Simeon at the temple, the soldiers who slaughter the Innocents, and even a few angels.  Not to mention Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.


Take the journey of faith with Tom and find for yourself The Substance Hoped For.

About the Author

This is Jeff King’s first novel, but he is not new to writing or publishing.  He is the author of a series of church skits called Tonesetters, published from 1998 to 2000.  These five-minute vignettes brought a fresh perspective to each Sunday’s lesson.  He is also the author of two screenplays, one of which, The Whirligig, was read by Dolly Parton’s Sandollar Productions.


His roots are in the theatre, with degrees in speech, theatre, and acting.  Apprenticed at the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival and the Meadowbrook Theatre in Auburn Hills and a two-year member of the Hillberry Repertory Company in Detroit, he has worked with Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, and a number of other television and movie actors.


A member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, OH, Jeff has served as an usher, church Elder, and Sunday School superintendent.  He also regularly performs the liturgy on Sunday mornings to assist the pastors in managing their three worship services.