"A heartwarming story with a wonderful message."

-- MK Reviews


"Better than a Father's Day card."

-- Amazon.com


"When your sons ask, 'What can I get for Dad?' this book is the answer."

-- Amazon.com


"A book about perspective that gives much needed direction."

-- Amazon.com


"Of all the books I have read about Jesus' life and his stories, this one is unique."

-- Joseph Girzone


"A lovely story that brought tears to my eyes."

-- The Old Schoolhouse


"Extraordinary research that plunges us into the New Testsament, startling and educating us in a staggering way."

-- Marilyn Brown


"Filled with inspiring short stories that I can relate to."

-- Amazon.com


"A short, warmly written novel that takes a new approach to fictionalizing the life of Christ."

-- Publisher's Weekly


"Kemp gives these New Testament stories a historic Jewish feel."

-- Christian Retailing


"A fresh, artful retelling of the parables."

-- Library Journal


"A smooth, clever approach to the parables."

-- Booklist


"Kemp's creative approach and attention to detail powerfully bring the parables to life."

-- CCM Magazine

The Carpenter of Galilee & The Welcoming Door

Religious Fiction


Indie Book Awards

Religious Fiction

USA Best Book Awards

Religious Fiction

Independent Publisher Association

Religious Fiction

Benjamin Franklin Awards


Writers Digest Self-Published 

Book AWards

Dad Are You There?

For every son who's asked, and every father who's answered

From a son looking for reassurance to a dad struggling to stay connected, this heartwarming story spans a lifetime of family turmoil before coming full circle with another father and son.

    Written as a poignant allegory, this powerful book teaches that becoming a man isn't just about growing older. It's about growing strong -- strong in character, strong in heart, strong in spirit.

    For fathers every where who knot the shoelaces, knead the baseball mitt, turn the wrench, and connect with kindness, Dad, Are You There? shows that dads are not only one of God's best ideas . . . they're also how He puts those ideas into action.

Parables for Today

Timeless messages for a modern world

​This intriguing collection of short stories reaches timeless messages in a modern setting. Poignant and piercing, these stories share eternal truths that will change how you view your everyday situations.

    Master storytellers David Farland, Marilyn Brown, and Kenny Kemp, as well as the winners of the Parables for Today writing contest, share their talents in this entertaining and engrossing read that's perfect for enjoying with friends and family.

    Filled with keen insights, Parables for Today is a powerful addition to any home library and an invaluable tool for preparing talks and lessons. Learn to see the wealth of lessons available all around you -- if you only know how to look.

The Wise Man Returns

With new questions, he seeks the Christ again

​Melchior of Alexandria was blessed to be one of the magi to kneel at the feet of the Holy Babe and present Him with a gift. Now, many years and heartbreaks later, Melchior returns to Judea to seek counsel from Jesus, who should have assumed his rightful throne as King by now. 

    But Christ isn't sitting on a throne where Melchior thought he'd find Him. Instead, Melchior hears of a wandering miracle worker and encounters people whose lives have been changed because of an unknown carpenter from a distant hamlet. Could this be the same person?

    As his search for soul-healing continues, Melchior's own life changes as well.

The Welcoming Door

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

​The paperback version of this familiar and beloved parable told in a remarkable new, and wonderful way. Years before his ministry, Jeshua works in and around Galilee as a journeyman tekton -- an artisan -- and has begun formulating his radical and transcendent gospel and testing it in the crucible of real life. It -- and he -- is not found wanting and the lives of many are changed forever by the simple yet potent example of a man of God who, at this stage of his yet unknown life, prefers to let his deeds speak for him.

The Welcoming Door

The Parables of the Carpenter, Vol. 1


Meet Jesus before he began attracting crowds.

    The Welcoming Door is an inspirational jewel in the tradition of Joseph Girzone's Joshua series. By introducing Jesus as a vibrant participant in his own parables, Kenny Kemp breathes new life into the heart of Christian teaching, offering a unique look at Jesus and the world in which he lived. In these beautiful and poignant fictional accounts of "The Prodigal Son," "The Good Samaritan," and "The Talents," a quiet carpenter transforms the world forever.

City on a Hill

The Parables of the Carpenter, Vol. 2

​Jesus' formative years adventures continue in this sequel to The Welcoming Door, weaving two more parables into a compelling narrative. Just five miles from Nazareth lies Sepphoris, the capital of Galilee, where Jeshua encounters the larger Roman world and the powerful, scheming men who inhabit it. Working on an immense basilica, Jeshua is assailed from all sides by labor unrest, an unpredictable governor, family conflict, and person struggle. 

    For those who wonder about the time, place, and people behind the parables, City on a Hill provides a fascinating encounter with the most remarkable, unforgettable, and divinely human Jesus ever.


The Illustrated Story of the Prodigal Son

Jeshua bar Josef, a young unassuming carpenter from Nazareth, has been hired to remodel the front door of a rich man's home. As he works, he meets a family in crisis: young Reuben has gone into the world and is squandering his life as well as his inheritance. His brother Simeon remains behind, dutifully but bitterly fulfilling his family responsibilities. And their father Eli suffers most of all as he struggles to understand, love, and forgive his two disappoint sons.

     Beautifully illustrated with 22 original oil paintings, this book is suitable for all ages. See some of them here.


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