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The Carpenter (Immanu'El Book 1) Paperback – January 6, 2013
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"The biblical characters come to life and are very easy to relate to in this retelling of the ancient truth. Maynard has an incredible grasp of Hebrew history and custom as well as Christian truth and values." - Christian Ebooks Today Reader's Choice (February 2013)
About the Author
D. L. Maynard lives on Florida's Space Coast. In order to support her writing habit, she trains junior astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center and leads kayak tours on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, Dee serves as an Elder at LifePointe Ministries. Her pets include two teenage boys, a stuffed dog named George, and a huge student loan.
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Firstly, Joseph (Yoseph) is said to be a righteous man (Scripturally), but through a large part of the book he's shown to barely believe in YHWH! Secondly, reading the book to my children, I found some of the sexual elements rather unnecessary. One section that I skimmed over (without reading aloud) concerning the wedding time was actually not very "righteous" language at all, and not required for children or adults! The third thing that has bugged me, was the changing of Yeshua's name to the nickname, Yisu. With the meaning behind the true name, and after angels declaring His name personally to the parents, I think you'd stick with the given name!! In the section where His nickname developed, Yoseph was unwilling to let Yeshua call him anything other than Abba - yet he (in the story) had no issue changing the Son of God's name!!
After all that I've said, which some may call petty, I still have enjoyed the book, and it's helped us see things in a more original light. It's still a book that I think has been worth reading.