Biblical Historical Fiction · Christian Non-Fiction

The Day I Met Jesus by Mary Demuth & Frank Viola

IMG_5436Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ met face-to-face with people just like you. Broken, imperfect, sometimes fearful and without hope. The Day I Met Jesus is a beautifully crafted narrative that chronicles the remarkable encounters of five women in the Gospels who were desperate to find wholeness, security, and purpose. Like all of us, these women struggled with the regrets of their pasts, the stresses of their presents, and the worries of their tomorrows.

Join Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth on a fascinating journey back in time as they retell the dramatic accounts of five women who met Jesus. Each narrative is told from each woman’s unique perspective, yet tightly grounded in the Gospel accounts and faithful to first-century history. Elegantly written and profoundly stirring, this book blends creative narrative with uncommon insight, spiritual depth, and practical application.

If you are someone who seeks a renewal of hope, faith, and love, The Day I Met Jesus will make your Bible come to life and usher you into a fresh encounter with your Lord.

My Thoughts

dimjI’ve long been a fan of biblical fiction for it’s propensity to draw me back to The Word. It gives me a deeper understanding of the text, the culture, and attitudes of the peoples in that time period. If good biblical fiction points the reader to Christ, then the team of Mary Demuth and Frank Viola have placed Jesus under a flashing neon sign!

We are enamored with personal stories because they create an emotional bond between the receiver and the message. Author Mary Demuth capitalizes on this inherent human trait when she artfully composed the fictional diaries of five women who appear in the Gospels. By giving them a voice she adds substantial depth to the stories of scripture that we have become over familiar with. This allows her readers to see these women and Jesus more clearly.

IMG_5545As the fiction story ends, the reader is pointed back to scripture to read the biblical account. At this point, author Frank Viola aids the reader in “Walking It Out.” He does this by highlighting the audacity of Christ to reach out to the worst kinds of outcasts— prostitutes, adulterers, those deemed unclean, unworthy and even the simple fact that they were women! What happened at the intersection of sin and grace rocked the lives of those who encountered it, encountered Him. The Day I Met Jesus is a poignant reminder of the lengths God will go to reach the lost.

This book will inspire you to reengage with scripture and it’s Author. Through both the fictional and theological aspects, The Day I Met Jesus encourages us to accept our identity in Christ, to view our salvation with renewed gratitude, and to see the value God places on all of His children individually. With a new appreciation for the Message, allow these stories to penetrate your heart — to root out the Pharisee within — and transform you.

4 stars

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. Learn more at frankviola.org.

Mary DeMuth is a former church planter, an author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime blogger on what it means to live uncaged. Learn more at marydemuth.com.

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