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Through the Jerusalem Chronicles, the Thoenes have introduced readers to characters from the time of Christ- some fictional and some Biblical. All of the books have focused on the life of Christ, leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection in this book.
I love the characters that the Thoenes develop. When a character is one from the Bible, they stay close to what Scripture says about that character. When they introduce additional characters, they also seem to make a conscious effort to stay close to what we know from the Bible. I appreciate this when I read Biblical fiction. They often even use direct Scripture when writing dialogue between characters.
This book- as all the Thoene's books are - is rich. It's rich in description, rich in dialogue, and rich in relationships. It's not a book you can skim through. You want to stay awhile with it, to linger on the pages. There are many stories going on at one time, and there is quite a bit of complex character and plot development.
Although there are many stories happening, they all point to the ultimate Story. That's what I love most about the Thoene's books. When you walk away from reading, you know you've been pointed toward Jesus. I wondered about this one. How can you culminate the story of the Gospels? How would they handle Jesus's death and resurrection? I won't give away the ending, but I will say that I wasn't disappointed.
A great book is one I can come away with thinking and contemplating on after the story is over. Behold the Man was a great book. I give it five stars and a PG rating for content.
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