- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: A.D. Chronicles; Auflage: Reprint (15. Dezember 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0842375295
- ISBN-13: 978-0842375290
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,8 x 1,9 x 21 cm
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Eighth Shepherd (A.D. Chronicles) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. Dezember 2008
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"The Good Shepherd
is rescuing lives across Israel . . .
but is this hope for all
or just for His flock?
And why do so many leaders
want Him dead?"
Zachai, the chief tax collector of Jericho, is the most hated man in all of Judea. Outside the walls of his estate, he??'s surrounded by four giant Nubian bodyguards. But at night he??'s a prisoner of his aching heart. What would it be like to be loved? to have a family?
Shimona, a former leper from the Valley of Mak???ob, returns to her hometown of Jericho to proclaim that Yeshua has healed her. When no one believes her story, she is shunned and sent to live alone as the caretaker of a grove of sukomore fig trees. Month after month she holds on tightly to hope in the midst of her loneliness.
A former prince among the Nubian tribes, Salmon was betrayed and sold into slavery. Now one of the few treasures he has???his little daughter Marisha???is dying. Salmon has heard stories of Yeshua??'s miracles. But would the Great Shepherd have mercy on a sheep that??'s outside Israel??'s flock? Each day Marisha grows weaker. . . .
The Good Shepherd is rescuing lives across Israel... but is this hope for all or just for His flock? And why do so many leaders want Him dead? Zachai, chief tax collector of Jericho, is the most hated man in all of Judea. Outside the walls of his estate, he's surrounded by four giant Nubian bodyguards. But at night he's a prisoner of his aching heart. What would it be like to be loved? to have a family? Shimona, former leper from the Valley of Mak'ob, returns to her hometown of Jericho to proclaim that Yeshua has healed her. When no one believes her story, she is shunned and sent to live alone as the caretaker of a grove of sukomore fig trees. Month after month she holds on tightly to hope in the midst of her loneliness. A former prince among the Nubian tribes, Salmon was betrayed and sold into slavery. Now one of the few treasures he has-his little daughter Marisha-is dying. Salmon has heard stories of Yeshua's miracles. But would the Great Shepherd have mercy on a sheep that's outside Israel's flock? Each day Marisha grows weaker. Special feature: Study questions suitable for individual use or group discussion. Eighth Shepherd is available in unabridged audio from www.familyaudiolibrary.com. Eighth Shepherd is performed by actor Sean Barrett for your listening enjoyment.
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While Shimona feels rejected and abandoned by her family and community, she adapts to her new home and finds great pleasure in her duties tending the orchard and her cozy cottage with her three kittens for company. But there are moments when the lonliness and longing to accepted and integrated into community and family life overwhelm her. She often prays to "God who hears my prayers" and pours out her heart, grasping any ray of hope. She knows the God who hears her prayers loves her and it is this presence and hope that she finds comfort.
Zachi, the hated tax collector, is also living a life of full of rejection and hatred. But the hatred and rejection the world has toward him is justified and he knows it. He steals, and cheats, and destroys lives, and worse yet, he does it with accentuated glee. But now something is changing. How he longs for the love of a woman, for people to greet him on the street, to be loved and respected by all. Shimona shows Zachai the way to Yeshua, and life changes for them both.
What I love about this story is the contrast between two broken lives. Shimona always prays to the God who hears her, and Zachai to the one who does not hear his prayers. One has expectant hope, the other has nothing but despair. But God does hear Zachai and he discovers
Bodie Thoene, the writer, is masterful at bringing characters to life and weaving a story that always leads to Yeshua's might work in broken lives. She captures the Yeshua (Jesus) we read of in the Bible by showing his kindness, love, wit, anger, and grace. This is a story of Yeshua's amazing grace toward a disintegrated life of a most hated man.
The Thoene's once again, have not disappointed. This work is powerful and one of the most moving in the AD Chronicles series. Five stars + 1.
As the A. D. Chronicles inch toward Christ's crucifixion, Eighth Shepherd tells the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector in a unique way and interweaves the fictional story of one of the lepers Jesus healed in the earlier novel, Second Touch. Shimona, despite her healing, remains exiled from her family as if she still had leprosy. Zachai, though wealthy and powerful, is also cut off from society to the extent that he even prays to, "God who doesn't see me." Obviously, the Thoenes study the Bible and history extensively; and that research, coupled with their excellent writing, brings Scripture to life, as always. This story was not quite as riveting as some in the series, but it more than kept my attention and gave me new ideas to ponder.
Once again, I must say that the book is too short. The page count given in the product description is misleading, as it includes the pages of the lengthy study guide at the end. While a study guide is nice, the story itself is only 220-some pages long, suggesting that publishers are following the example of food manufacturers and charging the same price for a lesser amount. I can't stop buying a series this good, but am disappointed and frustrated that they are chopping it into so many tiny pieces.
But in the town of Jericho, there are those who need His love. Shimona, a former leper, has come home healed, only to be sent to tend an orchard in isolation.
But her loneliness is nothing compared to that of Zachai, chief tax collector. Zachai spends his days surrounded by four giant body guards. He is ruthless in his dealings with others, growing richer by the hour. But even he is slowly realizing that his money isn't buying his happiness. But even if Yeshua were to return to the area, would he be able or willing to help Zachai?
I must admit I haven't always found this series as gripping as some of the Thoene's other books, but I loved this volume. Their portrayal of Zachai was wonderful. We got to see how truly despicable he was. Even though I knew the outcome from page one, I was mesmerized, turning pages quickly. It was also interesting to see stories set up for future books.
The Thoenes have always jumped from one character to another, but a few times here those jumps made no sense. Once, especially, we jumped to somewhere in the middle of the night only to return to that afternoon in the next scene. Additionally, there was one scene that was over the top and served little purpose in my eyes. But both of these are minor critiques in an otherwise enjoyable novel.
At times I have felt they were stretching these familiar Bible stories out too far. But not here. This is an encouraging reminder of God's love and forgiveness offered to all.