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'Page-turning . . . Set against the political and religious turmoil of the times, the Thoenes' story vividly reimagines the evolving friendship between Jesus and Lazarus.' ---Publishers Weekly LAZARUS---the man Jesus raised from the dead in one of the most extraordinary encounters with The Living Savior in all of Scripture. But the life of Lazarus holds interest well beyond 'Page-turning . . . Set against the political and religious turmoil of the times, the Thoenes' story vividly reimagines the evolving friendship between Jesus and Lazarus.' ---Publishers Weekly LAZARUS---the man Jesus raised from the dead in one of the most extraordinary encounters with The Living Savior in all of Scripture. But the life of Lazarus holds interest well beyond this miraculous event. Living in Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus witnessed many of the most important events of Jesus's life and ministry. Lazarus owned a vineyard and devoted his life to caring for its vines and fruit. But he encountered another man---Jesus---whose vineyard was the world, its fruit the eternal souls of men. When Lazarus's story and the story of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection touch in When Jesus Wept, we are offered a unique vision into the power and comfort of Christ's love. Brock and Bodie Thoene's most powerful and climactic writing project to date, When Jesus Wept, captures the power and the passion of the men and women who lived through the most important days in the history of the world.


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'Page-turning . . . Set against the political and religious turmoil of the times, the Thoenes' story vividly reimagines the evolving friendship between Jesus and Lazarus.' ---Publishers Weekly LAZARUS---the man Jesus raised from the dead in one of the most extraordinary encounters with The Living Savior in all of Scripture. But the life of Lazarus holds interest well beyond 'Page-turning . . . Set against the political and religious turmoil of the times, the Thoenes' story vividly reimagines the evolving friendship between Jesus and Lazarus.' ---Publishers Weekly LAZARUS---the man Jesus raised from the dead in one of the most extraordinary encounters with The Living Savior in all of Scripture. But the life of Lazarus holds interest well beyond this miraculous event. Living in Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus witnessed many of the most important events of Jesus's life and ministry. Lazarus owned a vineyard and devoted his life to caring for its vines and fruit. But he encountered another man---Jesus---whose vineyard was the world, its fruit the eternal souls of men. When Lazarus's story and the story of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection touch in When Jesus Wept, we are offered a unique vision into the power and comfort of Christ's love. Brock and Bodie Thoene's most powerful and climactic writing project to date, When Jesus Wept, captures the power and the passion of the men and women who lived through the most important days in the history of the world.

30 review for When Jesus Wept

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Okay, this novel made me cry a few times, especially toward the end. That gets big points from me, because this story made me ponder my life and the things that I believe. I found the way the story was put together very emotionally gripping. The way the various scriptures and prophecies were woven into the story made the truth of the Bible even more clear. I loved how the authors gave the story context. One thing I never thought about before was this... how did Lazarus feel about being brought ba Okay, this novel made me cry a few times, especially toward the end. That gets big points from me, because this story made me ponder my life and the things that I believe. I found the way the story was put together very emotionally gripping. The way the various scriptures and prophecies were woven into the story made the truth of the Bible even more clear. I loved how the authors gave the story context. One thing I never thought about before was this... how did Lazarus feel about being brought back from the dead? He was in a perfect, timeless place where there was no pain, sickness, or injustice. Maybe Jesus wept in part because He knew what he was ripping Lazarus away from when He called him out of the tomb, but it had to be done since it was part of God's plan. The scriptures also talk about how the priests and Pharisees not only wanted to kill Jesus, but Lazarus as well. Of course, after living in paradise, how could one who tasted eternity in all of it's beauty now fear death? Simply put, he didn't. What struck me about this truth was this... if that's what we have to look forward too, then we need to have no fear of death. As Jesus said, "Do not fear those who can kill the body, but those who destroy the soul." I'm paraphrasing it, but you know what I mean. Excellent read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    The Thoenes write historical fiction like nobody else. This account of the life and times of the iconic Lazarus makes for great reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mesu

    This is the first biblical novel I’ve read by Brock and Bodie Thoene, and it engaged every element I hope for in a great Bible story. The historical details were masterfully woven into the story, seasoning every character and scene perfectly—not so much that they overwhelmed or so little that they felt like an addendum. The Thoenes presented familiar Bible characters in ways that challenged my long-held assumptions, making me re-think the identity of the woman caught in adultery, Mary Magdalene, This is the first biblical novel I’ve read by Brock and Bodie Thoene, and it engaged every element I hope for in a great Bible story. The historical details were masterfully woven into the story, seasoning every character and scene perfectly—not so much that they overwhelmed or so little that they felt like an addendum. The Thoenes presented familiar Bible characters in ways that challenged my long-held assumptions, making me re-think the identity of the woman caught in adultery, Mary Magdalene, and Mary of Bethany. Who were these women, and what was their relationship with Jesus, Lazarus, and Lazarus’ sisters? Scripture gives some detail, but what does Jewish tradition say? What could we imagine to be true—given the cultural information that Brock and Bodie bring to life in such a realistic way? I expected to find a quaint story about Lazarus and his two sisters but discovered a truly moving account of a godly, less-than-perfect, hard-working man who dealt with unforgiveness and searched for answers to the same hard questions I’ve asked my Creator. At one point, while helping his hired hand deal with a matter of revenge, Lazarus asks this searching question: “Could it be that [your current] happiness [is] more important than revenge?” Other poignant and challenging themes run through this novel, drawing us to look deeper into ourselves and God’s Word through the eyes of these characters. With biblical novels, we always begin reading with some knowledge of the book’s direction and ending, right? I knew When Jesus Wept would detail the scene when Jesus stood before Lazarus’ tomb and wept with Martha over her brother’s death—but I wasn’t ready for the emotions I’d feel when I read those words. After reading this book, I understand the shortest verse in the Bible differently. “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) for so much more than Martha’s grief or even His own grief at losing an earthly friend. The Thoenes describe Lazarus’ reaction to hearing Jesus’ weeping from the grave: “…his holy sob ripped me loose from the timeless conversation with the ageless ones.” Have you ever wondered what/who Lazarus saw first when he walked out of that tomb? Brock and Bodie Thoene imagined it this way: “I [Lazarus] spotted Jesus over Mary’s shoulder. Sorrow for me filled his eyes. Of all those who witnessed my return from the vineyards of heaven to fallen earth, only Jesus knew what joy and beauty I had left behind.” Beautifully written. Well researched. Spiritually challenging and uplifting. When Jesus Wept is a great addition to your biblical novel collection. Buy it. Read it. And then read it again.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Hill

    Well, this is the first book I have read by the Thoenes in years! My first historical fiction book was from their wonderful WWII series, and I always felt that they had the formula for writing historical fiction, especially in relation to history involving Jews. And they have not lost their touch as they tackle ancient Israel and the time of Christ. I love good Biblical fiction, and this definitely counts as such. From the first page, they drew me in. They made me consider portions of the well-kn Well, this is the first book I have read by the Thoenes in years! My first historical fiction book was from their wonderful WWII series, and I always felt that they had the formula for writing historical fiction, especially in relation to history involving Jews. And they have not lost their touch as they tackle ancient Israel and the time of Christ. I love good Biblical fiction, and this definitely counts as such. From the first page, they drew me in. They made me consider portions of the well-known story of Lazarus and his family in a different way, and I was emotionally drawn into the story in a way I never have before. I am glad to know that this is the first in the series, and I can hardly wait to read the rest in the series! If you think that you know all there is to know about Lazarus, Mary, Martha, and Jesus, let me challenge you to give this book a try. You may find that you are pleasantly surprised. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rose on aish

    When Jesus Wept is about the life of Lazarus. It starts with the end of his 30-day period of grieving the death of his wife and son. Everything is written out of Lazarus' perspective. He goes to see John the Baptist and hear him speak, where he has his first meeting with Jesus. I found the story of Patrick the slave one of the most heartwarming elements of this book. What was awkward, was Lazarus' conversation with certain loved ones in heaven, before he was raised by Jesus. It wasn't so good! Fo When Jesus Wept is about the life of Lazarus. It starts with the end of his 30-day period of grieving the death of his wife and son. Everything is written out of Lazarus' perspective. He goes to see John the Baptist and hear him speak, where he has his first meeting with Jesus. I found the story of Patrick the slave one of the most heartwarming elements of this book. What was awkward, was Lazarus' conversation with certain loved ones in heaven, before he was raised by Jesus. It wasn't so good! For me it is hard to read stories of the Bible in the context of a novel, because it's kind of weird and I rarely like them, it has to be very good. I didn't like how Mary of Bethany was described and her entire role in this book. Then the authors described Mary, the sister of Lazarus, and Mary Magdalene to be one and the same woman. I liked the book, but there were things that I didn't really like!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leah Good

    Sorrow for me filled his eyes. Of all those who witnessed my return from the vineyards of heaven to fallen earth, only Jesus knew what joy and beauty I had left behind. David Ben-Lazarus lives outside of Jerusalem and oversees the tending of vineyards that produce some of the best wine in the Roman empire. To help him overcome the grief of a wife and infant son lost to death, his best friend takes him to hear John the Baptist and they are among the crowd that witnesses the baptism of Jesus. As La Sorrow for me filled his eyes. Of all those who witnessed my return from the vineyards of heaven to fallen earth, only Jesus knew what joy and beauty I had left behind. David Ben-Lazarus lives outside of Jerusalem and oversees the tending of vineyards that produce some of the best wine in the Roman empire. To help him overcome the grief of a wife and infant son lost to death, his best friend takes him to hear John the Baptist and they are among the crowd that witnesses the baptism of Jesus. As Lazarus observes Jesus wisdom and compassion, the seed planted in his heart sprouts into a seedling of faith. What I Liked The thought that stood out to me as I finished this book was, "I would hold this world so much more lightly if I fully grasped the glory of eternity." For us who know the Lord, death truly is a loss only for those left behind on earth ... even though we might fear the process and the unknown that follows. I love how the Thoenes bring Biblical characters to life. Obviously, discernment is necessary to separate Biblical fact from imagination, but as long as the distinction is understood I am grateful for how their stories allow me to see Biblical characters as real, relatable people. A small element I enjoyed was the presence of Peniel, one of my favorite characters from the A.D. Chronicles series by these authors. What I Didn't Like This is a preference rather than a criticism, but the Bible characters seemed a little too interconnected in this story. The Thoenes combine Mary sister of Lazarus, Mary Magdalene, and the woman caught in adultery into one character which I personally doubt the likelihood of. Also, Mary is connected to the Centurian who asked Jesus to heal his servant, they are cousins to Jairus, Lazarus is friend to Nicodemus, enemy to the cripple healed at the pool of Bethesda, and acquaintance to the blind man begging on Beautiful Gate. I guess the connections are possible and cool to imagine, but for me the degree of skepticism bounced me out of the story occasionally. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to readers who enjoy deep characters and are willing to embrace the intermingling of Biblical narrative and creative license.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Retha

    Why did Jesus weep when he called Lazarus from the tomb? Who was Lazarus? Would you have wanted to be there … to experience the miracle … to be part of the events preceding that particular day? Jesus told stories in the form of parables to teach the people. Bodie and Brock Thoene used the art of storytelling combined with research to take us back in time, to Lazarus and his story. "Judah and I ate slowly, chewing in God’s Word as the true feast of our minds and hearts." What a feast! Scripture Why did Jesus weep when he called Lazarus from the tomb? Who was Lazarus? Would you have wanted to be there … to experience the miracle … to be part of the events preceding that particular day? Jesus told stories in the form of parables to teach the people. Bodie and Brock Thoene used the art of storytelling combined with research to take us back in time, to Lazarus and his story. "Judah and I ate slowly, chewing in God’s Word as the true feast of our minds and hearts." What a feast! Scripture is intertwined in the daily lives of Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. Lazarus meets Jesus, and we are drawn into his journey with the Lord. The teachings of Jesus and the miracles He did were woven into the tapestry of ordinary people’s lives. What stood out for me is the way Bodie and Brock Thoene used the theme of the vineyard. The rich description of winemaking by Lazarus, and the application of Jesus being the True Vine were truly remarkable. Although, When Jesus Wept is fiction, based on historical events, Bodie and Brock Thoene made the historical events come alive with their portrayal of how the characters could have reacted to certain events, and what their thoughts and emotions were. I enjoyed the book and would recommend When Jesus Wept. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tara Bentley

    Do you remember the book that made you fall in love with reading? As a teenager, I loved reading classical literature. Then life got busy and I stopped reading... unless you count Dr. Seuss books. A few years ago I picked up a book series on a lark. A series of Biblical, historical fiction. In those books I once again felt the power of story. Fiction books take us to places that we wouldn't otherwise have access to. And Biblical fiction gives depth to stories and lessons that we thought we alrea Do you remember the book that made you fall in love with reading? As a teenager, I loved reading classical literature. Then life got busy and I stopped reading... unless you count Dr. Seuss books. A few years ago I picked up a book series on a lark. A series of Biblical, historical fiction. In those books I once again felt the power of story. Fiction books take us to places that we wouldn't otherwise have access to. And Biblical fiction gives depth to stories and lessons that we thought we already knew. The latest book from Bodie & Brock Thoene, When Jesus Wept, does exactly that. Speak the name of Lazarus and even people that don't proclaim to be Christian will think they know his story. But imagine if you knew more. Imagine walking with him in the days when he first heard about this man named Jesus and he went to hear him speak. Imagine his reaction to first time he saw a miracle performed or saw a beggar healed. The Thoene's are master story-tellers and through this book we get a real understanding of Lazarus, a Jewish man whose faith and world has being turned upside down. He sees his sister Mary changed by Jesus, and he opens himself up to a God that is different than what he ever imagined. This book will open your eyes and your heart through their story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sidney W.

    A quote from Publishers Weekly on the back of the book describes When Jesus Wept as a reimagination of the evolving friendship between Jesus and Lazarus. Since I had not read other books by the authors I didn't know what to expect. I wondered if only Bible scholars would appreciate this fictionalized story based on the Bible. But, the more I read, the more I got into the story. I admit I did go to the Bible on occasion to satisfy my curiosity about sections of the book. The authors made this easy A quote from Publishers Weekly on the back of the book describes When Jesus Wept as a reimagination of the evolving friendship between Jesus and Lazarus. Since I had not read other books by the authors I didn't know what to expect. I wondered if only Bible scholars would appreciate this fictionalized story based on the Bible. But, the more I read, the more I got into the story. I admit I did go to the Bible on occasion to satisfy my curiosity about sections of the book. The authors made this easy for me by including notes with Bible references throughout. I also used the search capabilities of my digital Bible to find specific words and phrases. By the time I finished the book, I determined that it was enjoyable in and of itself without knowing the Bible or looking up referenced verses. I felt comforted by what I read even though I knew it was fictionalized. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I usually love the Thoene's books. This one... not so much. It was very different from the others. The subject was similar but the book was written in first person. The narrative was choppy and character development didn't feel genuine. The book didn't delve into the historical detail that the other books included. It was much shorter and not as interesting. I really, really wanted to like it. I was so excited when I heard there was a new book published and immediately put it on hold at the libr I usually love the Thoene's books. This one... not so much. It was very different from the others. The subject was similar but the book was written in first person. The narrative was choppy and character development didn't feel genuine. The book didn't delve into the historical detail that the other books included. It was much shorter and not as interesting. I really, really wanted to like it. I was so excited when I heard there was a new book published and immediately put it on hold at the library. But this book wasn't nearly as good as all of the others I've read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I was hesitant to read a novel based on the Bible, fearing that the dramatic license would take the story beyond what was intended, but the "story" part of this book is very clear about what was actually said and what was true. This is a fiction book based on a true story and it was well worth the read. I was hesitant to read a novel based on the Bible, fearing that the dramatic license would take the story beyond what was intended, but the "story" part of this book is very clear about what was actually said and what was true. This is a fiction book based on a true story and it was well worth the read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Summary: Jesus spent much time in Bethany, in the home of siblings Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. Later, Jesus miraculously raised Lazarus back from the dead. But from Scripture we know little about the person of Lazarus. We know little about the background or status of this family. Bodie and Brock Thoene have written an amazing fictional account of this family in order to bring to life the beloved friends of Jesus. Other key Biblical characters are also included: John the Baptist, the disciples, Jud Summary: Jesus spent much time in Bethany, in the home of siblings Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. Later, Jesus miraculously raised Lazarus back from the dead. But from Scripture we know little about the person of Lazarus. We know little about the background or status of this family. Bodie and Brock Thoene have written an amazing fictional account of this family in order to bring to life the beloved friends of Jesus. Other key Biblical characters are also included: John the Baptist, the disciples, Judas Iscariot, Joseph of Arimathea, and Nicodemus. My Thoughts: My only drawback to this book: I am a bit leery when author's add fictional accounts to the Bible. I did not feel that the Thoene writing team added false heresy. I didn't agree with some of their assumptions about of the Bible characters. In my opinion it is very important to be careful when writing or reading a historical fiction book on characters from the Bible. *Reading the Bible should be the primary way we understand and know God's Word. What I loved about When Jesus Wept: I was given a panoramic picture of what was going on in each scene. I was also given a detailed close-up of the characters. I was given a clearer understanding of how a Jew felt during the Roman occupation of promised land. Dimensional eye-appealing maps are included at the beginning of the book. Jesus' work was always to bring about a deeper understanding from His listener's. He did not want them to think about the temporary, but the eternal. Jesus made the most of every teaching opportunity with people, he never let a moment pass by without guiding and prompting the listener to learn, and more importantly to in Him. The confusion, misunderstanding, fear, traditional viewpoint, adherence to the law, and veil of ignorance, were all displayed vividly through the Jewish people who'd seen and heard Jesus. Later, many of them would look back on their time with Him, and understand. What stood out to me the most in When Jesus Wept was the portrayal of Jesus' understanding of how people were, because "He knew what was in men's hearts." Yet, Jesus never gave up in pricking their hearts in order for them to come to believe in Him. Jesus also out of full obedience to the Father, and out of His great love for us, died on the cross for our Sin, for my Sin. Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group, Zondervan, and Bodie and Brock Thoene for my FREE review copy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bradsher

    When Jesus Wept is the best kind of historical fiction: the kind that drops you headfirst into another era and makes it difficult to return to your own time upon the turning of the last page. The Thoenes had me questioning from the very first sentence about Lazarus' backstory. I wanted to know more: What was he like, what happened to him, what did he believe? I couldn't wait to find out how Lazarus came to be lying dead in the tomb and later resurrected by Jesus. Prior to reading this book, I ha When Jesus Wept is the best kind of historical fiction: the kind that drops you headfirst into another era and makes it difficult to return to your own time upon the turning of the last page. The Thoenes had me questioning from the very first sentence about Lazarus' backstory. I wanted to know more: What was he like, what happened to him, what did he believe? I couldn't wait to find out how Lazarus came to be lying dead in the tomb and later resurrected by Jesus. Prior to reading this book, I had thought little about Lazarus' life, focusing instead on his sisters' joy upon his resurrection, but this story brings into sharp relief the fact that Lazarus was a friend of Jesus', too, and in the perfect position to have known Him well. From the first I wanted to take this book and read it alongside my Bible; not because I wanted to compare the two texts but because it made me curious about many nuances. Lazarus' life was not the only story of which I now want more, and I want to reread many to ponder on my own what each person's story could be. The Thoenes dedication to research shines through on every page: from the customs of the times to the wine-making process to the large chunks of scripture placed throughout the book and the context into which they are written. This is not merely a work of fiction but a well-researched supposition, one which we can't know is true but also can't know isn't. It will help the reader understand the period into which Jesus was born and died and gain a fuller understanding of His movements leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection. I had a rather large misconception about this book, my first Thoene book, before reading it: I expected that it was about Jesus' raising Lazarus from the dead, and so it is, but the story does not end there. That is not the climax that I was expecting, and this shift in story line from my expectation to their perfection leaves the reader unsatisfied at the end, not because there is anything missing, but because the story stops. You will not want it to - despite knowing what happens, having read the Gospels over and over and despite your childhood VBS attendance, you'll thirst for the next step of the story. I received a free copy of When Jesus Wept from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. You can read more of my reviews here: http://anestintherocks.blogspot.com/

  14. 5 out of 5

    TAMMY CUEVAS

    "Jesus wept." The shortest verse in the Bible, and probably the most memorized among young Sunday School students, it is also the cause of one of the most asked questions among churchgoers and theologians: Why did Jesus weep? In this novelization of the story of Lazarus and his sisters, we see the relationship between David ben Lazarus and Jesus of Nazareth as it begins and grows. It is not only a relationship of Lord and disciple, but also one of true friendship. While of course the back story "Jesus wept." The shortest verse in the Bible, and probably the most memorized among young Sunday School students, it is also the cause of one of the most asked questions among churchgoers and theologians: Why did Jesus weep? In this novelization of the story of Lazarus and his sisters, we see the relationship between David ben Lazarus and Jesus of Nazareth as it begins and grows. It is not only a relationship of Lord and disciple, but also one of true friendship. While of course the back story of their bond is imagined by the authors, it is interesting to see how it MIGHT have happened. Another point of interest is the conjecture of where Lazarus was in the time that he was dead. While I'm not sure about the authors' idea of Heaven, it was a nice concept, especially "the age of perfection". As for the question of why Jesus wept, the authors only hint at the answer, but it was an original thought, and one that is worth consideration. There are some wonderful lines and concepts throughout the novel. My favorite is when Lazarus, speaking of Jesus, said that His sigh shook the universe. Beautifully poetic.... For anyone who is concerned regarding Scriptural accuracy, all passages that are lifted directly from the Bible are cited, with chapter and verse listed in the "Notes" section at the back of the book. The authors are well-respected, with over sixty-five historical fiction bestsellers to their credit. If you have not had the pleasure of reading their novels before, this is a great introduction to their work. 5 stars Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    This is the first book I've read from the Thoene's and I expect it won't be my last. I was drawn to reading a fictional account of the time of Jesus and was intrigued how the authors would portray all the well known people of the Bible. This story is told through the eyes of Lazarus. It begins with Lazarus still in mourning the loss of his wife and newborn son. It's not long before we see John the Baptist and then a little later Jesus of Nazareth. Lazarus clearly becomes one of Jesus' other disc This is the first book I've read from the Thoene's and I expect it won't be my last. I was drawn to reading a fictional account of the time of Jesus and was intrigued how the authors would portray all the well known people of the Bible. This story is told through the eyes of Lazarus. It begins with Lazarus still in mourning the loss of his wife and newborn son. It's not long before we see John the Baptist and then a little later Jesus of Nazareth. Lazarus clearly becomes one of Jesus' other disciples (outside the 12) as he often describes himself both spending a lot of time with Jesus but also with the twelve. The novel is very easy to read, the pace is steady and for those of us familiar with the Gospels we see many events described first hand that we've read many times before. We get to participate through Lazarus' eyes some of Jesus miracles including His first, the wedding at Cana where He changed the water into wine. Lazarus being a winemaker by trade, is naturally keen to taste this very special drop. The feeding of the 5,000 was another miracle that I enjoyed experiencing through the eyes of Lazarus. I take it the authors have spent considerable time on research and they present some fascinating thoughts on some Biblical events and characters. One that I found really interesting was that Mary of Bethany, Mary Magdelene and the adulterous woman of John 8 are all the same woman. This kinda blew my mind but I understand this is one popular and well chronicled perspective. I'm keen to research it a little further. I also appreciated the view of heaven but I recognise this is fiction and we have to allow some licence when reading it. From the outset I was curious as to how the authors would portray the four days Lazarus lay dead in the tomb especially when it is written in his voice. I'm looking forward to reading the second in the series. If you enjoy easy to read Biblical fiction I believe you'll find this novel appealing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gail Welborn

    ***Don't miss the beginning of the Thoene's new series-Jerusalem Chronicles*** Award winning writers, Bodie and Brock Thoene begin their new series, The Jerusalem Chronicles with When Jesus Wept, a fictionalized account of David-ben-Lazarus’s life and death. It’s the intriguing tale of Mary, Martha and Lazarus and their unique friendship with Jesus that includes Lazarus’ death, his time in the heavenlies and return four days after burial. Readers first meet Lazarus with his “eternal companions” i ***Don't miss the beginning of the Thoene's new series-Jerusalem Chronicles*** Award winning writers, Bodie and Brock Thoene begin their new series, The Jerusalem Chronicles with When Jesus Wept, a fictionalized account of David-ben-Lazarus’s life and death. It’s the intriguing tale of Mary, Martha and Lazarus and their unique friendship with Jesus that includes Lazarus’ death, his time in the heavenlies and return four days after burial. Readers first meet Lazarus with his “eternal companions” in the introduction when all the angels and saints “…turn to look down upon the earth with wonder…” at the sound of Jesus’ voice. Lazarus and the celestial beings wait in breathless anticipation for what is to follow. When he hears Jesus call the name—“Lazarus!”—the dead man could only “…whisper, ‘Here I am, Lord.’” With those few words, Lazarus regained his body and walked forth from the tomb. For a brief moment of sweet understanding he saw the sorrow in Jesus’ eyes for “…only Jesus knew what joy and beauty…” Lazarus had left behind and this moving story within a story begins… The Thoene’s use of first person gives readers an extraordinary immediacy and sense of connection with Lazarus since the story is told through the eyes and voice of Lazarus. It also affords a greater appreciation of the times, culture, political and religious turmoil that surrounds Judea at the time of Christ and His crucifixion. Although…Full Review: www.examiner.com/list/when-jesus-wept...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    In all honesty, I was a little shocked at how much of Jesus' ministry and life that Bodie and Brock Thoene tied into the life of Lazarus. At times it seemed a bit overboard. However,I am aware that Brock is well known for his in depth historical research, and I appreciated they were very clear about the passages of scripture that were used throughout the entire book. Once I got into the story, and past my own preconceived expectations, I was swept up by all of the spiritual illustrations and the In all honesty, I was a little shocked at how much of Jesus' ministry and life that Bodie and Brock Thoene tied into the life of Lazarus. At times it seemed a bit overboard. However,I am aware that Brock is well known for his in depth historical research, and I appreciated they were very clear about the passages of scripture that were used throughout the entire book. Once I got into the story, and past my own preconceived expectations, I was swept up by all of the spiritual illustrations and the connection to the vineyard that the Thoenes made to the entire ministry of Jesus. I enjoyed how they naturally inserted deeper understanding of the Jewish culture, traditions and laws of the day under Roman rule. All of this helped to make my own understanding of Christ's fulfillment of prophecy richer and gave new insights into some of His parables and teachings. Enjoyed this book and would read it again!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Wonderful book as I have come to expect from Brock and Bodie Thoene... I have read many of their books and this one is wonderful also... covers a couple of years just before, during and after the resurrection of Lazarus... Wonderful characters and storyline. The descriptions of the region and the people and the characters are so colorful and vivid you feel like you are right there seeing it all and experiencing it all as well... I have been fans of theirs for a long time and this is one more won Wonderful book as I have come to expect from Brock and Bodie Thoene... I have read many of their books and this one is wonderful also... covers a couple of years just before, during and after the resurrection of Lazarus... Wonderful characters and storyline. The descriptions of the region and the people and the characters are so colorful and vivid you feel like you are right there seeing it all and experiencing it all as well... I have been fans of theirs for a long time and this is one more wonderful reason I am still a fan... Recommend to one and all.... Next in this series is Take This Cup... The timeline is just after Jesus entered Jerusalem for the Passover but before his crucifixion... starting it RIGHT NOW>>>

  19. 4 out of 5

    Evangheline Farcas

    When Jesus Wept was a masterpiece with every passing word. The story of Lazarus comes alive from the very first words, sending chills through me. The Bible clearly tells us that Lazarus was much loved by Jesus and this book shows that. Yes I understand that this is fiction but it is very believable fiction where a lot of the 'whys' in the Bible are given possible answers. There are pictures that swept through my heart like the part where Jesus turned the water in to wine. The part I loved best w When Jesus Wept was a masterpiece with every passing word. The story of Lazarus comes alive from the very first words, sending chills through me. The Bible clearly tells us that Lazarus was much loved by Jesus and this book shows that. Yes I understand that this is fiction but it is very believable fiction where a lot of the 'whys' in the Bible are given possible answers. There are pictures that swept through my heart like the part where Jesus turned the water in to wine. The part I loved best was of course where we are given a glimpse of what Lazarus might have exprienced when he died, it was painted in vivid words that made me long for heaven. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I didn’t understand a lot of the choices the authors made in this book. They had Lazarus being a “fly on the wall” to many of Jesus’ miracles, which felt like sloppy, poor storytelling to me. They also focused heavily on people and plot points that seemed entirely secondary (like Samson and Patrick) while leaving other main characters horribly underdeveloped (like Martha). I appreciated the obvious research that went into the book, but also thought there were many instances where the authors wer I didn’t understand a lot of the choices the authors made in this book. They had Lazarus being a “fly on the wall” to many of Jesus’ miracles, which felt like sloppy, poor storytelling to me. They also focused heavily on people and plot points that seemed entirely secondary (like Samson and Patrick) while leaving other main characters horribly underdeveloped (like Martha). I appreciated the obvious research that went into the book, but also thought there were many instances where the authors were simply “showing off” that research rather than letting it enrich the story. My biggest critique, however, is that the depiction of Lazarus’ death and his experiences in heaven were over-the-top cheesy and reminded me of why so many people steer clear of Christian fiction.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dalene W.

    I learned a lot about the way of life in The Promised Land during the time that Jesus walked this earth. It was very interesting. The book was very close to the Bible's rendition of His life. My only problem with it was so much was attributed to Lazarus being with him during the feeding of the 5000, the entry into Jerusalem, The Last Supper and some of the other important stories of the Bible. The Bible doesn't say he was, but then also the Bible doesn't say he wasn't, either. I know they took t I learned a lot about the way of life in The Promised Land during the time that Jesus walked this earth. It was very interesting. The book was very close to the Bible's rendition of His life. My only problem with it was so much was attributed to Lazarus being with him during the feeding of the 5000, the entry into Jerusalem, The Last Supper and some of the other important stories of the Bible. The Bible doesn't say he was, but then also the Bible doesn't say he wasn't, either. I know they took these liberties to make the story more sound as everything was from his viewpoint. I intend to read more of their books in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark Condy

    This was my first time reading (actually I listened to an audio book)this author and it was a wonderful book, so beautifully written, taking you the reader through a back door into behind the scenes of the relationship of Jesus and Lazarus, powerful imagery, that was an excellent book for the time when I read it, preparing for Easter, like a Lenten study of a difference. It was an emotional roller coaster but was a wonderful experience. I would recommend highly, I just finished the book and went This was my first time reading (actually I listened to an audio book)this author and it was a wonderful book, so beautifully written, taking you the reader through a back door into behind the scenes of the relationship of Jesus and Lazarus, powerful imagery, that was an excellent book for the time when I read it, preparing for Easter, like a Lenten study of a difference. It was an emotional roller coaster but was a wonderful experience. I would recommend highly, I just finished the book and went to the Library and got another book by this author as I was so impressed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: When Jesus Wept (The Jerusalem Chronicles) Author: Bodie & Brock Thoene Pages: 336 Year: 2013 Publisher: Zondervan “Jesus wept” is known as the shortest verse in the Scriptures, but how aware are we of the powerful image it can bring to our minds. Not only is the image we think of potent, but so is the emotion if we pause and allow ourselves to contemplate His feelings. Why did Jesus weep anyway? Was it because Lazarus died? Perhaps it was that many, including Martha and Mary, weren’t sure th Title: When Jesus Wept (The Jerusalem Chronicles) Author: Bodie & Brock Thoene Pages: 336 Year: 2013 Publisher: Zondervan “Jesus wept” is known as the shortest verse in the Scriptures, but how aware are we of the powerful image it can bring to our minds. Not only is the image we think of potent, but so is the emotion if we pause and allow ourselves to contemplate His feelings. Why did Jesus weep anyway? Was it because Lazarus died? Perhaps it was that many, including Martha and Mary, weren’t sure that Jesus was going to raise Lazarus right then and there? Did the crowd around him come for a show or with hearts longing to believe, searching for hope in a time when they had very little? Masterfully woven together is this tale based on the words and life of Jesus, Lazarus and his sisters. Encompassing them are both fictional characters and real people who lived with Jesus at that very time and moment. The words of Scripture from both Old and New Testaments are included, which help readers understand the meaning more clearly. The point of view of the story is that of Lazarus, seeing this moment in time from his perspective. There is much in the novel that is fictional, so we must be vigilant to remember that as we become engrossed in the various scenes. What words that were spoken and recorded in the Bible, we can relish and remember maybe even see them in a new way. The story takes the reader from before Lazarus meets Jesus until Jesus is entering Jerusalem, and is wonderfully crafted to help readers see the Son of Man. Many have pondered what it may have been like to live in those days when Jesus was physically present on earth. The authors bring forth their perspective of what might have been, and it is a thought-provoking, heart-gripping story for all to enjoy. I myself was wondering again what Lazarus might have felt when the Lord called him from the tomb. What did Lazarus do between the time he died and then returned? Did he feel sad that he had to come away from being reunited with loved ones to return to a time of peril and trial? I hope if that had happened to me, I would obey the command of his call though I don’t think I would want to leave heaven to return to earth. Yet each and every day Jesus is calling us; He is calling us to Himself. Are we answering that call to come to Him? When Jesus Wept is the first novel in a series titled Jerusalem Chronicles and having just finished it I can’t wait for the next installment. My imagination would see the times described in the novel, and when compared today, what a difference in many ways! Not just in the physical or emotional realms, but the spiritual. We can abide with Jesus everyday! No we can’t see Him or touch Him, but we can walk with Him in Spirit and in truth. We can listen to the words he spoke long ago, allowing them to be fresh water to our earthly weary souls. Don’t miss out on When Jesus Wept, then grab your Bible and read the passages quoted in the novel. Something tells me you will gain a new understanding and be refreshed! My rating is 5 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Charity U

    You may have read a retelling of the story of Lazarus before…but I guarantee that it didn’t hold a candle to this particular version. Because this one? Is from Lazarus’s point of view. Before I give a few more details about that, let me mention that the amount of historical detail and accuracy in general relation to the time period in this book is simply stunning. I have been very impressed with all the research that the Thoenes have poured into all their books, including the A. D. Chronicles an You may have read a retelling of the story of Lazarus before…but I guarantee that it didn’t hold a candle to this particular version. Because this one? Is from Lazarus’s point of view. Before I give a few more details about that, let me mention that the amount of historical detail and accuracy in general relation to the time period in this book is simply stunning. I have been very impressed with all the research that the Thoenes have poured into all their books, including the A. D. Chronicles and the Zion Chronicles (two of my favorite series by them, especially the latter). But the detail isn’t boring at all – it’s just there, making the story realistic and enjoyable. Now, on to the other things I noticed. I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the beginning, I picked up some of the story of Ben-Hur! If you aren’t very familiar with the book/movie, you probably won’t notice – but I’ve read and watched it enough that I caught it. And it totally made me happy because it was worked in so well! Another thing that was described in fascinating detail and with great (though reasonable) imagination included the Cana wedding, where Jesus performed his first recorded miracle. I was delighted to again meet Peniel, who we originally came across in the A. D. Chronicles (I think…but it’s been a while since I read them). One interesting writer’s liberty that the authors took was making Lazarus’s sister, Mary (the woman we remember as being sweet and worshipping Jesus and washing His feet with her hair) into the same woman as Mary Magdalene (who came to Jesus’ grave later on) and also making her be the woman who was caught in adultery. Remember her? The one where the leaders accused her, and demanded that she be stoned – Jesus said that the one among them who was without sin should cast the first stone. I rather doubt that Lazarus’s sister was ALL of these women, but it certainly made for an interesting concept. One other liberty that the authors took was to make Lazarus into one of the disciples who was sent to fetch a donkey colt for Jesus to ride in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. I can’t recall if the disciples who are sent are specifically named or not, but I’m not sure if this is accurate. Other than that last thing mentioned, the entire book is amazingly accurate to the Bible and very believable. Much of the dialogue with Jesus is taken straight from the Bible (perhaps with slight editing to make it read more smoothly). The Thoenes are still writing strong, and I look forward to more books in this series! **Litfuse sent me a copy of this book in return for my honest review. I received no other compensation. All opinions and thoughts are my own. I was not required to post a positive review.**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    After more than a year of my mom's urging, I finally decided to read a Thoene book. I am so glad I did. When I finished this novel, I had to sit for several minutes to let the content simmer. The Thoene's are a talented couple who combine their respective talents very well! In this first novel of the Jerusalem Chronicles trilogy, we follow Lazarus' story, along with his sisters Mary and Martha. Peripheral characters are quickly recognizable even by those aren't overly familiar with the Gospels. After more than a year of my mom's urging, I finally decided to read a Thoene book. I am so glad I did. When I finished this novel, I had to sit for several minutes to let the content simmer. The Thoene's are a talented couple who combine their respective talents very well! In this first novel of the Jerusalem Chronicles trilogy, we follow Lazarus' story, along with his sisters Mary and Martha. Peripheral characters are quickly recognizable even by those aren't overly familiar with the Gospels. The Thoene's cite their biblical sources expertly and use both Testaments, which really adds to the impact of this book. There were a few assumptions that the authors made that I disagreed with, but since the assumptions are interpretations of situations that no one except those present could really provided a definitive answer to, I didn't mind-and it didn't ruin the story for me. We meet Lazarus as an adult immediately following a tragic family accident. Lazarus eventually meets and befriends Jesus the Nazarene. Through his experiences with the Lord, he finds himself fighting his own demons and ultimately finding redemption in a way he never expected.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Randy Tramp

    Told in the first person by Lazarus, the man Jesus raised from the dead. Lazarus witnessed many of the important events in Jesus's life and ministry. He was a normal guy that had an extra-normal experience, all because he met Jesus. So many lessons in this book, it'll take a while to digest everyone. I found myself on the mountain top, then in the valley of death. Mountaintop when Lazareth ascended. Valley of death when the locust descended. I especially loved the vineyard and the spiritual conne Told in the first person by Lazarus, the man Jesus raised from the dead. Lazarus witnessed many of the important events in Jesus's life and ministry. He was a normal guy that had an extra-normal experience, all because he met Jesus. So many lessons in this book, it'll take a while to digest everyone. I found myself on the mountain top, then in the valley of death. Mountaintop when Lazareth ascended. Valley of death when the locust descended. I especially loved the vineyard and the spiritual connection. Being transported into the Biblical times was a real treat. What a story. I loved it and look forward to the next book in this series. It's a life-changing experience, that will be remembered for a long time.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robin Lee Hatcher

    I loved this story, showing Jesus through the eyes of Lazarus. I loved the way the authors wove the words of Jesus into many scenes. I loved the way the book ended, although it made my heart ache. This is biblical fiction, which means that the authors had to fill in a lot with their imaginations, but I thought they did a wonderful job. Definitely recommended reading.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    That was pretty awesome! I love the way they weave fictional characters into the story of Christ. This was well done!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I really liked this book....feel like I know a few more people of the Bible.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Bayles

    This was good. There was some fresh insight into the events surrounding the raising of Lazarus. The authors are great historians. It is always wonderful to read about and ponder the life of Jesus.

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