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Bilbo Baggins, the famous little Hobbit said: “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone.'

Welcome to my website! And thank you for joining in the adventure I’ve arranged!

I’ve revamped my website to make it a platform focused on what I believe you want to see, which is the books, the reviews and comments on the books, how to get a copy and what I’m up to.

Exciting news about The Prize-Winning Story! Root Source will publish this novel in September, 2021. You are pre-authorized to read an advance copy! Click on the book cover, bottom right of this screen..

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What’s in the Pipeline?

Tesfai Tesema has a driving passion to build churches for the next generation of Ethiopians, immigrant children like his own two sons, who look ethnically Ethiopian on the outside but inside, they are thoroughly American.

I’m collaborating with Tesfai to tell the story of the doctoral research which led him to become a modern Mordecai, working with North American Ethiopian congregations to identify and empower the Esthers in their congregations.

The forthcoming book (tentative title: For Such a Time: Gen Two Ethiopians and the Gospel) features a research survey of twenty-five Ethiopian Americans and in-depth interviews with three Ethiopian second-generation pastors. It’s a must-read for immigrant parents and Christian leaders who wonder what to do with their children, who love hamburgers and French Fries more than injera bread and Key wat.

 


Click here to read an excerpt from the spring edition of the journal,
Lutheran Mission Matters.

 

The Prize-Winning Story (PWS)

I am delighted to share that Root Source Press is publishing The Prize-Winning Story, with a Launch Party on September 1st, 2021. Israeli publisher Root Source exists to help Christians learn more about the authentic Jewish roots of their faith and to build bridges of respectful relationships between Christians and Jews.

You are pre-approved to see an advance preview of my new novel, by downloading it from NetGalley. Click on the image of the bookcover, right, to see the book on NetGalley. Or start with the trailer. Click on the picture of Pastor Vladdy above to watch the book trailer.

The Prize-Winning Story is a fiction travelogue--a group of American tourists arrive in the Holy Land on U.S. Presidential Election Day, 2016, and as they tour for twelve days, they compete with each other to win the big prize offered by the tour host, Pastor Vladdy, producer of the weekly radio show, For Zion’s Sake. The challenge--tell the best story and get your trip paid for!

This novel is already generating strong interest in the U.S. Publisher’s Weekly, the flagship magazine for the publishing industry, recently reviewed The Prize-Winning Story and made it a BookLife Editor’s Pick, which it will publish on May 17, 2021. The PW review states:
‘ Inspired by the Canterbury Tales, this satire finds American Christians facing the reality of the Holy Land. No satiric novel about the Middle East could please all readers, of course, but Reed’s approach is smart and sensitive, even as he gleefully satirizes the relationship between American evangelicals and Israeli hardliners. His prose is sharp, even cutting at times, but there’s nothing parodic about many of his pilgrims’ stories, which take faith seriously.’

Ken Yoder Reed
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