Saturday, March 16, 2013

Uncle Jesus by Georgia Lee Anderson

About the Book: 

Georgia Lee Anderson
ISBN: 978-1-57258-791-5

Uncle Jesus is a heartwarming story that helps us imagine what it would have been like to be Jesus’ relative while He lived on earth. Jesus had brothers, including one named Jude, the author of the Bible book of the same name. In Uncle Jesus, Jude’s fictional son, Shem, visits Grandma Mary, the mother of Jesus, and relates some first-hand experiences he had with his Uncle Jesus when He was still on earth. An inquisitive, genuine, sweet little boy, Shem asks Grandma Mary about Jesus, about his other uncles’ view of Jesus, and about her own experiences.

My Review:

The Good: 
I truly enjoyed how the author very beautifully and simply explored what Jesus' family life might have been like from different vantage points.  While this is a fictitious story, parts of it still seemed like a plausible one. The story mainly comes from the eyes of Jesus' nephew, Shem, and although the Bible never mentions that Jesus had a nephew, it is plausible since he did have 4 half brother's ( not 3 as the story suggests) James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas.The illustrations are beautiful and remind me of oil crafted painting that draw you in.

The Negative: 
 I do not agree that Jesus had step brothers as the author mentions. I was also a little upset that parts of story depict twisted or inaccurate biblical history, that were not all  accurate. On a couple occasions  Mary Jesus's mother, mentions that Jesus was not her oldest son, which would imply to the reader  that Mary was not a virgin when she bore Jesus. And although it refers to Jesus's death, the book makes no reference to the resurrection of Jesus. These are critical points in the Christian faith and I would make sure that you address them when reading this book to your children.The illustrations are beautiful

Sexual Content: None

Crude Language: None

Violent Content: None

Alcohol/Drug Content: None

Rating: ** (2 Stars)

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About the Author: 

Although currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Georgia Lee Anderson has called Chehalis,Washington, home for more than thirty years. Over the years she has been active in heading up the Sabbath School program at her church and leading out in women's ministry programs at her local church and at the conference level. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry and short stories. Uncle Jesus has been forming in her imagination for quite some time. Once she retired it came to life. "My reason for writing this story is that I want children to know that Jesus has a family. He lived like most boys in his neighborhood. I want children to embrace the fact that they can relate to Jesus."

*I was given this free book by BookCrash. I am required to provide an honest review, but not necessarily a positive one.The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”*

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