Thursday, February 17, 2011

Seeker of Hearts

Seeker of Hearts by Steven P. Smith is a recounting of the life of Jesus in a modern day setting. And I do mean modern day. Think Jesus and the disciples wearing blue jeans, driving vans and using cell phones. The setting is an America-like land, currently occupied by foreign troops. Much of the dialog is straight from the NIV Bible following the gospel accounts accurately. This gives Christians a fresh way of thinking about Jesus and his mission.

Seeker of Hearts is written in every day language and the scenes flow smoothly from one location or view point to another. Smith very adeptly describes, for example, the healing of the man born blind and the hullabaloo following it. He is inventive in scenes such as the raising of Lazarus from the dead - in a modern cemetery. Smith fills in behind the scenes stories we’ve always wondered about, including dialog between Caiaphas, the chairman of City Council, and Judd (Judas).

The events from the Last Supper on are riveting. I couldn’t put Seeker of Hearts down. It reminded me of Riven by Jerry Jenkins! I won’t tell more or I’ll spoil all the surprises. This is a must read for Christians who want to gain fresh insights into the life of Christ. The book can be read aloud to children, with discussion to help them see Jesus as a real person and as God in the flesh. Teen-agers also will find this book inspiring, even life-changing.

“I am the way, the truth and the life.” John 14:6

Blessings, Dottie

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