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FREE MOBI ✓ DOC The Road to Cana Ö ANNE RICE Û ❰Download❯ ➺ The Road to Cana Author Anne Rice – Anne Rice’s second book in her hugely ambitious and courageous life of Christ begins during his last winter before his baptism in the Jordan and concludes with the miracle at CAnne Rice’s second book in her hugely ambitious and courageous life of Christ begins during his last winter before his baptism in the Jordan and concludes with the miracle at CanaIt is a novel in which we see Jesus he is called Yeshua bar Joseph during a winter of no rain endless dust and talk of trouble in JudeaLegends of a Virgin birth have long surrounded Yeshua yet for decades I would NEVER in a million years have predicted that I would even read this book much less like it I've picked up a couple of Anne Rice novels in the past and simply couldn't get into them This of course was back in her vampire days and that topic never has really turned me on I even tried as a child to like Dark Shadows but it just didn't work for meA couple of months ago though I heard a review of this book on NPR I vaguely recalled that Rice had had some sort of conversion experience but I was somewhat skeptical and hadn't given it much thought time The reviewer however caused my ears to perk up My curiosity was amply piued and I began to think I might like to give dear old Anne one chance I wouldn't risk buying it but I'd certainly check it out from the public library The reviewer's comment that provided the impetus for my change of heart was and I'm paraphrasing so apologies to the reviewer that many writers of religious fiction attempt to tap into the human side of Jesus and thus diminish the divine Conversely others attempt to protect the divine aspects of Christ and are never able to help the reader realize him as human Rice somehow manages to tap into both sides of Jesus' character without diminishing either side in any way He was right I'm not sure how she did it but it is a testament to both her long touted brilliance as a writer as well as the depth of her conversion experience Jesus is portrayed during that time of which we know little of his life just before he started his ministry as a man with emotions needs humor daily concerns uestions He is approachable and someone to whom you can relate Yet one never uestions the divinity that lurks beneath the surface And the fact that we vividly witness him experiencing all that we in our humanity experience makes it all the plausible that he truly can as divine empathize not just pity us in our joys and painsIt's a uick read and she's done her history research so the historical fabric that weaves it all together adds a further measure realism to the story Biblical scholars may shun the fact that a few miracles appear out of order and some Marianites will appreciate the Mary's virginity remains intact But as historicalbiblical novels go she really makes it work I may read the first of the series AND I may actually go out and buy my own copy

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He has lived as one among many who come to the synagogue on the Sabbath All who know and love him find themselves waiting for some sign of the path he will eventually takeAnd at last we see him emerge from his baptism to confront his destiny and the Devil We see what happens when he takes the water of six great limestone jars transforms it into cool red wine is recognized as the anoi Anyone audacious enough to attempt to write a narrative version of the life of Christ is bound to get themselves into hot water Anne Rice of Vampire Chonricles fame is certainly no exception When word broke that her goal was to write the life of Christ before her death I'm sure that some diehard fans of her series were hoping for a New Agey controversial latter day Last Temptation of Christ replete with Jesus and Mary Magdalene sex scenes and the proverbial Pie in the Face to traditionalists Well no such luck here as Rice has experienced a conversion experience and the former self professed atheist or perhaps agnostic? has returned to the Catholic Church of her youth Likely some of her longtime readers feel betrayed or that she's simply gone nuts But it is what it is and fans seem to forget that the writer doesn't really owe us anything that no one ever forced them to pay for her books in the first place and that if it bothers you hey it's a free country so just walk away All that being said Rice's soph effort in Christ the Lord The Road to Cana picks up several years after the first installment subtitled Our of Egypt ended just before the beginnin of Christ's public ministry I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first perhaps in part because I expected the first one to be no good frankly and was pleasantly surprised One of the problems with this book and mind you I did enjoy it is that unlike the first book which was mostly the invention of the author this book starts depicting those New Testament stories that we all know so well and delves into Christ's mind as an adult Believers and non believers alike have some idea in their head as to who and what Christ was how he must have felt and what he must have thought in certain situations What those people need to remember when reading a book like this is that it's not meant to be a theological treatise but rather one author's interpretation and depiction of those stories No doubt some purists and fundamentalists will get their vestments in a bunch because Rice does change a couple of things but nothing I would stone anyone over But any of those changes serve the story she is trying to tell and not rewrite doctrines The story seems to concentrate a lot on the town of Nazareth itself at first depicting it's citizens as backward bloodthirsty and judgemental likely paving the way for Christ's message of judge not lest ye be judged in future books The book opens with the stoning deaths of two little boys accused of abomination use your imagination and introduces the character of Abigail a kinswoman of Christ's family who is also shamed and disgraced by eually ignorant mob mentality rashness Jesus takes it on himself to save this girl from the town by arrainging a marraige for her and we soon realize that she must be the bridge at the famous wedding of Cana Rice's Jesus is well written human and divine enough for most believers A traditionalist herself Rice doesn't have Jesus experimenting with his sexuality as a young man but doesn't shy away from it either In this book we meet John the Baptist see the tempting by Satan in the desert and culminate with the beginning of Christ's public life The one criticism of the book I would have is the subtle transformation of Jesus from Jesus the Carpenter of Nazareth to Jesus the Messiah One day he doesn't know what the future holds for him but knows it's special to the next moment he can read minds and seems to have the mind of God There wasn't a singular moment of revelation and this transformation happens virtually off camera for the reader even though we never leave Christ who's our narrator All in all this is a good book and I will definitely read the next installments of which I would assume there would be only one but she could probably sueeze two out of them if she wanted to She averts the boredom of merely rereading rehashed bible stories by integrating interesting real characters and filling the gaps left by biblical narratives with interesting and fascinating theories

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The Road to CanaNted one and urged to call all Israel to take up arms against Rome and follow him as the prophets have foretoldAs with Out of Egypt the opening novel The Road to Cana is based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship The book’s power derives from the profound feeling its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the presence of Jesus Fascinating and imaginative this fictional account of the year leading up to Jesus' public ministry might be a little hard to swallow in some ways but I give Ms Rice five stars for a masterful attempt She gives words to the inner life of Jesus himself I don't think the book completely succeeds mind you She portrays a Jesus who isn't aware of his actual deity who chooses not to be aware of it that is until circumstances propel him into public life I just can't buy such ignorance on his part Likewise there is never a feeling of his closeness his ONENESS with God Nevertheless there is rich prose a beautiful appreciation of life as a human being not just as God become flesh; indeed it is too little of the latter; and a wonderful bringing to life of first century Jewish life This aspect of the story in itself is a huge accomplishment Another weakness however is the Catholic view of Mary as a perpetual virgin which Ms Rice defends as being biblical With so much scholarship refuting this not to mention Scripture itself it is a choice rather than a studied conclusion however Still this is a highly readable if unorthodox approach to trying to understand the humanity of the Lord and worth the read for the ingenious ways Rice incorporates the biblical record of events into the life of Christ as it unfolds before the reader I have to add despite all this that I sincerely hope no one else tries it Giving thoughts to Jesus Christ is a dangerous game