Journey To A Mountain
The dramatic story of the establishment of the Shrine of the Báb, told here in detail for the first time.
‘An exhilarating read, a meticulously researched work . . . I was drawn in and needed to continue.’ ~ Dr Janet A. Khan, author of Prophet’s Daughter
This is the thrilling story of the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, which stands in exquisite garden terraces on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Shrine of the Báb is a symbol of the Bahá’í Faith, a world religion that envisions a peaceful global society based on the principle of the oneness of humanity.
For the first time the dramatic story of the establishment of the Shrine is told in detail. Never-before-seen photos and maps illustrate the often pulsating narrative.
By uncovering materials in English, Persian and Turkish, and by piecing together vital pieces of information, a compelling story has emerged of astounding achievement amidst great peril. It begins with the rescue of the sacred remains of the great spiritual leader, the Báb, Who had been executed in Persia in 1850 for His teachings.
Heart-stopping moments of apprehension punctuate the next 48 years as the casket containing the remains are hidden from those wanting to destroy them.
Then comes the highly secret process of carrying the casket across mountains, desert and sea to the Holy Land. Waiting for them is a prisoner of the Ottoman Empire, the commanding and charismatic ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (1844–1921).
He builds a Shrine in the heart of Mount Carmel where in 1909 He inters the sacred remains of the Báb. By so doing, He fulfilled a directive issued in 1891 by the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892).
This stand-alone book will soon be followed by two others taking the story up to the early years of the 21st century.
Michael V. Day is an award-winning newspaper journalist who was the editor of the Bahá’í World News Service at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel from 2003 to 2006, where he lived and worked within a few hundred metres of the Shrine of the Báb. Born and raised in New Zealand, he was briefly a lawyer before becoming a newspaper reporter, leader writer and editor. He first visited the Shrine of the Báb while on pilgrimage in 1980. After moving to Australia in 1988 with his wife, Chris, and sons Thomas and George, he was a journalist with Murdoch University in Perth before joining the staff of The West Australian newspaper where he was an education and feature writer. He was then appointed the newspaper’s Asia Desk Chief, specializing in covering Indonesia. He is a currently a part-time staff member of the Office of External Affairs of the Australian Bahá’í Community. He is continuing to write on Bahá’í topics, especially aspects of the Faith’s history. Michael and Chris live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
More information can be found on the author's website www.michaelvday.com
An interview with the author on New Zealand radio can be heard at www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nights/audio/201850579/michael-day-baha-i-faith
The author was interviewed by Baha'i blog which can be found here bahaiblog.net/site/2017/07/journey-mountain-new-book-telling-story-shrine-bab/
256 text pages, 44 pages of illustrations
234 x 156 mm (9.75 x 6.25 ins)
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‘I feel sure that this precious book will enrich the literature of our faith.’ ~ Alí Nakhjavání
‘What a book – what research and what moving passages are among the pages. It is an inspiring piece of writing . . .’ ~ Sir Bruce Saunders
‘It’s a wonderful book. I was enthralled.’ ~ Tessa Scrine
‘I found it engaging, and full of information that wasn’t widely available previously.’ ~ Kathryn Jewett Hogenson, author of Lighting the Western Sky
‘This thoroughly researched and lucid account of the journey of the Báb’s sacred remains captivated me. Reading this dramatic story was like travelling along on a great adventure filled with characters, planning, twists and turns; finally reaching its triumphant end.’ ~ Sitarih Ala’i
‘The level of detail is extraordinary. This book discloses previously unknown facts about the condition of the Báb’s remains and the loving treatment they received in great adversity. It is one of the greater stories of all time. When you buy this book and start reading you will only put it down to sleep and dream about the Báb and his glorious mission.’ ~ Paul Toloui-Wallace
‘This wonderful book tells the dramatic story of the establishment of the Shrine of the Báb in detail for the first time. In places it reads like a thriller! It was easy to read, with short chapters, and when the book came to an end, I was sad as the story tore at my heart-strings!’ ~ Thelma Batchelor
‘I could not put it down! The scholarship and fine writing moved my heart.’ ~ Juli Anna Johnson
‘I just couldn’t it down. Reading this book had me in tears of gratitude to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and anyone connected to the building of this Shrine. I just love Bahá’í history told in such an enlightened manner. I can’t wait for volume two and three yet to come.’ ~ Dr Keith Thorpe
‘Wonderful book. I couldn’t put it down. I learned a lot and can’t wait for the next two volumes.’ ~ Jeanne Foust
‘I enjoyed every minute of it. I really didn’t want it to end so am looking forward to the next volume. There is so much extra information and interesting anecdotes all through the book, it brought it all to life.’ ~ Louise Doughty
‘Truly a wonderful read. I was moved beyond expectation. It was so compelling, insightful and uplifting. I’m bereft I’ve finished.’ ~ Lezlie Mearns