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This second book in Karen Kingsbury's Life-Changing Bible Story Series deals with the friends of Jesus. The cast of characters who traveled and ministered with Jesus on a daily basis are Simon the Leper, Martha the Broken-Hearted, Jairus, the Two-Faced Leader, Mary Magdalene the Demon-Possessed, Peter, the Betrayer, and John, the Arrogant Disciple.
Often we struggle the most with our friends, those people who spend time with us and know us best. This Bible story will give you a deeper understanding of the friends of Jesus as you learn what the Bible has to say about these fascinating relationships. Included in the back of the book are three questions for each chapter, suitable for individual reflection or group discussion.
Number of Pages: 226
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)|
Series: Life-Changing Bible Study
Women of the Gospels: Friends and Disciples of JesusStephen J. BinzBrazos Press / 2010 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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In our everyday lives, friends are the people whom we spend the most time with, go through struggles with at times, and who know us best. Each of Jesus’ friends—Peter, John, Matthew, Judas, Mary Magdalene, and Lazarus—traveled with Jesus and were part of His daily ministry, and each has a compelling story to tell. There were some who would question or doubt Him…and one would even betray Him. Kingsbury brings these fascinating personalities to life in ways that will not only help bring you closer to the truths found in Scripture, but also to Christ.
By combining valuable, instructive Bible study with compelling, insightful character sketches of Jesus’ companions, Kingsbury provides you with a deeper understanding of the scriptural teachings featuring these fascinating people. Emotionally powerful, thought-provoking, and soulful, The Friends of Jesus will help you to appreciate the Bible and understand how it applies to your relationships with the most important people in your life.
vdeelAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Book!July 7, 2016vdeelAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I am leading this book with a group of women over the summer. It's an easy read if by the pool or at the beach, while still being full of encouragement and growth in our understanding of Jesus. Karen Kingsbury has done a good job at marrying scripture and God's truth to a wonderful story of faith. We've had GREAT discussions in our group! It's proving to be a great summer of being friends with Jesus and each other!
The NerdHerd Reads3 Stars Out Of 5interesting storyNovember 6, 2015The NerdHerd ReadsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0As you know, I enjoy Biblical fiction and seeing how different people imagine Biblical characters and the times. This series is interesting to me because its imagining the people closest to Jesus. I didn't feel this was quite as good as the first one, The Family of Jesus, but still interesting.
We get six stories from different friends of Jesus: Simon the Leper, Martha, Jairus, Mary Magdalene, Peter, and John. I've never really thought of Simon and Jairus as "friends" of Jesus, necessarily, but they were interesting additions.
We got to see three stories before Jesus' death, three stories of healing and raising from the dead. We get one story during His crucifixion, and two stories after His death and resurrection. So we get to see all different sides of Jesus.
But although this series is about Jesus, He himself doesn't appear all that much in the stories. Some of the stories were told in flashback of what Jesus actually did for them. But also, we get to see the lasting impression Jesus had on these people's lives, and how their encounters with Him lasted long after the event.
I think Mary Magdalene's story was my favorite. But Peter and John's stories were pretty interesting, as we see that they aren't exactly the perfect people we might think the disciples as being. But all in all, this was a pretty fast read, and I enjoyed it.
Sarah5 Stars Out Of 5The Friends Of JesusSeptember 10, 2015SarahQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amazing! Karen Kingsbury is always able to uplift my spirit!
Chas Ray5 Stars Out Of 5A Must ReadSeptember 10, 2015Chas RayQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've struggled with what to say about this book. First of all, I enjoyed the book immensely and will be sharing it with my bible study group this week. Second, I think if you read this book it will help you truly understand what it was like being with Jesus and what he desires for us today. Karen Kingsbury took the stories from the Bible and enhanced them with fictional details. This is not a process she took lightly. She goes into more detail at the beginning of the books but suffice it to say she embellished while remaining biblically accurate. You will see yourself in some if not all of the characters. For me it was Peter. I tend to speak first and think later. This is usually not a good trait to have, unless you are boldly declaring Jesus and not focused on the consequences. I think anyone who reads this book will be moved. Just as I said with the Family of Jesus, the Friends of Jesus would make a great witnessing tool. I look forward to other books in the series.
ecclecticnurse4 Stars Out Of 5Another Kingsbury HomerunSeptember 2, 2015ecclecticnurseQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Karen Kingsbury truly has an amazing gift of taking Scriptural truths and weaving a beautiful fictional story about those closest to Jesus. This book takes a closer look at Simon the Leper, Martha, Jairus, Mary Magdalene, Peter, and John. This book follows the first book in the series that was called the Family of Jesus. I love the way Karen makes all of the characters, especially Jesus, come to life, be so vulnerable, and so relatable. This book really emphasizes that no sin is too big to be forgiven and that all of us have a desperate need for a Savior whether we know it or not. I happened to connect more with the first book in the series, but this is definitely still a must read.