The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels  -     By: Frank Viola, Mary DeMuth
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Has your spiritual life gone stale? Do you struggle to draw close to God? In the imagined diaries of five women in the Gospels, you'll discover how their encounters with Jesus revolutionized their lives. These powerful retellings of Scripture will help ignite your desire for intimacy with the Lord. Includes discussion questions. 204 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801016851
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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.

Author Bio

Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. He has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on Earth and From Eternity to Here. His blog, frankviola.org, is ranked in the top ten of all Christian blogs on the Web today. He ministers to people all over the world from Florida.

Mary DeMuth is a former church planter in France and the author of more than sixteen nonfiction and fiction books. A sought-after speaker and longtime blogger, she has overcome (through Jesus's healing) a difficult childhood full of neglect, abuse, and familial dysfunction to become a living example of what it means to live uncaged. She lives in Texas with her family.

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"We all long to lift the veil of history and catch a glimpse of the real story--the one that makes our hearts pound, our faith grow, and our lives change. That's exactly what Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth offer." -Holley Gerth, author of You're Already Amazing and You're Made for a God-Sized Dream

"Truly a wonderful book." -Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Bad Girls of the Bible

"Jesus, from the very beginning, has been 'good news for women.' One reads of His encounters with the women described in this book with a sense of wonder that these interactions took place two thousand years ago." -John Ortberg, pastor, author of Who Is This Man?

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  1. Cabot, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This book will inspire you to reengage with scripture and its Author.
    March 28, 2015
    IVLeague
    Cabot, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Ive long been a fan of biblical fiction for its propensity to draw me back to The Word. It gives me a deeper understanding of the text, the culture, and attitudes of the peoples in that time period. If good biblical fiction points the reader to Christ, then the team of Mary Demuth and Frank Viola have placed Jesus under a flashing neon sign!

    We are enamored with personal stories because they create an emotional bond between the receiver and the message. Author Mary Demuth capitalizes on this inherent human trait when she artfully composed the fictional diaries of five women who appear in the Gospels. By giving them a voice she adds substantial depth to the stories of scripture that we have become over familiar with. This allows her readers to see these women and Jesus more clearly.

    As the fiction story ends, the reader is pointed back to scripture to read the biblical account. At this point, author Frank Viola aids the reader in Walking It Out. He does this by highlighting the audacity of Christ to reach out to the worst kinds of outcasts prostitutes, adulterers, those deemed unclean, unworthy and even the simple fact that they were women! What happened at the intersection of sin and grace rocked the lives of those who encountered it, encountered Him. The Day I Met Jesus is a poignant reminder of the lengths God will go to reach the lost.

    This book will inspire you to reengage with scripture and its Author. Through both the fictional and theological aspects, The Day I Met Jesus encourages us to accept our identity in Christ, to view our salvation with renewed gratitude, and to see the value God places on all of His children individually. With a new appreciation for the Message, allow these stories to penetrate your heart to root out the Pharisee within and transform you.

    I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Re-Imaging Jesus and the women He loves with full stories.
    March 20, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5


    "No man has ever spoken words like this man. His words feed life; they behold hope; they gush truth." ~

    Thus speaks the Samaritan Woman whom tradition names Photine.

    Sometimes when I read the Gospel narratives, they seem distant and strange. It's hard to still my soul and hear His words in all their power.

    The woman at the well, the woman with the issue of blood, the woman caught in adultery, and Mary of Bethany- they heard Him.

    They sought Him, they were found by Him, and on the day they met Jesus, their world changed.

    Mary DeMuth and Frank Viola have given each woman- known by a few brief and timeless lines in Scripture- a fuller story.

    One that gives them back their humanity, providing them with hopes and fears and a past and a future.

    Otherwise, they're just black and white text to us.

    The goal of this book is to help you "see" these women as they meet Him, and then to encounter Him for yourself.

    And along the way, they crafted a keeper of a Bible study- the kind that compels good reading.

    The way Mary uses words is beautiful... listen to the thoughts of one woman set free by God.

    "I ran to the outskirts of Nain under a full moon and twirled under it's shadow a free woman, so blessedly alive it nearly scared me to death."

    Don't you love that visual?

    Don't you want to meet the joyous, good, gentle, mighty God who provokes such life in His people?

    Jesus is the one who "tells us our stories straight, and with that, changes the endings forever."

    Thanks to Him, we can live "stolen lives, given to us by the Author of life."

    I have been blessed by Baker Publishing with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.
  3. Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic Retelling
    March 6, 2015
    ChooseWisely
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    My favorite form of historical fiction is by far a retelling of stories from the Bible. Authors Liz Curtis Higgs, Francine Rivers, and Jill Eileen Smith have all made fictionalized retelling of scripture a fine art. The Day I Met Jesus places Frank Viola and Mary Demuth in equally standing with my long time favorites. I knew from the moment I saw the cover that this was a must read for me.

    From The Back Cover

    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 womans 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.

    I loved so many things about this book. To start, I so enjoyed how each story was told. Through the fictionalized retelling, I learned what the life of each woman might have been like prior to meeting Jesus. This made each woman from scripture feel like a person I might know instead of someone from long ago, distant and unrelatable. Further, I appreciated the actual scripture provided at the end of each diary entry. I was able to read for myself in one place the story the Bible tells. The insight into the story following the scripture allowed me to fill in details and reflect in a way I hadnt before. Lastly, I was thrilled to find a study guide of sorts in the last pages. I am excited to use this book as a study with Bible Study group.

    In case you are curious, the five women included are the woman caught in adultery, a prostitute, the Samaritan woman Jesus meets at the well, the woman with the issue of blood, and Mary, the woman whom Jesus loved. Each diary entry was fascinating, but I must say, I was most moved by the woman caught in adultery. It was my favorite of the five.

    To learn more about the authors, check out their websites, frankviola.org, and marydemuth.com.

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.
  4. Medford, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing book about women just like us
    March 5, 2015
    Second Book to the Right
    Medford, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    This book is a compilation of five fictionalized accounts of womens 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. Its 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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