Monday, January 3, 2011

Book Review: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

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Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus:
A Journey Through the Lands and Lessons of Christ
by Wayne Stiles

ISBN-13: 978-0-8307-4661-3
Hardback: 192 pages
Publisher: Regal
Released: 2008

Source: Bought through

Book Description from Back Cover:
Imagine following Jesus along the road, listening in on His conversations and learning the lessons He taught in the holy places He traveled. Join author Wayne Stiles as he walks in the steps of Jesus through Bethlehem, Samaria, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Caesarea, and beyond. Sit with Jesus beside a well with a lonely woman in Samaria, meet in the darkness with a Jerusalem Pharisee searching for truth, befriend a group of fishermen with a sea of false expectations, and return with Him to a hometown tragically ready to reject the announcement of His kingdom.

As you experience the Holy Land through the sights, tastes and sounds of Stiles’s engaging personal travelogue, you will not only discover more about these sacred places, you’ll see how their history and landscape influenced the lessons Christ taught His earliest listeners. By retracing the windswept roads Jesus took during His earthly life and ministry, you will encounter Him in a fresh and vital way and grow to a greater understanding of His will for your life.

My Review:
Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus is a description of Wayne Stiles' travels in the Holy Land, and he describes the modern sites in the order Jesus would have encountered them. I've traveled to Israel, and this travelogue accurately portrayed what traveling in Israel is like. The author's style was entertaining, and his faith lessons insightful, but I'd expected more detail on what the actual sites looked like.

The author gave a brief description of what the modern site looked like, the quirky people there, what happened there (in the Bible), some historical and cultural background to the events, and a faith lesson based on the site and events that happened there. He also described the shopping stops and more mundane traveling moments. There were 11 black and white pictures from his trips and 3 black and white maps.

At the back, there was a Scripture Index and a Site Index. This book reminded me of the "That The World Many Know" DVD series. I like the faith lesson better in this book, but I think you get a better sense of what a site looks like by watching the "That The World Many Know" DVD series.

The main places in this book were Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity), Timna Park (tabernacle replica), Beth-Semesh (landscape), Shiloh (ruins of city), Jerusalem (model of temple mount, Western Wall, tunnel at Western Wall, a bar mitzvah, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Cardo St., via Dolorosa, Upper Room, "Tomb of David," Church of St. Peter in Gallicanta, Monastery of the Flagellation), Jordan River (baptism sites), wilderness of Judea, Dead Sea Scroll caves, church where Moses lifted up the bronze serpent, Samaria (Jacob's well), Nazareth (Church of the Annunciation), Nof Ginosar museum ("Jesus" boat), Sea of Galilee (ride on replica of Jesus-era boat), Capernaum, Bethsaida, Gamla, the ancient International Highway/via Maris, Hazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Mt. Hermon, Perea region, Jericho, Mount of Olives (Dominus Flevit church, Church of All Nations, Garden of Gethsemane), Tabgha (church of the Primacy of St. Peter), Mount Arbel, Ephesus, Patmos (Monastery of St. John).

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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