When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles series by best-selling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus' ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus. With rich insights from vineyard owners and vine dressers, the Thoenes explore the metaphor of Jesus as the True Vine, harvesting the ancient secrets found in the Old Testament.
Weaving the life of Lazarus, who owned a vineyard, into the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ will help you understand it is the hand of Love Divine that holds the knife, that cuts and breaks with such tender and loving touch, and that we who have borne some fruit, after the pruning, can bear much more.
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By Brian T on 13-11-2013
Wow! What a story.
I was expecting a good story that is well researched and biblically sound. What the story offered was so much more than just the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. There was intrigue, suspense, emotion, laughter and pain all within a historical, albeit fictious backdrop. This story by my account could very well be true. What makes the plot believable is that it encompasses many parables, stories and actual details that are relatable to the events of the story.
If you are a Bodie and Brock Thoene fan, you know the detail and attention to historical facts are well researched and add to the build-up of the characters. They mixed in some of our old friends from the AD Chronicle series that will warm your heart remembering their unique personalities.
This was my first time hearing DJ Canaday he did a fabulous job narrating this book and his voices where very distinguishable between men and women of various ages. I marveled how well he transitioned between all the characters. Loved his narration ability when not in character. I look forward to hearing more from this rising talent.
I have read and listened to numerous Thoene books. I love many of them I would rank this one right up there with First Light, Vienna Prelude and Second Touch. The storytelling by Bodie is always a treat and this endeavor she is marvelous. There is so much rich content that makes biblical passages come to life. I'm already looking forward to listening to this one again! It was that good.
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By Evangheline on 05-05-2013
When Jesus Wept was a masterpiece with every passing word. The story of Lazarus comes alive from the very first words, sending chills through me. The Bible clearly tells us that Lazarus was much loved by Jesus and this book shows that. Yes I understand that this is fiction but it is very believable fiction where a lot of the 'whys' in the Bible are given possible answers. There are pictures that swept through my heart like the part where Jesus turned the water in to wine. The part I loved best was of course where we are given a glimpse of what Lazarus might have exprienced when he died, it was painted in vivid words that made me long for heaven. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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