Incomparable in its boldness and daring, this is the book that Anne Rice was born to write: a novel about the formative years of the greatest immortal of all, a visceral rendering of part of the greatest story ever told. Evoking this crucial time in the life of Christ, based on the Gospels and her intense research into the period, Anne Rice ...Read MoreIncomparable in its boldness and daring, this is the book that Anne Rice was born to write: a novel about the formative years of the greatest immortal of all, a visceral rendering of part of the greatest story ever told. Evoking this crucial time in the life of Christ, based on the Gospels and her intense research into the period, Anne Rice vividly recreates these years of drama, confusion, and enlightenment. The story opens when the boy is seven, in cosmopolitan Alexandria where the family fled just before Herod's massacre of the innocents - and where they have prospered as carpenters. Word comes that Herod is dead, and the family takes ship back to Israel, a land colonised by Rome, fought over by Jews and Arabs, in a time of insurrection and confusion after the death of a tyrant king. (With its powerful and heavy-handed Roman occupying force trying to keep order, amid bandit insurgents, disorder and anarchy, there are uncanny parallels with the present day...) It's an astonishing child's eye view - part innocent, part knowing - of Jewish life in these turbulent years of occupation, and the boy's growing awareness, first of his extraordinary powers (he can kill a rival boy with a look, or he can make it snow with a wish), the whispered mysteries surrounding his birth and finally of the untold tragedy that his coming visited on the children of others...Full of biblical references and informed by the history of Judaism, from the Flight to Egypt to the return to Nazareth, from the Fall of the Temple in Jerusalem to its rebuilding...one of the unexpectedly original aspects of the story lies in the unmistakable Jewishness of the boy as he grows to manhood, steeped in the laws, rituals and traditions of his people. As he grows, he begins to discuss and dispute with the Elders in the temple, and to ask questions that cannot be answered. At the end he is, at 13, on the brink of manhood, torn between the pain of enlightenment and reconciliation with God and his future, foreshadowed here in his Passover visit to the Great Temple of Jerusalem...In a totally unexpected way, this is the culmination of what Anne Rice started with "Interview with the Vampire" - taking a supernatural story, about life, death, good and evil, resurrection and immortality, beyond the wildest probabilities and making it so real and palpable, so imbued with detail, that the narrator and hero, who are one and the same, come fully alive for the reader.Read Less
The character and progression of her writing was great. She finished her thoughts and sections she is writing. However as a Christin I did had come doctrinal and theological issues but I bought it right....will share with a friend and then put it in the church library.....Mommers
Dec 1, 2008
I've read Christ The Lord--Out of Egypt nine (9) times, and it never fails to inspire and uplift the spirit. In this time of our lives, even more, the world needs to know that Christ the Lord was once a Child of Earthen Parents--Mary and Joseph--and proceeded to grow into a man for all seasons, to lead this world out of bondage and into God's Light. Time and time again I am drawn to this Divine Reminder that We are Not Alone, that God has not forsaken us, and that there is hope for a better world. From a poetic point of view, the words Anne Rice has chosen, are alive with meaning. From a practical standpoint, this book pays for itself many, many times, and is certainly worthy (along with sister publication, Christ the Lord--Road To Cana) of reading, sharing with your friends, and passing along to your children and your children's children. Anne Rice has crafted a wonderful dedication to Our Lord.
Dec 5, 2007
Paints a Fasinating Picture of Christ
I've read and studied the Gospels many times and found Anne's portrait of Christ to bring a fresh and beautiful perspective to how it might have happened. It is both enjoyable and fasinating. You don't have to agree with everything to apprecite how she weaves her knowledge of history, theology and story telling ability to present an irenic, pure, and devine portrait of Jesus.
Jul 26, 2007
I thought this book was very interesting, no doubt about it, but I thought it be about all of His childhood. It did give me insight why we don't know more than we do about Jesus's childhood. Joseph and Mary had a great deal on their hands to keep this very special child alive. The book is well written. It covers information that was very interesting. I wasn't ready for the story to end, but I guess it ended the only way it could - I just expected more childhood.
May 9, 2007
Great Read!! No other like it!!!
This is a best seller for sure!!!! I have always loved her books but this is totally new for her and a great book. I think that everyone should read this. This also describes the changes that Anne Rice goes through while she is dealing with the death of her husband Stan Rice. This really puts you there while Christ is growing up and realizing what he truly is. Most people know the story of Christ but have you ever though of how he grew up? How did he come to be the man that he was? If you have ever wondered these questions then I would buy this book!
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