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Book: The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem

Author: Kurt Brouwer

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: November 18, 2022

He was the Beloved Disciple…

…and he would be the last.

The mantle to tell the whole story has fallen on him.

From the cross, Jesus entrusted John, the youngest disciple, with the welfare of Mary, Jesus’s mother. Over thirty years later, as Jerusalem becomes a cauldron of explosive tempers, he receives a calling he doesn’t want.

Will he listen and follow?

And if he does, will it be too late?

In 62 AD, the Jewish high priest executes James, the brother of

Jesus, triggering a bitter fight for power in Jerusalem that shatters the

quiet life of John. The Jewish people he loves are making dangerous choices that will change the land of Israel forever.

Should he stay in Jerusalem and help hold off the Roman onslaught? Or is it time to reach out to those beyond Israel’s borders?

If he chooses to leave, what will be his message to these foreign believers? What new words of comfort could he possibly share?

Set against a backdrop of actual events, The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem is the first novel in a new series based on the Bible and Christian history.

Follow along while John faces multiple crises and comes to understand what it is to stand alone and lean on only the Lord.

Your heart will embrace The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem because John’s story is the story of our hope and promise.


Book Excerpt:

They recognized his robe and his calloused knees, flattened from the hours he spent each day in prayer.

It was James; yet no movement, no life could be seen. Around him, a crimson fan of blood slowly dissolved in the rain.

The amount of blood and the unnatural position of his arms and legs suggested one thing only. John dropped down next to him, panting, lungs burning. He touched him, seeking life, but James was no more.

John looked up in anguish. A strong, loving, and faithful man, brother to the Lord, leader of the Christians in Jerusalem, lay there broken, bloody, lifeless. His friend.

Bartholomew stood next to John, unmoving. His face set like the stone blocks around them. Then Bartholomew spotted something and picked it up. A heavy wooden brush, crusted with blood.

He held it, slapped his palm with it, then said, “John, this cannot stand. Let’s confront that phony high priest, Ananus.”

John looked up at him, incredulous, tears flowing. His friend lay dead, the brother of Christ. He had nothing in him, no strength, no power, no will. He looked up at Bartholomew, longed to jump up and take vengeance, but his friend lay dead, and John had to attend him.


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About the Author

Kurt is a Christian writer, living in Hawaii. A few years ago he did a study at his church on the Apostle John. That little project got him hooked on the man who started out life as a fisherman and then became a disciple of Christ.

The more he learned, the more he wanted to know. What did John do after the Crucifixion? Why did he wait so long to write the Gospel of John? Where did he live for the last 60 years of his life? This historical novel came out of the research he did to answer those questions.

He started a blog ( a few years ago. On it he has written over 100 blog posts and a few Christian booklets.

Now he’s working on Book Two in this series. The Last Disciple: Escape to Antioch takes up where Book One ends. The Last Disciple is a Christian historical novel that introduces you to John, the last disciple of Christ.