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Risen (Audiobook)

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Risen , by Angela Hunt, is a beautiful telling of the questions, fears, and beliefs that came after Christ’s crucifixion. What makes it so unique is that the story is told from two conflicting first-person perspectives: Clavius, a Roman Tribune, and a Jewish widow, Rachel. I am looking forward to seeing Risen, the motion picture, when it is released. As I read/listened, I couldn’t help but imagine it on the screen. Especially after recently re-watching Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of Christ. Risen takes up where Gibson’s movie leaves us—with those people in search of tangible answers, and those who witness the risen Christ. Clavius investigates the disappearance of Jesus’ body after his crucifixion, and furthermore, the rumors of him rising from the dead. His regimented personality lifts off the page, and his determination as an unbeliever is both felt and understood. I held up my hand, silencing my overeager beneficiarii, and looked at the unmoving body on the center st

Risen

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I am looking forward to seeing Risen, the motion picture, when it is released. As I read, I couldn’t help but imagine it on the screen. Especially after recently re-watching Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of Christ. Risen takes up where Gibson’s movie leaves us—with those people in search of tangible answers, and those who witness the risen Christ. Risen, by Angela Hunt, is a beautiful telling of the questions, fears, and beliefs that came after Christ’s crucifixion. What makes it so unique is that the story is told from two conflicting first-person perspectives: Clavius, a Roman Tribune, and a Jewish widow, Rachel. Clavius investigates the disappearance of Jesus’ body after his crucifixion, and furthermore, the rumors of him rising from the dead. His regimented personality lifts off the page, and his determination as an unbeliever is both felt and understood. I held up my hand, silencing my overeager beneficiarii, and looked at the unmoving body on the center stake. “The

Solomon's Song

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I’m happy to read another biblical retelling from Christian author, Roberta Kells Dorr. After reading her narrative of David and Bathsheba (also the book’s title) I knew she would paint a lovely visual account of Solomon, and his importance in history. It is clear that Ms. Door researches her biblical history and infuses her stories with care, love, and imagination. Another emotive and memorable read. “The sound of a flute rose and fell with a lonesome, wistful insistence, giving voice to the moonlight and making the unseen listener grieve with a sorrow deeper than tears.” ~Quote from the prologue Solomon’s Song, by Roberta Kells Dorr, is a lovely representation of King David’s son, and future king himself, Solomon. This is a remarkable story, narrated in such a way that I was touched and lifted by the love… Wow, I love to be swept away by a book! As was David and Bathsheba, this tale is of a forbidden love, in a sense. Yet the wedge of cultural differences and rule

David and Bathsheba

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I love biblical retellings, and this one, centering on Bathsheba and King David is moving. It creates quite a visual in my head. It is evident that the author has researched and put a lot of love into writing this book. Biblical history, decorated with the author’s imagination. This is an emotional and memorable novel. “It was evident to everyone in the crowded, darkened room that the king could not last through the night.” ~Quote from the prologue David and Bathsheba, by Roberta Kells Dorr, is a lovely representation of these Biblical figures and historical era in which it took place. This is told in such a way that it is much more than a story of forbidden love. The book is told in four parts, (four books) touching accounts of four men in Bathsheba’s life: ·       Ahithophel (Bathsheba’s grandfather) ·       Uriah (Bathsheba’s husband) ·       David (Bathsheba’s unlawful suitor) ·       Solomon (Bathsheba’s son) From the time of her grandfather’s influence,