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Litfuse Publicity: When Jesus Wept by Bodie and Brock Thoene (review)

on May 6, 2013


About the Book:


Book 1 in the Thoene’s new Jerusalem Chronicles.

 Lazarus occupies a surprising position in the Gospel accounts. Widely known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, his story is actually much broader and richer than that. Living as he did at Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus was uniquely placed to witness the swirl of events around Jesus. When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles series by bestselling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus‘ ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus. With rich insights from vineyard owners and vine dressers, the Thoenes explore the metaphor of Jesus as the True Vine, harvesting the ancient secrets found in the Old Testament. Weaving the life of Lazarus, who owned a vineyard, into the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ will help you understand it is the hand of Love Divine that holds the knife, that cuts and breaks with such tender and loving touch, and that we who have born some fruit, after the pruning, can bear much more.



You can buy the book at Amazon.


About Bodie and Brock Thoene:



Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee) are bestselling authors of over sixty-five works of historical fiction. Their timeless classics have sold more than thirty-five million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards. The Thoenes have four grown children and eight grandchildren. They divide their time between Hawaii, London, and Nevada.


You can find out more by going to their website.


My Opinion:


We’ve heard the story of Mary and Martha – the OCD and the calm sisters, we know they were Lazarus, you know?  the guy Jesus raised from the dead and actually cried over.  Bodie and Brock have written a story that brings to life these people from the Bible and gives them more of a story – without taking away  from what is in Scripture they weave a story that pulls us into just how did Jesus know Lazarus and his sisters, and how well did He know them?  Now, I have to say I’m not sure if Mary, the one in the dirt accused and guilty of adultery was actually the same Mary, the sister of Lazarus – but it could be possible?


Regardless, I loved reading about how things might have actually gone and how the Biblical story weaves together in real life – how did Jesus know Lazarus and his sisters?  It seems as if everyone knew everyone, and I guess if you’re a persecuted population you would tend to stick with your own ‘kind’ – someone is getting married, no matter how distant a relative you’re going to be there.  Lazarus is coming out of mourning his wife and his baby’s death at the beginning of the story and then at the end is rejoicing in the fact that one day he will be with them forever.  The only part of the book, that I found, a little far fetched was when Lazarus is dead and the reader is given a glimpse of Lazarus meeting his deceased parents, then his son – who is not a baby but in a glorified body of a man and then lastly his wife – before Jesus commands him to rise.


Overall, the historical fiction book – the first I’ve read by the Thoene’s has left me readily willing to find their other books and eagerly awaiting book #2 in this series – which I’m thinking will encompass Jesus’ death and resurrection.  If you like historical fiction, especially those based on Biblically true stories then you’ll more than likely enjoy When Jesus Wept, as I did – so make sure to check it out – and enter the world in which our Christian fore bearers lived.



2 responses to “Litfuse Publicity: When Jesus Wept by Bodie and Brock Thoene (review)

  1. Micki says:

    I have not read this particular book but I LOVE other books that I have read by them. I will anticipate being able to read this at a future date – maybe Amazon will offer it for free for Kindle soon 🙂

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