AND WE THOUGHT WE KNEW YOU:
SOUL JOURNEY WITH THE REAL JESUS

You have seen him in the movies, been spellbound with music inspired by him,
viewed archaeological evidences of him, and read of him in the Bible.  
Now put them all together in this inspirational historical novel

WHERE THE SCHOLAR AND POET EMBRACE

In Both Adults' and Children's Versions
Come meet the people who met Jesus.  You are one of them  Probably you are several of
them.  Go ahead and struggle with him as they did.  Laugh.  Cry.  Do mental battle with him.  
Emotional battle too.  Fight for your faith as they fought.  Pause to listed for what you've never
heard before.  Then touch Jesus.

This is the story of faith in the impossible.  Hope in the inconceivable.  Love for the invincible.  
It is the dreams of youth, the desperations of infirmity, the hopes of age, and the song that
angels sang.

Follow the suspense as each person in Jesus' life comes to terms with who they are, and who
Jesus is.  Jesus accepts them as they are.  But can they accept themselves as they are?  More
than that, can they accept Jesus as he is?  Both God and man?  Both Creator and created?  
Both King and servant?

It is the story of doubts explained away, animosities melted away, misunderstandings cleared
away.  It is your story and mine.  For deep within each of us is everyone who ever met and
struggled with Jesus.       
 
VOLUME I:  BIRTH OF A MIRACLE. Mary was too young, Elizabeth too old, Joseph too gullible, the shepherds too smelly, Anna
too senile, Simeon too idealistic, Salome too flippant.  The wise men should have minded their own business, Zachariah should
have accepted he'd never have children.  King Herod dared control God, the Bible scholars dared interpret God.

VOLUME II:  DREAM MAKER. Pilate only tolerated his subjects, John the Baptist tried to change them, Satan threw up
roadblocks that never seemed to work.  Future apostles Andrew was always bringing in outsiders, Philip insisted on proof, and
Nathaniel was naive.  The Temple merchants lived off religion, Nichodemus tried to reform religion, and Peter's mother-in-law dwelt
in her religion.  The pagan Samaritan searched with hope, the nobleman probed with fortitude, the centurion encountered with
power.

VOLUME III:  HEARTS AFIRE.  Future apostles Simon fought Rome and Matthew joined Rome, while Judas seemed the only
level headed one.  Zebedee sacrificed his sons, while a widow saw her son return to life.  People with demons fell desperately at
his feet and lepers sought him in hopelessness.  Hypocrites condemned him; the morally paralyzed fought hi forgiveness.

VOLUME IV:  FOLK HERO.  Religious leaders cornered him, theologians stalked him, the wealthy helped him.  For the
commoner he conquered demons, controlled nature, created food, destroyed death.  Hometown friends tried to kill him, while
cousin John gained a glory home.

VOLUME V:  FLOOD GATES. Jesus survived death threats, calmed misdirected power, talked with the spirit world.  He released
people of handicaps, gave an adulteress hope, rested with friends, then raised the dead.  And the hypocrite religious leaders
finalized plans to kill him.

VOLUME VI:  PROMISE KEEPER. A traitor praised him, a woman crowned him, foreigners sought him.  The world ran after him,
Judas ran from him, his apostles deserted him.  He held his own funeral service, then begged God to free him of his promise.  The
religious leaders were unmasked, and King Herod wrestled with just who he was.

VOLUME VII:  STAR SONG. Pilate was cornered by the people, Simon was cornered by the executioners.  Jesus writhed in pain
on the cross that should have been ours, and invaded hell to provide escape for us.  The thieves struggled with their mortality,
Joseph struggled with religiosity, the guards struggled with impossibility.  Jesus saw the women, pursued Peter, and enlightened
the depressed.

VOLUME VIII:  COME FLY WITH ME. His apostles refused to believe, while Thomas declared him God.  Jesus dared and
prepared his apostles to conquer the world.  He interrupted his own memorial service and renewed five hundred of his closest
friendships.  He helped his brother, James, over the last faith hurdle, turned the movement over to his apostles, then returned at last
to the outstretched arms of his heaven father.
SUGGESTED READINGS FOR....

Special Occasions
Occupations
Life Problems
Illnesses & Handicaps
SPECIAL OCCASIONS

CHRISTMAS
Any chapter in Vol. I
Vol. VIII, Ch. 75 (500 Witnesses)

EASTER
Any chapter in Vol. VI
Any chapter in Vol. VII
Any chapter in Vol. VIII

FATHER'S DAY
Vol. I, Ch. 2 or 3 (Joseph)
Vol. II, Ch. 19 (Nobleman & Centurion)
Vol. VII, Ch. 70 (James the Less & Family)

FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL
Vol. II, Ch. 19 (Nobleman & Centurion)
Vol. III, Ch. 30 (Widow of Nain's Son)
Vol. IV, Ch. 36 (The Girl and Lady)
Vol. V, Ch. 49 (Lazarus)
Vol. VIII, Ch. 71 (Ten Apostles)

GRADUATION
Vol. I, Ch. 9 (The King, the Scholars and the Boy)
Vol. II, Ch. 12 (John the Baptist)
Vol. VIII, Ch. 77 (Eleven Apostles)
Vol. V, Ch. 44 (The 72)

LABOR DAY
Vol. I, Ch. 4 (Shepherds)
Vol. III, Ch. 21 (Zebadee)
Vol. III, Ch. 26 (Matthew)
Vol. IV, Ch. 32 (Five Wealthy Women)

MOTHER'S DAY
Vol. I, Prologue (Mary)
Vol. I, Ch. 1 (Elizabeth)
Vol. IV, Ch. 40 (Phoenecian Woman)
Vol. V, Ch. 48 (Martha)

NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE DAY
Vol. III, Ch. 22 (Simon the Zealot)
Vol. VI, Ch. 53 (Royal Subjects)

THANKSGIVING
Vol. I, Ch. 6 (The Wise Men)
Vol. II, Ch. 16 (Merchants, Bankers & Widow)
Vol. IV, Ch. 35 (Nature)

VALENTINE'S DAY OR WEDDING
Vol. I, Ch. 10 (Salome)
Vol. II, Ch. 20 (Peter's Mother-in-Law)
Vol. VIII, Ch. 76 (James, Jesus' Brother)


OCCUPATIONS

BLUE-COLLAR
Vol. I, Ch. 2 & 3 (Carpenter)
Vol. I, Ch. 10 (Carpenter)
Vol. I, Ch. 4 (Shepherd)
Vol. III, Ch. 21 (Fisherman)
Vol. IV, Ch. 31 (Prostitute)

RELIGIOUS LEADER
Vol. I, Ch. 6 & 7 (Wise Men)
Vol. I, Ch. 8 (Zachariah)
Vol. I, Ch. 9 (King-Scholars-Boy)
Vol. II, Ch. 12 (John the Baptist I)
Vol. II, Ch. 16 (Merchants-Bankers-Widow)
Vol. II, Ch. 17 (Nichodemus)
Vol. III, Ch. 28 (Pharisees)
Vol. III, Ch. 29 (Twelve Apostles)
Vol. V, Ch. 42 (Moses & Elijah)
Vol. V, Ch. 45 (Sanhedrin)

POLITICIAN-GOVT. EMPLOYEE
Vol. I, Prologue (Head of State)
Vol. I, Ch. 6 & 7 (Head of State)
Vol. II, Ch. 11 (Governor)
Vol. II, Ch. 19 (Administrator)
Vol. III, Ch. 22 (Governor)
Vol. III, Ch. 26 (Tax Collector)
Vol. VI, Ch. 60 (Head of State)
Vol. VII, Ch. 61 (Governor)

WHITE-COLLAR
Vol. I, Ch. 6 & 7 (Scientist-Scholar)
Vol. II, Ch. 17 (Merchant-Banker)
Vol. III, Ch. 25 (Salesman)
Vol. III, Ch. 27 (Investor)
Vol. III, Ch. 30 (Funeral Director)
Vol. IV, Ch. 32 (Benefactor)
Vol. IV, Ch. 33 (Lawyer)
Vol. VI, Ch. 51 (Investor)
Vol. VII, Ch. 66 (Inherited Wealth?)

MILITARY
Vol. II, Ch. 19 (Centurion)
Vol. III, Ch. 33 (Terrorist)
Vol. VII, Ch. 67 (Guards)
LIFE PROBLEMS

TOO YOUNG
Vol. I, Prologue (Mary)
Vol. I, Ch. 9 (King, Scholars, Boy)

TOO OLD
Vol. I, Ch. 1 (Elizabeth)
Vol. I, Ch. 5 (Anna & Simeon)
Vol. I, Ch. 8 (Zechariah)

FRIENDSHIPS
Vol. I, Ch. 9 (John and Jesus)
Vol. I, Ch. 10 (Salome & Mary)
Vol. II, Ch. 14 (Andrew & Philip)
Vol. II, (Nathaniel & Philip)
Vol. III, Ch. 29 (Twelve Apostles)
Vol. VI, Ch. 56 (Judas & Jesus)
Vol. VI, Ch. 58 (Jesus & Apostles)
Vol. VIII, Ch. 75 (500 Witnesses)

DISCOURAGEMENT
Vol. I,  Ch. 2 (Joseph)
Vol. II, Ch. 11 (Pilate)
Vol. II, Ch. 16 (Poor Widow)
Vol. III, Ch. 21 (Zebedee)
Vol. III, Ch. 22 (Simon Zealot)
Vol. III, Ch. 23 (Three With Demons)
Vol. IV, Ch. 39 (Jesus)
Vol. V, Ch. 48 (Martha [ADD])
Vol. VI, Ch. 57 (Jesus)
Vol. VII, Ch. 69 (Peter)
Vol. VIII, Ch. 71 (Apostles I)

SOCIAL ISOLATION
Vol. I, Ch. 3 (Joseph)
Vol. II, Ch. 12 (John the Baptist)
Vol. II, Ch. 18 (Samaritan Woman)
Vol. III, Ch. 26 (Matthew)
Vol. IV, Ch. 37 (Neighbors)
Vol. V, Ch. 47 (Parents of Blind Man)
Vol. VI Ch. 51 (Zachaeus)
Vol. VI, Ch. 54 (Foreign Grecians)

TEMPTATION
Vol. II, Ch. 13 (Satan)
Vol. III, Ch. 27 (Judas I)
Vol. IV, Ch. 31 (Pharisee & Prostitute)
Vol. VI, Ch. 56 (Judas II)
Vol. VI, Ch. 57 (Angel & Devil)
Vol. VII, Ch. 69 (Peter)

DEATH
Vol. II, Ch. 19 (Nobleman & Centurion)
Vol. II, Ch. 20 (Peter's Ma-In-Law)
Vol. III, Ch. 30 (Widow of Nain's Son)
Vol. IV, Ch. 36 (Girl and Lady)
Vol. IV, Ch. 38 (John Baptist II)
Vol. V, Ch. 42 (Moses & Elijah)
Vol. V, Ch. 49 (Lazarus)
Vol. VII, Ch. 63 & 64 (Crucifixion)
Vol. VII, Ch. 65 (Thieves on Cross)
Vol. VII, Ch. 67 (Guards)
Vol. VII, Ch. 70 (James the Less & Family)
Vol. VIII, Ch. 77 (11 Apostles II)
ILLNESSES & HANDICAPS
(some chosen by author because of symptoms given to a
character when the specific illness was not told in the Bible)

Vol. II, Ch. 19 (Palsy, Fatality)
Vol. II, Ch. 20 (Several)
Vol. III, Ch. 22 (Digestive System)
Vol. III, Ch. 24 (Lameness, Disfigurement, Fatal)
Vol. III, Ch. 25 (Paralysis)
Vol. III, Ch. 28 (Several)
Vol. III, Ch. 30 (Cystic Fibrosis, Fatality)
Vol.IV, Ch. 32 (Amputation)
Vol. IV, Ch. 34 (Seizures)
Vol. IV, Ch. 36 (Female Problems)
Vol. IV, Ch. 40 (Infantile Paralysis)
Vol. V, Ch. 41 (Blindness, Deafness)
Vol. V, Ch. 46 (Blindness)
Vol. VII, Ch. 63 & 64 (Fatality)
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