Through The Family of Jesus, readers will develop an emotional connection to the family members of Jesus, learning about their lives and falling in love with Scripture along the way. The characters in these short stories were among those closest to Jesus - Mary, Joseph, Je... Read More
The characters in these short stories were among those closest to Jesus - Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah and Elizabeth. Kingsbury intersperses fictional, emotionally gripping details anchored in Scripture with historical and theological insights and questions that will guide soul-searching and reflection.
The Family of Jesus not only provides a deeper understanding of the relatives of our Savior, but also helps listeners acquire tools that will draw them closer to Christ, to the Scriptures and to each other.
After reading, you will care more deeply about the Bible, as it helps you grasp the truths in Scripture not just with your mind, but with your heart.
Page Count: 304
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Jul 1, 2014
- UPC: 9781476707372
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 288
- Publish Date: Jul 1, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL006000"
- ISBN: 1476707375
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- Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of The Family of Jesus by Amanda on 1/23/2015
The bible is riddled with fallible people whom God uses to carry out His perfect plan. Kingsbury has acknowledged the humanity of Joseph, Zechariah, Elizabeth, James, and Mary – their hopes, fears, and struggles with faith. She does not draft the characters as super-humans but instead uses their strengths and weaknesses to serve as examples for our own lives. By doing so I feel that she has met her goal of creating emotional connections between her readers and the characters.
Karen Kingsbury has charted new territory by melding fictional storytelling with a bible study. The wisdom she has gained over the course of her writing career pours out into this beautiful and plausible storyline. She successfully intimates her readers with the family of Jesus. I enjoyed how each chapter gradually built on the last in a gentle crescendo that revealed the entire gospel of Christ. A person could choose to read The Family of Jesus as a collection of biblical fictions stories but they would miss half the blessing of the book. While Karen Kingsbury has established herself as a fiction writer, she definitely has a knack for composing a rewarding bible study.
The Family of Jesus is an excellent choice for book club and small group leaders looking to elicit group participation. Approximately 75% of the book is devoted to the novellas the remaining 25% is composed of study and discussion questions. The short stories focus the reader on a character and his or her struggles while the pointed questions encourage the reader’s spiritual growth and reflection. This book could be a wonderful tool to draw people closer together and deeper into the Word.
I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- Review from Pea of Sweetness by Emilee on 8/8/2014
I really enjoyed "The Family of Jesus." I was intrigued by the unique approach Karen Kingsbury takes in really giving us a look into what life may have been like for those closest to Jesus - his relatives. I have always imagined how it might be, but "The Family of Jesus" really brought it to life for me.
I also appreciate that although the story is fiction, she took the time to really research the way things were in that time. I felt like it was really done well and didn't get the impression that it was too fictitious or hard to grasp.
What I found so unique about The Family of Jesus is that it really gave me new insight. For example, I hadn't before thought much of Jesus and John the Baptist interacting as children and how they just connected as cousins that both had a purpose in the ultimate sacrifice – John paving the way for his cousin Jesus. Plus, as children the feelings of just wondering what it all meant. Can you imagine being told as a child you would play a part in the salvation of the people?
Overall, this is a book I really got into. It intrigued me and held my attention.
*I received a copy of the book to facilitate my review. Regardless, I only share my honest opinion.*
- Review of "The Family of Jesus" by mommato5b1g on 7/22/2014
I’m a big history buff and have always wondered what it must have been like for these people during Jesus’s time. As a mother, I’ve thought about what Mary went through and this book gave me an idea of the emotions and feelings both Mary and Joseph may have experienced. I honestly had never given that much thought to Zechariah and Elizabeth before, other than what little the Bible says about them. ”The Family of Jesus” made me think more about the familial relationships and how Elizabeth was probably a huge help to Mary. She would have taught Mary so much, from giving birth to what it was like to lose a son. It was also interesting to read and think about the sibling relationship that James would have had with Jesus. The book made me think about the sacrifices John made in order to fulfill his work as the predecessor to the Savior. I think the book does a really good job of giving insight into these important people’s lives while still retaining biblical accuracy.
I found the book really interesting and engaging. It helped me to think about things I never had before and to gain a better understanding of each of the six family members. I really liked the fact that there was a study guide at the end. This makes “The Family of Jesus” a great book for small groups or Bible studies.
- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 7/15/2014
With The Family of Jesus, Karen Kingsbury uses her talent to take her fans in a new direction. She has embarked on a storytelling journey into the realm of Biblical fiction. In my opinion it is some of the best work I have seen from her in a long time. That is not to say I haven't enjoyed her recent works, it is just that this book feels like her original writing. It is very engaging in its simply told stories.
I'm a very picky reader when it comes to Biblical fiction. I think there is a fine line that shouldn't be crossed and I'm happy to say that Karen stayed on the correct side of that line. In fact at the very beginning of the book she explained the parameters that she stuck to in telling the stories.
"From the beginning as I undertook this project, I felt compelled by my love of the Bible to stick to some hard-and-fast ground rules. The most important was this: The stories had to be anchored in Scripture. In a way, I took the Bible verses on these real-life characters and stuck them like tent stakes in the desert sand. Nothing could ever violate those truths.
Then I researched the cultural and geographical accuracy and made absolutely sure the tent of the stories didn't billow beyond that.
But otherwise, I let the tent blow in the wind a little."
So with that in mind I'm pleased to say that this was a wonderful journey through the life of Christ as seen through the eyes of those closest to Him. The story begins with Joseph and winds through Zechariah, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, James and then ends with His mother Mary.
The stories are so well told that I found myself contemplating things that I had never really considered before. Such as how did Mary and Joseph's families feel about the situation. What kind of shame would be heaped upon Zachariah for remaining childless all those years? After all he is a priest and his offspring is expected to carry on that priestly line. What would John the Baptist be like as a child? The Scripture says he was filled with the Spirit from birth. How would that affect his actions and decisions? As you can see there is lots and lots to ponder during the telling of this line of stories.
The second half of the book is made up of a six week Bible study that takes each of the characters presented and spends five days delving deeper into the background of that person. Each week then ends with a Group Discussion session. This book would make an excellent small-group study or even an extended Book Club read and discussion.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.