I don't know what I was expecting when I purchased this book but I can definitely tell you what I got. I got a heartwarming and sometimes wrenching story that took the Bible off the black and white pages and brought it to life. I cried in every story. My heart broke along with Mary as she's watching Jesus being crucified on the cross. I smiled as Joseph brought Mary orchids. I felt John the Baptist's doubts as he's in prison wondering "what is God's plan?". I can go on and on. You can tell Karen put a lot of thought and prayer into this book and was exceptionally careful not to taint the facts but to enhance the story and characters with fictional details. I will definitely be sharing this book with my friends! It is also a great way to share the life of Jesus and witness to someone.
I would highly recommend this book to a new Christian. I think the new Christian would learn so much from this book and definitely get the feeling of things as they truly happen. for a new Christian or a non Christian I give this five stars .
This was such an awesome book by Karen Kingsbury. She is definitely my favorite author. In this book she creates a story around the characters in Jesus' life - making it read like a regular novel where you get to know the character's feelings and thoughts. It brought to life the entire story of Jesus in a new light - like they were close family. I felt this was such a good story for Christmastime that I bought several as gifts for the season. And this is just the beginning. Future books in this series will help us get to know Jesus' friends and followers.