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Book Review: Road to Bethlehem: A Prelude to The Seeds of Christianity Series by E.G. Lewis

on March 25, 2016

road_zpsc45sab6j About the Book:

Having heard the Christmas story told and retold more times than we can count, it is easy to view Mary and Joseph as nothing more than paper people whom we encounter every year on the Christmas cards that crowd our mantle.

In Road to Bethlehem, a prelude to his popular Seeds of Christianity Series, E. G. Lewis rounds out this flat, two-dimensional view of Mary and Joseph. In his hands they become real flesh and blood people who live, love and interact with the world around them. Relying upon meticulous research and masterful storytelling, he has crafted a wonderfully entertaining, thought-provoking, and deeply informative novel. Through careful attention to detail he immerses the reader into the daily life of the new carpenter in Nazareth and a young woman named Mary who has caught his eye.

There’s a beautiful innocence to Mary and her thoughts. The author has a gentle way with words, explaining just enough to intrigue, leading enough to entice. Wise lessons are threaded into the tale…the power of forgiveness, the gift of mercy, and the healing capacity of love. The God of these pages is ever-present in the characters’ lives, but never intrusive. You’ll come away from this novel with a deep understanding and newfound respect for both Mary and Joseph. Like all of E. G. Lewis’ Seeds of Christianity books, Road to Bethlehem is both historically and Biblically accurate. As always, it includes Author’s Notes full of interesting insights designed to enhance your reading experience.

You can purchase your copy at Amazon.

About the Author:

Author of ten books, writing has always been a major part of E. G Lewis’ life. A former newspaper editor and publisher, his articles have appeared in many national and regional magazines. He also wrote and directed corporate training films. He has a graduate degree in Economics from Ohio State University and worked in management and corporate planning before becoming a full-time novelist. He and his wife, a writer and book editor, live on the Southern Oregon Coast.

My Opinion:

Often thought of as just a Christmas story, the story of Mary and Joseph is much more than that – it is a display of love, faith and sacrifice – and one that should mean much to the Christian year ’round. I’ve always been intrigued by what Joseph and Mary were like, what they did, how they interacted with those around them BEFORE the angel of the Lord came to them. The Bible doesn’t tell us much and I know it’s because it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things but as a watcher of people I like to know these things. E.G. Lewis gives us this glimpse, using historical information he weaves a tale with both accuracy from what is given us in the Bible as well as from facts, like how the Jewish people would have interacted with one another in daily living.

I almost thought the book was going to be dry and boring, but I was proven wrong, E.G. Lewis’ way of writing pulls the reader in and enchants them, pulling them into the world of the characters and making it feel like the reader is really standing in Joseph’s wood shop, inhaling the smell of fresh cut wood, stain. The whole book was masterfully written and is a great read whether in spring time before Easter or at Christmas time as we await Christ’s birth. Also of note is his author’s notes at the end – these are especially interesting to the reader who may wonder how Lewis got some of his details or are interested in more history surrounding the Bible’s account of Mary and Joseph. This is a fantastic read and I cannot wait to find E.G. Lewis’ other books and begin reading them!

 

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