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Jesus-A Novel [Paperback]

By Walter Wangerin Jr (Author)
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Here, in vivid language and rich historical detail, is the most important story of the Christian faithQthe life of Jesus, presented in the form of a literary novel.

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With eloquence and beauty, the award-winning author of Book of the Dun Cow, The Book of God, and Paul: A Novel turns his pen to history's most compelling figure: Jesus of Nazareth. In vibrant language, Walter Wangerin Jr. sweeps away centuries of tradition and reveals a man of flesh-and-heart immediacy. Passionate, intelligent, and irresistibly real, this is a Jesus pulsing with life who will captivate you as thoroughly as he did the men and women who walked with him across Galilee's golden countryside.Days of centuries past become today, lit with bright colors of the imagination. Wangerin shows you Jesus through the eyes of the two people who were with him at very the foot of the cross, the two who knew and loved him best: John the apostle, and Jesus' beloved mother, Mary. . . .Angels in legions sang when you were born, my beautiful Yeshi At midnight they poured down from the heavens, every one a whirling star, ten thousand voices in a skyborne choir. 'Glory, ' they sang, and I felt the bedrock tremble. You popped your eyes open. You peered around, seeking the source of the music and waving your hands as if to catch the stars in them Here is a magnum opus of image and emotion: Jesus bringing his father the sacrificial lamb in Jerusalem's temple . . . Mary desperately searching for her son in the wind-lashed rain . . . the cry of gratitude from a leper's lips . . . the loving intimacy of Jesus in prayer . . . the fury of religious leaders . . . the agony of an iron crucifixion spike piercing human sinew . . . Loving son, intimate friend, and brilliant teacher, tender in heart, fierce in anger, wholehearted in joy and in grief, deeply human yet unmistakably divine---this is the Jesus who lives and breathes in these pages. The Jesus of the Bible, revealing God's heart in the midst of time and culture.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   391
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 15, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
ISBN  0310270413  
ISBN13  9780310270416  
UPC  025986270414  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Walter Wangerin Jr. is widely recognized as one of the most gifted writers writing today on the issues of faith and spirituality. Starting with the renowned Book of the Dun Cow, Wangerin's writing career has encompassed most every genre: fiction, essay, short story, children's story, meditation, and biblical exposition. His writing voice is immediately recognizable, and his fans number in the millions. The author of over forty books, Wangerin has won the National Book Award, New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year Award, and several Gold Medallions, including best-fiction awards for both The Book of God and Paul: A Novel. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Fiction > Biblical Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry > Fiction > General
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry > Fiction > Historical

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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.

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