Monday, February 26, 2024

"The Last Disciple: Exile in Ephesus" by Kurt Brouwer -- Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book Title: The Last Disciple: Exile in Ephesus
Author Name: Kurt Brouwer
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release Date: March 15, 2024

He awoke jailed in squalor…
Would he complete his final mission?
Or would he fail to record the story only he could tell?
The epic saga of the Last Disciple continues in this captivating Christian historical novel from
Kurt Brouwer.
After surviving imprisonment, John faces his greatest challenge–exile in the distant city of
Ephesus. Struggling with grief and despair over the destruction of Jerusalem, John doubts his
ability to complete the mission entrusted to him by Mary—to write the true gospel account of
Christ’s life.
But in Ephesus, John finds unexpected allies—Timothy, Priscilla, and Tychicus, who share his
passion for spreading the message of God’s love.
As John shares the good news of Jesus, he makes dangerous enemies, including the influential
high priest, Alexander Cosmo, who will stop at nothing to suppress the growing Christian faith.
Amid opposition from without and internal divisions from within the early church, John must
contend with those pressuring believers to adopt Jewish law and compromise the radical
teachings of Christ.
When tragedy strikes those close to him, can John’s fragile hope be rekindled? Will he finally
show the world all the signs, miracles, and events he witnessed on his journey with Jesus?
Don’t miss this page-turning story of faith, courage, and love.

Book Excerpt

Chapter One

Spring 70 AD, Antioch
John’s eyes snapped open, and he turned his head wildly, straining to see something, anything! He
reached his hands toward his eyes but made little progress, for he was bound —hand and foot—by
heavy chains. In panic, he thrashed about blindly.
After a minute, he stopped—at each movement the metal manacles sliced into the skin on his ankles
and wrists. He fell back, exhausted, angry, and miserable. “Where am I, Lord?”
He heard a nearby chuckle. “Don’t know about any lords, but ye be in jail. These quarters were
provided by the Roman governor, his high and mighty self.”
John realized he lay in chains, surrounded by other men. All around him, he heard groans, chains
clanking, snoring, whimpering, crying out in pain. “Who’re you?”
“Polite, ain’t ye?”
Nothing made sense. John knew not why he lay in utter darkness, bloody, chained, and dirty. Nor
who this chuckling man was.
Waves of pain from his flayed hands and feet washed over him, helping to clear his fuzzy thoughts.
Each breath caused a surge of pain in his chest, yet it brought a flash of clarity, a vision of a Roman
galley tied up to the wharf in Antioch.

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About the Author

Kurt is a Christian and a member of a vibrant Christian church on the Big Island of Hawaii. He
also loves to write. In addition to all the usual temptations writers face, Kurt has to fight off the
lure of beautiful beaches, pounding surf, great weather, and lush golf courses. Can you imagine?
Despite those temptations, he writes The Last Disciple series of Christian historical novels and
he regularly writes blog posts at
A few years ago Kurt did a study for 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 the last disciple of
Christ. The more Kurt learned about John, the more he wanted to know.
If you’ve ever been obsessed by anything, you’ll understand that he couldn’t stop researching the
life of John and all those around him. And the result of all that research is:
The Last Disciple Series
The Last Disciple is a series of Christian novels based on the Bible and Christian history. The
first in the series: The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem, begins in the year 62 AD. In it, you
walk with John through the streets of Jerusalem. See how he faces multiple crises and comes to
understand what it is to stand alone and lean only on the Lord.
This book, The Last Disciple: Exile in Ephesus is the third in the series, with two more books
planned. Kurt is now writing the fourth book, The Last Disciple: Gospel of John.

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