The Mystical Ark: A Vessel of Blessings (1)
Eileen Patra, author
Elena Rowan is an accomplished artist and photographer who enjoys spending her free time assisting her best friend and archaeologist, Zak Erdmann on summer field studies. It is a great way to spend the summer. But their most recent adventure has led them into grave danger as they stumble upon one of the most sought-after artifacts of all time, The Ark of the Covenant. But it is not the Ark that is startling, it is the unexpected contents. Inside this sacred tabernacle, they do not find stone tablets etched with the Ten Commandments. Instead, they discover a portal into another realm of being where they gain a deeper understanding of the true nature of humankind. What will they do with this incredible discovery? How will they bring this newfound wisdom into their everyday lives? How will it affect a world that so desperately needs its message? Is there even more danger for them in what lies ahead? These are the questions that lead Elena and Zak on a journey of self-discovery that will have you turning pages to find out what happens next.
Patra depicts in her propulsive debut a spiritual awakening set off by the discovery of the Ark of the Covenant. The field study at archeological dig site Qasr Ibrim did not go as archaeologist Zak Erdmann had hoped. The expedition began with strange accidents resulting in deaths and serious injuries, and reaches total catastrophe after unknown assailants attack and kill the majority of the team members. Zak, Elena, Josh, and Paul are among the survivors, as they were in a cave following a map that led them to the Ark of the Covenant. But instead of containing the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, the Ark pulls them into a portal, allowing them to experience the commandments throughout history. Realizing that the world may not be ready for this experience, they leave the Ark in the cave and swear never to mention it to anyone. However, Elena, feeling a unity with “the essence of life,” decides to share her experiences through a gallery exhibition of paintings, and Paul decides to write a book about what he’s learned. Zak, less sure and still searching for answers, keeps asking questions and uncovers a secret sect of monks who are determined to protect the Ark. Fans of religious speculative fiction will enjoy Patra’s high-action, scripture-driven thriller. (Self-published)