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 - 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.
©2009 Gerald N. Lund (P)2009 Shadow Mountain
"Please more books like these."
I am constantly on the search for clean uplifting books to listen to you. It is hard to know before I buy a book if it will be dark or smutty. As a mother of four, the books I listen to must be appropriate for my four young children to listen to as well. This book is uplifting to the soul and appropriate for the listening ears
of small children.
"Wish Audible had more of this series!"
Loved it & want to hear more in this series! Looks like I'll have to wait for Audible to catch up to order more :(
"Insights into the way it was at the time of Christ"
A fictional but believable story of some characters portraying what it could have been like hearing about Jesus Christ when he first came. The various Jewish factions and the struggle with the roman empire and the actual historical description gives it realism, mixed with scriptural history and a good deal of drama and internal conflict to make it feel like you are part of it. The most important story ever told, done so well.
I will listen to it over and over. I loved all of the research references.
Expanded the stories that I've read from the Bible my whole life. I love to read historical novels and this one was excellently written. Gerald Lund has a way of putting you right there at the scene.
"Outstanding Historical Fiction"
Provides great insights and perspective viz-a-viz the time of the Saviour. Helps bring clarity to the atmosphere that would lead to the Jewish elite killing their Messiah. A solid story delivers memorable characters and enough plot maneuvering to keep you resetting the sleep timer well into the morning hours.
"Excellent fictional account"
I am always pleasantly surprised when an audiobook lives up to the reviews. This book surpassed those reviews. To take verses directly from the Bible and be true enough to those quotes that the author is willing to quote chapter and verse at the end of each chapter in his book was refreshing. The story weaved around Biblical facts was very believable and compelling. I felt the "good" characters were given depth and their growth from their original portrayal was very believable.
That said I did think the Biblical references at the end of each chapter would be better in a book as once I trusted the author to be Biblically accurate I didn't need to hear this at the end of 30 chapters. Initially I was not a fan of the person's voice who read the book.
These minor issues did not hurt the overall quality of the audiobook which is why I am excited to listen to the second audiobook in this series.
"A must read for religious historic fiction."
this novel has all of the points that make historic fiction enjoyable. the characters are engaging, the plot intriguing and I especially enjoyed the notes at the end of each chapter.
Wonderful insight into the times of Jesus. I look forward to listening to volume two
"excellent story; so-so narrator"
loved the story, excellent author who did an amazing job. the narrator for the audio book skipped Atleast 3 parts of the book. each spot was about 2 to 3 pages worth of missed story. if I hadn't had the book, I wouldn't have known & it didn't make sence until I read the missing parts. I feel like I got to know Jesus & other people in the bible, like they were part of my extended family
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