The Book Of Longings
ISBN: 052542976X
EAN13: 9780525429760
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 21, 2020
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1.09" H x 9.25" L x 6.13" W
Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

An extraordinary novel . . . a triumph of insight and storytelling. --Associated Press

A true masterpiece. --Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed

An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings

In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.

Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana's pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome's occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas. She is sustained by her fearless aunt Yaltha, who harbors a compelling secret. When Ana commits a brazen act Read More chevron_right

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5
   A meaningful read!
I've had many, many books delivered to my house by this author. The book is also highly recommended for readers with a disability. It is not the story I expected from Sue but was a powerful story with far-reaching implications for women's rights and the history of women. I've read many great books, but this one stands out because it was written by a woman. It made me reflect on all the minimizing of women over time and the possibilities that could have unfolded, he said. May our daughters and granddaughters have stronger voices.
 
5
   Wonderfully Interesting!
It's a wonderfully interesting and thought-provoking book, said Elizabeth Long. Like The Invention of Wings, it followed a young girl's journey from childhood to adulthood. It was so interesting to get a glimpse into what it must have been like to live in Jesus’ time, on many social levels, he said. To survive and be in love, to follow your dream. It was the first book I ever read that I fell in love with. It was a thought-provoking read, and one I won't forget.
 
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   Disappointing
I have read other books by this Author that I've enjoyed. While it could be an interesting story, when you add characters from the Bible, including Jesus, it's just too much and unbelievable. Will not buy again and will definitely be checking out books out of the library instead of buying them. Ugh.
 
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   Meh
They are often dull and boring pages, leaving me bored and rereading them because they do not hold one's attention. But parts of the book are well written. Bond prices have fallen 7 percent since June 9, 2008 to $1,452 per $1,000 invested.
 
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   A well considered. Possibility
And, once again, the kids had enlivened their imagination. However, Robinson cautioned, "it is a good thing to stretch one's tradition bound assumptions and thus entertain another possibility." I particularly liked the idea that Jesus loved and was loved by a woman in the usual human way. But most of all, I found the theme of Ana proclaiming herself, A Voice, to be a powerful reminder that voices of women have too often been either violently silenced, or simply ignored, as in Ana's refusal to become Antipas' concubine. In this book, Kidd has skilfully woven the notion of wife into the venerated Biblical account of Jesus' life. Thanks for being a voice in your own right, Sosa said in a statement.
 
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   Sorry I didn’t read reviews before buying
This book was extremely disappointing in that it portrayed Jesus as fully human, no resurrection, no miracles, the writer said. In her book, Ana prays to and honors "Sophia" the female aspect of God. The focus of the investigation was on women and the deplorable way they were treated. If the writer had only written this story about an unknown man and not the Son of God, I wonder what would have happened. At best, this is blasphemy.
 
5
   Well-written and a pleasure to read
It was a struggle to stop myself at the book, and I found it difficult to consume the book in sitting, neglecting all my other obligations. The book focuses on Ana's life and you don't have to accept the premise that Jesus could have been married to get a lot from the book, but if it really bothers you, you may not be able to enjoy the book. Brand new customers are always delighted by the service.
 
4
   Mixed Feelings
At times I found this book tedious and difficult to read as the story dragged on, sometimes I felt it captivating and was unable to put it down! I had a love hate relationship with Ana, but in the end grew to love her and believe in her as the wife of Jesus. This book is not a light read, but IMO worth the time investment to read and expand your thinking of the times of Jesus, he said.
 
5
   Human and loving story about "Ana"
While the fifth and final book in the series, "The Fifth and Chelsea," remains my favorite, this book draws you in and is hard to put down. Using research by Ana and illustrated by James Patterson, the reader can imagine the characters and places as though we are there, walking alongside Ana. Her prayer also tells us that her life will be defined by her marriage to Jesus. Note at end of book to Kidd: "Now I think about telling this story." Like Westover's memoir, Educated,' these notes add depth and are worth reading.
 
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   Saddened
The audacity and arrogance of a novelist to play around with the Bible is truly staggering. The disclaimer at the end of the book really makes her decision to move forward with this book worse.
 
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