25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



Today, we wonder anxiously if digital media is changing our brains. But if there's any time in history when our mental operations changed... Continue »
  1. $18.89 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

Living Water

Living Water Cover

ISBN13: 9780060000875
ISBN10: 0060000872
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In a village torn apart by senseless violence, a young girl struggles to mute her passion for life to survive the strict social confines of her people. Catapulted into a series of abusive marriages, she soon becomes a woman unrecognizable from the little girl she once was. After her fifth husband is found bloody and beaten, she emerges amid the scandal and accusations to try to reclaim her life. With the same power as Zora Neale Hurston’ s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Toni Morrison’ s The Color Purple, and Anita Diamant’ s The Red Tent, Hendrick possesses a rare and timeless voice. Epic and intimate, Obery Hendricks uses both fine detail and broad strokes to crisply depict this period of early history. And in doing so, this sophisticated literary debut delivers a universal tale of liberation and reconciliation, love and faith.

Review:

"The arguments implicit in this biblical re-creation are more social than theological, but Living Water should stir the settled deposits of anyone's devotion, clarifying one's faith even if it doesn't change it." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)

Review:

"Obery Hendricks is not just on the cutting edge, he?s the knife." Cornel West

Review:

"It is hard to believe that this is Hendricks? first trip to the literary well." Michael Eric Dyson, author of Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X, Race Rules : Navigating the Color Line

Review:

"A divinely inspired bridge to a new level of self-awareness. A must read." Iyanla Vanzant, best-selling author of Everyday I Pray and Up From Here

Synopsis:

Sprung from the pages of The New Testament, Living Water is a gripping and lyrical portrayal of a young women's search for identity set against the strict social confines of the time. This extraordinary first novel brings to life one of the most mysterious and intriguing characters in the Bible — the woman at the well.

About the Author

A former Wall Street investment executive, professional musician, and competitive martial artist, Obery Hendricks is the immediate past president of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest African American seminary in the United States. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Professor of Biblical Studies at New York Theological Seminary. This is his first novel.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

beth el, January 6, 2007 (view all comments by beth el)
I wanted so badly to love this book. I just finished taking a course titled "Intro to Black World Studies" and I was looking for a good graduation gift for my teacher. I saw this book, Hendricks? credentials and fell in love with the concept of this book...And then I read it. Hendricks prose is beautiful, mesmerizing and yet, unfortunately the book falls so far short of all that it could have been and done for Christianity that I am forced to recommend that readers it. Not only does Hendricks linger long on the explicit descriptions of sexual abuse and/or adventures of both males and females and state that we are all "gods." Hendricks uses his novel to argue from a male feminist perspective. While no one can argue with his claims that men have misconstrued the scriptures to wield control over women (and against enslaved African Americans, etc. etc.) Hendricks suggests several things that just aren't biblical. Among others, he claims that the Hokmah or Wisdom spoken of in the Proverbs, is a feminine side of God, not a metaphorical figure. I was most disappointed in the final chapters of the book, where Hendricks blends words from the Bible with his own blasphemous creations. He puts his own interpretation of the Lord's Prayer (debts being seen as financial, as opposed to sins which most theologians agree is the accurate interpretation), and has Jesus confess to Mary that he is not in fact part of the trinity. Jesus is, Hendricks claims, simply another King Saul, or King David (both men who fell short of the glory of God - not a "lamb without blemish") In Hendricks? book, Jesus asks Maryam not to worship him and says he was born a "bastard" so that is why he calls God his Father. In short, a very disappointing read from a knowledgeable man who should know better.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060000875
Author:
Hendricks, Obery
Publisher:
HarperOne
Author:
Hendricks, Obery M., Jr.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Bible
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Christian fiction
Subject:
Women in the bible
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Christianity - Literature
Subject:
Samaritan woman
Subject:
Christianity - Literature & the Arts
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
107-215
Publication Date:
20030204
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.21 in 22.72 oz

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Living Water
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 384 pages HarperSanFrancisco - English 9780060000875 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The arguments implicit in this biblical re-creation are more social than theological, but Living Water should stir the settled deposits of anyone's devotion, clarifying one's faith even if it doesn't change it." (read the entire CSM review)
"Review" by , "Obery Hendricks is not just on the cutting edge, he?s the knife."
"Review" by , "It is hard to believe that this is Hendricks? first trip to the literary well." Michael Eric Dyson, author of Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X, Race Rules : Navigating the Color Line
"Review" by , "A divinely inspired bridge to a new level of self-awareness. A must read."
"Synopsis" by , Sprung from the pages of The New Testament, Living Water is a gripping and lyrical portrayal of a young women's search for identity set against the strict social confines of the time. This extraordinary first novel brings to life one of the most mysterious and intriguing characters in the Bible — the woman at the well.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.