In Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet,
Dr. Erica Brown takes us on a journey over land and sea, in the
footsteps of the Bible’s most recalcitrant prophet. Melding traditional
commentators, rabbinic literature, modern biblical scholarship,
psychological sensitivity, and artistic imagination, Brown travels
through the four chapters of Jonah’s story − tracing his call to
leadership, his subsequent intransigence, his momentary rise to duty and
his tragic resignation − in an effort to discover God’s ultimate lesson
insight and feeling, Brown provides us with a glimpse into the
tormented soul of the prophet as he grapples with the notion of a
forgiving God who is concerned even with the welfare of Israel’s
strongest adversary. As God struggles to teach His prophet to expand his
vision and take up his divine mission, we come to understand the Divine
call given to each of us to rise up to the possibility of greatness.
After all, if God can change His plan, we can change as well.