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Jesus [Hardcover]

By Walter Wangerin Jr. (Author)
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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.46 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310266734  
EAN  9780310266730  
UPC  025986266738  

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Here, in vivid language and rich historical detail, is the most important story of the Christian faith?the life of Jesus, presented in the form of a literary novel.

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OK.....I've never met Walter Wangerin, Jr....but he's managed to embarrass me in public several times!!! I've been a huge fan for well over 10 years and probably should've expected some kind of emotional reaction in reading another one of his great novels...but to have an employee of Subway come up to me at lunch this week and ask if I was crying was a little much...ha. I explained to her that I was reading a wonderful book and she replied..."that's so sweet!".
And it is with great sweetness, amazing tenderness and super-abundant passion for his subject matter that Wangerin tells the tale of the greatest story ever told.
The manner in which he colors so carefully within the lines of the Gospel narratives in telling the stories of, not only Jesus Himself, but most especially Mary, Simon Peter, John, Mary Magdalene and even Judas Iscariot is truly spellbinding. From his amazing interpretation of the reason behind Judas' betrayal (trying to force Jesus' hand in overcoming the Roman and Jewish authorities and establish his "earthly" kingdom) the astonishing description of how John came to be known as "The Beloved Disciple" his humorous, heartbreaking and absolutely priceless portrayal of Simon Peter, we are treated to some of the most mesmerizing words ever written about the intensely human folk who walked with Jesus.
Perhaps the most vivid words, however, are written about Jesus' incredible mother. Wangerin takes great pains in interpreting the stories of her awestruck and intensely human conflict in watching the drama of Jesus' heavenly mission as He prepares to die for the sins of lost humanity. The beauty of her story lies most profoundly in the myriad ways that Wangerin describes her as a woman swept away by motherly devotion and pain for her precious "Yeshi" as she watches His suffering firsthand. Her bold and seemingly irreverent tirades against God on behalf of Jesus seem totally in synch with a woman who clearly understands that the Almighty -is- the father of "their" son. And some of the most beautiful writing about Mary is from the "pen" of John (Wangerin writes the book -as- the beloved disciple) he cares for Mary in the latter years of her he witnesses to the Gentiles...only to have Mary interrupt him with humorous corrections about the life of HER the pet name she gives him to address the earthy humanity of this most amazing of women and lastly in his telling of her final hours...Mary's story is a thing of beauty as told by this amazing writer.
Some of the most famous Gospel passages describing Jesus' life literally jump from the pages...from the Sermon on the Mount to the raising of Lazarus, the Nativity story, the Crucifixion (told, not as graphically as I'd have expected, but with a reverent beauty and elegance that left me stunned) to the Ascension. One of the final stories...Jesus' post-resurrection appearance on the beach as the disciples are fishing (with Mary along as the instigator of the boat trip!)...leading up to Jesus' restoration of Simon truly one of the most amazing things I've ever read.
Wangerin's multi-hued and overwhelmingly passionate rendering of the character of Jesus' Himself is so masterful that one is left in awe of his ability to make it perfectly clear that Jesus was man and divine at the same time. The Crucifixion scene followed by the first appearance to the disciples in the upper room concludes with John writing these words to his Lord...."And when one week later, you grant Thomas as the last of all to see your wounds and to receive his peace, he falls to the floor and utters the confession I have never since ceased to sing unto you: My Lord, my Lord and my God!"
So much Scripture is interwoven into the novel from start to finish that Wangerin's words are given a much deeper import and resonance than would otherwise have been possible. These stories are so much a part of the lives of believers that Wangerin's intensely personal renderings of the life of Jesus resonated deeply within my spirit...and made me understand that these stories are truly OUR stories and part of who we are as Christians. After the powerful telling of Jesus' death and resurrection in the novel, it became clear to me, in a way I'd never grasped, exactly WHY the early disciples who lived through all of these things truly abandoned their old fear of death.
I'll conclude with Wangerin's dazzling description near the end...of John the Beloved trying his best to summarize his telling of the life of Jesus.... "Well, then: I cannot lay my pen aside until I've given expression to the mystery inexpressible, the timelessness and the placelessness of the Lord. What I write here, what I indite as last of all, might be sung, could someone give it music. Me? I confess, there is no music in me-except insofar as I love it. I can't sing. I growl below the soaring voices of the blessed. I don't make melodies. And all the singers I have ever known have left me to my poor, inglorious means: a way with words, a memory weighty and comprehensive and dagger-sharp with detail, a knowledge of Greek and the Scriptures, and the spirit that drives me to write things down."
These last words seems almost to describe Wangerin himself. I don't know if Wangerin can sing a note in tune, but I know that his God-given talent with words have the power to bring me to tears. And to make my spirit sing.......
Splendid  Feb 19, 2008
More than once this work brought tears to my eyes. The author blended different aspects of the four gospels into this compelling novel. One thing I was confused about was the Beloved is supposed to be John. In this book, that is not all too clear since an account of John is told in the third person.
Aangrijpend boek  May 5, 2007
Walter Wangerin, vertelt het levensverhaal van Jezus Christus in romanvorm afwisselend door de ogen van Johannes, de leerling die Hij liefhad, en Maria, de moeder van Jezus. Bekende personages en verhalen uit het Johannes evangelie (hoewel natuurlijk ook uit de andere evangelieën en Handelingen is geput) worden mensen van vlees en bloed. Hoewel het gevaar van romantiseren, dramatiseren en meer inleggen dan op basis van de Bijbel ons is meegegeven, houdt Wangerin zich behoorlijk aan de ongeschreven en voor vele lezers gevoelige spelregels. De gemiddelde gelovige is immers grootgebracht met een bepaalde bijbelvertaling en zienswijze op hun Heiland, ook in het al dan niet uitbeelden, verhalend vormgeven van Zijn leven. Het boek grijpt, zoals goed lezen van de Bijbel ook doet. Boeiend om gesprekken met een groep over te hebben die zowel de Bijbel als de roman gelezen hebben. Op vind je voorbeelden.
Jesus  Jan 18, 2007
This is another book which really puts you in the presence of our Lord. You feel as if you have experienced actually walking and entering into the conversations that took place during the earthly life of our Savior. You laugh, you smile, you cry when reading this journey through the life of Christ. Please read and enjoy.
Jesus' life as historical fiction  Oct 9, 2006
Walter Wangerin continues his Bible-based fiction writing with Jesus. There isn't much description of the plot required here since many people, at least those who would be interested in reading Wangerin's work, are already well-familiar with the events that unfold. Basically, Wangerin uses his own unique style of writing to retell the four gospels of Jesus' life. He includes many of the well-known stories including: the birth of Christ, his teaching in the temple as a young boy, the exorcism of egion,
the resurrection of Lazarus and, of course, the Passion itself. There is very little deviation from the scriptures, which is good considering that Wangerin's fan-base are Christians who would not appreciate any inaccuracies, but he does add his own dialogue and florid descriptions at times. This adds fresh flavor to an already timeless tale. The supporting cast includes Mary and the twelve disciples as well as Barabbas, an energetic rebel who plays a key role at Christ's trial later in the book. Wangerin does little to develop these characters with the exception of John, Peter and Mary. And then, of course, there is Judas, who is portrayed in a way that I've never seen before, basically an immature, annoying tag-along who betrays Christ in an attempt to get Him to reveal His power to the Jews. The story is descriptive, somewhat informative, and shows an intriguing perspective from the author about how he thinks
the events of Christ's life unfolded. Above all else it is a pleasure to read. Simply put, Christian readers will love this book. Anytime the story of Christ is told with beauty and passion it will always please those who worship Him as their savior. However, for someone who doesn't believe, it will likely end up being the same story they've heard before with nothing extraordinary about it. Take that for what it's worth.
Of all the books I've read, this ranks as one of the most enjoyable.

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