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Meet the people who nurtured and encouraged Jesus as he grew from boy to man! Anchored in Scripture and illuminated by historical and theological insights, Kingsbury's six short stories vividly imagine the ways Mary, Joseph, Jesus' brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth interacted with and influenced their beloved relative. Includes study questions. 240 pages, hardcover from Howard.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1476707375
ISBN-13: 9781476707372
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America’s favorite inspirational novelist offers a fictional view of six of the family members of Jesus, all anchored by Scriptural truth, creating a life-changing and unprecedented emotional connection to the Bible.

Through The Family of Jesus, readers will develop an emotional connection to the family members of Jesus, learning about their lives and falling in love with Scripture along the way. Bible studies and devotionals abound, and in churches everywhere people gather to seek a deeper understanding of God’s word and its application to their lives. But too often these studies engage only the analytic approach to Bible learning.

In The Family of Jesus, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury will make you laugh, cry, and ultimately care more deeply about the Bible by helping you grasp the truths in Scripture not just with your mind, but with your heart. The characters in these short stories were among those closest to Jesus—Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth. Each has a compelling tale to tell. Kingsbury intersperses fictional, emotionally gripping details anchored in Scripture with historical and theological insights and questions that will guide soul-searching and reflection.

The Family of Jesus not only provides a deeper understanding of the relatives of our Savior, but also helps readers acquire tools that will draw them closer to Christ, to the Scriptures, and to each other.

Author Bio

#1 New York Times bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen books have topped bestseller charts and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Karen lives in Tennessee with her husband Don and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their actress daughter Kelsey is married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky.

Editorial Reviews

"Kingsbury has produced a new riveting page-turner of relatable characters and situations and the best ways to hang on to our faith in a world that no longer sees its value."
“Inspirational fiction superstar Kingsbury considersthe cost of fame [in] a tale that is sure to cause tears”
"Bestselling author Kingsbury (The Chance, 2013) drives straight to the heart of her characters as always in this
excellent tale of desire and faith, digging beneath the surface of her plot to fuel an emotionally driven story set within the exciting world of reality TV."
"Kingsbury knows how to get down to business; readers start worrying from the opening sentence about 15-year-old Ellie Tucker and her family: 'Her mom didn't come home for dinner, the third time that week.' . . . The action clips along, and readers root for the main characters. . . . the author pours a fervent message about love and reconciliation into a novel that makes the lesson of hope go down much more easily than it would via sermon."
"In The Chance, Kingsbury (The Bridge, 2012) delivers another excellent novel filled with heart, adventure, and second chances. . . . Kingsbury is one of the most dependable names in inspirational fiction, and The Chance may be her best yet. She infuses such real emotion into her characters, readers will find themselves in tears multiple times throughout the novel. A beautiful balance of human fragility and the power of God’s grace makes this is a must-read."
Reminiscent of Nicholas Spark's The Notebook and Richard Paul Evan's The Walk, Kingsbury's (Coming Home) latest novel offers her characters forgiveness and love without an expiration date. Her many fans, and readers who like to escape their daily cares with a gentle Christian romance with elements of women's fiction, will enjoy the reappearances of Molly and Ryan, familiar characters from The Bridge, as well as a likable cast of fresh protagonists."
"Another weeper from Christian-fiction diva Kingsbury, this time featuring a prayerful NBA star and his long-lost first love."
"Popular inspirational novelist Kingsbury goes mainstream in her newest, which mixes a love story with a seasonal one that borrows from the Christmas favorite It's A Wonderful Life. . . . Kingsbury fans may acquire a new holiday favorite read in this sugary tale of second chances."
“‘Life Changing Fiction’ is a profound definition of Karen Kingsbury’s books. God has placed the words of this book in her heart with her readers in mind. Through the powerful words and Karen’s testimony, don’t be surprised if you open your heart a little wider to let God write the story of your life.”

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  1. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Life Changing Insights
    July 2, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Karen Kingsbury in her new book, “The Family Of Jesus” Book One in the Life-Changing Bible Study Series published by Howard Books gives us America’s favorite inspirational storyteller brings the family of Jesus to life.

    From the back cover: Meet the family closest to Jesus…

    Joseph, His stepfather: the protector of Jesus

    Zechariah, His uncle: a priest who waited on God

    Elizabeth, His aunt: A woman who faithfully believed in the impossible

    John the Baptist, His cousin: a man whose whole life meant dying for Jesus

    James, His brother: a man whose regret turned to joy

    Mary, His mother: a woman desperate to save her son from the one mission she couldn’t stop

    These are their stories.

    Each has a compelling tale to tell. Based on The Bible and interspersed with emotionally gripping fictional details as well as historical and theological insights, the stories of Jesus’ family will shed new light on God’s Word.

    Read and imagine The Bible like never before.

    Karen Kingsbury brings her incredible talent as an author to write this wonderful insight into six members of Jesus’ family. In six chapters Ms. Kingsbury shows us the individuals we have read about all our lives in a brand new manner. Then after we have been drawn into their lives we are given the six weekly application and group discussion guides for each person. You probably never looked at these people like this before but the insights you will get from their humanity and their willingness to serve God will move your spirit. This is a life-changing read. It will make a great gift for family and friends.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  2. Fitzysmom
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 2, 2014
    Fitzysmom

    With The Family of Jesus, Karen Kingsbury uses her talent to take her fans in a new direction. She has embarked on a storytelling journey into the realm of Biblical fiction. In my opinion it is some of the best work I have seen from her in a long time. That is not to say I haven't enjoyed her recent works, it is just that this book feels like her original writing. It is very engaging in its simply told stories.

    I'm a very picky reader when it comes to Biblical fiction. I think there is a fine line that shouldn't be crossed and I'm happy to say that Karen stayed on the correct side of that line. In fact at the very beginning of the book she explained the parameters that she stuck to in telling the stories.

    "From the beginning as I undertook this project, I felt compelled by my love of the Bible to stick to some hard-and-fast ground rules. The most important was this: The stories had to be anchored in Scripture. In a way, I took the Bible verses on these real-life characters and stuck them like tent stakes in the desert sand. Nothing could ever violate those truths.

    Then I researched the cultural and geographical accuracy and made absolutely sure the tent of the stories didn't billow beyond that.

    But otherwise, I let the tent blow in the wind a little."

    So with that in mind I'm pleased to say that this was a wonderful journey through the life of Christ as seen through the eyes of those closest to Him. The story begins with Joseph and winds through Zechariah, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, James and then ends with His mother Mary.

    The stories are so well told that I found myself contemplating things that I had never really considered before. Such as how did Mary and Joseph's families feel about the situation. What kind of shame would be heaped upon Zachariah for remaining childless all those years? After all he is a priest and his offspring is expected to carry on that priestly line. What would John the Baptist be like as a child? The Scripture says he was filled with the Spirit from birth. How would that affect his actions and decisions? As you can see there is lots and lots to ponder during the telling of this line of stories.

    The second half of the book is made up of a six week Bible study that takes each of the characters presented and spends five days delving deeper into the background of that person. Each week then ends with a Group Discussion session. This book would make an excellent small-group study or even an extended Book Club read and discussion.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

  3. girlsmama
    Edgewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Family of Jesus comes alive
    July 1, 2014
    girlsmama
    Edgewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury offers a brand new idea- the idea of Biblical Christian fiction paired up with a bible study section to bring together a brand new experience for her readers. This concept is a good one I think, as I know personally when I read good Biblical fiction, it sends me running to my Bible to see if what the writer’s imagination has come up with is “plausible” in terms of matching up with what the Bible says about that particular person in the scripture. This is exactly what Karen Kingsbury set out to do by using Bible scholars to help her in terms of running these stories by them to see if they could be possible. And so, while we do get a look at the relatives of Jesus in a brand new way with the lovely help of Karen Kingsbury, it is refreshing then to spend some time at the back of the book as she provides 5 days of actual study into the character that she wrote about. And in the end, just as she hoped by taking this journey in learning about the “family of Jesus”, it helps you to love Jesus that much more.

    The book opens with the story of Joseph, described as the protective stepfather and what his journey might have been like, his relationship with Mary, etc. We then move to Zechariah, the knowing Uncle, John the Baptist, the chosen cousin, Elizabeth, the faithful aunt, James, the doubting brother and of course ends, with Mary, the loving Mother. In usual Karen Kingsbury style, the reader can’t help but engage with the characters and be moved as you witness the great love shown in the relationships such as in Mary and Joseph’s relationship at the onset in hearing that Mary is pregnant. You see great faith in the impossible in Elizabeth’s life and heart as the impossible came to pass and great sacrifice in the life of John the Baptist as his whole life was preparing for Jesus and then dying as well. And as a mother, my heart was moved, of course, by Mary’s story, a mother just wanting to save her son, but helpless to do so. Love, sacrifice, and faith and of course the tears were flowing- grab your Kleenex box as you fully engage with this story. I greatly enjoyed the journey.

    As always when you are reading something like this where there is a fictional component, it’s wise to keep the two separate in terms of what we know scripturally versus what can be possible. But I think the beauty and value in this is remembering that they were real people with real emotions, struggles and joys and heartbreak. In taking this journey, it helps to bring these character’s alive in a new and precious way. I am glad that I took this journey and hope that you take it as well, and fully engage in both parts- the story section on the character as well as the bible study section as it makes for a very moving experience and one that makes you dig into these character’s lives through the Bible as well.

    4 stars.

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Family of Jesus
    July 1, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    The Family of Jesus is a collection of short stories of the relatives to Jesus.
    The story of Joseph is about the earthly father of Jesus. It tells how Mary and him met and became betrothed. I loved to read about Joseph’s love he had for Mary. Then I could just feel the turmoil and anger he felt when Mary told him that she was pregnant. Then the feelings turned to belief and joy. The story continues to the glorious birth and beyond.
    The story Zechariah is about the husband of Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth. It discusses his and Elizabeth’s struggles with infertility issues. Then she becomes pregnant with John (the Baptist).
    The story of John the Baptist is about the cousin of Jesus and the son of Elizabeth and Zechariah. It tells of John’s life as the preacher and baptizer of the people.
    The story of Elizabeth is about Mary’s cousin and mother of John the Baptist. It shows an inspiring way how she worked through her grief with faith.
    The story of James is about the brother of Jesus. It tells of how life was like living with Jesus growing up and how James struggles with his faith.
    The story of Mary is about the mother of Jesus. This is the most powerful and glorious story of them all. I really could feel the love she had for her son and Savior.
    The last part of the book is a five day discussion and study guide for each of the stories. Which also includes a section about each of these family members and what the scripture in the Bible says about them. I really enjoyed this section.
    My thoughts of this book is that it is really good. It brings life to those who lived with and knew Jesus. It is an inspiring, powerful, and enlightening read. I highly recommend this book! I think it would be great to use for book clubs and Bible study groups.
    5 stars.
    I received this book for free from Howard Books in exchange for my honest review which was given.

  5. Booklover10
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love the family of Jesus
    June 24, 2014
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Wow! After having spent this whole year in the book of Matthew for my personal study, I'm so glad this book came at the time of my final few chapters of study. This was a beautiful way to end my Matthew study. I came to love Joseph, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, James, and John the Baptist in a new way.

    I think it's easy to de-personalize the characters in the Bible since information about many of them is limited. Then there's some who were so close to God or so close to Jesus that we forget that they could possibly be scared or have normal feelings like we do.

    One person I always did that to was John the Baptist. I never stopped to think about his lonely time in prison and how he was left with his own thoughts. I'm sure he battled fears and disappointment. I loved stopping to really ponder who these people were and remind myself they were, in fact, humans too.

    There is a Bible study at the end that you could easily do as a small group study, Women's study, or personal study. It has personal questions for personal study and then group discussion questions.

    It's hard to beat the Baxter series, but I think this book is my favorite so far. I hope she does more with the people in the Bible, such as others in the line of Jesus. There's a hint of that happening with this being part of the Life-Changing Bible Study Series.

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    I received this book free from Howard Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.

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