Reviews - What do customers think about Jesus: A Novel?
Jesus Jan 18, 2007
This is another book which really puts you in the presence of our Lord. You feel as if you have experienced actually walking and entering into the conversations that took place during the earthly life of our Savior. You laugh, you smile, you cry when reading this journey through the life of Christ. Please read and enjoy.
Jesus' life as historical fiction Oct 9, 2006
Walter Wangerin continues his Bible-based fiction writing with Jesus. There isn't much description of the plot required here since many people, at least those who would be interested in reading Wangerin's work, are already well-familiar with the events that unfold. Basically, Wangerin uses his own unique style of writing to retell the four gospels of Jesus' life. He includes many of the well-known stories including: the birth of Christ, his teaching in the temple as a young boy, the exorcism of egion, the resurrection of Lazarus and, of course, the Passion itself. There is very little deviation from the scriptures, which is good considering that Wangerin's fan-base are Christians who would not appreciate any inaccuracies, but he does add his own dialogue and florid descriptions at times. This adds fresh flavor to an already timeless tale. The supporting cast includes Mary and the twelve disciples as well as Barabbas, an energetic rebel who plays a key role at Christ's trial later in the book. Wangerin does little to develop these characters with the exception of John, Peter and Mary. And then, of course, there is Judas, who is portrayed in a way that I've never seen before, basically an immature, annoying tag-along who betrays Christ in an attempt to get Him to reveal His power to the Jews. The story is descriptive, somewhat informative, and shows an intriguing perspective from the author about how he thinks the events of Christ's life unfolded. Above all else it is a pleasure to read. Simply put, Christian readers will love this book. Anytime the story of Christ is told with beauty and passion it will always please those who worship Him as their savior. However, for someone who doesn't believe, it will likely end up being the same story they've heard before with nothing extraordinary about it. Take that for what it's worth. Of all the books I've read, this ranks as one of the most enjoyable.
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Jesus Jun 16, 2006
Indeed, I found this book very touching, but I had a hard time fitting into the style that the author was writing in, which he depicts Jesus almost as if he is the 13th, invisible Apostle. This is the first book I read from this author and I found the book taking a cautious, conservative standpoint in describing Jesus's life, from the point when he was first born, until his baptism, and up to the cruxifiction. This novel was written like a biography of Jesus in a novel form. The book can be a spiritual inspiration for some Christians and at the same time it was very entertaining. One can learn many things about Jesus that a person would never known before, the fact that he was ticklelish and that he felt a deep emotional pain when he learned of the execution of John the Baptist. Besides the author's struggling style, which can be frustrating if you expect this to a story telling novel, instead of another version of the Bible. Besides that, this book, in all respects, is a solid book!
pompous puffery Jun 10, 2006
Wangerin's pretentious, pompous prose ruins this book. I'm surprised the Jesuit magazine "America" recommended it.
Powerful and Reverent Mar 28, 2006
This book is superbly written. In his typical style, Wangerin uses fairly florid language and extensive physical descriptions to retell the life of Christ, which lends the account the distinct figurative feel of a fable.
Despite the fictional tone, his creativity stays within rather strict boundaries. His purpose in the book is clearly to remain faithful to the scriptural accounts, so he mostly adds descriptions of the surroundings or of disciples' emotions to events already documented in the Bible. His only considerable departure from the gospels is his understanding of Judas' motivations for his betrayal.
The beauty of this work is in its constant balance between creative vitality and spiritual reverence. Wangerin's mastery of allegorical language gives the story all the respect it deserves, but it also adds color, life and the unexpected to powerfully retell a tremendous story.