"The Bible offers only a glimpse of Jesus' adolescence, but this novel presents one possible course of events for readers to mull over.... With vivid side characters, an intriguing backdrop and steady pacing, the book is also a strong piece of writing....A stimulating story that challenges readers to consider and appreciate the coming-of-age a young Jesus may have gone through." --Kirkus Reviews
"[M]asterful storytelling...brings to life an ancient legend that Jesus Christ traveled to southwest Britain as a teenager. ...Jesus and his companions face danger in stormy sea crossings, pirates, shipwrecks and sword-slinging tribal warfare.... Bear's Jesus is impetuous, playful, brave, and deeply philosophical.... Jesus matures into a young man...and ultimately must choose his destiny.... This is an exquisitely penned, believable coming-of-age tale. By the end, even biblical purists may have to pinch themselves to remember it's fiction." --Karyn Saemann, ForeWord Reviews
"Powerful, compelling and full of the teachings of both the Gospel and our Lord and Savior. Full of the history and culture of the period. Reading this book is like taking a journey both to the days of Jesus and to Ancient England in a time of Druids and Celts. The Making of the Lamb by Robert Bear is a wonderful read, delightfully entertaining and yet historical enough to make you forget that it is not real....The most dynamic and complete novel about Christ since Ben Hur." --Mark E. Rosson, columnist and Christian author
"A lively and readable novel that carries its religious dimension with a surprising degree of grace--in several senses of that latter word." --John Michael Greer, Grand Archdruid, Ancient Order of Druids in America
From the Author
The Making of the Lamb
is the first major novel to come along in about fifty years to really take an out-of-the-box look at who Jesus really was. Whenever I talk to people who have read my book I discover that each one finds something unique and personal to take away from it. This is borne out by the reader reviews on this page. While the story is lively and fast-moving, it is also incredibly thought provoking. It appeals to people of all stripes, including Christians of every denomination, atheists, Jews, modern day Druids, the spiritual-but-not-religious, and any other spiritual persuasion I can think of.
This book was about ten years in the research and writing. I am grateful for the recognition the book has received in the trade reviews and at the Illumination Awards where it took the gold medal in the General Fiction category. But the response from my readers is what really makes it all worthwhile for me.