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Katheryn Maddox Haddad, Biblical Historical Novel


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MEFIBOSET: CRIPPLED PRINCE:
by Katheryn Maddox Haddad


Katheryn Maddox Haddad was born in the north, but
Katheryn Maddox Haddad
moved to Arizona where she doesn’t have to shovel sunshine.  She basks in 100-degree weather and enjoys palm trees, cacti, and her computer with the letters worn off.  With a BA degree in English and Bible, she earned part of an MA in Bible, including Greek studies.  She spends half her day writing and the other half teaching English using the Bible as a text book to Muslims around the world.  She has converts to Christianity in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Uzbekistan, and Somalia, Jordan, Palestine. “They are my heroes,” she says.



Please enjoy the article below about Katheryn writing Mefiboset: Crippled Prince


Writing Mefiboset, Crippled Prince
by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

I hope people will spread the word about my book, Mefiboset, the Crippled Prince, to handicapped people everywhere. In this book, despite his severe handicap of paralyzed feet, he maintains a positive attitude and wit that is rare with most people, handicapped or not. He was an overcomer.

I had a lot of fun writing this book.  It was an absolute delight to write about Mefiboset, son of Crown Prince Jonathan and grandson of King Saul. It covers sixty years of his life.

You may have heard stories about the poor little boy who was crippled for life at age five, then forced to live in Lodebar, a desolate place in the middle of the wilderness.

I disagreed with nearly everything I had heard about him.

LITTLE:  I doubt he stayed little for very long. His grandfather was a giant, probably seven feet tall. When you look at pictures of six-foot men standing next to basketball players, they only come up to their arm pit. Saul was head and shoulders taller than everyone else in the kingdom. Surely his grandson inherited at least part of that bigness.

BEGGARISH:  Not only was his grandfather big, but Saul was the most handsome man in the land. Once again, surely Sett inherited some of that handsomeness.

SAD:  His father, Jonathan, had a positive attitude and even got along with his father’s rival, David. In my book, Sett had his share of enemies, but he was always doing things to turn his enemies into his friends.

LIVING IN DESOLATE PLACE:  First, we do not know how old Sett was when he went to live there. Second, Lodebar was ten miles southeast of the Sea of Galilee near an international trade route.

LONELY: Sett got himself a wife, and later a son, Micah. This son in turn had four sons. Mefiboset had a large family.

In my book, Sett was denied the throne as king of Israel and crippled for life at age five. He spends his early years fleeing his grandfather King Saul’s enemies. Sett uses his wits to get out of life-threatening situations in Israel, Babylon, and Assyria. Despite his handicap, the beautiful Kissara becomes his wife, King David becomes his friend, and the forests become his mission. Though he must constantly deal with three enemies who do everything they can to make his life miserable, Mefiboset, grandson of a king, is an overcomer, a climber, a conqueror who triumphs in the end.


Welcome, Katheryn. Please tell us a little about your novel, Mefiboset: Crippled Prince.
Denied the throne as king of Israel and crippled for life at age five, Sett spends his early years fleeing his grandfather King Saul’s enemies. Inheriting his gigantic grandfather’s height and good looks along with his father Jonathan’s positive attitude, Sett uses his wits to get out of life-threatening situations in Israel, Babylon, and Assyria. Despite his handicap, the beautiful Kissara becomes his wife, King David becomes his friend, and the forests become his mission. Though he must constantly deal with three enemies who do everything they can to make his life miserable, Mefiboset, grandson of a king, is an overcomer, a climber, a conqueror who triumphs in the end.  

Where can readers find you online?
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Where can readers purchase Mefiboset: Crippled Prince?
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Any parting comment?
This book was written to inspire the physically handicapped as well as people who feel life has cheated them out of something important.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters aren’t required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
Do you know anyone who is handicapped or feels cheated out of something important in their life? Would you like to share some things about this person with us? Let's talk about ways this book can be made available to the handicapped.

Katheryn, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Katheryn is offering one print copy and one eBook copy of Mefiboset: Crippled Prince. First winner selected will receive the print copy and the second winner selected will receive the eBook copy.  

Sunday, January 15, 2017: Katheryn has offered a consolation prize to all commenters. Here's Katheryn's note: Jo, I am offering a consolation prize to everyone who enters - a free 2017 scripture calendar with a different scripture each day. I will send them one by email that they can photocopy and make as many copies for their family and congregations as they want. Or I'll send them a single print copy to their home. 

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 17, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner. (And if you want a single print of Katheryn's calendar, please include your mailing address in your comment.)


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27 comments:

  1. I think that it is wonderful that Katheryn has chosen to write about Mefiboset. I have taught lessons to my primary Sunday school class about Mefiboset. I like that Katheryn chooses to concentrate on his cheerfulness and doesn't focus on his handicap. Mefiboset: Crippled Prince is a book that I will suggest to be added to our library's collection because that is a way that many people can have access to it.
    Thanks for this review/interview and giveaway.
    Jo, I follow you.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Connie, thanks for commenting, and I appreciate you following my blog!

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    2. I'm glad you're going to try to get this book into your church library. We all know handicapped people we can encourage.

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  2. I also think it is wonderful that Katheryn has chosen to concentrate on the good virtues of Mefiboset. This is true in real life too - we can always find negatives. But life is always better when we look for the good.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.
    Jo, I am a follower of yours.
    Debra
    debralindquist(1)(at)g(mail).com

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    1. Debra, you're welcome. Thanks for leaving a comment and for following my blog!

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    2. I really enjoyed allowing Sett to get himself into some messes, because he got out of them in such delightful ways.

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  3. I admire the insight Jo Huddleston had into the life of Mefiboset, a seemingly minor biblical character. My brain can be too concrete sometimes, which causes me to come up short.

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    1. Clarice, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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    2. Yes, he is very minor and doesn't get much attention in the Bible. But any son of the great Crown Prince, Jonathan, friend of his rival (David) is worth getting to know better. Don't you think so?

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    3. Clarice, I need your email so I can send you the colorful 2017 scripture calendar. Write me at katheryn at inspirationsbykatheryn.com

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  4. I'm not familiar with Katheryn Maddox Haddad, but this book looks interesting. Good blog post with things to ponder! Becky lelandandbecky at reagan dot com

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    1. Becky, glad you enjoyed the blog post. Thanks for commenting.

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  5. Hi, Becky. I send out a daily blog every morning that goes to some 30,000 people around the globe. One place they show up is at http://inspirationsbykathery.com Stop by for a brief visit.

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  6. I've known this story but want to read this take on it. I have a good friend who is in a nursing home now and is paralyzed from the waist down. He used to be very vigorous. He is a wonderful witness for the Lord. He hasn't let his paralysis stop him from being used of the Lord.
    I am a follower
    nlgriggs902atgmaildotcom

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  7. I've known this story but want to read this take on it. I have a good friend who is in a nursing home now and is paralyzed from the waist down. He used to be very vigorous. He is a wonderful witness for the Lord. He hasn't let his paralysis stop him from being used of the Lord.
    I am a follower
    nlgriggs902atgmaildotcom

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    1. Oh, Nancy, I hope you take a copy to him. Since he told David he had neglected inspecting his feet while David was on the run from Absolum, that meant his feet were paralyzed and had to be inspected every night because he was unable to feel if they had been injured during the day. So I had him invent crutches he swung both feet between. His 3-footed crutches did the walking for him. After that, nothing held him back. With his strong arms holding up his weight, he could even manipulate steps. He went everywhere with them. Not everyone could do this, but I think your friend would appreciate Sett's ingenuity.

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  8. Yes, I am a care taker of a handicapped person. Actually two. It is hard work and sometimes requires more patience then I feel I have. But it is also rewarding and I know that my life is blessed to have this opportunity. I think this would be an excellent book to read. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. Sonja, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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  9. I know it is hard work, Sonja. I took care of my mother years ago when she got old. She didn't weigh much, but when I lifted her in and out of her wheel chair, it was very hard for both of us. Yes, patience is tried. Our Mefiboset didn't like people helping him, but occasionally had to. Still, he worked hard to maintain his digity. It would be wonderful if you were one of the winners.

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  10. Hi, Jo. I enjoy following your blog and I'm thankful you had Katheryn here to tell us about her new book. Katheryn, thank you for sharing with us. Your book about Mefiboset sounds wonderful. I've taught a Bible lesson about him many times, but from your description of your book I realize that I've missed some important truths about his life. I'd love to read it and give a copy of it to my thirty-eight year old son. He's been disabled and mostly homebound since he was seventeen. I think your book would be a wonderful blessing for him. Esther My email is ebandy at juno dot com

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    1. I think all handicapped people have more courage than the rest of us. They are my heroes. And you can tell your son I said so.

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    2. Esther, thanks for commenting. Glad you enjoy following my blog. I appreciate that!

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  11. I have a father that after adulthood has suffered some great physical handicaps. He was always a man constantly busy with projects, and work, and has suffered great depression because of his limitations now. I am ready to read more up on Mefiboset!
    My email is biblejournaler @ yahoo.com

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  12. Jackie, sometimes I think it is a good thing we don't know ahead of time the illnesses and disabilities that will come upon us. If he is a reader, I think he would really like this book. Mefiboset was paralyzed in both feet. But I don't think he spent the rest of his life sitting on a rug and crying. He was the grandson of a king! His grandfather had spent forty years conquering nations around them. I believe Mefiboset must have been a conqueror in his own way, even with his paralyzed feet.

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  13. Jackie, I'm so glad you were one of the winners. My computer access has been down a few days, so I hope I can get your ecopy before you leave tomorrow morning.

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