Thursday, April 11, 2013

When Jesus Wept by Bodie & Brock Thoene Book Review

 Book Info 

About When Jesus Wept
Book 1 in the Thoene's new Jerusalem Chronicles.
 Lazarus occupies a surprising position in the Gospel accounts. Widely known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, his story is actually much broader and richer than that. Living as he did at Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus was uniquely placed to witness the swirl of events around Jesus. When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles series by bestselling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus' ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus. With rich insights from vineyard owners and vine dressers, the Thoenes explore the metaphor of Jesus as the True Vine, harvesting the ancient secrets found in the Old Testament. Weaving the life of Lazarus, who owned a vineyard, into the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ will help you understand it is the hand of Love Divine that holds the knife, that cuts and breaks with such tender and loving touch, and that we who have born some fruit, after the pruning, can bear much more. 
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Meet the Thoenes:  

 Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee) are bestselling authors of over sixty-five works of historical fiction. Their timeless classics have sold more than thirty-five million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards. The Thoenes have four grown children and eight grandchildren. They divide their time between Hawaii, London, and Nevada.
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My Thoughts:
The Thoenes have always been my favorite and I have many authors whose books I enjoy reading, but my all-time favorite authors are Bodie and Brock Thoene. I have read every book that they have written. 

 I love how the story is told from Lazarus the man whom "JESUS LOVED!” If you liked the A.D. Chronicles series then you will be glad to see some of the characters from that series return as old friends to this one.  If you haven’t read the A.D. series then I would whole heartily recommend it. This is also a stand-alone story but you miss really knowing the characters in a way that is more personal. 

There are so many mini stories or plots with in this book. Seeing them all come together at the end is magnificent. I really like how they use the Biblical accounts with the history that we already know from the scriptures. They take liberty to develop the characters personality and some events to build the story outside of the Biblical context. It is so tasteful and realistic.

 I find myself waiting for the next book in a series and even a completely new series from them! 

Litfuse Publicity Group has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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