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Two Women of Galilee I wasn t sure quite what to expect after finding this book in a bargain bin at the store It looked intriguing enough, So I picked it up It s a nice story told in first person perspective by a woman briefly mentioned in the Bible Since this is entirely in her POV, much of what led to Jesus death is omitted, so if you re looking for a book about Jesus, look elsewhere It was a fairly quick but enjoyable read for me, though I wish this book could have gone with a bitdescription, some of t I wasn t sure quite what to expect after finding this book in a bargain bin at the store It looked intriguing enough, So I picked it up It s a nice story told in first person perspective by a woman briefly mentioned in the Bible Since this is entirely in her POV, much of what led to Jesus death is omitted, so if you re looking for a book about Jesus, look elsewhere It was a fairly quick but enjoyable read for me, though I wish this book could have gone with a bitdescription, some of the parts felt dry and it was hard for me to actually imagine their surroundings or what they were wearing due to the sparsness of description I wanted to like thisAn interesting concept, and attempt to recreate the Biblical world, but let down by less than gripping writing. This book was only ok The writing was bad, but it was a good idea I almost stopped reading it halfway through It s the author s first novel, and you can totally tell Her sentences don t always go together well, and there isn t much flow I don t recommend it. An interesting look at a facet of the life of Jesus that we seldom read about his mother and other women of the time. A simple tale It had some highlights but was, overall, stale. This was an interesting book written from a neat perspective, but i was a little bit surprised at how it seemed to present Jesus Christ I am a Christian, and when I read Biblical fiction I am expecting Christ to be presented asthan just a healer Scripture says He was the Son of God, and he was never referred to that way in this book, unless I missed it Many would not have known that until the resurrection, but at that point they did The author is certainly entitled to present Him in This was an interesting book written from a neat perspective, but i was a little bit surprised at how it seemed to present Jesus Christ I am a Christian, and when I read Biblical fiction I am expecting Christ to be presented asthan just a healer Scripture says He was the Son of God, and he was never referred to that way in this book, unless I missed it Many would not have known that until the resurrection, but at that point they did The author is certainly entitled to present Him in whatever manner she deems fitting, but I was personally disappointed as a reader Seeking to restore health to her lungs, Joanna, wife to Herod schief steward, approaches her cousin Mary, mother of thehealer Jesus Though their families were estranged when Joanna sparents adopted Roman ways, Mary welcomes her graciouslyJesus indeed heals Joanna s body and her soul blossoms throughher friendship with Mary and with her work as one of hisdisciples But as word of Jesus miracles reaches King Herod scourt, intrigue, treachery and murder cast shadows onto Joanna snew path, changing her life forever Viewpoint of Jesus following and his ultimate death from the perspective of Mary and her cousin Joanna, who s part of Pilate s court. Told from the viewpoint of Joanna, wife of Chuza, this was not extraordinarily strong, and neither Joanna or Mary were well drawn. Two Women of Galilee is a daring book indeed Mary Rourke has been bold enough to trespass to the very edges of the greatest story ever told and she returns with a novel that is beautifully written, original and emotionally resonant In the spirit of The Red Tent, Rourke has pondered the lives of the women of the gospels, and from a half line reference here and there has skillfully evoked an entrancing world Geraldine Brooks, author of 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning March What was Joanna Two Women of Galilee is a daring book indeed Mary Rourke has been bold enough to trespass to the very edges of the greatest story ever told and she returns with a novel that is beautifully written, original and emotionally resonant In the spirit of The Red Tent, Rourke has pondered the lives of the women of the gospels, and from a half line reference here and there has skillfully evoked an entrancing world Geraldine Brooks, author of 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning March What was Joanna, the wife of Herod s steward, doing among the followers of Jesus Thereon hangs Mary Rourke s tale, and what a tale it is Rourke takes the fleeting mention of a minor character in the Gospel as her launching pad for a vivid and suspenseful flight back to first century Galilee and Judaea as seen, this time, through the eyes of a daring woman Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize winning author of CHRIST A Crisis in the Life of God Fresh and affecting Booklist starred review Engaging and poignant Bookreporter.com The conclusion puts a new spark into Joanna s life and is sure to put a smile on the face of readers fond of cozy historicals Publishers Weekly Compelling A fascinating blend of imagination and historical characters and events I couldn t put it down Lauraine Snelling, bestselling author of Amethyst


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