the friends of jesus

About the book: America’s favorite inspirational novelist and #1 New York Times bestselling author offers a richly told tale about six of Jesus’ closest friends and companions, bringing biblical truths to life in this captivating continuation of her Life-Changing Bible Study series.

In our everyday lives, friends are the people whom we spend the most time with, go through struggles with at times, and who know us best. Each of Jesus’ friends—Peter, John, Matthew, Judas, Mary Magdalene, and Lazarus—traveled with Jesus and were part of His daily ministry, and each has a compelling story to tell. There were some who would question or doubt Him…and one would even betray Him. Kingsbury brings these fascinating personalities to life in ways that will not only help bring you closer to the truths found in Scripture, but also to Christ.

By combining valuable, instructive Bible study with compelling, insightful character sketches of Jesus’ companions, Kingsbury provides you with a deeper understanding of the scriptural teachings featuring these fascinating people. Emotionally powerful, thought-provoking, and soulful, The Friends of Jesus will help you to appreciate the Bible and understand how it applies to your relationships with the most important people in your life.

My Thoughts: I love reading these Bible based books by Karen Kingsbury. She makes the characters come alive. I usually do not like these types of books, but I make an exception with this book and with her first book in this series, The Family of Jesus. Kingsbury has the ability to make these people real by giving them thoughts and situations I can relate to. I wanted to read this book because I totally enjoyed the Family of Jesus. This book did not disappoint. I felt as if I knew the characters and she adds just enough detail to help me imagine these characters and what life was like for them. I’ve read the stories in the Bible many times and this just adds new dimension and makes me think. I like to think, especially about the Bible. Thank you Karen Kingsbury for your great books and now taking your fiction writing to a whole new level!

I gave my honest opinion in exchange for a free e-copy of The Friends of Jesus from the publisher and NetGalley. Thank you!

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