Traveling through the Holy Land, eighteen strangers are forced to take refuge in Jerusalem during a militant attack. Kept in close quarters in an abandoned building, over the course of four days this group of strangers begin a dialogue, discussing love and evil, religion and god; finding amongst their number a mysterious nameless man who poses a revolutionary perspective on these age-old questions.
Journeying on his own pilgrimage as he attempts to come to terms with the violence, betrayal and condemnation of his past, this nameless man reluctantly steps forward to share the realizations he has gathered over the course of his borderless life, leaving those who listened forever changed by the radical transition of perspective his revelations bring about.
The Nameless Man has been nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.
Advance Praise for The Nameless Man
“A mysterious man travels to the world’s holiest city to reveal a timeless wisdom–this thought-provoking novel takes us on a journey through life, death, and the meaning of existence. The authors weave a contemplative story, rich in detail, that invites readers to open their minds to the universal themes underlying religion that have been obscured by doctrine. Have your highlighter handy to savor each morsel of insight.”
– Jeffrey Small, author of The Breath of God
“What do you believe? Is humanity flawed and fallen, permanently separate from a perfected, transcendent divinity? Or, is human life inherently divine? Is the human journey itself an evolutionary process leading toward greater embodiment of our own divine nature? The world and its troubles appear differently depending upon which view you hold.
“In the midst of these views, throughout human history, there have been people of wakefulness who have come to teach us. They have come to shake us from our consensual trance of forgetfulness. They wake us up. They remind us who we really are. They come to save us from ourselves.
“In this remarkable tale, poet and writer L.M. Browning introduces us to just such an individual. The Nameless Man is a story that will grab you by the heart and take you on a journey. In a beautiful and seamless way, the characters become members of your own family. Before the end, The Nameless Man is your brother and your teacher. When you finally look up from the pages of this book, you may just find yourself in a different world than the one you thought you were born into.”