"In this compilation of the five books of the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose--Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary--even scandalous--challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. (via: CBD's Product Description) "
A couple of months ago MyStory posted this. (please follow the link before you continue). I thought it would be interesting to join in and she was so sweet as to send me the book. Unfortunately it took quite a while to arrive and found me at a very busy time of the year at work.
Anyway, with Christmas coming up, I decided to read the story of Mary, Mother of Jesus.
Here are some thoughts on this novella.
I'm not much of a religious book reader. I read excerpts from the Bible every once in a while, and occasionally a biography of a Saint or something similar. I've read historical fiction before and enjoyed the way facts and fiction come together to help us understand more of the people's lives in a pleasant way. However, reading the dialogues between the most important historical figures of all time, figures which are holy more than any other, made me a bit uneasy at first; it was strange. After a while though I got used to that, thinking that everything started here on earth. So I relaxed and enjoyed it.
Mary's personality of course stands out as she is the central figure in the book. I knew how brave and devoted she was but reading the book shed some new light to that; a different dimension if you like. She was brave but at the same time dependent on Joseph to make the right decision for them; she was calm and serene once she accepted the fact that she would give birth to the Son of God but also firm and determined to fulfil God's wish; she was a simple, ordinary woman, the grandeur of her faith though was unimaginable. What astonishes me is how young she was when she gave birth to Jesus - a child really yet a woman, mature enough to endure the burden laid upon her. The book helped me picture her life, created mental images, helped me get to know her and her role for humanity better.
One thing I've never considered before is Joseph's character. I know admire his humility and have seen what an important role he played.
Thinking on more technical terms, one thing that stood out to me was the intervention of Satan in the form of a dark voice being heard.
I need to read the rest of the book to have a more substantial opinion of it of course but from what I read I can say it helped me see things more clearly. Still though I'm not sure I want all the mystery revealed; I need some sort of magic -in the good sense- around religious matters. Of course I want to know the truth but in a divine, outlandish kind of way. I hope I'm making sense here.
Thanks MyStory for the chance to read such a well-written book and participate in your discussion.
Take care everyone!