Ever Once in a While, We Need to Share

While We are Here - A Book Recommendation

While this space is rarely used for book recommendations, ever once in a while, we need to share a great read we have found. This summer, I read, Jesus’ Silent Years: Exploring Facts the Gospels Do Not Tell Us, written by William Justice.

Jesus’ Silent Years explores the lifestyles and political undercurrents of the years between Jesus’s birth and his ministry. It includes information on the cultural regional norms for his city, the interesting parallels and differences of surrounding cities, and the cultural influences Jesus would have been exposed to while growing up from travelers passing by his hometown.

William Justice did an amazing job of organizing village and regional influences Jesus would have been exposed to in his formative years. He shares the Jewish and non-Jewish thoughts and traditions during this time.

While some historical accounts can be boring, this account is not! If you have always wondered about Jesus’ formative years, this is an excellent book which is well researched and highly interesting.

Jesus' Silent Years
Jesus’ Silent Years

Jesus’ Silent Years: Exploring Facts the Gospels Do Not Tell Us eBook : Justice, William: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store

While we are making book recommendations, I want to mention a 30-Day Bible study written to help us know God better. Draw Near: 30-Days to Know God Better was written by Lisa Blair.

There are ten days each for God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The two-page layout has prayers, scriptures, and commentary all at your fingertips. And there is room for you to take notes. While I am the author of this book, I do think it is an excellent book for young and old, new believers and mature people of God.

Draw Near
Draw Near

Draw Near: 30-Days to Know God Better: Blair, Lisa Kay Hailey: 9781941756072: Amazon.com: Books

While book recommendations are not the norm in this space, our Five-Minute Friday word while has created the perfect opportunity for the exception. Happy reading!

Recommendations:

The Powerful Testimony of Jesus Christ – Strength with Dignity

10 Powerful Verses in How to Become New in Christ – Strength with Dignity

References:

Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is while.

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22 thoughts on “Ever Once in a While, We Need to Share”

  1. Thank you for those recommendations. I’m particularly interested in those ‘silent years’ between Jesus’ childhood and His ministry. The devotional looks excellent too. Well done for creating that, Lisa. Blessings. Dawn #11

    1. Jesus’ Silent Years is an amazing book, Dawn! I hope you have the opportunity to read it. Thanks for the congratulations, the Bible study was a labor of love.

  2. I’d often wondered what He did
    through the years which we know not;
    I think it’s not that He just hid,
    or that He just plumb forgot
    to write things down in journal form,
    or tell them, even, to His mates,
    and thus we have to learn the norm
    prevailing through these hidden dates,
    for He came here to live as man,
    to work with others, side by side,
    for it was always in the plan
    which in future would betide
    and to which He’d humbly bring
    the power of the servant king.

    1. Jesus’ Silent Years is an amazing book and I hope you have the opportunity to read it. Thanks for rejoicing with me, Donna, the Bible study was a labor of love.

  3. Both book recommendations are very helpful, thank you, Lisa. I’m keen to read your devotional. I’m glad you used the opportunity afforded by the word ‘while’. Kath, visiting from FMF #2 this week.

  4. I heard about this book and had been wondering about it. Thanks for sharing this review, it really helps.
    Thank you bunches for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month.

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