Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Book Review: Take this Cup

Before I started reading Bodie and Brock Thoene's newest historical fiction novel, Take This Cup, I counted this to be the 39th book I've read by the Thoene's I have been enjoying their books for nearly 10 years now, and could not wait to delve into Take This Cup.

Having read the Thoene's for so long, I know that their books are often slow-paced and full of lots of information and historical facts, in addition to plenty of action and drama. This style could be a deterrent to some readers, but I see all the information and taking the time to really get to know the characters as a strength. Take This Cup was no exception.

In the novel, set around 30 AD, we meet 8 year Nehemiah, or "Nehi", as he's known. The book is written from his perspective, although we are led to believe he is writing it later on as a memoir, not necessarily as the events are happening. From his birth, his parents believe that God has a special purpose for him, and name him after the Old Testament Nehemiah, cupbearer to the king. Nehi and his family are shepherds in the land of Eden, and Nehi spends many hours learning about God from family friend, Rabbi Kagba, who was one of the magi who visited the infant Jesus from the East, and believes Him to be the Messiah. Nehemiah also begins to have dreams where he is visited by Joseph of the Old Testament, who gives him insight and wisdom about events to come. When bandits attack the family camp, Nehi must travel to Jerusalem with the Cup of Joseph, or Holy Grail, as he prepares to meet the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. The novel chronicles his travels to Jerusalem, the time he spends with Jesus, and his own journey to understanding how great a sacrifice the Messiah is about to make for His people.

I really enjoyed this book, but it's not a quick read. There is so much information and historical background, that you can't skim the book and still get a good grasp of the depth of the story. I love how the Thoene's describe and develop their characters. They are very intentional, and you truly feel a connection to the characters through their personalities. I really felt as though I could picture exactly what it would have been like to sit next to Jesus as He taught. I could probably predict how Nehi would react to a situation, even though he's a fictional character. The book reminded me about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and I look forward to the next Thoene novel.

Bottom Line: 8*/10*

*Though I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via BookLook Bloggers for review, all opinions and views expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for your thoughts and the honest review. I have numerous giveaways going on at my site if you want to hop over and check them out. Have a great weekend!

    Diane :)


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