Thursday, March 5, 2015

#REVIEW: The Day I Met Jesus by Frank Viola and Mary E DeMuth

Title: The Day I Met Jesus
Series: none
Author:  Frank Viola, Mary E DeMuth
Published Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Baker Books
Format: paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780801016851
Genre: Biblical fiction
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Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Synopsis: Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ met face-to-face with people just like you. Broken, imperfect, sometimes fearful and without hope. "The Day I Met Jesus" is a beautifully crafted narrative that chronicles the remarkable encounters of five women in the Gospels who were desperate to find wholeness, security, and purpose. Like all of us, these women struggled with the regrets of their pasts, the stresses of their presents, and the worries of their tomorrows. 
Join Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth on a fascinating journey back in time as they retell the dramatic accounts of five women who met Jesus. Each narrative is told from each woman's unique perspective, yet tightly grounded in the Gospel accounts and faithful to first-century history. Elegantly written and profoundly stirring, this book blends creative narrative with uncommon insight, spiritual depth, and practical application. 
If you are someone who seeks a renewal of hope, faith, and love, "The Day I Met Jesus" will make your Bible come to life and usher you into a fresh encounter with your Lord. 

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a compilation of five fictionalized accounts of women’s stories in the Bible who encountered Jesus: the Samaritan woman at the well, the adulteress who was about to be stoned, the prostitute who washed Jesus’ feet with perfume, the woman who bled for 12 years, and Mary, sister to Lazarus who chose to sit at his feet and listen as a disciple than to help her sister with the hospitality side.
Every single one gives a fictionalized back story, breathes life into these women whom we may not know much more than the verse or two that is given to them in the Bible. Every story is beautiful and well-written, but ultimately, the stories are not about them, they are about the amazing power and character of Jesus. It truly reinforces how revolutionary he was, how he took the broken, ostracized and shunned, and made them whole, contributing and loving members of society once more.
After the story of each, there is a historical and theological background written which helps bring 1st century society into a 21st century understanding. The one I am most struck by is the woman who bled for 12 years. As modern day women, we are not considered unclean every time our monthly visitor comes, we are not separated from our families or unable to work for fear that we will make everyone else around us unclean. It’s easy to forget that 1st century society was so vastly different from ours, and what Jesus did was jaw-dropping for his time.

This is an amazing book, well-written and a quick read.

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