Jesus’ Silent Years Book 4: Homecoming

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De Volta ao Lar , volume quatro, leva Jesus de volta a Israel do Egito com seus vinte e tantos anos. Caminhamos com ele e seus amigos pelo deserto. Testemunhamos a lenta cura de um amigo,



The stories of romance, grief, and violence dance to the drumbeat of destiny. They fill in a few gaps of what might have been.

Home has been famously defined as the place people have to take you, when no one else will. Some homecomings are less than what they’re cracked up to be. One of Jesus’ friends comes home to a dead wife, an enemy comes home to hell, another friend to her “mother issues,” and a fourth friend to a more cohesive, kindly sense of self. Jesus comes home to his rightful place as Messiah. Like him, we only find home as we journey with friends, listening to the Spirit, with one eye on our true home.

Homecoming, volume four, takes Jesus back to Israel from Egypt in his late twenties. We walk with him, and his friends, through the desert. We witness the slow healing of one friend, Slow, who’s been fractured into many parts by childhood sexual abuse. We see the ambivalence of Barabbas (aka Rabbus), teetering on the brink of following Jesus or giving into his desire for revenge. Jesus learns to trust God for water out of hard rock. We learn by story how God seeds us, weeds us, tenders us into adulthood, each in our own way.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 10 × 0.5 in

1 review for Jesus’ Silent Years Book 4: Homecoming

  1. Liz Brown

    My relationship with Jesus enhanced by reading of others’ relationships with Him

    I have ordered and now been blessed to read all four of Vance Shepperson books, Jesus’ Silent Years. AWESOME This “historical fiction” is really a profound and spiritual examination of human beings in relationship with God, Father (EL ABBA), Son (JESUS) and Holy Spirit (Windy). All this theology is smuggled into stories that entertain even as they teach. The stories are told through the eyes of Jesus and the characters who surround His early life. These back stories, from various points of view, include many of the parables.

    Jesus is a very real human being in these books. We see him grow up from age 13 to 30. He’s fully human, as Christianity teaches regarding the Incarnation. His temptations and sufferings, as a teenage boy, as a young man in love, and as a man betrayed, imprisoned, abused, etc., all give profound insight into the role of prayer, faith, and relationship with God through the course of life. We feel his suffering and joys with him, and realize he too joins with us through his Spirit in our modern lives.

    While reading these fictional backstories I got great insight into the Gospels and a deeper sense of my own relationship with God. In the author’s own words, “You can find most of these people inside you.” In doing so, you learn much about yourself, about yourself in relationship with others, with God, and even with Satan (through their temptations).

    The many characters, Mary and Joseph, Cousin John (later the Baptist), Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Mary Magdelaine Zacchaeus, Pilate, and more, each show us something of ourselves, and give insight into ourselves in relationship with God and our neighbor.

    I have gained profound insight into myself and my relationships with God and my neighbors through reading these stories of Jesus and his friends, foes, and family members. As a Priest with a Master’s Degree in Theology, I highly recommend these books to all who are seeking deeper relationships and a deeper understanding of themselves and of their faith.

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