How does Joseph choose a city in strange Egypt to hide 2-year-old Jesus from Herod’s spies? Does he dare take 4-year-old Jesus to the temple where now-dead Herod’s son slaughters thousands?
How can Joseph protect Jesus with all the skirmishes and killing on roads everywhere with dozens vying to take over as king?
How does Joseph handle the persecution in Nazareth by people who could count and knew Mary was pregnant before marrying Joseph?
What does Joseph do with Jesus in Nazareth, just three miles from Sepphoris, hotbed of zealot protesters, when a Roman legate burns the city and crucifies 2000 more zealots in Jerusalem?
In what ways does Joseph teach Jesus how to be a skilled carpenter in sometimes dangerous situations, and avoid being mauled in the mountains when they cut trees for lumber?
How many times, when Jesus was in danger did Joseph cry out, “God, help me protect our Son!”?
(NOTE: A year before Jesus’ death, he was rejected in Nazareth where they said, “Isn’t this the son of the carpenter?” In present tense. He was alive way past the time Jesus was twelve years old.)
***** – Worth Every Penny – history lovers, fiction lovers, Bible lovers all – Rachel Helms
Each book in this series – Intrepid Men of God – just gets better and better. The writing is superb, the historical research excellent. It reads like a regular novel, but you know that the backbone of the story really happened. I particularly enjoyed this book, as it described the life of two men – both Joseph and his Son Jesus.
We get our introduction to Joseph prior to when we first meet him in the Bible. He’s a bit younger, hasn’t met Mary, and is shown with a unique personality, a strength of character, that’s continued throughout the entire book. The emotions generated by the story seem more real and immediate than when you read the Bible story. It makes you eager to dig into the Bible, find out what you many have missed, and learn more about the backstory and other people that you encounter in this narrative.
While the focus is on Joseph, details on Mary and other characters aren’t skimped over. You get to meet many people in their lives and feel as if you could walk the streets of Nazareth with them. The scenery is well described, yet doesn’t impede the flow of the story. You feel the dust of the streets beneath your feet, hear the whistle of a rock flying through the air.
Overall, I’d give this book a five out of five stars. Excellent character development, the ebb and flow of the story, the variety of characters that appear without being overwhelming, all contribute to the book. Well worth the money.
***** – Great Book. FRANCES.
An awesome book. Makes you consider Jesus human side. It was a real inspiration to me. Love reading her books.
***** – I really enjoyed reading it. MARIE
This is such an inspiring book. I really enjoyed reading it. You really caught the essence of how it mush have felt to be Jesus’s father.
***** – Five Stars. Anne Cartwright
I loved this book and will recommend to others.
***** – Five Stars. Gloria S. Waddell
**** – Another Great Story. – MYRNA
I find that thru this type of characterization. I am able to recall those important events I love from the Bible easily.