Thursday, September 16, 2010

Simon's Crossing by Charles William Asher and Dennis Patrick Slattery

Book Description:
Enter the biblically historic world of Simon of Cyrene, where a world of grief, revenge, and tender devotion awaits. There, families are torn apart, marauding soldiers enact their violent ways, and random events suddenly disrupt life. Along this journey there will be encounters with Pontius Pilate, Veronica, Mary, and the sons of Simon, Rufus and Alexander, as they seek to grasp the mystery of a compassionate Nazarene, serenely putting into practice the kingdom of God.
Forced to carry the cross of Jesus, Simon of Cyrene, a little known biblical figure, reluctantly yields to his task. At the same time, Simon struggles with personal loss and a fiery desire for revenge. In Simon's story, the vulnerability of our own journeys is laid bare as we cross paths with a simple wooden cross and a redemptive twist of fate.
In Simon's Crossing, this ordinary man, from Cyrene, steps boldly out of the pages of the Bible. He senses that his own life depends on the Nazarene staggering just ahead of him. Persuaded by sacrificial love, we too discover what it is like to cross over into the imaginal power of a story well-told, where salvation lies close at hand. Simon's story compels us to carry on as well.

My Thoughts:
I'm honestly not overly sure what to say about this book. It wasn't bad, it was intriguing, I just didn't care for it. It is fictional account of the Biblical character Simon of Cyrene. It takes him through heartbreaking losses of his wife and son. You FEEL his need for revenge. The sex scene was a bit much, I understand that it was between husband and wife but in what is supposed to be Christian Fiction, that level of detail made me feel a bit uncomfortable.
I did very much like the interaction between Jesus and Simon as he carried the cross. I know this is fiction and if you read the book, you have to remember that because some of what is described isn't even remotely likely to have occurred. It does make you wonder why Simon was in city when Jesus was being Crucified. It also makes you wonder about what a lot of the others in the Bible at that time were thinking and doing.
I rate this book 2/5. It is not so great, it is interesting but not one I would ever want to read again.

Thank you to bostick and the author(s) for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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