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The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury Review,
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This review is from: The Family of Jesus (Life-Changing Bible Study Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury offers a fictional view of six of the family members of Jesus (Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth), all anchored by Scriptural truth, creating a life-changing and unprecedented emotional connection to the Bible.
I was really excited to read The Family of Jesus by my friend, Karen Kingsbury. At first, I was a little skeptical as I know how I feel about fictionalizing Bible stories, but I felt Karen nailed it! Karen begins the book with a reader letter. I felt her heart and motive in writing this book and this really set me at ease and allowed me to fall in love with the story.
I normally do not cry in books, but Karen really pulled a heartstring when she wrote about Joseph. The Bible does not give us a lot of details about Jesus’ earthly father. This is where the fiction came in and Karen took what we do know and then tried to imagine if it could happen. What would it have been like to be Joseph? Imagine what it would have been like, in that time period, to be Joseph and the girl you are to marry comes and says, “I am pregnant.” Joseph knew it was not his baby. Now think of how you would react to Mary saying, “this baby is from God.” Of course, Karen tells it better than my brief example, but I never took the time to think about what really might have gone through Joseph’s head as he heard this news. We are told in the Bible that he wanted to divorce Mary.
As I read this whole story, I fell in love with the characters in the Family of Jesus. In fact, these are individuals in my family and in the family of Christians. Karen took me to a place I did not know existed as I felt like I got to know these individuals on a personal level. Of course, this is not the Bible. There are parts that are fiction and parts that are Scriptural truths. I think it is important to read a book like this, with discernment and prayer, but when I allowed myself to let get lost in the story and then evaluate what I just read, that was when the book really came alive.
I think this is one of Karen’s best books yet and I am excited to see how God uses it in the lives of those who read it.
I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.