Has there ever been a Theone book that wasn't first rate? No. My favorite authors have written book number 2 in the Jerusalem Chronicles series, "Take This Cup"; taking us along on the journey of Jesus during His life and ministry. Book number one is "When Jesus Wept" and I adored it.
Like Jesus, the Theone's are great story tellers who believe in the power of a well told story to deliver truth. That's why they are so diligent to do their research and know their facts, which woven together with imagination to fill in the fact gaps, make for outstanding, gripping, and instructive fiction.
The time leading up to Passover and the Last Supper is told from the viewpoint of a child, and how very appropriate since we can't enter into the Kingdom unless we become like a child.
Nehemiah is the shepherd boy who is born to be the King's Cupbearer and his story is rich with tradition and the Jewish culture, but also high adventure, danger, and intrigue, capturing the events of Jesus' life on earth.
As they do in every book, the authors skillfully remind us that in the Scriptures, everything means something. There are truths buried in stories and traditions and the Word to give us wisdom, understanding, and to illuminate other truths for us. I'm always excited to see what's going to be uncovered for me when I read a Theone book!
I highly suggest this book as a great read but more than that, as a guide into the truths waiting for us in the pages of the Bible. Bodie and Brock have written award winning books that are used in colleges and stocked in the World's great libraries. Of course I'd love them all in my personal library. I have my children read these as part of their education in their homeschooling years. Matching emotion and vivid details with rich history makes for an unforgettable lesson.
*I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased written review.
Nehemiah has grown up in the mountains of Persia, herding sheep and hearing stories from his parents. Stories of Torah. Stories of how his father met his mother while selling his wool in Jerusalem. Stories of his rabbi's visit to Bethlehem thirty years ago to see the newborn king. When Nehemiah's family is attacked by bandits, the rabbi sends him to Jerusalem with a gift for the Messiahâ€”the cup of Joseph.
Much of the plot focuses on the cup that is known to legend as the Holy Grail, but before the events that earned it such fame. Instead, it is traced even further back, to the time of the patriarchs. While some people might find this ridiculous, I thought it was well written and a good way to remind readers that everything in the Bible is part of a united whole.
I've thoroughly enjoyed the authors' previous series , the AD Chronicles, for its vivid portrayal of minor Biblical characters, such as the blind beggar in John 9. This book has the same characterization as the previous series, but the book stands well on its own. Even readers who aren't normally fans of historical fiction will appreciate the detail and characters of this book.
I received a free ebook from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review
I did not read the first book in the Jerusalem Chronicles so this review is solely based on Take This Cup, the second book in this series.
The story is told from the first-person perspective of Nehemiah, a young boy living during the time of Jesus. He is only 8 years old when he travels alone to Jerusalem leaving his family behind due to unfortunate circumstances. He must fend for himself and ensure the safe delivery of a unique cup. Like Nehemiah, the cupbearer to the king of the Old Testament, young Nehemiah is the cupbearer to the King of Kings.
While I did not dislike the book, it was not as interesting as I had hoped. The fictitious story was woven together with elements from the New Testament including Lazarus's resurrection, the Last Supper, Nicodemus's question about being born again, as well as many of Jesus's parables. If you don't know the Scriptures, it may be hard to separate fact from fiction. I also did not believe that an 8 year old boy would be able to tell such a story as well as process the events that were occurring around him. I would have believed a mature 12 year old, but not someone so young.
Zondervan provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.