Select Page

Books by Lloyd Philip Johnson

  • Nakba: Catastrophe

    When Palestinian Christian college student Sabria lives through the little known 1948 catastrophe of her people, she learns the cost of being Arab in the tumultuous time of Israel’s birth pangs. Despite enjoying both Jewish and Muslim friends, she falls in love with an American Christian supporter of Israel. Can their love for the suffering families of the land begin to bridge their own gap in the tragedy that became the foundation for the unresolved conflict of the next 69 years? Nakba fires the imagination of readers who care about justice and resolution in a romantic tale of adventure and hope.


    See details
  • Cry of Hope

    American graduate student Ashley Wells and her fiancé Najid, a Palestinian Christian, are thrown together with enemies in a Jerusalem hospital following a violent demonstration. An Israeli soldier and Najid’s brother Sami forgive each other, leading other adversaries to seek amends, including a helicopter pilot rocketing and vaporizing a 20 year-old’s family in Gaza.

    This group of traumatized young adults share their stories in a series of forums in Jerusalem and America, all the way to the United States Senate. Despite facing hostility and attempted assassination, they try to prove that peace, justice and redemption is possible in the Holy Land.

    Will Ashley and Najid ever marry or will their lives go up in flames and tragedy?

    See details
  • Uprooting the Olive Tree

    When newlyweds Ashley and Najid stay overnight with Fatima’s family in Bethlehem, Israeli soldiers attack and carry off 10-year-old Ali to prison in Israel. The lead Israeli soldier begins to regret the monster he has become “defending” his country from “terrorists.”

    Najid’s West Bank friend Faisal tries to stop the bulldozing of his ten acres of olive trees, and is nearly killed by the bulletproofed Caterpillar bulldozer. Najid and Ashley enlist legal help from an Israeli Cabinet member to help bring justice against the harsh Israeli laws. When the cabinet member physically thwarts settlers taking over a Palestinian home in East Jerusalem, his troubles escalate.

    Najid’s friend Chaim, an Israeli helicopter pilot, faces intense pressure from his commander to renounce the letter he signed refusing to fire on civilians. Would he allow his career to go down in flames, or would he fight in the 2014 Gaza war?

    Najid’s younger brother Sami, now in Haifa University, falls in love with Fatima. Can a Palestinian Christian from Israel marry a West Bank Muslim girl who now follows Jesus? What can Ashley do to mollify Fatima’s father’s determination to not lose his beloved daughter to a Christian family in Israel…where he cannot go?


    See details
  • Where’s Frank?

    “Where’s Frank” piqued enthusiasm and high interest when first circulated as a short version to a group of interested people. The true story is based on the recent finding of Scoutmaster Curtiss Gilbert’s journal of an improbable Boy Scout trip of 10,000 miles in the back of a fruit truck post-WWII. It started in Yakima, Washington 70 years ago and now includes the memories of the seven surviving Scouts.

    What made Gilbert so unusual to take on a project impossible today with its risks and adventures—around the entire continental United States? He released young teens to explore New York City on their own. How and why would he leave boys behind, far from home, to have to catch up? What happened to them? How about the inevitable crazy antics, accidents, injuries and truck problems? What really occurred to the boys in the truck and their leader? And how did these long-ago experiences affect those of us who live to tell the stories of our adventure—now in this protective era of risk-averse child raising.


    See details
  • Living Stones

    She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nearly killed in Seattle during a jihadist bombing, Ashley recognizes the synagogue bomber and is later stalked by a hired Muslim hit man in Israel. There she visits the home of Najid, the Christian Palestinian scholar she had left behind at the University of Washington. She falls in love with him, putting her at odds with her Zionist pro-Israeli convictions.

    On the run, Ashley sees the beautiful rock churches and shrines. But the living stones, the people of the Holy Land intrigue her. She meets Jews and Palestinians, Rabbis for and against Israeli settlement expansion. Gentle Palestinians like Najid’s family, and those in the West Bank suffering under military occupation. Both Muslims and Christians living peacefully together.

    Najid and Ashley find the bomber in Seattle despite the FBI dragnet put out to arrest him. Living Stones is the story of an American woman coming to terms with the truth of the Middle East, and the lies she had been fed. Will she survive the forces that threaten to tear her apart?

    See details
Lloyd Johnson is the author of Living Stones, Cry of Hope and Uprooting the Olive Tree, published by Köehler Books in 2013 to 2016. He is a retired surgeon who turned to fiction writing to share his special interest in the Middle East. Johnson is a member of a Seattle writing group, and blogs regularly on Israel and Palestine. He is a clinical professor emeritus at the University of Washington in the Department of Surgery, fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and past president of the Seattle Surgical Society. He authored 26 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and texts. Johnson has worked and traveled extensively overseas, including Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and served for six years as volunteer executive director and board member of a humanitarian NGO in Central Asia. The author lives with his wife Marianne in Edmonds, Washington where they enjoy their adult children and grandchildren.

Visit author website