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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Take This Cup (Bk. 2 in Jerusalem Chronicles series) by Bodie and Brock Thoene

The Thoene's have come out with the next book in their newest series Jerusalem Chronicles.  Take This Cup has a unique perspective on what is going on behind the scenes while Jesus is in Jerusalem. 

From the Back of the Book:
Woven into the fabric of prophecy, a young boy named Nehemiah must choose to embrace his destiny as cupbearer to the King of Kings.
When Nehemiah, the child of Jewish exiles, begins hearing whispers and experiencing portentous visions, it quickly becomes clear to his father and his rabbi that the young cupbearer is meant for a higher purpose...but what?  Certain that the Messiah is alive at that very moment, the family waits for the boy's destiny to be revealed.
From the ancient site of the Garden of Eden, Nehemiah undertakes a perilous journey.  The caravan route is full of danger, hardship and mystery--all of it linked to what Nehemiah has in his keeping.
In due time, his path becomes clear.  It leads to Jerusalem, to a wealthy pharisee named Joseph of Arimathea...and to Jesus of Nazareth.
In Take This Cup, the second installment of the Jerusalem Chronicles, Bodie and Brock Thoene envision more of Scripture's most enigmatic moments and expand their award-winning canon of historical fiction with unprecedented power and depth.

My Review:
When a young boy named Nehemiah is called upon for an important task, he wonders if he is really up to completing what has been asked of him.   Nehemiah is just a shepherd boy who wants to be old enough to help with the sheep, but God has bigger plans for him.

Just like in all fiction, the authors have tried to open your mind up to all the possibilities of everything that could have happened behind the scenes during all of the events taking place in Jerusalem before Christ's death.  I have enjoyed reading about all of the cultural things that were common place to the people of that time.  And it has been interesting to read about the shepherds and their perspective of the events.   The story draws you in and helps you to identify with the characters.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this series thus far and I'm looking forward to reading more. You can read my review of Jesus Wept, the first book in the series by clicking here.

***I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers (the new name for BookSneeze) in exchange for an honest review.  

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