4 out of 4 stars
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No Dark Clouds by R W Nelson is the best book I have read this year. A remarkable novelization of the gospel and final days of Jesus Christ. The author places you right in first century Jerusalem from the eyes of beggar children. The main vantage point of the story is from a young youth that is known by the name of Beggar Boy. Beggar Boy sticks out in a crowd because of many scars on his face. Although, there are also many other beggar children with different deformities that you experience as well.
The core message of this book is an accurate account of the final days of Jesus as found in the Bible. Throughout the book, there are markers for where the story correlates with Bible studies in the appendix of the book. It is fascinating how the author brings these fictional characters alongside historical figures. Although this is fiction, I believe the story portrays excellent speculation of the story of the final days of Jesus, from the vantage point of everyday residents of Jerusalem of the period.
What I liked most about this book, is it is appropriate for all audiences. The two best audiences that I would recommend this book to would be church leaders, and people seeking knowledge of core Christian doctrine. Church leadership could utilize this material for a study group or Sunday school class. This book is not preachy, and I feel would appeal to those who might not be believers in Christ, but that want to learn more about Christianity.
It is hard to point out anything to critique about this book. There was not anything that I disliked about the story. This book is truly unique. There are many books on the last days of Jesus. This book however really tells the story in its historical context well. You can tell it was intended to be a movie, with how fluid the story is. The scene transitions are smooth and defined with page breaks.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed this book. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. There were no grammatical or spelling errors that I noticed. I cannot stress how nicely written this book was. There is such an excellent flow to the story. Truly a great balance of historical events and fiction interpretation from the eyes of people of the day. I would encourage people to read this book. The background and knowledge of the author are very apparent. Although, they are subtle and not overwhelming.
No Dark Clouds
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