Simon has long dreamed of celebrating Passover in Jerusalem. Yet the journey of a thousand miles seems impossible: Simon is crippled, and his beloved wife has been ravaged by a debilitating affliction. So when his sons arrange special passage to Jerusalem for Simon and his wife, the couple is overcome with joy and anticipation. It seems that an impossible dream is within reach...but their journey is fraught with unexpected perils, from deadly gales to dangerous thieves. As Simon's path intertwines with both friend and foe, each painful step he takes brings him closer to his destiny. More than a tale of physical hardship, intrigue, and deceit, The Cross Bearer is the story of one man's spiritual journey from nonbeliever to fearless crusader int he cause of Jesus Christ.
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While this author creates colorful word pictures, at times the descriptions are a little over done. This book does add interesting food for thought, but itt lacks the accuracy of any good historical fiction. For instance, there would not have potatoes in the lamb stew Aaron ate. Potatoes originated in South America and were not introduced into Ireland then Europe and other parts of the world until after 1500 AD. Another discrepancy that is distracting is the description of Jesus's eye color. The assumption that all Jews have dark brown eyes is stereotyping and should be avoided since it isn't true even for Middle Eastern Jews at this time in history. Last example, Jerusalem has never been a huge city due to the terrain. Because of what was happening in the city, rumors would have been all over town about what was happening about town especially at the Temple mound the day of the triumphal entry I to Jerusalem. Wisdom would have easily found Christ. The tie frame of events seems muddled and in a book that includes such a universally known story should carefully use facts.
This is one of those books that I had a hard time putting down until it was finished. It’s a story that builds faith and tells the the story of a man I knew very little about. Very well written and completely worth the read.
This book brought to light a new story about a name we probably simply skim past while studying the life of Christ. It beautifully paints a picture of faith and miracles. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys gaining insight into the lives of those in the Bible (even if it is fictional insight).