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Sophia House - by Michael O'Brien

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Sophia House:  A Novel by Michael D. O'Brien

Sophia House is set in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. Pawel Tarnowski, a bookseller, gives refuge to David Schäfer, a Jewish youth who has escaped from the ghetto, and hides him in the attic of the book shop. Throughout the winter of 1942-43, haunted by the looming threat of discovery, they discuss good and evil, sin and redemption, literature and philosophy, and their respective religious views of reality. Decades later, David becomes a convert to Catholicism, is the Carmelite priest Fr. Elijah Schäfer called by the Pope to confront the Anti-christ in Michael O'Brien's best-selling novel, Father Elijah: an Apocalypse.

In this "prequel", the author explores the meaning of love, religious identity, and sacrifice viewed from two distinct perspectives. The cast of characters also includes the notorious Count Smokrev, a literate Nazi Major, a French novelist, a terrifying Polish bear, the Russian icon painter Andrei Rublev, and Pawel's beloved Kahlia, the elusive figure who moves through the story as an unseen presence. As the story unfolds, the loss of spiritual fatherhood in late Western society is revealed as a problem of language in the heart and soul, and as one of the gravest crises of our times. As the author points the way to rediscovery of our Father in heaven, he also shows us the path to renewal of human fatherhood. This is a novel about small choices that shift the balance of the world.

"O'Brien paints with a vast palette that brings the reader into his world... weaving a tapestry of Jewish and Christian themes that emerges as a poetic story of salvation"

Marty Barrack
Author, Second Exodus

"If, like me, you rate Michael O'Brien as the best contemporary Catholic novelist of the North American Continent, then you will very likely also think that Sophia House is his masterpiece."

Ronda Chervin, Ph.D.
Author, Kiss from the Cross

Michael O'Brien, author, editor and artist, has written several books including the best-selling novels, Father Elijah and Strangers and Sojourners. O'Brien writes and lectures widely on the topic of faith and culture. His articles have appeared in numerous journals.


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9781586170394
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2005

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