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Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 4, 2008
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"The Road to Cana" takes a big chronological leap forward, and the storytelling seems to reflect the maturation of her subject. Yeshua bar Joseph (Jesus of Nazareth) is now a man on the brink of embracing his identity and his purpose. He's God in the flesh, as he himself knows, but he also struggles with the human desires for companionship, family, and acceptance. His relatives and the local villagers sometimes call him Yeshua, the Sinless.
From the opening pages of this book, there are layers of meaning and beauty. Rice's story meets every expectation in this, her second christological novel, and I was swept up in the drama of village life, relational conflicts, and restrained divinity. Rice, through Yeshua's eyes, lets us in for peeks at the heart of God, as it relates to the human struggle. This culminates in Yeshua's face-off with Satan in the wilderness, during forty days of fasting--a masterpiece of textured prose--and in the following incident with Mary of Magdala. From there, Rice shifts her story from conflict into beauty, as Yeshua verbalizes his purpose to his new followers and his family.
I am not moved often to tears by books, but "The Road to Cana" touched me in deep ways, reminding me again of the honesty and integrity of Christ the Lord.Read more ›
As a novel it is fairly well-written and as fascinating as the first book in its depiction of the historical and social reality of the 1st Century. Jesus' longing for Avigail is poignant, although Rice treads delicately here, as many Christians would probably be offended if they saw Jesus portrayed as having actual lustful thoughts. There is more than a hint of apocryphal material here, as in Jesus' comment to his brother that "Heaven and earth were made for you, James. You'll come to understand", which is from the Gospel of Thomas. Interestingly, the book is at its best when speculating about Jesus's life where the Gospels are silent.Read more ›
I cannot begin to describe the beauty of Rice's writing - We Christians know the actions of this early time of His Ministry - when all the pieces come together and His path is revealed - Jesus' family, his kith and kin, (including a beautiful kinswoman Avigail). It is mesmerizing. And beautiful, powerful, reverent.
This series is amazing. The beginnings - a montage of the first of Jesus' ministry - from casting out demons to baptism with John the Baptist to the miracle of changing water into wine at Cana - I especially like how the wine transformation was handled - the sweetness between Jesus and Mary handled perfectly - I am in awe. Rice does justice to the Lord - the Son of God -
One hopes she spreads out Jesus' story out in many, many sequels.
My niece is going on a trip for a Church project to help an orphanage in Guatemala, and I told her I am giving her Rice's two books about Jesus to read on the plane and to share with her friends who are going with the group. She knows I don't recommend books unless they touch me.
Been a while I have been drawn literally into a book, and Rice has hit her stride with this series!
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A fictional story of Jesus, written in first person. Imaginative and reverent.Published 1 month ago by S.Z. M.
I could not help but think back to the novel Memnoch The Devil, and the scene where Lestat encounters The Lord out in the middle of the desert. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cherryl Walker
It's as good as it can get given the authoress' background. For starters, she is an American and is badly influenced by the action movies format that puts a limit to both the depth... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not as compelling as the first installment, but it does put a very human spin on Jesus' struggles.Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Titman
It took me a couple of years to get from Out of Egypt to the Road to Cana, but it was well worth the wait. The book is as good as I expeced it to be, based on the first one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Valentina Kelis
Some good research done for this series, but I expected more from Ann Rice in character nuance. How can she make a vampire SO attractive but not Christ the Lord?Published 2 months ago by Frances Stewart