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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thoughtful Thursdays ~ A Book That Makes You Think!

 I've been MIA lately, my apologies.  Spring has sprung and with it the most awful case of seasonal allergies I've ever experienced.  I can't seem to breathe or think clearly these days.  I've spent a lot of time with my stuffy nose stuck in books in the past week.  My most recent read, Iscariot by Tosca Lee, is worthy of sharing with you all.  Please, don't miss this masterful retelling of a story we only thought we knew.


"In Jesus, Judas believes he has found the One – the promised Messiah and future king of the Jews, destined to overthrow Roman rule. Galvanized, he joins the Nazarene’s followers; ready to enact the change he has waited for all his life. But soon Judas’ vision of a nation free from Rome is crushed by the inexplicable actions of the Nazarene himself, who will not bow to social or religious convention – who seems, in the end, to even turn against his own people. At last, Judas must confront the fact that the master he loves is not the liberator he hoped for, but a man bent on a drastically different agenda.
Iscariot is the story of Judas, from this tumultuous childhood to his emergence as the man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But even more, it’s a singular and surprising view into the life of Jesus that forces us to reexamine everything we thought we knew about the most famous – and infamous – religious icons in history."


Tosca Lee is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research.  Iscariot delivers all that and more.  It makes you think.  It makes you ask the question, Would I have done the same?

My Review:


Tosca Lee retells the story of Judas, as only she can.  Vivid imagery sets the scene so that you find yourself wishing to brush the dust off your feet, immerse yourself in the Jordan, and search those around you for the beloved face of your Master.  It was not only a closer look at who Judas might have been, but an intimate look at what it was to walk with Jesus, to have him call you friend.  Tosca's beautiful prose tells stories both old and new, so that we get a glimpse into the heart and mind of Judas.  Perhaps, there is more to the story than you know.  What we've always been told was Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.  Why?  He was the only disciple that Jesus called friend.  Why would he betray Jesus? 

I won't spoil the story for you, but at the end, you do ask yourself... Would I have done the same? 

Iscariot is a beautifully moving read.  Don't miss this one.