“Some people are completely normal before they come here, but when they arrive in this area, especially Jerusalem, they become a little psychotic and they think they’re a religious figure like Jesus or the Virgin Mary.”
In Ellipsis, a love interest leads Journey to take a job in Jerusalem researching if there is any genetic markers for an affliction called Jerusalem Syndrome where people come to Israel and think they are a person from the Bible. She first visits Israel when the man she is subletting an apartment from in New York City needs to find out that his father passed away. She delivers the news in person and starts to fall for him before he heads back. When a job opens up in her field in Israel, she applies and accepts, hoping for a chance at a relationship. Her research leads her closer to God than she ever thought possible.
The author asked me to review this book through my blog. The synopsis of Ellipsis sounded interesting and I agreed to receive the book in exchange for a fair review.
When Journey starts working in Israel, she is tasked with trying to convince people with Jerusalem Syndrome to voluntarily be assessed by her boss and give a blood sample. He is trying to determine if the syndrome is genetic or psychological. Journey and Tre start dating, but as they become friends with a man named Cohen, they both start being drawn to God more than they ever thought possible. As the book starts out, Journey is not a Christian, but is intrigued by the belief system. Tre is a Christian, but his faith wavers when his father dies. While the choices they make aren’t always the right ones, they are both on a path seeking the truth about God and Jesus.
I enjoyed reading Ellipsis. It is a Christian novel, but the characters are realistic and make mistakes. The book is geared toward adults due to the relationship between Journey and Tre. It is a quick read and has a very interesting ending, which I don’t want to give away. The concept it presents will leave the reader asking what he or she would do in the same situation.
What would you do if someone tried to convince you he was the Apostle Paul? Comment below!