Reviewing the newly published book by Ruth Crofton
A Dead Man’s Gift is a beautifully crafted short fictional story with its genesis in the narrative of the wise men so much a part of the Nativity Story. The book is a delightful and thought provoking story. It is drawn from the author’s experiences of travelling in the Middle East and specifically the Sinai Desert. For thousands of years guides have led trains of travellers and merchants across the desert trails.
The author skilfully creates the imagined reminisces of an old man, a camel driver, as he reflects on such a journey as a young man. The story is beautifully told and the writing style richly descriptive taking the reader on the journey with all the imagined occurrences of that journey between the various characters. The story is of gifts, and the author gives the story as a gift, reminding us of the greatest gift of all a baby who came into the world and changed the world through His gift to us.
Half of the profits from the sales of this book will go to Waddington Street Resource Centre, Durham, an independent charity enabling effective and meaningful support and opportunities to people with mental health needs in that community. The gift goes on.
Ruth Crofton is a retired URC minister living near Durham.
A Dead Man’s Gift is available from Durham Cathedral Bookshop
or by post from Ruth Crofton c/o The Waddington Street Centre, 3 Waddington Street, Durham DH1 4BG
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