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Released: 28/02/2015

eISBN: 9781784629441

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The Thirteenth Disciple

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As a crowd of angry men spill out of a garden, dragging a preacher who has dared to challenge the established order – and the misery it has caused – a young man follows at a distance. But he is spotted by two other men, who run back and grab hold of him. Terrifed, the boy wriggles out of the linen cloth he is wearing and runs naked back into the darkness.

Who was that boy and why was he there?

The Thirteenth Disciple is the story of fourteen-year-old Daniel, who yearns to make a difference in the world and who unexpectedly comes face-to-face with Jesus of Nazareth. Astonished to be invited to travel the country with him and his disciples, Daniel's starry-eyed vision of the future soon evaporates when he becomes involved in the running battles with the authorities. But he is held together by Jesus’s friendship, the wonder of his miracles and his determination to stand up for the ordinary people.

And when he becomes aware of the shattering consequences if he stays faithful to his hero, Daniel races through the darkened streets of Jerusalem on the longest of fateful nights, knowing he must decide his own future before it is too late.

"Beautifully written, authentic and moving...The Thirteenth Disciple celebrates one young man's quest to break free from the chains of a nation in conflict...and to stand courageously with his hero."

Maurizio Ascari (University of Bologna), author, Faded Letters and Literary Critic

"In telling the story of Daniel, a rebellious teenager in first-century Palestine, Philip Platts brings us face-to-face with Jesus of Nazareth as we journey with him in his preaching, Passion and Resurrection from the dead. I commend this imaginative and well-written book to anyone who wishes to get deeper into the Gospels and the challenge they still offer us."

Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP
Archbishop of Liverpool

Reviews from Amazon UK

"A truly wonderful book. Tells the story of Jesus and his preachings through the eyes of a teenage boy. Gives the sense of 'today' whilst re-telling the events of old. I actually think this would make a great teaching aid as it makes the Gospel preachings easy to understand and brings meaning to moral values (which some might say are lacking in today's society) in way that I'm sure will appeal to both adults AND young teenagers. I will be recommending this book to the teachers in my family and also encouraging my teenage son to read it!"

"I heard about this book from a friend and as I was going to Italy on holiday I thought I would give it a try... Glad I did as I wasn't disappointed. It's an fascinating and well researched story about a boy called Daniel who meets Jesus. The maps in the book really helped me to follow the tale as they travel on a journey together. I enjoyed this book so much I have just ordered 2 more copies for birthday gifts!"

"This is an amazing book, it follows the passion of Jesus through the simple eyes of a fourteen year old boy. If you find reading the bible story of Jesus on earth a little bit hard going, I really recommend you to purchase this book. It is suitable for old and young alike."

"A great book and an even better story. A reminder of how it all began and how we must remain true to ourselves. It is easy to read and provides a fantastic insight into the early years of Jesus's life - all without preaching! A must read for both bible readers and non readers alike. Many thanks to Philip Platts for such a beautifully written story."

"A great read, couldn't put this book down. Daniel, a boy transformed to a man witnessing the miracles that followed in Jesus's presence. He was given the privilege of witnessing everything that happened from an outsiders perspective.
The author used the bible to recreate scenes and with the history that was incorporated into the story I felt as though I was there. Well worth a read."

From Amazon USA

"Do you want to know more about Jesus' life on earth, his last months wondering around, preaching and healing? If you are curious you could join young Daniel. This book is a simple and plain narrative of nearly all the miracles and some of the preaching reported in the Bible seen through the eyes of a thirteen year old boy who left everything behind to join Jesus."

philip.platts@btopenworld.com

A truly wonderful book. Tells the story of Jesus and his preachings through the eyes of a teenage boy. Gives the sense of 'today' whilst re-telling the events of old. I actually think this would make a great teaching aid as it makes the Gospel preachings easy to understand and brings meaning to moral values (which some might say are lacking in today's society) in way that I'm sure will appeal to both adults AND young teenagers. I will be recommending this book to the teachers in my family and also encouraging my teenage son to read it!

by Amazon Reviewer


I enjoyed this book so much I have just ordered 2 more copies for birthday gifts!

by Amazon Reviewer


A great read, couldn't put this book down. Daniel, a boy transformed to a man witnessing the miracles that followed in Jesus's presence. He was given the privilege of witnessing everything that happened from an outsiders perspective. The author used the bible to recreate scenes and with the history that was incorporated into the story I felt as though I was there. Well worth a read.

by Amazon Reviewer


I heard about this book from a friend and as I was going to Italy on holiday I thought I would give it a try... Glad I did as I wasn't disappointed. It's an fascinating and well researched story about a boy called Daniel who meets Jesus. The maps in the book really helped me to follow the tale as they travel on a journey together. I enjoyed this book so much I have just ordered 2 more copies for birthday gifts!

by Amazon Reviewer


A great book and an even better story. A reminder of how it all began and how we must remain true to ourselves. It is easy to read and provides a fantastic insight into the early years of Jesus's life - all without preaching! A must read for both bible readers and non readers alike. Many thanks to Philip Platts for such a beautifully written story.

by Amazon Reviewer


This is an amazing book, it follows the passion of Jesus through the simple eyes of a fourteen year old boy. If you find reading the bible story of Jesus on earth a little bit hard going, I really recommend you to purchase this book. It is suitable for old and young alike.

by Amazon Reviewer


Philip Platts

After a long career in finance, during which he contributed frequently to the media, Phil Platts completed a creative writing course at the renowned Quad Arts and Film Centre. He has since collaborated in the writing of the literary works of other published authors and his own first novel The Thirteenth Disciple was released in 2015.

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