West Point author donates book to library

A new book by a local resident now sits on the town library's shelves.

S. Bret Breneman donated a copy of his work "Noble Rider" to the West Point library April 5. The novel, which was published in 2016, chronicles experiences of 19th-century Persian noble Baha'u'llah, who founded the Baha'i faith.

The Baha'i faith advocates for equality between men and women as well as harmony between science and religion. While advancing these ideals, Baha'u'llah and his followers faced persecution and the prophet himself was imprisoned for 40 years, Breneman said.

The epic poem is written in alliterative verse similar to Old English poetry, such as "Beowulf." Breneman had read that work shortly before starting his own tale about Baha'u'llah.

"That gave me access to write about Baha'u'llah," Breneman said.

Breneman's book joins other works by West Point residents in county libraries. West Point's library also has "Forged in Fire," a history of the town's volunteer fire department, by William Palmer. Mary Montague Sikes' "Secrets by the Sea," a mystery novel, is available at the Upper King William branch of Pamunkey Regional Library, said Elaine Wood, West Point library branch manager.

West Point's library is also part of the Pamunkey Regional Library system.

"Noble Rider" is Breneman's second book.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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