Coming JULY 1, 2014


The Family of Jesus



Genre: Bible Study & Reference/New Testament/Biography

Series: Life-Changing Bible Study Series/Heart of the Collection #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.


  • Series: Life-Changing Bible Study Series
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476707375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476707372


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Coming July 1, 2014

Heart of the Story Collection – Book 1

For the first time ever, Karen brings you a fictional view of six of the family members of Jesus, all anchored by Scriptural truth, creating a life-changing and unprecedented emotional connection to the Bible.

You will develop an emotional connection to the family members of Jesus, learning about their lives and falling in love with Scripture along the way. Bible studies and devotionals abound, and in churches everywhere people gather to seek a deeper understanding of God’s Word and its application to their lives. But too often these studies engage only the analytic approach to Bible learning.

In The Family of Jesus, you will laugh, cry, and ultimately care more deeply about the Bible by helping you grasp the truths in Scripture not just with your mind, but with your heart. The characters in these short stories were among those closest to Jesus—Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth. Each has a compelling tale to tell. The Family of Jesus not only provides a deeper understanding of the relatives of our Savior, but also helps readers acquire tools that will draw them closer to Christ, to the Scriptures, and to each other.

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THE FAMILY OF JESUS by Karen Kingsbury is a spiritual Bible Study & Reference/New Testament/Biography. #1 in the “Life-Changing Bible Study Series/Heart of the Collection” series. An interesting take of Jesus’ relative.

In The Family of Jesus, Karen offers a fictional view of six of the family members of Jesus, all anchored by Scriptural truth, creating a life-changing and unprecedented emotional connection to the Bible.”

A collection of short stories. It will give you a connection to Jesus’ family you never thought to gain though reading the Bible. Some of the characters are said to be the closest to Jesus…Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist, Zechariah, Jesus’ brother James, and Elizabeth, each has a compelling tale to tell itself. Although, I had a difficult time understanding or getting into the story. I believe, it is more of a fictional telling of Jesus’ family, therefore, it was hard to wrap your mind around it and separate facts from fiction. It was difficult to embrace the concept. I love Ms. Kingsbury’s books but this one I had difficulty reading. I do plan to try to re-read at a later date. I understand it is a fictional tale of Jesus’ and his family that is to help the reader connect on a personal level with the Bible. Received for an honest review from the publisher.




REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More





From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, known for her “signature mix of melodrama, formula, and genuine emotional punch” (Publishers Weekly), a dramatic story about character, compromise, and the cost of having it all.Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.