In an ancient land in a time foretold by prophets, a babe was born beneath a shining star. Thirty years later, Jesus of Nazareth began teaching a message of hope, peace, and love. He claimed to be the Son of God, and his words—and his life&umdash;would change the world.
Though David ben Joseph is quick to accept Jesus as the Messiah, the rest of his family is more cautious. His wife, Deborah, and his son, Simeon, leaders in the rebellious Zealot movement, look for a Messiah that will crush the Romans with power and the sword, not one preaching a message of love and forgiveness.
Meanwhile, reports of Jesus have reached into the very heart of Jerusalem, and both the powerful Sadducee Mordechai ben Uzziel and the Pharisee Azariah agree that something must be done to stop this man from Nazareth before he gets out of hand.
Fishers of Men is a sweeping epic filled with memorable characters who bring to life an extraordinary time in the history of the world. It is a story about the importance of family, the power of faith, the miracle of forgiveness, and the strength needed to follow your heart.
|Published||Shadow Mountain (October 15, 2009)|
|Audiobook Narrator||Larry A. McKeever|
|Runtime||Unabridged: 22 Hrs. 19 Min.|
|Audiobook Narrator||Larry A. McKeever|
I love parts of this book, especially when the author describes the events in the New Testaments. Lund make these scenes come alive with me. I also enjoyed the fictional interview with Mary, the mother of Jesus, while Jesus was actually in his ministry. I did not like the subplots of the fictional protagonists. I found those stories fanciful and unconvincing.
All 3 books in this series were great! It helped me gain a better perspective of how and where Christ lived. A wonderful way to see more deeply into Christ's life.
This is a great series. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it highly. It really puts you in the story and lets you see how it would have been when Jesus was on the Earth.
I enjoyed the plot and characters surrounding the Savior, but the parts of the story involving the Savior Himself were a bit watery, not a lot of substance. It seemed like the author was being very cautious in how he involved Him. Understandable, indeed, but isn't the point of historical-fiction to bring the past to life for the reader? The Savior remained a flat, lifeless character in this story.
This book had me torn many times. I felt that the characters were too typical often times. I felt like Lund had difficulty hitting a groove throughout most of this novel. When starting this i highly anticipated the moments where Christ would make his appearance. But when they came along i felt that Lund had a difficult time figuring out what he wanted to do with these acts in the play. I also felt like the book was filled with too many second hand accounts from others about their experiences with Christ. The book, however, i felt shined in the moments where Christ wasn't in the book and where he wasn't being talked about, oddly enough. The book was redeemed, in my opinion, however, sa the final act unfolded with the clash between the Romans, the Zealots, and the sleezy Ya' Abin. And i was very pleased by the final dialogue between Simeon and Christ. Finally, the author seemed to know exactly where he was going with these closing moments involving the Savior. Now i have to decide if the goods outweigh the bads in order to read the next installment. The trivial question?????
WARNING! Do not buy this book on tape. It is an abridged version. I cannot believe someone would make the decision to shorten an audio version of one of Gerald Lunds books. None of the nine volumes of The Work and the Glory were abridged nor was the Fire of the Covenant. How disappointed I was to get an abridged version of The Kingdom and the Crown, Vol. 1 Fishers of Men. I sent it back without even opening it.
This book put you right where Jesus was born. I had a hard time putting it down. It gives a great insight into Jesus's life. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
I could not put this book down!! And now that I'm finished, I cannot wait for Volume 2. I especially love all of the insights into Jewish history, culture, religion that he included in this book.
I have resisted the 'Work and the Glory' for some time now, but I think Gerald Lund has convinced me to read those too, thanks to 'Fishers of Men.' In addition to a good story line, there is an abundance of useful information on the way things were at the time of Christ. Valuable explanations to the teachings of the Savior are inserted so well into the dialog that it flows very naturally. I look forward to volume two.