Seeker of Stars

Seeker of Stars Seeker of Stars is a fictional memoir of Melchior one of the magi whose story neither begins nor ends at the first Christmas As a small boy Melchior is fascinated by stars but lives in a world of

  • Title: Seeker of Stars
  • Author: Susan Fish
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 251
  • Format: ebook
  • Seeker of Stars is a fictional memoir of Melchior, one of the magi, whose story neither begins nor ends at the first Christmas As a small boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars, but lives in a world of rigid obligations where he must apprentice with his rug making father Through sandstorms and family upheaval, Melchior dares to dream of grasping those stars Then his expecSeeker of Stars is a fictional memoir of Melchior, one of the magi, whose story neither begins nor ends at the first Christmas As a small boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars, but lives in a world of rigid obligations where he must apprentice with his rug making father Through sandstorms and family upheaval, Melchior dares to dream of grasping those stars Then his expected course radically alters, setting him on a new path, full of danger and glory, in pursuit of that one special star The novella traces Melchior s pilgrimage across the desert, sifting through years of memory, to a place of surprising wholeness and love The journey leads Melchior to reflect on desire and pain, life and death, family and love, dreams and duty, and to find unusual reconciliation within his own family and with the God he never knew he sought Seeker of Stars offers a fresh retelling of the story of the magi, and invites us to a new perspective and passion for our own spiritual journeys.

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    1. The perfect time to read this novel would be in the lead-up to Christmas.The start was great. We're introduced to Melchior, a young boy who lives in ancient Persia. Sadly, his lovely mother dies while giving birth to his sister, Daria, devastating the family, but they bond together in their grief. Melchior's older brother, Salvi, is outgoing and loves flirting with the village girls. He gets the opportunity to join their fun-loving uncle Taz, living the adventurous life of a merchant. Melchi him [...]

    2. This was a very mixed book for me. I loved the imagry and the rich cultuere background in this book. I loved some of the ideas. However, I didn't like the jumping ahead in the story then flashing back. It felt like when my Dad keeps pausing a movie to explain somthing to me. It isn't all bad, but it gets tiersome. I would like to read this story if it was expanded and not told in flashbacks.

    3. “Destined to become a classic” is such a cliché, but Seeker of Stars has become the Christmas story I will read each year to prepare my heart for the TRUE meaning of Christmas. This powerful little book—read in a single afternoon—touched me in a profound way. I felt about this book much like the author described the Magi’s response to their first glimpse of Jesus, “There was nothing religious about this; it was holy and true.”Granted, the book is fiction, a biblical novel. But it [...]

    4. This book is a great reminder to me that Christmas should be a time for reflection - not only on the life of Christ, but also of our own lives. Melchior was born to a rug-maker and although he loved the stars, he was trained to always be a rug-maker. When a work accident destroyed his abilities to continue in that trade, he was finally given an opportunity to follow his passion for astrology. As the years pass, many changes come into his life. The greatest and best change came when a new star ro [...]

    5. One of the most unique and unusual Christmas reads I have come across. This is the story of Melchior, one of the three wise men. It begins with him as a child and takes him through adulthood as a Magi and to the Nativity. God's direction and plans are evident as events lead Melchior to take his place at the Nativity. It is seen as well in his connection to Reta through his love of the stars and her knowledge of Hebrew prophecy. In turn, all of his life events lead him to his role in the birth of [...]

    6. Seeker of Stars takes us back to the beginning of the Christian era. Melchoir, a young boy, grows up in a carpet weaving family. His passion is to gaze at the stars, a pursuit encouraged by his uncle who suggests an apprenticeship among the magi. Melchoir's father rejects this option instead training the son to become a rug weaver. His brother is chosen to travel with the uncle to exciting destinations where they sell the carpets. As one might expect the story leads up to Melchoir becoming one o [...]

    7. Seeker of Stars takes readers back to the birth of Jesus, this time told from the perspective of one of the Magi. I found this to be a truly unique story, and so well-developed for a short book. I loved how the author weaved back story throughout the narrative, so that I was never bogged down with information. So many things are touched on in this story, and yet Fish manages to bring them all together in a touching, realistic way. Love between brothers, a husband and his wife, parents & thei [...]

    8. Seeker of Stars: A Novel by Susan Fish is a beautiful story of a young boy named Melchior who has a fascination for star-gazing. Hailing from a family who are carpet weavers, the story is set at the beginning of the Christian era. Though discouraged by his father, who wants him to weave rugs, Melchior’s uncle took him under his wings to be a magi. The boy eventually becomes one of the magi who visited Jesus in Bethlehem at his birth.Susan Fish weaves a tender and fascinating story out of the m [...]

    9. Now, this! THIS! Is a quality story, worthy of being cherished. It's an honest Christmas story, and even though it doesn't bellow out "holiday cheer", it's more like a Christian look at the magi, the important men who knew of our King's birth. I was completely enthralled while I read it.A Biblical tale of great caliber. Masterfully written.Seeker of Stars reeled me in with the genuine descriptions of Melchior's life as son of a Persian rug-maker, and as a boy who is entranced with the meanings o [...]

    10. Originally posted on my blog at westmetromommy4.0 StarsI always kind of shy away from "Christmas" books. Too often, they drip with fake sentimentality. When I saw this one, however, I decided to give it a try. For one thing, it isn't a "Christmas" story, but an "Epiphany" story. It focuses on one of the Magi, Melchior (Caspar and Balthazar are the other two). I'm sure books have been written from this viewpoint, but the only one I've encountered is sections from Christopher Moore's Lamb and, wel [...]

    11. 3.5 StarsThis is the story of Melchior, a man who's story starts in his childhood in a poor town as a rug-maker, with his family, and the trials that bring adulthood, his destined profession as a magi, and his Faith. It tells the story of the birth in Bethlemhem, through the eyes of one of the "Three Wise Men".This is a simple story that only took me two hours to finish, but it held my attention the entire time. Although it is definitely a work of fiction, it was a loving tale, and with the exce [...]

    12. It's part of the greatest story ever told. Yet, details seem to be lacking. No, not enough to keep us in the dark of what happened and what we need to know. But, enough has been left out to make us wonder. Susan Fish has written a story to fill in some of the blanks. This fictional look at one of the Magi who came to worship the baby Jesus fills in some possible back story. Have you ever wondered what the wise men were thinking? Have you ever wondered about some of the details that led them in a [...]

    13. Melchior has always loved the stars. After an weaving accident leaves one hand crippled, he is allowed to apprentice to astronomers/astrologists. Having seen a scroll with an ancient Jewish prophecy about a new star announcing the birth of a new Jewish king, Melchior is able to convince the astrologists that this is the meaning of the new star and is allowed to be one of 4 who go to seek the king. Melchior married Reta, who is a Jewish orphan who worked in Melchior's house after his mother's dea [...]

    14. Picked this up for free for my Kindle and read because I am fascinated by stories surrounding the Magi. It turned out to be a quick and enjoyable read. It has a simplicity to it but I felt like it captured the characters well and gave the reader some sense of what it might be like to live in that time and place. Also some interesting exploration of relationships and family life.If I had a nitpick it might be that the story felt so connected to history and that particular time and place and yet a [...]

    15. ebook, 4 1/2 stars Christian fiction. YA to adult read your freebies, theology"One thing about journeys that I have learned is that you look back. You look back on your life and you see it in relief." (65)This is a story, a myth, a fantasy written by a twenty first century Christian about a first century episode. One is reminded of Amhal and the Night Visitors while reading this fairly shot but powerful work. Susan Fish has taken the bits and pieces of fact and mythos and woven them into the fib [...]

    16. Melchior has loved the beauty of the stars from boyhood, though seems that he is destined to remain working in his dour father's rug making business. His mother's death, a serious accident and misunderstandings with his brother change the course of his life - eventually leading to a journey of destiny. Seeker of the Stars is more novella and novel. Susan Fish leads us through the events of Melchior's life, exploring relationships and possibilities with a gentle and lyrical hand. The transition b [...]

    17. I enjoy historical fiction that centers around characters that had minor / supporting roles in a noteworthy (from a cultural, anthropological or religious standpoint) historical event. For the most part, little, if anything at all, is known about their lives or their backgrounds. No biography about them will ever be written, and at best, whatever scant details about them will be a footnote in a larger work of historical import.That said, this is a fictional microhistory about one young boy who h [...]

    18. In December I often read a series of "Christmasy" books. I started early this year and read Seeker of Stars -- the novel telling the back story of the Magi and their journey. The book features on Melchior, who is his father's apprentice in the family rug weaving business but dreams of studying, and even touching a star. When circumstances overcome his father's resistance, he is accepted into the school of the stargazers in a distant city. There he meets Balthazar and Gaspar (Casper). The book co [...]

    19. This is the story of Melchior. Since he was a young boy the stars have been his savior. He finally is allowed to go study under the astronomers of the day. Then known as Magi's.This is his life and how he becomes one of the Magi's sent to welcome the new King.An amazing story. I started it earlier and read straight through. I was so moved by this book that yes, I cried. It's not a long book but it is such a profoundly moving book. I don't want to say a lot as it is a short book but read it. It's [...]

    20. This is a moving Christmas story well worth reading. It follows the life of Melchior, one of the Magi who visited Jesus in Bethlehem shortly after his birth. The story is one of self-discovery and God-discovery as Melchior realizes that his lifelong love of the stars has purpose and meaning for him past what he ever imagined. Author Susan Fish writes in such a clear, real voice that we forget we're reading and become absorbed in the lives of the characters and their journeys. I'd recommend this [...]

    21. Seeker of StarsSusan FishCopyright 2013Melechoir always loved the stars being born to a rug maker they believed that was one day what he would be.  Melechoirs Father does not want him to become an astromer at first but after an injury while rug making his Father reluctantly lets him go.While Melechoir is following the star he finds himself reflecting on his life, his family and everything he has done.This is a Christmas story with a different ring but it is still a very good story thats messag [...]

    22. As a boy, Melchior is fascinated by stars but has rigid obligations to apprentice with his rug-making father. When his life is radically changed, he is propelled onto a new path full of danger and glory in pursuit of a special star. The journey leads Melchior to reflect on life and death, dreams and duty, and to find unusual reconciliation within his family and with the God he never knew he sought.Destined to become a classic, Seeker of Stars offers a fresh retelling of the story of the magi, an [...]

    23. I purchased this book thinking I'd read it at Christmas time. But I didn't get to it. I'm glad I didn't. This book could and should be read anytime of the year. You may think you know the story of the Magi, but this book gives more insights into their way of life. This is a work of fiction, but I have a feeling that the depiction of life in this book may very well be the way it was. If you're interested in "the rest of the story", as Paul Harvey would say it, you will enjoy this.

    24. Thank you to NetGalley and David C. Cook for an advance copy of this book. Seeker of Stars is a nice little fictionalized account of Melchior, one of the Magi who came from the east to visit the infant Jesus. Melchior has always been in love with the stars. His wife is a Hebrew woman who tells him of a promised Messiah when a new star appears in the night sky. This is a wonderful Christmas tale.

    25. Seeker of the Stars is the story of one of the magi who were following the new star. Melchior didn't even know exactly what he was following. Through the process of the journey he finds greater understanding and peace within himself. These insights inspire him to heal his relationships with his brother and his wife as well as make peace with the past. It is a lovely story of how Christ heals and changes people from the inside. A great read for the Christmas season!

    26. Susan is a fantastic storyteller, so I was eager to read this well-known story a la Susan. I wasn't disappointed. Yes, I learned more about the culture and thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspects of this story. Yes, it's connected to the Christmas season and would make a great personal and/or family read. However, what I found was wisdom, understanding, journey, mystery, and sheer enjoyment as I followed the path to the Star.

    27. I really enjoyed this fictionalized tale of Melchior, from boyhood to manhood, about his family, his friends, his passion for the stars, and his eventual journey following a new star which was prophesised to be showing that the Messiah has come. He ends up being one of the wise men. Lovely to read and imagine the story we all know, from this different point of view.

    28. This was a quick, enjoyable story about the life of Melchoir, one of the magi who followed the star that led to Jesus shortly after His birth. The story jumps several years between part 1 and part 2, and I felt that it took a long time for the author to fill in the back story, but the overall story was good. I enjoyed reading it.

    29. I think I had low expectations because it was on sale for Kindle. Boy, was I wrong. This was a wonderful, well-woven story (I'm really hard on fiction) with a moving plot line and engaging characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    30. This was a well written and interesting exploration of the Christmas story. It follows Melchior, a magi who studies the stars, through his life, culminating in his visit to the baby Jesus. A very charming read!

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