Saturday, November 21, 2015

#REVIEW: The Friends of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury

Title: The Friends of Jesus
Series: Life Changing Bible Study Series #2
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Howard Books
Publishing Date: July 7, 2015
ISBN: 9781476707396
Genre: Biblical Studies
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Synopsis: America’s favorite inspirational novelist and #1 New York Times bestselling author offers a richly told tale about six of Jesus’ closest friends and companions, bringing biblical truths to life in this captivating continuation of her Life-Changing Bible Study series.

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.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This author is one of the most amazing story tellers I have come across when it comes to Biblical fiction. I read her previous book in this series, but I am absolutely blown away by the sheer detail of each of these stories. I truly feel like I am in each of these stories. My favorite of these six, is the very first one, about Simon the leper. 
How emotional! How real! It made feel want to cry with frustration, grief and hope during his story. How amazing that the author has been able to reach down into each of story, and make them real enough for the reader to feel as if s/he is right there in the midst of the turmoil and hope.
Despite the excellent writing and storytelling, the author has also remained as true to Scripture as can be without being dry and boring.
Overall, this is a fantastic book to read and learn a new perspective from each of these characters.

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