When Jesus Wept by Brock and Bodie Thoene
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I have long been a reader of the Thoenes's books. I began reading their Jerusalem series when I was in high school. As the years passed, I eagerly gathered any of their further books. I have especially enjoyed their more recent books which are fictionalized accounts of Jesus's life on earth.
I am usually very ambivalent about books that fictionalize parts of the Bible. I want the story to maintain the accuracy of Scripture. The Thoene's books do just that.
When Jesus Wept looks at the life of Jesus through the eyes of one of his close friends- Lazarus. The story tells some of Jesus's miracles, the story of Lazarus's sister Mary's conversion, and the growing unrest of the Jewish religious leaders and the political influence of Rome. The story gives a first hand look at the miracle of Lazarus's resurrection from the dead.
Again, I love the way that the Thoene's take Scripture and write it as historical fiction. They maintain the accuracy of Scripture- even giving chapter and verse references for many of the portions of the story. In their skillful writing, the Biblical characters come alive. We can imagine what Jesus and His friends may have experienced. We can think about what it must have been like to be a first hand follower of Christ.
The Thoenes use historical and Scriptural accuracy to make the story come alive. As I read I could see the places I had read about in the Bible. I could feel what the people around Christ felt when they met Him, I could experience His miracles.
I think a good Christian fiction book should be a combination of entertainment and spiritual conviction/encouragement/exhortation. When Jesus Wept was that. The writing was interesting ad captivating, and at the same time, I was inspired and encouraged.
I give this one 5 stars and a PG rating for content- because of some of the violence.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.