As a boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars but has rigid obligations to apprentice with his rug-making father. When his life is radically changed, he is propelled onto a new path full of danger and glory in pursuit of a special star. The journey leads Melchior to reflect on life and death, dreams and duty, and to find unusual reconciliation within his family and with the God he never knew he sought.
Every so often, a short story comes along that grabs you in its beautiful simplicity. This is one of those stories. Seeker of Stars tells the tale of the wise men who traveled to Bethlehem by following an unfamiliar star that had appeared in their sky. Through the study of ancient Hebrew scrolls, they believed their destination was Jerusalem, which would have been a fitting birthplace for a future king.
The plot is straightforward, with a couple of intrigues to keep things interesting. The descriptions of life in the Middle East at the time of Jesus’ birth are vivid. Fish has Melchior come not just from a rug-making family but one that also travels far to sell their rugs, and so we get accounts of life as part of a camel train. It is the conclusion, however, that is of most significance. Melchior’s heart is forever changed and he is the recipient of a very special miracle.
Thank you to David C Cook for my free electronic copy of Seeker of Stars, which I downloaded from NetGalley. No review was required.
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication Date: 10 November 2013
Page Count: 134