By Natasha M. Freeman
Natasha M. Freeman, author of Abwûn (2019), is an author and communications specialist whose writing centers on thought-provoking, science-minded narratives and journalism, with the aim to unite people beyond the borders of their divisions. Her graduate and postgraduate areas of study include English literature, political science, and women’s studies, but she has always maintained a personal interest in theology and the many ways in which people are affected by religion. Her fiction work has been nominated for the Ashton Wylie Book Award of New Zealand (honoring works that contribute to the growth and enlightenment of humanity). Her first nonfiction book, Our Changing Rivers (2005), about the science and practice of fluvial geomorphology, sits on the Geography curriculum of Rhodes Univ., South Africa. Natasha is a native of Alberta, Canada.
The Q document—source of the Synoptic Gospels—has long been a mystery. A rumor. A myth. Its pages could threaten the meaning of life and shake the foundations of the world’s major religions—but its existence had never been proved. Until now.
In ancient Cappadocia, legends and parables speak of a divine stream, bubbling up from within the earth. Mateo, as guardian of the stream, hears its call and deciphers its secrets.
In the present day, Farah, hoping to lighten her dark thoughts, journeys to a Pacific island, only to find herself drawn to a mysterious book. Will it hold the answers she seeks or plunge her into a battle for her life and soul?
To Rose, anyone who is not a devout Christian is suspicious, dangerous, and bound for hell. Her son Roger, a theological archeologist, is creeping dangerously close to that fate. Roger has uncovered a buried scroll in modern-day Turkey—a scroll that suggests the document at the root of Judeo-Christian belief was grossly misunderstood, that the politically influenced faith systems that canonized the gospels got it wrong.
The Q document could tear humanity apart. Should it be shared with all mankind to return human spiritual awareness to its purest form? Or should it be destroyed?
Meticulously researched and based on historical truth, Abwûn speaks eloquently to the power of religion to uplift but also to harm, as it leads us through an electrifying unfolding capable of changing the way we view the world, religion—and ourselves.
'Explosive ... a novel unlike any I've read in years.' - Tom Harpur, author of Water into Wine and The Pagan Christ
Published 2019 (Cynren Press) - 9781947976115 – Paperback - 360 pages Rights: World