or, “how Juttah got her name…”
Yesterday was a big day. Almost ten years ago, Marcia and I began a writing project to create an entertaining and scripturally accurate novel about the miraculous life of the prophet, Daniel, while he was held captive in Babylon. Yesterday, July 13th, we were thrilled to do a small mailing to announce its publication as an eBook. The Daniel story had already been uploaded for sale at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo since May but we chose not to publicize it until a second novel was ready to go. This second novel, entitled, The Ivory House, the days of Elijah, is now available as well and, we hope, meets the same criteria, entertaining and accurate.
Regular readers of this blog may have spotted a familiar face on The Ivory House cover. It’s Juttah, the wild dog of Jerusalem you may remember from here, and here! Always cooperative except when awake, Juttah volunteered to stand in for the male, fictional, canine star of The Ivory House, also named Juttah…only first. For a look at the original photo of our cover girl before being Photoshopped to look a bit scarier, details on how to keep up with goodStories and more about Juttah’s status, read on.
In the Elijah story, the fictional character, Yashar, (an amplification of the unnamed son of the Widow of Zarephath, 1Ki:17) is befriended by an abandoned dog in the hills south of Jerusalem after the Prophet Elijah has sent Yashar off on his own. Yashar names the dog, Juttah, after the town near where the two met. (A real place.)
When, last winter, our true-to-life, abandoned dog showed up virtually at our door in Jerusalem, starving, while we were in the process of preparing The Ivory House for publication, Marcia immediately named her Juttah. (Although we never mentioned to the clueless animal that the original, fictional, Juttah, was a powerful male.)
Our Juttah has now been trained and spayed and lives in the north of Israel, still not in a permanent home but enjoying the relative good life with foster parents on lots of property and room to roam. Her situation continues to improve and we hope and trust that she will soon find a permanent home with loving owners.
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