Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of CHRIST THE LORD, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.
The book’s power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.
Christs Rite of Passage
Feel Christ as he suffers the same human struggles as all of us, wondering His purpose of life. Raised truly jewish, fleeing from bethlehem to escape death, and then coming of age to His first pilgramage to the Holy Land. Combines some of the mysteries of the bible with well researched historical data giving an interesting zeitgeist of the times. Embraces synoptic gospels with the rest, and paints a unique picture that makes a compelling argument of his early childhood.
Bought this book for my monthly commute, I am not a Bible Scholar, but a lot of research is implied from the history depicted in the story. Only covers the time period form age 7 to 8 years of age. The tone of the narration could heve been less serious, which would have been more appropriate for a young boy. If a next installment is written, I would buy, but probably in book form instaed of audio.
I'm listening to the book on audio. Anne's ability to craft this story about the "silent" years of Jesus is poignant and vivid, especially in the details and nuances of his family.
For too long, Christians have resisted the opportunity to imagine and wonder beyond the canon in the Bible. While I underscore it's primacy and authority, it's necessary to read fictional accounts like this as they inform and guide us in our journey with Yeshua.