Athol Dickson is a three-time-Christy-Award-winner. In The Opposite of Art he weaves a tale of pride, passion, murder and spiritual pilgrimage.
Athol Dickson has personal experience with some of the themes in the book. During his late teens and early twenties, Athol immersed himself in the hippie culture of the times, which led to a downward spiral of amphetamine addiction, heavy drinking and violence. Hoping to reform himself, Athol turned to Zen Buddhism, but it was a decision to explore the New Testament and the beautiful narrative he discovered there about love and forgiveness that changed his life. He considers himself living proof of the power of a story.
About the Book: When a great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit-and-run driver, his heart stops—opening his eyes to something that defies description. Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire to paint the inexpressible, he embarks on a pilgrimage to seek help from holy men around the globe.
But is it possible to see eternity without becoming lost in it?
After a quarter of a century, when the world begins to whisper that he may be alive, two people come looking for the artist: the daughter he never knew existed, and the murderer who hit him on the bridge all those years ago.
Athol Dickson is the publisher of the popular news website DailyCristo.com, and the author of seven novels and the bestselling memoir, The Gospel According to Moses. His novels of suspense and magical realism have been honored with three Christy Awards and an Audie Award, and compared to the work of Octavia Butler (by Publisher’s Weekly) and Flannery O’Connor ( the The New York Times). He and his wife live in Southern California