Monday, March 30, 2015

The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels - by Frank Viola & Mary DeMuth

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About the book:

Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ met face-to-face with people just like you. Broken, imperfect, sometimes fearful and without hope. The Day I Met Jesus is a beautifully crafted narrative that chronicles the remarkable encounters of five women in the Gospels who were desperate to find wholeness, security, and purpose. Like all of us, these women struggled with the regrets of their pasts, the stresses of their presents, and the worries of their tomorrows.

Join Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth on a fascinating journey back in time as they retell the dramatic accounts of five women who met Jesus. Each narrative is told from each woman's unique perspective, yet tightly grounded in the Gospel accounts and faithful to first-century history. Elegantly written and profoundly stirring, this book blends creative narrative with uncommon insight, spiritual depth, and practical application.

If you are someone who seeks a renewal of hope, faith, and love, The Day I Met Jesus will make your Bible come to life and usher you into a fresh encounter with your Lord.

My review:

This was an amazing book!  I've read these stories in the Bible many times, but this book brought out so many details and insights into the culture I never knew.  The fictionalized sections were very well-written from the first person and really make you feel like you're in this woman's shoes.  Then it includes the actual Bible text and a section called "Walking It Out," where details are pointed out in the context of the culture and how women were treated at the time.  It also applies it to your life and shows how we are all like these women in that we are all sinners, yet all forgiven and shown grace.  You can probably relate to at least one of these women and the struggles they had, even if not in the same circumstances.  It especially shows how Jesus treated women with dignity and as equals in a culture where most people didn't treat them that way.  While this book is aimed more for women, I think men would find it fascinating also.  It has a lot of good information, both historically and to apply to your life right now.  I highly recommend this book!

I received this book free from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review.

 The Authors

  1. Frank Viola

    Frank Viola

    Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. He has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on...
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  2. Mary DeMuth

    Mary DeMuth

    Mary DeMuth is a former church planter in France and the author of more than sixteen nonfiction and fiction books. A sought-after speaker and longtime blogger, she has overcome (through Jesus's healing) a difficult childhood full of neglect, abuse, and...
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