Cafe Lily's Review:
If you are not familiar with the Thoene's writing, this would be a great series to start with. Fans of biblical fiction will not be disappointed. One of the best benefits (I think) of reading good biblical fiction is that it makes you think about what the characters were really like back in Bible times. The authors stay true to scriptures, yet entice imaginations with some of the details they add into these stories. This book poses the suggestion that Lazarus was married, and imagines what life would have been like for him, after losing his wife. The story is told from his point of view. These types of books make the Bible come alive for me. When characters are fleshed out, it becomes easy to identify with and relate to them.
About The Book:
Book 1 in the Thoene’s new Jerusalem Chronicles. Brock and Bodie Thoene’s most powerful and climactic writing project to date, 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. 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.
I received a free copy of When Jesus Wept from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.