Dr. Elizabeth Stewart works with the Memphis Hospital Wing, an air medivac unit serving the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Unit. She is a strong believer but wonders why the Lord didnt hear her prayer to save a thirteen year old boy taken from a car crash as she prepares to help start a new trauma unit in Israel. Professor Leonardo Van Eaton teaches religious history at Georgetown University. He was raised in a religious home but has become cynical over the years, especially since his beloved wife died, and is now headed to address a conference in India via Israel. Paul Ryann is a minister in Memphis, TN. Deeply concerned about his dear stepfather who is dealing with cancer, he is living out his lifetime dream of visiting Israel as a gift from his parents.
These three individuals meet in Jerusalem and through a series of shocking and frightening events are transported back in time to the week of Christs crucifixion where they have an opportunity to meet and form a personal relationship with Jesus and his apostles. Of course, they know what will happen to Jesus. But what will happen to them? Can their presence change anything? Will they ever be able to get back home? And how will their lives be affected by their experiences? When this book was initially published in 2010 it was subtitled Three Men In Time, so I dont know if the doctor was changed to female in the second edition or not. There are a couple of common euphemisms and one instance of My God as an exclamation. However, the book is not for young children. A rape scene occurs resulting in a possible murder, a Roman soldier is said to have urinated from his horse, and Dr. Stewarts brother is identified as a homosexual who has been delivered from that lifestyle.
Some people may not like the growing relationship between the minister who is married and female doctor who is divorced as something inappropriate that could damage a marriage. However, the author specifically says that it was pure friendship and nothing untoward actually takes place. A few other items that might be subjects for disagreement are a couple of miracles by Jesus that seemed incomplete, the picture of using only one chalice at the last supper, and a reference to three Magi. Also, the nail print that goes through the whole book may seem more like a gimmick than anything substantial. However, in spite of these small quibbles, I basically enjoyed the story. A Study and Discussion Guide is found in the back for use in personal study or group discussions. A sequel, Peters Quest, in which the apostle Peter time travels forward to the present day, was due out in the spring of 2014 but apparently has not yet been published. Furrs website says that it is coming soon.
This fiction book based on a very true and wonderful story will draw you into the experience. It made me think just how true it is that we all supplied the nails for the crucifixion of Christ. Christ paid it all that we can be saved and this book makes that point very clearly. If you love Christian fiction, I recommend you read this enthralling book.
From the moment you pick this book up you know there is something different about it. For starters there is a hole completely through it. One other thing that stands out is that it is Christian fiction but from the sci-fi genre. Yes there are other Christian sci-fi books, but in general they are few and far between.
I am not personally drawn to science fiction but my book clubs were asked to read and comment on this book so I obliged. I am grateful that I complied.
The story begins with three ordinary people from different walks of life. For different reasons they are each traveling to Israel. Through a series of events that are written in a manner that make them feel plausible, they are thrust back in time to the beginning of Holy Week. Make that the original Holy Week where Christ is making his way through the streets of Jerusalem.
The story continues through Holy Week and we get an up close and personal view through the eyes of our three travelers. I was amazed at how drawn in to the story I was. Don did a great job of staying accurate to scripture while adding in these new characters. The further you get into the book the more poignant that nail hole becomes. I've always thought it would be interesting to have been there. What would my reaction have been like? Would I have stayed to the bitter end or would I run and hide in fear? Expect to ponder these questions and more as you read this very intriguing tale.
Quest is the first book in the series and will be followed up by Peter's Quest. I'm looking forward to reading it just so I can find out more about the three travelers and how all of this impacted them when they returned to their families.
First of all, a book with a hole drilled through it from front cover to back does certainly catch one's eye. That they represent the nails driven through the hands of Jesus lets one know that this book will be special.
The professor's first century experience is completely different. He ignores the testimony of his own eyes even after he is the recipient of a miracle. He blindly follows his own path of greed and self-interest, resolutely disregarding any sense of morality in his actions. Why was he sent back to this place in time? Will he ever see Jesus for who He is?
So many questions are raised: what does Jesus dream? What if Jesus had chosen the 21st century to have been bornâ€”would things have been different?
The story is very readable and engaging with an intriguing premise. Like Leon, Liz and Paul, we are unsure of how they got there and why. The author expresses it this way: "Three lone threads in a tapestry without a clue as to the magnificent pattern God was weaving." Like Liz and Paul, we are privileged to hear Jesus speak to us with all the insight available to us as Post-Resurrection People. How amazing it would be to be in their shoes!
I received this book in a giveaway but the thoughts
I had mixed emotions as I began to write this review. I was excited because of how much I enjoyed the book, but concerned because it was going to be very difficult to explain just how good it is. As a Christian Historian I am accustomed to reading about the early years of the church, the era of the Apostles, and the world that surrounded it. However, it is obvious I have missed out by not reading fictional history. I was surprised by the change in environment and it was , to me, a twist worthy of Chubby Checker. I could never have imagined the excitement (and just all out fun) waiting for me when I started reading this book. I'm seldom surprised, but this marvelous, master-crafted work did so - even when I thought I knew what I was about to read. No matter how familiar one is with the Gospel account, reading this imaginative and insightful work can only help the reader see this world changing event more clearly and vividly. If only I would have had a New Testament professor with such imagination and uncanny ability to take a world so distant and make it so interesting.
From the cover of the book all the way through the last page, the author rewards the reader for taking time to read the work. It is absolutely believable with some of the best character development I have been privy to experience. Almost immediately I felt as though I knew and understood each character. I felt more like a silent observer in an adventure of a lifetime - even wanting to add my two cents worth at times. (I did indeed find myself talking to the characters a few times.) When a book can elicit that type of emotion and interaction, it is one that has to be at the top of anyone's must read, must share, must talk about list.