Review on Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage
Christine Capolino reviews Cheryl Dickow's new book, Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage.
A gem in the crown of quality Christian offerings from Bezalel Books, Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage, will inform you, captivate you, inspire you.
If only it didn't have to end.
Mrs. Dickow's colorful, yet realistic characters will grip and endear you. Their flaws are our flaws. Their strengths, our strengths. They struggle to relate to each other and to live fully Christian lives, honoring the Lord and each other as much as possible. Feeling, at times, as if they have failed the ones they love and feeling failed, themselves. Yet recognizing the blessing of being the Lord's servant at all times.
Page after page, you will ask yourself how the author could possibly know you so well—your innermost thoughts, your soul. Being immersed in the lives of Beth and Luke as well as Beth's newfound friends in Jerusalem, The Goldfarbs, and a few other caring souls, serves to enrich and enlighten us all.
So, too, the author draws us into her protagonist's journey of the soul. The vividness describing the historical settings as well as attention to minor details, such as the layout of Beth's Jerusalem apartment, create a novel which rivals any on the bestseller list. Plot surprises, also, will keep you riveted to Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage far into the night.
Our story begins as Beth, feeling underappreciated by her husband and four kids for far too long, plans an adventure—a pilgrimage. She travels to Israel, a place whose history has appealed to her as her "fascination with the Jewish roots of their faith was unquenchable."
Beth's midlife, solo quest does offer peace of mind and relaxation. Equally important though, as she walks in the footsteps of Christ to Golgotha and as she humbly relives and relearns her Faith, are the friends she meets along the way. Friends who have known each other but a short time, yet display true compassion in the face of adversity and an honest comfort level as well. You, too, may close the book wishing that you had friends as loyal (and fun) as our heroine Beth, and her new but lifelong friends, Miriam and Rachel.
"Resources and Reflections" at the end of Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage will equip the reader with further information around our Jewish beginnings, such as the many names of God, Sabbath traditions and recipes for traditional Jewish dishes such as falafel and Tabouli. Incredibly practical and also within this section, Mrs. Dickow furnishes Biblical references and a handful of prayer suggestions to coordinate with various chapters making it perfect for a woman’s book club or study group.