- Series: Christ the Lord
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Knopf (March 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400043522
- ISBN-13: 978-1400043521
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (812 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In the New Testament, the miracle at the wedding at Cana-where Jesus turned water into wine-marks the commencement of his tumultuous three-year ministry. In Rice's beautifully observed novel, a sequel to 2005's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, however, the wedding miracle is in fact the culmination of an intimate family saga of love, sorrow and misunderstanding. As the novel opens, Yeshua (Jesus) struggles with a sense of restlessness of purpose and a deep love for a comely kinswoman. Waves of isolation sweep over him as he comes to understand that serving the Lord's will takes precedence over the desires of his own heart. Whereas the first novel in this series hewed so closely to Scripture and to the author's meticulous research as to be somewhat arid as fiction, this book, imagining the "lost" young adulthood of Jesus, offers wise and haunting speculation where the Bible is silent. And the final chapters, which pick up the story with the New Testament's accounts of Jesus' baptism, temptation and early miracles, manage to be soulfully insightful even while faithfully tracking the Gospels. Rice undertakes a delicate balance: if it is possible to create a character that is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, as ancient Christian creeds assert, then Rice succeeds. (Mar.)
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–In crisp, straightforward prose, Rice leaves the gothic behind and explores the mysteries beneath the childhood of Jesus. At age seven, the boy and his family leave Egypt to return to their home. They find themselves caught in a revolution after the death of the first King Herod, ruler of the portion of the Roman Empire that includes Israel. Although the historical and cultural details are authentic and well done, it is the character of Jesus that drives this novel. He feels like a typical seven-year-old, but he's also suddenly discovering abilities that no one else possesses. He brings clay birds to life, makes snow fall, and even resurrects a dead playmate. Stunned by these odd happenings, he turns to Joseph and Mary for answers. When they are not forthcoming, he's forced to hunt out clues through local legends, rumors, and a strange spirit that taunts him in his dreams. The story is told from Jesus's point of view, and the strength of the book weighs heavily on Rice's ability to make him believable both as a child and as the son of God; she does a winning job. The wisdom of all things religious fills Jesus completely, but he's naive about day-to-day events: he can't understand why a young girl he used to play with prefers at age 12 to learn about weaving and rearing children. This new direction for Rice is both bold and reverent, and is bound to please fans and newcomers alike.–Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale
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My favorite line from the entire book came at the onset of his journey into the desert: "Well, now I knew just what it meant to be the man who knew he was God." I had to stop reading for a while to recover from that line, then read it over and over again!
I also enjoyed Him telling James: "I am weary of you, by brother... in my heart, I'm weary."
The last page of the book is sheer genius and made my heart swell with Happiness!
It is quite remarkable how easily and naturally Rice interweaves the fantastical elements of the main character's magical abilities with the historical events that comprise the story. It is undoubtedly brave for an author to take such a prominent (and holy) historical figure and get inside his head by writing in 1st-person narrative, yet Rice accomplishes it with an authenticity and human-ness that is to be commended. The reader is able to forget the "historical Jesus" and become acquainted with quite a human (in the best sense of the word) character.
Rice certainly educates her readership surrounding the cultural and social aspects of this biblical story - elements that are often entirely omitted from the story in Bible school and church - the places where those who are familiar with the story are likely to have heard it countless times before. The ever-presence of family plays a pivotal role in this story, and I was struck by what a difference it made to my original understanding of this tired story.
Be aware that Part Two must also be read or else the story is incomplete!