Release Date: October 16, 2019
About The Book:
At 17 years old, Rachel is a typical American teenager — a senior in high school, with friends, college aspirations, and a crush on the football player down the street. But when her religious grandfather dies, Rachel recalls the mystical stories he told her as a child, and finds herself pulled toward his ancient traditions.
At her grandfather’s synagogue during the high holidays, Rachel is drawn toward a mysterious stranger, and begins learning with him. Unexpected visions and holy teachings lead her down a path she never expected, as she is called to join a secret community of Jewish prophets. She will meet extraordinary teachers, face overwhelming challenges, and learn to use her gifts to help others, as she becomes the woman she never dreamed she could be.
Exploring modern adolescent anxieties and ancient mystical teachings, The Prophetess is a story about faith and sacrifice, promises kept through generations, and how, through the support of others, we can grow bigger than we ever believed we could be.
About The Author:
Evonne Marzouk grew up in Philadelphia. In 1998, she received a B.A. from the Writing Seminars program at the Johns Hopkins University, with a minor in Religious Studies. She founded and is the former director of Canfei Nesharim, an organization that teaches Jewish wisdom about protecting the environment. In 2008, Evonne was invited to join the ROI Community, an international network of Jewish activists, entrepreneurs and innovators. In 2009, she was selected as one of The New York Jewish Week’s “36 under 36.” She currently works as a communications specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Evonne has published numerous articles and stories in Jewish and secular publications, and is the co-editor of Uplifting People and Planet: Eighteen Essential Lessons on Judaism and the Environment (2014). She lives in Maryland with her family.
“A story that straddles the ancient and modern worlds, that’s both timeless and imminent, and that’s full of legends but speaks of true things . The Prophetess masterfully captures the age when everything is strange and new and dangerous-the emotional instability of being a teenager and the spiritual instability of finding out you’re a prophet. Evonne Marzouk’s The Prophetess is a story that begs to be read.”-Matthue Roth, author, Never Mind the Goldbergs
“Exquisitely crafted. Evonne uses her imaginative skills to create a world for a modern prophetess . and she describes brilliantly the very real struggles of adolescence to navigate relationships and to claim, and reclaim, her authentic Jewish heritage.” -Ruthie Feldman, author of The Green Bubbie, Jewish educator and artist
“Rachel’s fascinating, beautifully-written story definitely resonates with me. It opened my eyes to a fresh perspective on the effects of prophecy. It created a narrative for me to understand how this Divine gift could change familial and social relationships forever. And it made me appreciate those who are willing to hear this calling despite the personal sacrifice they must endure.” -Elana Weinberg, Jewish educator, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
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