Verdict: THE CATS OF REKEM is an intriguing and beautifully written consideration of the life of Jesus and the meaning of his teachings, offered from a novel perspective.
A family of cats and humans are required to learn how to live by a new religion, after their lives are touched by Yeshua of Nazareth.
Mari is a cat, disciple and friend to Yeshua of Nazareth. As a boy, during his family’s flight from Herod’s wrath, Yeshua had been cared for by Tikos, a priestess of Rekem, and her husband Zaidan. When Tikos and Zaidan’s daughter Hinat is desperately ill, they seek out Yeshua’s miraculous healing powers. In healing Hinat, he brings her and her family, including the sacred temple cats who are their companions, into his growing family of disciples and followers, thereby changing all their lives forever. Told from the perspective of Zaidan’s cat, Lion of the Mountain, Hinat’s Queen’s Dragonfly, and Mari herself, this is the tale of how humans and cats alike found their lives transformed by Yeshua’s teachings, and how they survived the trials and spiritual tests that they faced after Yeshua’s death.
THE CATS OF REKEM continues the cat’s-eye view of Jesus’s life begun in Yeshua’s Cat. As in the first book, Francisco deftly paints a feline culture that interacts in rich and thoughtful ways with human society, while maintaining its own distinct and believably-cat like perspective. The writing is poetic and lush, with moments of tender emotion, spiritual ecstasy and sorrow, enlivened by touches of humor, like Lion facing down a cat-hating Lazarus, or the escape of Paul of Tarsus through the sewers of Damascus. Parts of the story will of course be familiar to most readers, but Francisco tells it from a different angle, with shadings and interpretations that give new and thought-provoking meaning to old tales. Readers may or may not agree with her interpretations, but they are carefully argued, lovingly presented, and deserve at least to stimulate thought, discussion and careful consideration.
THE CATS OF REKEM is an intriguing and beautifully written consideration of the life of Jesus and the meaning of his teachings, offered from a novel perspective.