Item description for John's Story: The Last Eyewitness (The Jesus Chronicles, Book 1) by Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins...
Overview Before there was the tribulation, before the rapture, before there was a legacy that could be left behind, there was Jesus. John's Story tell His glorious, dramatic story. John's Story: The Last Eyewitness is told by the one whom Jesus called beloved. John, a once-broken man, was forever changed the moment he met the mysterious stranger from Nazareth, his heart opened by the One whom he discovered to be the Son of God.
At ninety years old, John is the last of the original twelve apostles still alive, the only one who was not martyred. Committed to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, he is called by God to write a gospel in order to set the record straight-as others were teaching that Jesus wasn't the Son of God. Recalling his time with Jesus, John brings to life the miracles and messages of the Man who would change the course of history.
The first in a series, John's Story: The Last Eyewitness is a remarkable and thrilling account of the life of the Man who came to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament and to save all of mankind. To bring deeper understanding to the story, each of the four books nclude the text of the corresponding gospel as an appendix.
John's Story illuminates the times of Jesus, His life, and His messages like never before. Using cutting-edge historical and academic research, as well as biblically based themes, they are first and foremost page-turning novels that could come only from the pens of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
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Studio: Putnam Adult
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2006
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Jesus Chronicles
ISBN 0399153896 ISBN13 9780399153891
Availability 0 units.
More About Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins
Dr. Tim LaHaye is a renowned prophecy scholar, minister, and author. His Left Behind(R) series is the bestselling Christian fiction series of all time. He and his wife, Beverly, live in southern California. They have four children and nine grandchildren. Bob Phillips, Ph.D., is the author of more than eighty books. He is a licensed counselor and the executive director for the Pointman Leadership Institute.
Tim LaHaye currently resides in the state of California. Tim LaHaye was born in 1926.
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Reviews - What do customers think about John's Story: The Last Eyewitness (The Jesus Chronicles, Book 1)?
Insight to Understanding Scripture Mar 21, 2007
Independent of what other reviewers have written, I have found this book to be just what it says it is, "Johns Story". While written as a work of fiction, it is however a study of the Gospel According to John. Through the dialogue between John and his scribe, Polycarp, the book of John is understood and meaning taken away. I found it interesting that the Book of John from the bible was incluede at the end of the book. Why, because once you finish the text and read John's work from the Bible, one will have a sense of understanding and clarity in the reading.
A little short, but great teaser to the BIBLE Jan 29, 2007
Before reading Mr. Sullivan's review, I commented on the hobbit's earlier review and THANK YOU Todd for expressing what I felt was the same view point.
I liked the book. If one has never picked up the Bible, this book introduces us to John and is a great starter for eventually reading all the gospels. The book conveniently gives us all 5 writings of John in the end and is an excellent start in learning about Jesus Christ.
As I stated to the hobbit man, why be so critical when the authors are getting out the words of Jesus. I think the story was short on purpose - you want to read more and what greater source for Jesus than the Bible.
Same old story again Jan 25, 2007
John, the disciple Jesus loved most, is the only disciple left. All the others have been killed for their beliefs. Currently in prison awaiting his sentence, John wants to get his story about his life with the Messiah out to the rest of the world. When an attempt to boil him in a pot of oil fails, John is sentenced to exile onPatmos. Before he goes, he dictates his story to Polycarp in hopes that others will listen to it and believe.
When I first heard the premise of this novel, I was excited. I thought it was going to be the New Testament through John's eyes during that time period. I thought the story would be first person narrative from John's point of view from when he grew up, to meeting Jesus, throughout Jesus' ministry, after Jesus died, etc. Unfortunately this book was not at all what I expected. I didn't feel this book to be on the level as the Left Behind series. To me the story was just verbatim the Bible with a little background story for continuity thrown in. I did find the Gnostic believer and his arguments with John very interesting with that belief brought to contemporary popularity these days. I wish they had included more of that discussion. I also did find John's attempted death in the oil fascinating. However the rest of the book was not exciting or even uncovering anything new. Also the author's felt the need to include all of John's works from the Bible in the book. So really, the 300 page book is only half a novel. This wouldn't be such a problem if the story wasn't EXACTLY what was in the Bible. It almost feels like the authors were afraid to create a character for John, different that how he is always portrayed. You don't know anything about his personal life at all. Seeing as how John was the disciple Jesus loved the most, I expected more from this book. I only hope that for the other books, they change the format and include more original story and less repetition.
HORRIBLE Jan 15, 2007
First, understand that I am a fan of the Left Behind series. I found it a little long (I mean really, 12 books? C'mon) but it was compelling overall.
I looked forward to what LaHaye and Jenkins would do with the Gospels. Well....they've done nothing. NOTHING. Nada. Zip. Zilch. There's almost no background of John, his associates in later life, his time with Jesus, nothing. All they've done is basically taken dictation from John word for word, with a little tension thrown in. This is the biggest money grab I've seen in a long time. These two are capitalizing on their fame by scamming fans. They should be ashamed.
Save yourself some time and money. Buy a Bible. Read the Gospel of John (and everything else in it, for that matter). It's better than this book can ever hope to be.
Read It For What It Is Jan 13, 2007
The time is coming, or it might already be here, when no one will be able to use the excuse of "I just don't get it." The internet has brought information to our fingertips such that every one who can read or watch YouTube can become quite an expert on any subject in only a few hours.
As the internet is to knowledge in general, so is Tim LaHaye to understanding the Bible. Those of us raised on the King James and the Revised Standard could be forgiven for needed a guide through some of the more difficult words, sentences, or even chapters. Along came the NIV, Living, The Answer, and the Message, and most folks who could read could certainly understand the text of the Bible.
The most difficult concept in the Bible was end times prophesy, and even with these easy-to-read translations, getting a grasp on what dispensationalists and premillenialists were saying about the future of the earth was still a realm for intellectuals only. Personally, I read massive tomes on the subject, heard sermons from some of the best and wisest, but still had some pretty fuzzy notions, and bunches of questions.
Whether you agree with his interpretation or not, no one can argue that Tim LaHaye made Revelation understandable to anyone who could read at the third grade level. Sure, you had to read 15 books or so to get the whole thing. But for those who cared, the material was there and totally accessible.
Now too with the Story of John. Certainly the Gospel of John and his three letters to the churches are not as difficult to understand as his Revelation. But LaHaye has now put John's life and writing into context. To be sure, this is an historical fiction. It is not supposed to be a literal view of what took place in Johns last few years of life. However, as the reader keeps that info in the back of his mind, it is helpful to get a glimpse of the time and circumstances that led to the most loved of the gospels, by the man that Jesus `loved."
Since reviews are supposed to include criticism, i will point out that this book is disappointingly short, and like some of LaHayes other works with Jenkins, less layered than it might have been. I reached the end wanting more substance.
If you take out the recitation of scripture, necessary to the context of the story to be sure, the sum total of original words written is pretty small. More meat on those bones would have made the work seem more of a good "value."
But, having said that, read it. Borrow a copy since it will only take three hours to read, but do read it. For more on tim LaHaye [...]