The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem Book Excerpt!

About the Book

Book: The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem

Author: Kurt Brouwer

Genre:Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: November 18, 2022

He was the Beloved Disciple…

…and he would be the last.

The mantle to tell the whole story has fallen on him.

From the cross, Jesus entrusted John, the youngest disciple, with the welfare of Mary, Jesus’s mother. Over thirty years later, as Jerusalem becomes a cauldron of explosive tempers, he receives a calling he doesn’t want.

Will he listen and follow?

And if he does, will it be too late?

In 62 AD, the Jewish high priest executes James, the brother of Jesus, triggering a bitter fight for power in Jerusalem that shatters the quiet life of John. The Jewish people he loves are making dangerous choices that will change the land of Israel forever.

Should he stay in Jerusalem and help hold off the Roman onslaught? Or is it time to reach out to those beyond Israel’s borders?

If he chooses to leave, what will be his message to these foreign believers? What new words of comfort could he possibly share?

Set against a backdrop of actual events, The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem is the first novel in a new series based on the Bible and Christian history.

Follow along while John faces multiple crises and comes to understand what it is to stand alone and lean on only the Lord.

Your heart will embrace The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem because John’s story is the story of our hope and promise.


Liquefied mud splashed onto their sandals, feet, legs, and even the lower areas of their robes.

The narrow streets echoed with shouting, swearing men and boys, flicking whips and rope ends to encourage reluctant donkeys.

As they neared the ancient walls of the City of David, the foot traffic increased. Men young and old swarmed around them. Women wearing black robes and shawls to cover their heads walked together in groups, likely heading towards the market area.

Just before the Pool of Siloam, they joined a tide of men flowing up the broad, stone boulevard leading towards the Temple gates. They jostled past two men in long, blue robes that contrasted with the muted colors favored by most. Bartholomew nodded toward the men in blue, mouthing the words, “Scythians, Black Sea” to John.

 As they reached the last uphill stretch, John stopped for a moment and bent forward, gasping for air. Both men caught their breath, then trotted up the broad steps leading to the double gates on the Temple’s southern side.

John’s nature and training rebelled at entering the Temple grounds in an unclean state. His feet, sandals, and the bottom of his robe carried a load of brown, sticky gunk. But even if he cleaned off in the nearby ceremonial baths, it would not help; he felt unclean inside too.

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About the Author

Kurt is a Christian writer, living in Hawaii. A few years ago he did a study at his church on the Apostle John. That little project got him hooked on the man who started out life as a fisherman and then became a disciple of Christ.

The more he learned, the more he wanted to know. What did John do after the Crucifixion? Why did he wait so long to write the Gospel of John? Where did he live for the last 60 years of his life? This historical novel came out of the research he did to answer those questions.

He started a blog ( a few years ago. On it he has written over 100 blog posts and a few Christian booklets.

Now he’s working on Book Two in this series. The Last Disciple: Escape to Antioch takes up where Book One ends. The Last Disciple is a Christian historical novel that introduces you to John, the last disciple of Christ.