"Angels in legions sang when you were born, my beautiful Yeshi! At midnight they poured down from the heavens, every one a whirling star, ten thousand voices in a sky-borne choir. 'Glory,' they sang, and I felt the bedrock tremble. You popped your eyes open. You peered around, seeking the source of the music and waving your hands as if to catch the stars in them!"
Here is a magnum opus of image and emotion: Jesus bringing his father the sacrificial lamb in Jerusalem's temple, Mary desperately searching for her son in the wind-lashed rain, the cry of gratitude from a leper's lips, the loving intimacy of Jesus in prayer, the fury of religious leaders, the agony of an iron crucifixion spike piercing human sinew, Loving son, intimate friend, and brilliant teacher, tender in heart, fierce in anger, wholehearted in joy and in grief, deeply human yet unmistakably divine, this is the Jesus who lives and breathes in this audio.
©2005 Walter Wangerin, Jr.; (P)2005 The Zondervan Corporation
The author's reading is appropriately, and powerfully merged with his well-crafted, emotionally-gripping writing. I am moved by the light that is inherent in the source (the Bible) of Wangerin's tale. But his storytelling unveils even further light.
I have been moved to tears, often, in listening to his, "The Book of God." And now "Jesus" is revealing to me Jesus in ways that I will be eternally grateful for (literally)! :-)
Thank you, God, for Your gifts through this author (and actor/narrator)!
...eager to experience all of the author's books...
I've read the print version a couple years back and decided to listen to it this time and really enjoyed it more because you really get the author's meaning when he's reading it to you.
Traveler, helper, leader, becomer.
The story of Jesus is powerful and the details of the relationships really brought it alive in this telling.
First start out by paraphrasing the New Testiment, and then fill in the gaps with a soap operaish version of what you think happened, seems to be this authors idea for writing about this subject. Maybe had the narrator been somebody different, or if they'd decided to do it with a cast of characters it might have been more palpable.
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