Barb Szyszkiewicz reviews a new book by Raymond Arroyo, which focuses on the biblical character known as the Good Thief.
Dismas, the "Good Thief," is a Biblical character we encounter only once: at the Crucifixion. Only in the Gospel of Luke does he receive more than a passing mention, and he is never even named in Scripture; his name comes from a fourth-century legend surrounding this character.
In Arroyo's fictional account, Dismas was abandoned by his parents as a young boy and taken in by a group of bandits, who scorned any attempts he made to care for anyone or anything. He grew up into one of the worst thieves of all.
Readers will marvel at the clever tie-in to the Christmas story in this book that centers on a character we only encounter on Good Friday.
An information page at the end of the book sums up the legend of Dismas, who "understood and affirmed the divinity of Christ two days before the rest of the world caught on."
Dynamic, colorful illustrations by Randy Gallegos complement this exciting tale.
The Thief Who Stole Heaven is available for preorder from Sophia Institute Press, and will be published March 9, 2021.
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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at CatholicMom.com. Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count. Her booklet, The Handy Little Guide to Prayer, is available now from Our Sunday Visitor.