Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Bronze Bow book review

I started reading The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare to my daughters, ages 7 and 10, a few weeks ago. We have been intrigued by the life of Jews during the time Jesus was on earth. The book has sparked many discussions about God's word and our faith. I highly recommend that you read this book with your family.



In Jerusalem, in the time when Christ began his ministry on earth, a boy named Daniel is trying to find his own way in the world. Have you ever wondered if you had been a Jew at the time when Jesus was teaching would you have listened? Would you have believed? I think about that often, especially when I struggle with doubts. When I question God.



Daniel has joined a renegade group who want to rise up against the Romans. He carries memories of the damage the Romans did to his family and to his sister, who cannot leave her house. The terror that entered their lives when they were young, has left his sister tormented by demons and turned Daniel’s fear into anger.

When he hears of a man named Jesus and the things he talks about, the coming Kingdom, Daniel wonders if Jesus is like him. Could Jesus be the savior that could free them from the Roman rule?

But the more Daniel hears Jesus speak and as he witnesses Jesus’s healing power, he can’t help but turn these strange things over in his mind. Jesus teaches they should love their enemies, but surely he doesn’t mean they should love the Romans? Jesus teaches the story of the good Samaritan and Daniel scoffs, “If Jesus means that the Jews and Samaritans should treat each other like neighbors, that is foolish. It could never happen.”

Daniel and his friends make a pact to stand together for God’s victory. They linger over the words of David, “He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” And they hope for freedom. Will it come as they expect it?

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live at the time of Jesus, this book will take you there. On the streets of Capernaum and Galilee you will find out what it was like to live in this tumultuous time. And you will see Jesus through the eyes of a Jewish boy.

If you would like to win a copy of this book, leave a comment on this post. I will draw a winner one week from today.


Update: Congratulations to AshleyR! Your copy of The Bronze Bow is on its way!

14 comments:

Melissa Markham said...

We love Elizabeth George Speare. We would love a chance to read this book! Thanks!

Dawnelle said...

Wow- great contest! :)

Lori said...

That books sounds intersting. Thanks for sharing.

sahmqueen said...

Never heard of this book, but it sounds a lot like "The Weeping Chamber" by Sigmund Brouwer, which is more for adults about a man living in Jesus' day. Do you think this book would be over my 6 yr. old's head?

crystal said...

Sounds very interesting. I would love a copy of it. I am always wondering what it would have been like back then.

Blessings
Crystal

Qtpies7 said...

This sounds like an interesting book.
I'm linking to you on my contest blog, and I'll add you to the Contest Frenzy column on Thursday at Momsblogging.

Lesha said...

Count me in! :)

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

Looks like an interesting book. I would love to win it.

Christina said...

THIS IS ONE THAT WE NEED!!!

AshleyR said...

Looks like an interesting book. Count me in!!

Doreen said...

Sounds like a great book!!

Hi. My name is Alanna. said...

We'd love to be included in the drawing for the book! I have 4 little ones that we've been doing "read alouds" with recently. I know they'd really enjoy this story (not to mention I think I'd read it just for me!) ;).

Melissa Neece said...

I remember reading this book when I was about 12. Very fond memories. I would love to reread it. :)

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