Meet Henry Brinton author of City of Peace on May 26th at 7:00pm!
City of Peace
When Methodist minister Harley Camden loses his wife and daughter in a European terrorist attack, he spirals downward into grief and anger.
The bishop forces him to move to a tiny church in small-town Occoquan, Virginia, to heal and recover. But all hope for serenity is quickly shattered by the mysterious murder of the daughter of the local Iraqi baker, followed by the threat of an attack by Islamic extremists. Harley tries to build bridges to his neighbors, including Muslims and Coptic Christians, and digs into the history of the ancient Galilean city of Sepphoris to find the secret to survival in a fractured and violent world. Past and present come together in surprising ways as Harley sets out to stop the violence and save his new flock. City of Peace is a gripping and fast-paced mystery that will engage people politically and spiritually, leaving them with fresh insight into how they can overcome polarizing divisions among people of differing cultures and faiths.
From Henry’s website
My college roommate brought a brochure home from his religion class, advertising the 1980 Duke Summer Semester in Israel. He decided not to go, but I jumped in—a decision that changed my life.
My love for the wisdom of the ancient world began that summer on an archaeological dig in the Galilee region of Israel. I realized then that all of the stories of the Bible were based on something real: Soil, water, stones, olives trees, coins, sheep, goats, flesh- and-blood human beings. Working on a team of Jews and Christians, I also felt drawn to the interfaith community and made the decision to return to college as a religion major.
Several months later, I gave a presentation on my summer in Israel to the people of my home church, and sitting in the front row was Nancy Freeborne. She sensed my excitement about the discoveries I had made—about both religion and myself—and we began to date. Although her focus was biology, she supported me as I went to Yale Divinity School and prepared to work as a Presbyterian pastor.
Nancy and I married while I was a student, and she went on to get a Doctorate in Public Health, which she uses in her work as a health consultant and CEO of Freeborne Health Advising. We moved from Connecticut to Virginia, and along the way our family grew to include two children, Sadie and Sam, who are now young adults in New York City and Washington, DC.