Sunday, March 30, 2014

Take This Cup....

Take This Cup

Ever since the amazing Zion Chronicles, I've kept an eager eye out for anything the Thoenes write. 

Last year, they returned to Jerusalem, in the days of Jesus, with a new series. 
We read Jesus Wept aloud as a family. (Thone books make wonderful read-alouds.) 
That story was so good, you could see, hear and feel it all as you read. 

So when we saw that volume two in the Jerusalem Chronicles was coming soon, we were ready. 

Take This Cup.... 

Nehemiah is a young boy, the much-loved son of a shepherd and a weaver. His life is rich with adventures and exploration amid the shepherd camps and lessons about his heritage. And Nehi is curious about everything. 
If it is a matter of importance on the earth or in the heavens, Nehi will ask about it!

What is the legend the shepherd's tell about the Great White Hart? Is he a real deer, like the ones I see? 
What is the name of that constellation? Can you see our Hebrew history in the pictures the stars make? 
Where did the cup Joseph put in Benjamin's sack go? Will it ever be found, or was it lost forever?
When are all these prophecies going to come true?
Do they have anything to do with the Child born in Bethlehem thirty years ago? 
He's a grown-up man now- what do you think He's doing?
Do you think He's the one we wait for? 
Yes, Nehi is a seeker. And he is about to begin a journey, step by step, and be a part of fulfilling a prophecy. 

The Thoenes have woven mystery, mystic experiences, and the Holy Grail legend into the Biblical details. Take This Cup is a captivating read, and it's a joy to follow Nehi through danger and discovery. 

There are characters to love as well: Nehi, his gentle and scholarly Rabbi Kagba, the Sparrows whom we met in Jesus Wept, Joseph of Arimethea, Mary the mother of our Lord, and Jesus Himself.
I love how the Thoene's portray Jesus, as a Person you'd very much like to be with. 
Sometimes I forget that He is the kind of Man I want to spend time with. 
He's tender, and kind, and honest, and understanding, and He comforts and heals and guides, and He's Real. 

Thank you Booksneeze for my review copy. Thank you Bodie and Brock for the story. 
Thank you God for The Story!

BODIE AND BROCK THOENE (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 45 works of historical fiction. These best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards.

Bodie began her writing career as a teen journalist for her local newspaper. Eventually her byline appeared in prestigious periodicals such as U.S. News and World Report, The American West, and The Saturday Evening Post. She also worked for John Wayne’s Batjac Productions (she’s best known as author of The Fall Guy) and ABC Circle Films as a writer and researcher. John Wayne described her as “a writer with talent that captures the people and the times!” She has degrees in journalism and communications.

Bodie and Brock have four grown children—Rachel, Jake ThoeneLuke Thoene, and Ellie—and five grandchildren. Their sons, Jake and Luke, are carrying on the Thoene family talent as the next generation of writers, and Luke produces the Thoene audiobooks.

Bodie and Brock divide their time between London and Nevada

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