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Contact: Joanne Kroeker Mahar

Page-Turning Biblical Fiction Recreates World of Daniel

Novel dramatizes story of Scriptures’ spread throughout ancient world

LONGWOOD, FL—A daring rescue, a life-changing encounter, a mission to preserve the Sacred Writings from total destruction—a newcomer on the biblical fiction market spins a tale that sweeps you into the world of ancient Babylon and God’s intervention to save His written words for all time. BelkA of Babylon—Book One of an Ancient Trilogy: Light to the Nations ($22.99, paperback, 978-1-61215-627-9) by Joanne Kroeker Mahar tells the story of BelkA Souash, the high-profile envoy of Nebuchadnezzar, who is dispatched on a top-secret mission to confront the king of Judah with an ultimatum to submit to his overlord, or expect an imminent military attack.

At the same time Prime Minister Daniel imposes the equally hazardous mission of rescuing the Sacred Writings from impending destruction. Intrigue builds up as enemies emerge, including the cunning priestess of the moon god Sin, who plots murder. To complicate matters further, BelkA, himself a worshipper of pagan gods, faces questions of faith that connect him to the most fascinating woman he could ever meet. A showdown is inevitable. Will the mission cost him the love of his life?

From an international background in Africa and Europe, Joanne Kroeker Mahar writes with a passion for culture, history, people, and the Bible. As a child she witnessed the arrival and placement into waiting hands of the first New Testament in the Kikongo language. Ever since, she’s carried an intense curiosity concerning the survival and world outreach of the Bible.

She is also the author of an as told to biography of her pioneer missionary dad in a two-volume set, Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths. She and her husband, Frank Mahar, a retired university history professor, reside in Oregon.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order BelkA of Babylon through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. BelkA of Babylon is available online through,, and

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