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Best-selling author R. William Bennett imagines how a contemporary of Jesus, Simon, an ordinary spice merchant and a Jew without deeply felt religious beliefs, begins his lifelong journey as one of the first new Christians as his life intersects with Jesus at the major milestones of his life and ministry. 

From the very beginning, Simon is on the scene on the eve of Jesus’s birth. He is the last man to get an available room at the inn in Bethlehem, forcing Joseph and Mary to be turned away upon their arrival. Later that night, unable to sleep, Simon stumbles upon a group huddled around a cave, solemnly watching the miracle of a newborn babe in a stone manger and immediately recognizes the couple from the inn. Gazing upon the scene, he feels something of spiritual significance: peaceful, holy, sacred. The next day, he hears rumors in the marketplace of a holy birth which is the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy: the promised Messiah of the Jewish people. Simon wonders if that was what he witnessed. 

As listeners, we walk with Simon as he witnesses Jesus’s revolutionary teachings like the Sermon on the Mount. Simon also hears testimonies of Jesus’s miracles, and watches his own eldest son embrace the new covenant after witnessing John baptize Jesus, an act which signals the beginning of Jesus’s ministry, which paves the way for a new people of God. 

Simon feels blessed to have his family, but he doesn’t understand why others are searching for deeper faith and connection to God. Still questioning and unsure, he spends his life determined to find out if Jesus truly is the son of God, the promised Messiah. Eventually, Simon travels to Jerusalem as the popularity of Jesus’s ministry catches the attention of those in power.

By the time he arrives in Jerusalem, he discovers that Jesus has been tried and convicted of treason in a Roman court and is sentenced to death by crucifixion. After a life of following Jesus from a distance, Simon is now walking the streets of Jerusalem with him. At a critical moment, Simon steps out from the crowd to help Jesus ease the burden of carrying the cross, symbolically pledging himself to ease the burden of humankind by spreading the word of Jesus as a new true Christian believer.

In the aftermath of Jesus’s death, Simon’s family thinks that the new ministry is now over. But it’s a true test of faith believing in the certainty of what is unseen, and in a week’s time, Jesus’s followers encounter him risen from the dead. In this moment of Jesus’s resurrection, Simon is ready. His faith, built steadily on the bedrock of Jesus’s teachings, love of God, and love of one’s neighbor moves him to dedicate himself to a new mission, declaring we have work to do.

©2019 Burgess Adams, Inc. (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Relatable, complex faith struggle. GREAT Narrator!

I. LOVED. this. audiobook.

So many stories of faith journeys over-simplify the impacts that finding and demonstrating faith can have on a person's life, including in one's private and family life as well as in one's public life and career. But, this book told of a more relatable, complex faith journey and had me wrapped up in the highs, lows, the struggles, doubts, pains, joys, epiphanies, and the loss and subsequent growth of loving relationships that Simon experienced.

It was incredible simply as a novel, but also as a guide for me and an expression of my own journey to take simple principles of faith and explore and live them in a crazy, complicated world.

This was one of those books that conjures up so many vivid images in my mind. I want a painting, a shekel, or some emblem to look at or keep with me for the really challenging days that put my faith to the test.

One final note - I loved that this was told primarily as a distant observer of the life of Christ. Most Christian records and narratives, including the Four Gospels of the New Testament, are told from the perspective of those who directly witnessed Jesus and his life and ministry. But, this book was told in 1st-person from a man who was hearing 2nd- and 3rd-hand accounts, which made it a really moving and relatable story because I felt like Simon's experience with Christ really wasn't much more direct than mine, so his faith challenges and growth are much more like my own.

So... in case it's not clear... I *loved* it. It's great for those with strong faith, those who are struggling, and those who are just interested in considering the possibilities of the truth of Christianity. To be honest, an atheist might even find themselves in some element in the story.

Anyway, thanks R. William Bennett! And, @Dennis Kleinman, amazing job on the narration!

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Beautiful tale

I chose this book after my second listen to “Jacob T. Marley.” I just LOVE how the author takes an obscure character from a story and brings their life to life. I just love how he weaves the story into something more... I really loved it.


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Beautiful

Beautiful, inspiring, and uplifting story of one man’s journey to Christ! A great book to put focus on “the reason for the season”

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So much insight into human nature.

So much insight into human nature. I love that it developed naturally, not pushing boundaries of life unfolding. There was nothing in it that I couldn't wrap my head, arms and heart around. The distinction of characters were intricate and full. I could Invision the scenes in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and adjacent areas as if I were there with the sights, sounds and feelings these people experienced. Heartbreaking at times, knowing what was coming and yet beautiful to the end as the father takes his place as patriarch not only physically but spiritually.

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Not just a Christmas story

Great journey of Faith by a man from Christmas and beyond. the last 1/4 of the book is no stops interesting. Great job by author and performer.

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A Wonderful Book to read at Christmas

I loved The Last Man at the Inn. What a meaningful book to read at this time of the year or Easter reminding us of all Christ has done for us and thevworld.

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Humbling and beautiful

Just wow at this unexpected treasure! I was captivated and deeply touched by this story! I will never forget The last man at the inn and plan to add this title my “treasured book” collection.

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An Interesting Twist on the Christmas Story

I really loved this take on the Christmas Story. It followed a "believer" that had a lot to learn which is what Jesus Christ is all about. He wants to take a man that is not perfect and perfect him. The lasting effects of a man that is changed in him.

It is a nice story to listen to at Christmas time.

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A fictional, yet moving account of a man who was changed over the lifetime of Christ, from the birth of the Baby Jesus up until His death and resurrection . . . a reluctant Jewish man, a successful businessman of his time, a spice trader, much loved and respected by his family, who when faced with a decision to follow or reject the teachings of Jesus was conflicted and confused . . . much as men and women are today. The author is a masterful storyteller and if you are like me, you will find yourself identifying with Simon of Cyrene over and over again throughout this book. An excellent holiday listen.

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Wonderful view point

I love this retelling of the birth, life, & death of our Savior. Most of us take time to know.