Thursday, June 12, 2008

Reviewed by Dayna Davis, Staff Writer

Master by Toni Sorenson. Published by Covenant Communications, Inc.

'Master' is the story of the life of Jesus Christ, as told by his servant Almon. Joseph and Mary found Almon, a young boy that was attacked by robbers and left for dead, and brought him into their household. Almon's primary responsibility was to care for and watch over Jesus throughout His entire life. Through Almon's eyes we gain a new respect and awe for the life of Jesus.

I was prepared to not like this book. I expected it to be a little too flippant with the subject matter for my tastes. But I was completely surprised. It was beautifully done and in a very reverent tone. It reminded me a lot of "The Work and the Glory" series. The events portrayed were real, with some creative license taken with a few characters to help the story make sense. I love reading books that bring real experiences to life and make me feel like I could have been a part of it. With this one I did. It started when Jesus was three and went through His entire life. How would I have reacted if I had been there? Would I have been one of Jesus's followers? I have often wondered. This book brought up many things to think about and I read it slowly, pondering as I read. I highly recommend it.