Friday, March 22, 2013

grandma's bookshelf - When Jesus Wept

There are many authors whose books I enjoy reading, but when it comes to fiction my all-time favorite authors are Bodie and Brock Thoene. They are able to craft characters and weave a story which captures your attention and imagination from the very first chapter. I especially appreciate how they do not resort to simple, predictable romance stories which, after reading the first chapter, you already know enough to know how the story will go. I also love how they use historical people, situations, settings and places to create a believable story. Their newest series the Jerusalem Chronicles and the first book in this series; When Jesus Wept does all this and more.

When Jesus Wept is the story of Lazarus, but it is so much more. In this book the Thoenes weave together the stories of Lazarus, Mary and Martha with Jesus, His disciples, Nicodemus, John the Baptist, the blind beggar, the crippled beggar, Jarius' daughter and so many more people we do read about in the Bible along with the recounting of some of Jesus' miracles; such as the wedding in Cana where Jesus turned water into wine, the feeding of the 5000, the time Jesus walked on the water in a story which you will not be able to put down! As Zondervan says, Lazarus - the man Jesus raised from the dead in one of the most extraordinary encounters with The Living Savior in all of Scripture. But the life of Lazarus holds interest well beyond this miraculous event. Living in Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus witnessed many of the most important events of Jesus' life and ministry. When Jesus Wept captures the power and the passion of the men and women who lived through the most important days in the history of the world."

I really like how they took what we do know from Biblical accounts and combined them with what we do know about the time, the Romans and the Jewish people for a story which challenges us to choose to do the right thing, to let go of past pain and to show Jesus' love to others. It also challenges us to understand there is a joy and peace awaiting for those who choose to love and follow Jesus on this Earth, and this message of hope is one we all need to hear!

When Jesus Wept is a story you will be so glad you read; and it is certain to leave you looking forward to book two in the series!

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