I'm glad to have listened because I had seen the Fox News interview of the author & wondered why they showed such,badly expressed anger. Then I found my anger surface while listening to the authors continual effort to convince and be the expert. As if, because he has studied history before, during & after the time of Jesus, he knows so, so much that in 2013, he can write a book that labels the Biblical story of Jesus's life & death to have been simply chucked full of twisted truths and fantasy. To me, it isn't so much of what he said but the tone in which he spoke that cause me to suspect his need to expose Jesus's story a contrivance of His devoted followers. The book got me to remember a thought that I had previously considered. I think it is probable that Jesus did not precisely know exactly what God was asking of Him. Jesus was first of all, a human. Much of what God intended Jesus to do, accomplish may have been hidden from Jesus's conscious mind and only gradually revealed to him. Jesus would have needed guidance in the years of ministry. He would have a sense but would not known every step to take along His way.
Zelot inspired me to remember the Healings of Jesus both the ones I have witnessed and the ones I have experienced.
Give the teens some real education. Truth telling and honest reality would have helped.
Right on for the story.
I stopped listening for about a week and then decided I wanted to hear just how far the book would take the confused teen vs the psychotic relative tale.
The author missed a serious and much needed teaching moment.
Absolutely. Hearing Meryl Streep speak Mary's words made the book so much more believable. I could see the aged Mary as she spoke of her sorrow and coming demise.
Mary's story about when she held Jesus's body, after his death, was a terribly sad but powerful time. The Pieta lived.
I have not heard other Meryl Streep book performances before.
I had a lot of emotional response but did not laugh or cry. I did keep telling my husband how wonderful it was to listen to it. I have since told friends to download the book.
Mary's story did not go the way I was taught it. But, as a mother, I can see why she thought what she thought about the many changes in her families life. As Jesus grew and changed, she failed to see and know her Son's Divine Powers. Doing so was not her purpose or her job. She was His mother and wanted only to keep Him safe, well and alive.
This was a miserable story and must have not been intended for an adult. Sorry I ever downloaded it.
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