The Family of Jesus

The Family of JesusThe Family of Jesus
By Karen Kingsbury
Howard
Retail Price $15.99
Amazon Price: $10.11

Book Description:

America’s favorite inspirational novelist offers a fictional view of six of the family members of Jesus, all anchored by Scriptural truth, creating a life-changing and unprecedented emotional connection to the Bible.

Through The Family of Jesus, readers will develop an emotional connection to the family members of Jesus, learning about their lives and falling in love with Scripture along the way. Bible studies and devotionals abound, and in churches everywhere people gather to seek a deeper understanding of God’s word and its application to their lives. But too often these studies engage only the analytic approach to Bible learning.

In The Family of Jesus, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury will make you laugh, cry, and ultimately care more deeply about the Bible by helping you grasp the truths in Scripture not just with your mind, but with your heart. The characters in these short stories were among those closest to Jesus—Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth. Each has a compelling tale to tell. Kingsbury intersperses fictional, emotionally gripping details anchored in Scripture with historical and theological insights and questions that will guide soul-searching and reflection.

The Family of Jesus not only provides a deeper understanding of the relatives of our Savior, but also helps readers acquire tools that will draw them closer to Christ, to the Scriptures, and to each other.

Review

I am a fan of Karen Kingsbury and love her tag line “Life Changing Fiction” because that is what she truly writes.  I was excited see her latest book where she ventures into Biblical fiction and pairs up fictional stories anchored in scripture with a Bible Study section.  Kingsbury brings us a fictional view of six of the family members of Jesus (Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth), all based on Scriptural truth, connected us with the Bible.  While the Bible is sketchy on the details of Jesus’ family life and Kingsbury brings to life the possibilities of what it might have been like. I found the vignettes to be interesting and thought provoking, while the Bible study section for each character kept you grounded.  It is a good mix of fact and fiction!

~Reviewed by Rosie B.