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 borne some fruit, after the pruning, can bear much more.
©2013 Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene (P)2013 Zondervan
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 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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Interesting twist on Lazarus telling his experience of life after death
The portray of Lazarus as a rich man
Lazarus taking of sick people
The Man Lazarus
This is an interesting book about Lazarus telling his own life before and after his death; what I didn't get was the strong bond existing between Lazarus and Jesus. The Bible is silent on that, but it would have been intriguing to see more of the friendship. Overall, it's a good book
I read several of their books back in the early 90s and loved them. This was pretty bad, though. No, I won't try another.
No. Unless their going to just write out another book from the Bible. In that case, save your money and read the Bible.
This was a very odd combination. Over half of it was almost word-for-word out of the new testament; a third was the writers worldly view of heaven; and less than a quarter was about the relationship between Lazarus and Jesus.
I think the greatest disappointment was when Jesus called Lazarus to "Come forth!" It wasn't said forcefully, like I always imagined Jesus to have said it. It was just spoken as any other words. Nothing spectacular. Nothing special. "Come forth."
Yay. The same amount of excitement and anticipation you feel in that word is the same as you'll feel when you hear Jesus' words. Give this one a pass.
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