With Messages from Estillyen, author William E. Jefferson has crafted a story as rich as it is deep. Ancient words render contemporary thoughts, and characters cast distinct shadows of human worth.
Explore Estillyen with Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze. Hollie is a budding artist who has recently been diagnosed with a troubling disease. Her search for “normal” brings her to a place she never expected.
Goodwin is an architect seeking dreams – a young man drawn to Estillyen by a mystery from his childhood. On their Estillyen pilgrimage, the couple is thrust into a surprising crisis that brings them face-to-face with deep questions concerning, fate, God and destiny.
Along the way, you will also meet the colorful and lively monks of Estillyen—an ancient order of Message Makers who settled on the isle in 1637. The Estillyen monks are renowned for their dramatic readings based on classic Scripture narratives.
The readings interspersed throughout the story offer a unique presentation of the Gospel via the ongoing struggle be¬tween the forces of darkness and light, and the necessity for the solution in the ‘Word made flesh.’
Be prepared, though – forewarned, if you will. Messages from Estillyen is not a fast read novel. The storyline comprises 432 pages of thought provoking and timeless content.
And now, readers of Messages from Estillyen can introduce others to the work, either its complete form, or one of two companion editions:
- The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout features the novel storyline of Messages from Estillyen along with synopses of monk readings.
- Redemption: Twelve Reading from the Monks of Estillyen offers the complete readings of Messages from Estillyen, in a compact softcover edition.
Messages from Estillyen will help you to discover the very words that will transform your heart. Seek them. Find them. Make them your own.
Blue Ink review: “In his breakout novel of spiritual revelation, William E. Jefferson invites readers on a journey of discovery where ‘joy and meaning break through pain.’
“The themes are deep. Discerning readers will be drawn into the mystery surrounding Ironbout’s tortured soul. And the readings interspersed throughout the story offer a unique presentation of the Gospel via the ongoing struggle between the forces of darkness and light, and the necessity for the solution in the ‘Word made flesh.’
“The author’s writing is skilled, poetic, and reminiscent of the classical period. This is a book to savor, not to gulp; the pace is leisurely. The style is allegorical in part, reminiscent of John Bunyan and C.S. Lewis. The ‘readings’ hearken to Donne and Milton as well.
“The novel will appeal to readers who appreciate British wit, the skill of a true wordsmith, and the challenge of metaphysical introspection. Christian readers will be especially delighted by the creative way the author brings the Bible to life.
“Jefferson stays true to his motto: ‘Words matter, some more than most.’ The words in Messages from Estillyen matter.”
Clarion Reviews: “The author weaves the threads of his story deftly and often poetically, shaping phrases with a lilting rhythm that evokes the cadences of storytellers of old and enhances the aura of mystery that surrounds Estillyen and its inhabitants.”