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Spiritual and highly informative, this historical fiction is a powerful debut based on over a decade of research. Taut and richly told, Thomas the Apostle by new author Barbara Bode Snyder is based on Bible scriptures, Gospel of Thomas, and on stories learned when she lived in India, and tells the tale of the Apostle Thomas, beginning with his family's life in the small town of Cana in Israel. The adventure gets under way the day before his and his twin brother's bar mitzvah and leads the reader down a long path scattered with tragedy, betrayal, and the beautiful love of Jesus. Having traveled from Jerusalem to Parthia and then to India, Thomas spent his time and energy fanning the fires of Christianity into a powerful ministry. Thomas's resounding voice and passion is immortalized in the Bible and remains strong in India, but is greatly misunderstood by the world. Now, for the first time ever, readers are allowed a vivid and moving portrait of an apostle who did so much more than doubt. Christian fiction has a strong new voice.