Book Review: {When Jesus Wept | By: Bodie & Broke Thoene}


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Title: 
When Jesus Wept

Series: The Jerusalem Chronicles #1
Authors: Bodie & Broke Thoene
Edition: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 304
Published: March 19, 2013
Source: Purchased
Genre: Christian Fiction, Biblical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Religion
Links: Goodreads 
Amazon B & N
Rating: three-stars

LAZARUS—the man Jesus raised from the dead in one of the most extraordinary encounters with The Living Savior in all of Scripture. But the life of Lazarus holds interest well beyond this miraculous event. Living in Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus witnessed many of the most important events of Jesus’s life and ministry.

Lazarus owned a vineyard and devoted his life to caring for its vines and fruit. But he encountered another man—Jesus—whose vineyard was the world, its fruit the eternal souls of men. When Lazarus’s story and the story of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection touch in When Jesus Wept, we are offered a unique vision into the power and comfort of Christ’s love.

Brock and Bodie Thoene’s most powerful and climactic writing project to date, When Jesus Wept, captures the power and the passion of the men and women who lived through the most important days in the history of the world. ― Publisher

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Title: When Jesus Wept Series: The Jerusalem Chronicles #1 Authors: Bodie & Broke Thoene Edition: Hardcover No. of Pages: 304 Published: March 19, 2013 Source: Purchased Genre: Christian Fiction, Biblical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Religion Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B & N Rating: LAZARUS—the man Jesus raised from the dead in one of the most extraordinary encounters with The Living Savior in all of Scripture. But the life of Lazarus holds interest well beyond this miraculous event. Living in Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus witnessed many of the most important events of Jesus’s life and ministry. Lazarus owned a vineyard and devoted his life to caring for its vines…

My Assessment

Plot - 5
Characters - 4
Worldbuilding - 6
Mood & Tone - 4
Writing Style - 7
Storytelling - 8
Cover Art - 8
Overall - 6

6

I Liked It!

When Jesus Wept is a versatile story that is tightly knitted in a deeply affecting way and perfectly through-provoking. It is also invigorating in view of its unconventional timeline. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book, but with a few minor reservations — I liked it!


WHAT I LIKED

thumbsup_purple_2016 When Jesus Wept is a story that follows the life of Lazarus, and additionally deals with Israel’s reaction and response to John the Baptist’s ministry as well as the ministry of Jesus. While ostensibly heartened, it is also the type of story that makes their protagonist go through so much you cannot help but observe and connect with the character(s) in a very up close and personal sort of way.

thumbsup_purple_2016 From a storytelling point of view, When Jesus Wept was conveyed in a profound and deeply affecting tone that resonated in a way that made me go into my own little world. It’s not the sort of storytelling that simply tells a story, but it’s the type of storytelling that touches the heart and moves the soul. It truly is the one aspect of the book that lured me in — and with a story that is so earnest in its presentation, it’s impossible not to be won over!

thumbsup_purple_2016 The world building, mood, and tone in When Jesus Wept makes a strong impact. Everything from the culture surrounding this era, the ethical and racial clashes, the response to loss, to John the Baptist’s and Jesus’ ministries — all of it felt stunningly vivid and poignant. Needless to say, the way in which Bodie and Brock Thoene managed to grab snippets of Biblical stories we are all too familiar with and craft them into a beautiful story arc that comes to life before your very eyes. . .mind! is simply extraordinary

 

THINGS THAT MADE ME GO HMMM. . .

thumbsdown_black_2015 My only main gripe with When Jesus Wept was with the excessive amount of scattered information where the reader is told on numerous occasions how wine is produced and the methodical process that entails planting and tending a vineyard. Granted, there was a considerable amount of truth and symbolic meaning behind the authors’ motives in choosing this tool to depict and provoke the reader into a more visual thought process — it behooves me to say, however, that at times, the redundant use of Scripture and the overly saturated symbolic metaphors drove me to absolute distraction.

 

AFTERTHOUGHTS 

Quibbles aside, the deeply affecting storytelling and remarkably well-executed plot line are two reasons I derived so much satisfaction from reading this book and I wholeheartedly recommend it to those who thoroughly enjoy Biblical fiction. What was that? Did I cry? Oh yes, tears were shed in the reading of this book.

 

 SPECIAL BITS & PIECES

Love. Envy. Rejection. Betrayal. Suffering. Victory. Exultation. Reunion. Forgiveness. Salvation. Restoration. Deliverance.

 

 CONTENT GUIDE
Violence Minor Mild Moderate Heavy Extreme
Profanity Minor Mild Moderate Heavy Extreme
Sexual Content Minor Mild Moderate Heavy Extreme
Drugs & Alcohol Minor Mild Moderate Heavy Extreme
RECOMMENDED FOR OT 16+

Loss of a loved one, persecution, antisemitism, slavery, racial profiling, abuse of alcohol/adult drinking, death, murder 

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