John's Story, Jesus Chronicles Series #1
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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Jesus Chronicles
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Here is the first in the Biblically inspired series, The Jesus Chronicles, which brings to life the story of Jesus, told in the voices of those who knew and loved him best-the Gospel writers John, Mark, Matthew, and Luke.
In this volume, readers will discover John's story, a thrilling account of the life of the man who came to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament and to save all of humankind-and the disciple who was the last eyewitness to Jesus' glory. Readers will experience firsthand the creation of the Gospel of John as well as the Book of Revelation-Scripture that still has profound meaning for the world 2,000 years later.
Jerry B. Jenkins, chairman of the board of trustees for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of more than 175 books. Dr. Jenkins's writing has appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals, and he is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest magazine. He owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company, as well as the Christian Writers Guild.
Beginning with John's imprisonment by Caesar Domitian, the book travels through a series of flashbacks leading to the present. The narrative explores the circumstances surrounding John's authorship of the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation.
While the story does an excellent job breathing life into the men of the New Testament, the true strength of this book is its recreation of the settings. John's Story breathes life into ancient Rome and allows the reader to explore the time as though it were taking place around him, with vivid descriptions of the people and places, sights and sounds of the Roman Empire.
Although John's Story is a well-crafted novel, and a very ambitious project for the authors, some faults prevent it from sitting on par with Jenkins and LaHaye's other works. The characters come off as flat, with few faults and vices and while this is understandable given the author's dedication to accuracy to the source material, this lack of depth makes the early Church Fathers occasionally seem like Super Saints whom the reader cannot easily relate to. Additionally, the story at times drifts into paragraphs of description about a given place or thing, which could be a sleep-hazard for readers with heavy eyelids.
The bottom line is that John's Story is a well-written, thoughtful book that you might have trouble finishing. Older audiences or fans of Jenkins and LaHaye will find something to love, but the average reader will probably not find much here. -- Jason Warne, Christian Book Previews.com
Jessica AllenAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 54 starsNovember 12, 2013Jessica AllenAge: 18-24Gender: femalePlot: This is a fictionalized account of John writing his account of the gospel as well as his account of the revelation he received from God as accounted in the book of Revelation.
Characters: There wasn't really character development because of the nature of the way the book was written. There was however, accounts of things that happened to John in the later parts of his life. John also recounts his time with Jesus during most of the book.
Themes: The major and most important theme in this book (as in the Gospel of John) is establishing Jesus as the Son of God. John's account of the gospel focuses on the things that Jesus said and did to establish Himself as the Messiah.
Emotion: Unlike reading The Gospel of John or Revelation out of the Bible, this book didn't really evoke emotion. It did however, give new perspective, insight and understanding of the familiar books.
Overall: This was a very hard book to try to rate. It was a very easy read, especially if you are familiar with the Bible. I highly recommend it if you are a new Christian, or if you are not a Christian but are interested in Biblical stories. The fiction nature of this book makes it much more easy to read and understand than Bible versions (however, it should not be read as a replacement of the Bible). The book also does contain at the end, the five books written by John from the New King James version of the Bible (The Gospel of John, The First Epistle of John, The Second Epistle of John, The Third Epistle of John, and Revelation).
Nilsa Perez3 Stars Out Of 5May 6, 2010Nilsa PerezI enjoyed the book, but in the end it was like reading the bible. I already have a bible, but I guess it's good for those who read the book and don't have one.
Jeanette Pugh5 Stars Out Of 5August 28, 2009Jeanette PughThis series has become a part of my permanent collection. Wonderful account of Jesus' youngest disciple.
Dale Greenlee5 Stars Out Of 5March 20, 2009Dale GreenleeI bought this book for my wife on the strength of the authors' reputations with her. But I took the opportunity to read the first chapter to my granddaughter. (3 months - reading to her calms her down.) The imagery and the character development were excellent. It is a great book for reading aloud and make up voices for the characters.
Auria5 Stars Out Of 5January 29, 2008AuriaI have read this book twice and it has brought the story of John and the many miracles of Jesus bright, fresh and new into my heart! As with all of the books from these authors, you won't want to put the book down so get a nice cup of tea or java and settle in for a good read!