4 out of 4 stars
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The novel, No Dark Clouds by R.W. Nelson, tells the story of the persecution, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in a narrative format. It follows several prominent biblical characters throughout the text, including Jesus and his disciples; Roman Centurions; Pontius Pilate and his wife, Claudia; and Caiaphas, the High Priest. The novel’s events and dialogue hold true to the Bible, even though it states at the beginning of the book that the resemblance to actual historical events is a coincidence.
I give this novel 4 out of 4 stars. The text pulls the reader through the heart-wrenching experience of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his subsequent resurrection. The story highlights the lives of orphaned beggar children during this time, and how they are impacted by his message and miracles. I enjoyed seeing how some characters developed, and even changed throughout the story by their experiences with Jesus. The story format engages and directly involves the reader, as if personally witnessing Jesus’ death on Calvary or shadowing the beggar children through the bustling streets of Jerusalem.
The part that I liked most was the way it presented the end days (on Earth) of Jesus Christ in an engaging and interesting story that stayed true to the Bible. I felt a connection to the story through the characters’ tribulations and celebrations. My heart hurt right along with theirs; I cheered right along with them. I could “see” the beggar children and all their juxtapositions of brokenness and perfection. I found nothing in the novel that I disliked the most. I only wish it would have been longer. In fact, I neglected things that I needed to do so I could read more. Additionally, I will look for more books by this same author. This is another reason that I gave it 4 out of 4 stars.
I think this book would appeal to those who already have knowledge about the story of Jesus. I can also see this appealing to those with limited knowledge, but who want a more engaging way to learn than traditional religious educational methods. It was very well written and professionally edited with no observed typos or grammar errors.
An extensive study guide is included at the end of the novel with further explanations and supporting Scripture for those who wish to have a deeper understanding. Throughout the text, there are headings in various locations that designate the section of the study guide to which that specific part of the text pertains. Finally, the study guide includes the book’s website with worksheets and answers for a full educational experience.
No Dark Clouds
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