Dancing on the Third Step
NEW January 2018: fourth novel from Dolores (Anna) Moffatt-Careless
Dancing on The Third Step 9781895914576 - 5 x 8 novelette; 54 pages $9.95 e-book (ePub3) : $4.95 9781895814569 ( Kobo, Kindle)
(Novelette): In 2012 yet another jar was uncovered near Qumran. The jar contains a memoir written by Mary, the mother of Jesus. It becomes known as Mary’s Jar. Whereas to date the world has only had glimpses of Mary through Matthew, Luke-acts, John and the Protoevangelium of James, now we discover the humanity of a questioning literate wife and mother. She loves to dance. She is overflowing with human feeling and emotion that supersedes her chosen position – a woman hand-picked to bear one of the most unforgettable men of all time. She knows He is special, makes allowances for His uniqueness and suffers emphatically as mothers do. We travel back in time and enjoy the life and times of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mary.
"The priest put the child on the third step of the altar and the Lord God put grace upon the child, and she danced for joy with her feet". Protoevangelium of James, 7.3
Prologue: Since the Nissan and the death of my Son, I could but remember and weep. Now that my eyes are dry and scarred from so many tears, I know it is time to write my story. Every season, I carefully write several pages; it is time consuming because I must plan what I shall write. I hope any errors will be small, for once it is written, there is no going back. Some day, after I have joined my Son, the truth shall be revealed. Until then, it will be stored within a jar. For some time I remained with John; Jesus had placed me under his care. John and my son James still come to visit but they are very busy with Christian teachings. I am back in Nazareth and although my brethren visit when they can, I am mostly alone. Some of my children have left for distant lands, fearing reprisals. They asked me to go with them but I want to be where my Joseph lies buried and where I can still see the spirit of my Son running across the square and hear the echo of His voice in this house.