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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told and then some! - Hardback

Kevin Mayhew

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The Gospels retold for teenagers
'BORING!' Have you ever described the Gospels that way? Well, if you have, you are going to have to find a new word to describe them once you have read this book - something like 'awesome', 'cool', 'fab', or 'wicked' perhaps.

Rosie Rushton, who knows a thing to two about writing for teenagers - she has written more than forty highly successful books for them - retells the story of Jesus through the eyes of four teenagers who hovered on the fringes of the crowds that followed him.

It is a story full of mystery, adventure, passing, loss, excitement, disillusionment, hope and pain: a story of an all-embracing love that has changed the lives of millions of people over two thousand years - and still does.

It is the greatest love story ever told - and them some! So come and chillax with Jesus.
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Product Code1501286
NameThe Greatest Love Story Ever Told and then some! - Hardback
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorRosie Rushton
Short DescriptionThe Gospels retold for teenagers
Pack Size1
Size130mm x 198mm
Count608 Pages
Date Published1 Jul 2011
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As an adult I found it impossible to put down Review by Chris Peck, Assistant Curate at Abington, Northampton
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The sub title of the book is ‘The Gospel retold for teenagers’. As an adult I found it impossible to put down. It retells the Gospels through the eyes of four very different teenagers, three of them living on the margins of society, who find their way into following Jesus.

It is well researched, vividly recreating the story of Jesus. Rosie as well as being a Reader at Weston Favell is a well known writer; she is a born story teller, and her account reminds us what a fascinating and powerful story the Gospels tell. I have already used extracts in the morning office to bring colour and depth to the annunciation and the visit to Elizabeth, and will look for occasions to use other extracts.

Rosie’s aim, as with the original Gospel writers, is for her readers to come into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and her book could be a powerful tool both for bringing people to faith and for deepening faith. Any attempt to ‘rewrite’ the Gospels runs into dangers and this book is no exception. In collating the accounts of four very different Gospels nuances are lost and an artificial cohesion imposed. Any retelling is in itself an interpretation, and although there are many Gospel passages printed out in the text, incidents are given a particular ‘spin’ with which I often wanted to argue. That ‘spin’ is further underlined by the discussion questions/notes which follow each chapter.

While some of the notes helpfully fill in background information, others give the author’s particular viewpoint with an apparent authority which is not warranted by the biblical text itself. The notes also break the flow of the story and would be better as an appendix. However, those drawbacks in no way detract from a superb tour de force which I recommend you buy, enjoy reading, be stimulated by and use.

This is one book which Rosie has wanted to write for many years and it is a fitting culmination of her work to date. Although not in the same league in
terms of scholarship as Gerd Thiesson’s ‘The Shadow of the Galilean’, it can stand with pride alongside it – and in my view is an even better read!
(Posted on 06/02/2013)
A thoroughly good read, that you find hard to put down... Review by The Good Book Stall
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Maybe this was written with teenagers in mind, but I was not too old to thoroughly enjoy it! (When I was a teenager I enjoyed adult books, so what!)

The stories of Esther, Reuben, Caleb and Seth are woven into the Gospel stories so that the teenagers tell what is happening as observers and participants. They meet and talk with Jesus, they become part of the Gospel story without intruding into it. Not only do we get a new perspective on what is told in the Bible, we gain an insight into what it was like to be an orphaned youngster, one with severe disabilities, one who has been thrown out of home, and one with a privileged background that comes with it’s own problems.

A thoroughly good read, that you find hard to put down. Highly recommended. - Mary Bartholomew (Posted on 11/04/2012)

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Rosie Rushton is the author of more than forty best-selling books for teenagers and young adults. She has been a youth officer in her local church and for several years was a Governor at a C of E secondary school and is a Lay Reader.

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