For my Friday meme combo this week I have chosen The Last Eyewitness: The Final Week by Chris Seay and David Capes. I read this book every year during the week leading up to Easter and I find it quite helpful to do so. The following description is from the back cover:
A beautiful retelling of the last week in the life of Jesus Christ (from John 13-21), including 17 dramatic illustrations by Rob Pepper. This unique work captures the urgency of the last living disciple telling his students about the most significant event in history. It includes first person commentary told in John’s voice with comments from Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The compelling story gives the reader the sense of being around a campfire with first century believers, hearing the story directly from John. So come into the story, smell the mixture of the salty air and billows of smoke floating from the bonfire and hear the Last Eyewitness.
Now for this week’s excerpts:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
The beginning of The Last Eyewitness:
In the beginning…there was no written word.
Right about now, I can hear you thinking, “What?” But it’s true.
It’s a good beginning, but I know where it’s going, because I’ve read it a few times before.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It’s that simple.
From page 56 of The Last Eyewitness:
Then they spat in His face and hit Him. Some of them smacked Him, slapped Him across the cheeks, and jeered and taunted:
“Well, Messiah. Prophesy for us, if You can – who hit You? And who is about to hit You next?“
Familiar and apt words for today. That’s it for this week. I’ll probably finish off this book over the weekend.