This is a very imaginative and thought provoking novel. Imagine having visions, meeting Jesus as a child and then in His later years. Imagine each of those visions creating the opportunity for insights into life and relationships, especially the relationship with the Father. Imagine reviewing life's events with observations from Jesus's perspective. Imagine the lessons on acceptance, forgiveness and the disappointment and pain we feel when God does not do what we want Him to.
This novel is a good parable about how we can be transformed by experiences, by problems. The novel is a good illustration of how much God loves us and the pain He feels when we reject Him.
Myers' writing style is a pleasure to experience. He has good dialogue and fun quips. I felt he did a good job imagining what Jesus would say and how He would respond to the questions we have. It is a bold task to put words in the mouth of Jesus but I was not offended by anything Myers imagined.
There is a very good collection of discussion questions at the end of the novel. Myers adds informative comments along with the questions. This would be a good novel for a book discussion group. And there is going to be a sequel. I'll be watching for it.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Bill Myers is a best-selling author and award-winning film maker. His books and videos have sold over 8 million copies. He grew up in Washington State and attended the University of Washington. He has written, directed, and done voice work for Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey radio series and is the voice of Jesus in Zondervan's NIV Audio Bible. You can find out more at https://www.billmyers.com/.
Fidelis Publishing, 240 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)