This book is very well written and thought provoking. However, the authors have created fictional stories to elaborate on the details of the Biblical stories. I have heard friends use the fictional details as fact in my Sunday school class. It bothers me that people have read the fictional account and are taking that for the details of the Biblical account when it was something that was made up.
This book will inspire you to reengage with scripture and its Author.
March 28, 2015
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.
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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.