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Matthew's Story (The Jesus Chronicles) Hardcover – February 18, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in the Jesus Chronicles Series

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About the Author

Tim LaHaye is a noted author, minister, and nationally recognized speaker on Bible prophecy. He is the founder and president of Tim LaHaye Ministries and the cofounder of the Pre-Trib Research Center. A pastor for forty years, LaHaye has written more than fifty nonfiction books and co-authored the Left Behind novels, the most successful Christian fiction venture in publishing history, with Jerry Jenkins.


Jerry B. Jenkins, chairman of the board of trustees for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of more than 175 books. Dr. Jenkins's writing has appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals, and he is a contributing editor to Writer's Digest magazine. He owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company, as well as the Christian Writers Guild.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Jesus Chronicles
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (February 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399156216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399156212
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1st half:

The author really makes the character of Levi/Matthew come alive. Compelling, intriguing story of how the intelligent son once so determined to become a priest encounters a tragedy that fuels an anger towards God which motivates him to become the chief tax collector instead. In the second half of his life, he realizes how lonely he's made himself having spent his life opposing God as much as possible and running towards money with all he's got. He's about to slip into a depression when he has a reunion with his brother, who actually did become a priest, and Levi admits that there's one thing which could make him give God another chance, or so to speak, would be if he were chosen by the Messiah.

Very well-written and emotionally moving, makes you understand Levi completely.

2nd half:

Disappointingly, this portion was comprised primarily of paraphrasing the Bible. Of course what the Bible says is what's most important, but when I purchase something like this I expect more work, more input, from the authors (and from Matthew's firsthand, personal, in-the-moment point of view). In my opinion there were not enough additions I would have expected from a book of this genre - what was Jesus' tone of voice like when he cursed the fig tree? His facial expressions as he told the parables? The thoughts and images that went through Matthew's mind? I would have liked to see some more vivid descriptions and additional scenes that flesh out the relationship Jesus had with His closest disciples.
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In Bet Guvrin, eight years old Levi diligently studies to become a priest. He is a happy child who loves God, his parents and adores his baby brother Chavivi. One night soldiers of Herod the Great arrive at his home and kill his sibling; as they have all killed all infant males since the Magi claimed the Christ was born. Herod insists he is the King of the Jews and not some pretender.

Levi still believed in God but his adulation turned to loathing as he blames the Lord for his baby brother's death. He rejects the priesthood and instead becomes a Roman tax collector. His people detest him as he becomes wealthy at their expense, but he feels empty inside until he meets Jesus. He becomes his disciple and changes his name to Matthew and follows him loyally. Jesus tells him he will feel the pain Matthew felt when He follows his Father's wishes.

Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins use a contemporary interpretation to tell Matthew's Story, a disciple who transformed from youthful pious believer, to odious sinner to saint thanks in part to Jesus. The use of modern day vernacular makes it easier on the audience to understand the message and power of Christ especially in altering Matthew's life; though in fairness some readers might question free will. As with Mark, Luke and John, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins provide a strong biblical biographical fictional account of a disciple of Jesus.

Harriet Klausner
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Ah! Matthew the tax collector! How did he get involved with the movement? He was hated and despised by his Jewish friends, but yet he is one of the writers of the Gospel of Jesus? How did that happen? You need to read the book to find out. The authors did so much research that you will believe the personality and problems of Levi and how he came to be called by Christ.
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For two men who are Bible scholars I was surprised and shocked to find so many blatant errors in the story. Jesus was a JEW. He followers were JEWS. There was only one Temple folks, and that was in Jerusalem. The local gathering place of study was called a synagogue, not a temple. It was simple mistakes like that that I found to be shameful in this book. And why all the KJV scripture??? Too many other versions out there to choose from for easier reading to entice readers if they don't know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Other story line was interesting though.
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By Jack Getz on March 5, 2014
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This is part of a series of four books that recreate a plausible scenario about how the gospels were written. I learned a good deal about the context of the times, and that makes it worth the read for me.
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Of course with Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye this is an excellent book as well as John's Story, Luke's Story,Matthew's Story and now I am Saul. Love the collection! From the makers of the Left Behind Series! Very educational!
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These books, "The Jesus Chronicles" by Tim LaHaye, are excellent. They help place the gospels in their proper historical perspective and give a new sense of excitement to reading the bible! I highly recommend these books!
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Another great series from the Left Behind authors Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.

If you enjoy biblical historical fiction like me, you should like this book! "Matthew's Story" helps you visualize how the people in the Bible might have been like and how they handled various trials during Jesus time. It is about Levi who is later renamed Matthew "gift from God" by Jesus, who was studying to become a priest when a turn of events takes place he decides to become a tax collector. His life changes when he meets Jesus.

The real Matthew was a Galilean born in First Century Judea. He collected taxes from the Hebrew people for Herod Antipas. Jesus called Matthew to be one of the Twelve Disciples. As a disciple, he followed Christ, and was one of the witnesses of the Resurrection and the Ascension.

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