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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Rourke Narrator: Gabra Zackman Publisher: Harlequin Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN:
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Wife to Chuza, King Herod's chief steward, Joanna lives a life of luxury in the city of Sepphoris, the jewel of the Galilee. Yet not even the finest doctors can restore health to her lungs, which have ailed her since childhood. But Joanna has heard talk of a local healer, and the rumors intrigue her. She has only once seen this Jesus of Nazareth from a distance, thronged by mobs proclaiming his latest miracle. His mother is Joanna's own cousin Mary, whose family disowned Joanna for forsaking Jewish law in favor of Roman customs. Intending to ask her estranged cousin to arrange a meeting with her son, Joanna sets off on the dusty road to Nazareth.

Jesus indeed has the power to heal Joanna's body, but it is her soul that blossoms through her friendship with Mary, and as one of Jesus' disciples. But as word of Jesus' miracles reach Herod's court and the ruler becomes increasingly wary of his fame among the people, intrigue, treachery, and murder cast shadows onto Joanna's new path, changing her life forever. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 2/11/2014

    " This is such a moving book. It really helps that my husband and I read the bible and love it but even if I had not it givens great insight into life in biblical times. Elegant writing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 1/6/2014

    " This book was only ok. The writing was bad, but it was a good idea. I almost stopped reading it halfway through. It's the author's first novel, and you can totally tell! Her sentences don't always go together well, and there isn't much flow. I don't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg Baker | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoyed reading Rourke's gentle story of Mary and Joanna, two cousins crossing paths near the end of Mary's son's ministry. In an era shrouded in mystery, any thing is possible, but Rourke's story sounds plausible and makes a meaningful contribution to one's lenten preparation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/14/2013

    " Worth the read. Historical fiction on Bible characters, Joanna (wife of Herod's chief steward) and her cousin Mary (Jesus's mom). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/8/2013

    " Put a more human and fleshed-out spin on the brief stories I've heard for so many years of my life at church. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 10/25/2013

    " Not particularly well-written... kind of stiff in style, however, it was an interesting take on the life of Jesus and Mary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerith | 10/8/2013

    " Pretty writing but the story never really came together or got believable, plus she uses some truly ungainly metaphors. Still, fun to read for the history and the perspective of Chuza's (Herod Antipas' steward) wife Joanna as she chooses to follow Jesus after he heals her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Brown | 10/7/2013

    " This book was an easy and quick read. I enjoyed the different perspective on Mary as a woman as well as the mother of Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/19/2013

    " This book is about Mary the mother of Jesus and her cousin. It was a wonderful, easy read. Mary became a real person to me through this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie | 3/18/2013

    " An interesting tale that incorporates many Bible stories I've known since childhood, it contains virtually no descriptions which made it almost impossible to imagine anything. However, the way the author draws from one-verse references to weave her story is amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Bowen | 10/1/2012

    " Very slow...I thought I was really going to enjoy this - it had a wonderful ending, but didn't enjoy the story very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 7/5/2012

    " easy to read...simply a nice read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 iluvbooks/ | 2/7/2012

    " I think this book is a religish book and i found it a little boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 10/16/2011

    " Interesting novel that puts you into the lives of those around Jesus. Good quick read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorahl | 10/4/2011

    " So-so. Was dry and I wanted to just get to the end of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 7/20/2011

    " Interesting retelling of Jesus' story from a very minor character mentioned in the Bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 5/16/2011

    " Loved this for many reasons, but most of all how it helps the reader understand the humanity of Jesus, and the context of the times in which he lived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/17/2011

    " Interesting perspective on Mary of Nazareth, mother of Jesus, and her cousin Joanna, wife of Herod's chief steward.
    Easy quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 1/18/2011

    " I enjoyed reading Rourke's gentle story of Mary and Joanna, two cousins crossing paths near the end of Mary's son's ministry. In an era shrouded in mystery, any thing is possible, but Rourke's story sounds plausible and makes a meaningful contribution to one's lenten preparation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 1/4/2011

    " Loved this for many reasons, but most of all how it helps the reader understand the humanity of Jesus, and the context of the times in which he lived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 7/5/2010

    " Not particularly well-written... kind of stiff in style, however, it was an interesting take on the life of Jesus and Mary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 8/3/2009

    " This is such a moving book. It really helps that my husband and I read the bible and love it but even if I had not it givens great insight into life in biblical times. Elegant writing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 6/25/2009

    " This book was only ok. The writing was bad, but it was a good idea. I almost stopped reading it halfway through. It's the author's first novel, and you can totally tell! Her sentences don't always go together well, and there isn't much flow. I don't recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 6/16/2009

    " Very slow...I thought I was really going to enjoy this - it had a wonderful ending, but didn't enjoy the story very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 3/13/2009

    " Interesting novel that puts you into the lives of those around Jesus. Good quick read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/12/2009

    " This book is about Mary the mother of Jesus and her cousin. It was a wonderful, easy read. Mary became a real person to me through this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/15/2009

    " Interesting retelling of Jesus' story from a very minor character mentioned in the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/30/2008

    " Worth the read. Historical fiction on Bible characters, Joanna (wife of Herod's chief steward) and her cousin Mary (Jesus's mom). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 7/7/2008

    " easy to read...simply a nice read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 4/10/2008

    " Not as good as The Red Tent, but same idea.
    I think the author did a good job of portraying Jesus and Mary as fictional characters. Especially the ideas of the New Testament. "Love your neighor as you love your brother."
    "

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