Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: November 10, 2023

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted each week by Rose City Reader. It’s a chance to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading this week. You can check out others’ book beginnings here. I’m also going to link up with Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower for First Line Friday.

This week’s book beginning:


Accompanied by His lifelong friend, Nur, the young Jesus ventures throughout the towns and villages of Israel, Palestine, and across the sea to the port city of Ephesus. With Nur always at His side, Jesus experiences the joys and hardships of humanity—Jews and gentiles, rich and poor, believers and nonbelievers, freemen and slaves.

Nichols’ gifted storytelling brings forth this unique perspective on the life of the Messiah, providing a rare insight into His personal joys and suffering. The reader will experience the emotions of His power and authority when, on a mountaintop above Capernaum, He pronounces the future, and a spectacular miracle occurs in the city below.

The Orphan

The shadows of Mount Tabor crept across the desert floor toward the city. A young boy clad in a calf-length grey tunic, belt, and sandals glanced over his shoulder as he entered the synagogue grounds.

And thank you to Anne at Head Full of Books for taking up the Friday 56 mantle! Freda, who previously hosted the Friday 56, is dealing with some personal things and has stepped away. Freda, you’re in our thoughts and prayers, and we miss you in the book blogging world. Hope you’re able to return soon!

He told his new crew the vessel was modeled after those of ancient times, but improvements to its structure gave it exceptional speed in good waters.

What do you think? Would you keep reading? Keep your eyes out in the next few days for my full review.

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. It starts each Friday and runs through the following Thursday. Each week, there’s a new prompt featuring a book-related question. It’s designed to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, make new blogging friends, and gain followers. See what others have to say on this topic and link up your own post here.

Do you consider yourself a bookworm or a reader? 
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Top 20 Funniest Bookworm Memes

That pretty much says it all. I am a BOOK DRAGON. I devour books. I need books like I need air. (Okay, I can put them down long enough to sleep, feed the family, take care of basic hygiene, and tend to my day job that keeps the lights on.) Being a reader sounds so casual. Books and I are in a very serious, very long-term relationship.

What about you? Bookworm or reader, or somewhere in between? Stop by the Book Blogger Hop to see what others have to say, and leave a link of your own!

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2 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: November 10, 2023

  1. I love reading Christian fiction if I feel that the story has real credibility. How does this hold up to what you know as the truth?

    • I’m early in the book yet. The character of Nur isn’t in the scriptural narrative, to be sure, but so far I haven’t come across anything that’s made me say, well that’s just wrong.

      M. D. House’s Barabbas books are quite good. They’re a fictional account of what happened to Barabbas after he was released in Jesus’ place. Do we know it happened like House described? No. Could it have? Yes, it could. Fascinating to think about! And I highly recommend The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold. It’s modern, not historical, but it is wonderful.

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