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Face to Face: A Novel [Paperback]

By Catherine Lawton (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   Cladach Publishing
ISBN  0967038685  
EAN  9780967038681  

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Set in the tumultuous world during Jesus' earthly life, here is a timeless story of suffering, longing, and healing. Conflicts arise between a young woman's devotion to God and the demon that holds her captive; between her attempts to free herself and the judgment and condemnation of others; between the rabbi named Jesus and the legalistic religious leaders; between the daily reality of Roman oppression and the Jewish hopes of a Deliverer-Messiah. A vivid and sensitive imagining of the account in Luke 13:10-17, where Jesus calls the bent-over woman to himself.

Publishers Description
Deeply fleshing out her character, the author vividly portrays the woman Jesus healed on the Sabbath, which is recorded in Luke 13. We intimately experience this young wife and mother's tragedy, loss, and shame, then with her we cry tears of joy as she exercises circumstance-defying faith. A seed of hope is planted in her heart through the compassion of an extraordinary youth. Then the words of the prophet come alive to her. And the eyes of compassion and the words of faith even visit her dreams; until, in an encounter that changes her life forever, she stands face to face with Love Himself.

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A Spirit-filled book...  Sep 10, 2007
This novel is powerfully written. I found myself compelled to read, unable to put the book down, seemingly in a different place and a different time ~ Joakima, the "bent woman" had my undivided attention.

I have been accustomed to getting "into" the minds of Bible characters, but I was completely overwhelmed at the story of Joakima. Lawton gently opens up the mind and heart of this woman who had lost almost everything...and as I read, I felt I was seeing the world through the eyes of the afflicted woman ~ unable to see the skies and trees and faces of those she encountered. She suffered not only from the physical ramifications of a severe illness, but from the emotional torture of being misunderstood by all around her, possibly the very worst sort of pain. She was gossipped about, laughed at, teased, and pitied on a daily basis.

By the time she finally and quite dramatically met Jesus the Christ, and rose up to greet Him face to face, I found myself unable to hold back the tears of joy. In my quiet living room, thousands of years after that day and far from the crowd of people gathered in thes synagogue, I praised God...and was immediately drawn into a time of meeting Him face to face myself.

I am telling people about this strong and Spirit-filled book.
A must-have book  Aug 8, 2005
I read this book a while ago. It was well worth reading and re-reading! It seems like a book that would cater more towards women, but anyone interested in historical or biblical fiction would enjoy it. Catherine draws her reader in to the emotions and tragedy of the story. Then she gently leads us to a happy conclusion.
Great Biblical novel by Catherine Lawton  Feb 5, 2005
"On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all." (Luke 13:10) Ever wondered about that crippled woman? Ever wished you could turn back the pages of history and catch a glimpse into her life? Catherine Lawton's fascinating novel, Face to Face, allows us to do just that. Building upon the Biblical narrative, Catherine weaves a riveting fictional account of Joakima, a contented young wife in a small Galilean town. Joakima's world revolves around her God, her husband, and her infant son.

Suddenly, in the very shadow of the Temple, disaster strikes. Joakima's simple, happy life is tragically shattered. Grief-stricken and grotesquely crippled, she is left alone to care for her infant son. Throughout the bitter nightmare of pain-filled days and sleepless nights, Joakima clings to a slender thread of hope...the stirring words of the prophet Isaiah: "Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, O Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion." And then one day, Joakima comes face to face with Jesus, and is forever changed.

Catherine Lawton's vivid writing breathes life into an obscure woman of whom Jesus called "a daughter of Abraham." Face to Face is a story that will stay with you long after the last page is read.
Face to Face  Dec 21, 2004
A memorable plot line with enough tension to keep its grip on you. The characters are well developed and come to life. A story that offers hope to the heart of wounded souls.
Face to Face  Nov 21, 2004
The Bible is filled with people whose lives are noteworthy only because they met Christ, but that is enough. If you have ever wondered what brought one of them to the Master- this book explores that very thing. Joakima's life began as fairly ordinary. Though overshadowed by the Roman invaders of her homeland, it was a good life until death and pain entered. Between grief over losing her husband and constant illness, her world has turned into a bitter nightmare of chasing down even the most unorthodox and unhelpful cures. Then, her son leads her to the Rabbi, Jesus, who can cure even the most hopeless cases.

*** Times change, circumstances change, but essentially, Joakima is a reflection of any person in any time. Though we can't see Him face to face today, this is the story of countless people today, and one to give hope to the modern Joakimas who have yet to meet Yeshua. ***

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.

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