Lazarus occupies a surprising position in the Gospel accounts. Widely known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, his story is actually much broader and richer than that. Living as he did at Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus was uniquely placed to witness the swirl of events around Jesus.
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 born some fruit, after the pruning, can bear much more.
©2013 Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene (P)2013 Zondervan
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"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.
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.
I would absolutely listen to Jesus Wept again. Not only was the story brilliantly written, but the narrator was fantastic! From three sentences into this audiobook, I was pulled in and didn't want to stop until it was finished.
I found myself connecting to all of the main characters in this story so it's hard to say who was my favorite. They are all very well built and could easily stand on their own. I suppose if I were forced to chose one I would have to say Lazarus was my favorite. No only does he get the most exposure, but his character was brilliant.
No I have not but I would love to hear him again. His narration truly made this audio enjoyable.
I did find myself weeping during one major scene and tearing up in several others. Overall, I was in absolute awe. As soon as you hear the prologue you will understand. The writing is absolutely breathtaking. The imagery, out of this world. Fiction or not, this story will leave you feeling like you've gotten a glimpse of eternity.
I do wish that there were more audiobooks available for Brodie and Brock Thoene's work! If they were narrated as well as this one, I would undoubtedly purchase them all.
You can't miss with this book! While not totally true to scripture, it maintains the spirit of the message of Jesus our Lord.
"Puts You There!"
I would recommend to anyone wanting a realistic story set in bible times. The story line is compelling and I was able to glean a lot from the mini-stories and dialogue.
The dialogue between Lazarus and Jesus in the vineyard are very memorable. It's almost like being behind the scenes in the bible.
Theis was my first Canaday performance. It was slow for me to grasp in the beginning but I truly grew to enjoy the performance only a chapter into the book.
Jesus. The book brings out his amazingly quick wit and knowledge of the sinful nature of man.
If you like the bible at all you won't be at a loss getting this book.
Number 1, as a Christian, this book made me smile a lot because it explained things like the author was there seeing through Lazarus' eyes. This book made me go back to read the gospel, to connect the dots, and indeed, the Thoenes surprised me with all that information.
He brought all that emotion into the book
Yes it was
I would highly recommend this book. It is an entertaining story that continues to hold you from beginning to end. I found it refreshing & gave me new insight & understanding to many familiar story & parables told by Jesus. Of course it is a fictional story but based of scripture. I can't wait till they release vol 2 of the Jerusalem Chronicles!
"Disappointed in choice of reader"
The story is compelling enough, but why oh why choose a narrator with a British accent who's interpretations of the different characters is peppered with a fair amount of "cockney" voices? Also, the background music was depressing (to me). I've listened to many, many audio books and it always makes me sad when one is spoiled by a narrator who can't project some of the voice inflection of the people he/she is acting out. I hope the publisher will consider this more fully when casting a narrator. It DOES matter, at least to some of us.
"Not to Be Missed"
Simply stunning! This production with its captivating performance by Canady, and the Thoene's scripturally educated and insightful writing, combined to create a novel with the power to transport me in time and place. I walked today where Jesus walked.
"A different perspective"
I have always appreciated the historical truths and perspective the Thoene family provides in their books.
I never thought about what Lazarus would have experienced after being raised from the dead. I will never read the story of lazarus the same way again. yea, I know there is a lot of supposition in this story but it is so realistic.
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