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Dr. Jake Keller is an ornithologist specializing in white storks. He’s also devoted to his hobby of climbing buildings. Jake combines these two passions to scale an early sixteenth-century church where a pair of storks return yearly to a 500-year-old nest.
On this ancient site, Jake learns why storks are prominent in the mythology of many civilizations as having the ability to carry souls to nether regions. In ancient Egypt, the stork was the ba-bird. The ba was the unique, individual personality of each human being, so ba meant soul or spirit. The word Storch in German means “soul bringer.”
On the roof of the church, Jake finds that he has been transported into the nether region of the sixteenth century only a few years before Martin Luther launches the Protestant Reformation. And there Jake meets the beautiful and intelligent Katharina Schultz.
While Jake’s faith is in his science, he begins to feel that some Mystery has chosen him to alter history so that the great schism in Christendom does not occur and the thousands of deaths due to that schism are avoided.
Jake and Katharina recruit the most popular scholar in Europe, Erasmus, to their cause. Erasmus is the only man who can unite and rally both the nobility, the reform-minded church scholars, and the populace. But five hundred years later, will the new world Jake and Katharina create be a better one?
Line of Ascent is a love story across time; a meticulously-researched book infused with history, science, and mythology; and one man’s journey to discover that what we don’t know is often more important than what we think we do.
In the beginning was the bird,
A spume of feathers on the face of time.