Walk with the Savior in Men Who Knew the Mortal Messiah, a fitting companion to the touching first volume in the series, Women Who Knew the Mortal Messiah.
Heather Horrocks brings these 12 New Testament men to life, as they walk beside Jesus, listen to His words, leave their nets to become fishers of men, and drop their burdens of sin and sickness at His feet. Presented in chronological order, their stories show Christ's life and earthly ministry as seen through their eyes.
We may know others by their fruits. Christ's ministry and Atonement has brought about the greatest and sweetest harvest ever. His apostles also bore fruit of sweetness and light.
Who are they? They are actual men who lived on the earth during the Savior's life and ministry - some Apostles, others disciples, all flawed in their humanity.
What are their stories? A wise man finds a toddling Savior. Joseph, the husband of Mary, is entrusted to lead the young Messiah. A seller of doves in the temple is found in the wrong place. A man sick with the palsy is forgiven his sins. The man possessed by Legion is freed. Peter walks upon the water. A father's faith falters. A blind man is healed on the Sabbath. A leper is made whole. Judas Iscariot betrays the Savior with a kiss. The thief on the cross believes. The risen Christ speaks with Simon Peter. John watches Christ's Ascension into heaven.
All of these men encountered the mortal Messiah and came away changed forever. These men knew - as long as there is a Savior, there is hope.
The publisher's summary will give you the outline of this volume, but not it's worth. Each vignette is a short story as a first person account of transformations caused by being touched in some way by the living Jesus. Each account is a well-written inspirational piece with the appropriate Bible reference preceding it. Some of the reflections are presented from an unusual perspective. I feel that each would be valuable used in group study or for personal reflection.
These tales are given greater depth, and are more able to touch the listener by the quality performance given. The voices of each are slightly different, but do reflect the accents of the region, thereby allowing the listener to become more invested. The narrator clearly has the skill/gift of making the listener feel as if in the same room listening to each person.
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