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Estelle Parke Book Review: "Seeing the Life" by Sophie Dawson
By Estelle M. Parke
Jun 18, 2014 - 12:20:28 AM

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I have just finished reading this novel and have found it to be a captivating book, written from a quite unique perspective. As a work of fiction, based heavily on fact, it provides the reader with a gratifyingly personal and intimate account of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth, from the time of His birth right through until after His death and resurrection.

The author has developed the characters very well and has woven them into a setting which comes across as realistic and entirely believable, given the time frame in which this story evolves.

Biblical characters come alive as being pleasantly real and decidedly unpretentious people, who find themselves thrust into the unusual and astonishing position of being closely involved at the point where Heaven invades Earth.

It is abundantly obvious that the author has carefully researched all facets of life and living pertaining to the time in which this story is set. The result is that the characters slide seamlessly into the setting and the story comes alive in a most realistic and credible manner.

Whilst the writer has taken several necessary liberties with the positioning of the various characters, scriptural correctness has been carefully maintained. This authenticity promotes within the reader the feeling that one has been transported into Bible times and finds the Biblical characters to be not at all dissimilar to modern people in their desires, aspirations, struggles and hopes.

I am pleased to recommend this book as one that would be of interest to a wide readership, because it is well-written, carefully researched, correct according to scripture, but manages to tell its story without the undue promotion of any particular religious belief system. This book is unique in both its perspective and its impact.

Estelle M. Parke
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Seeing the Life introduces the characters of Micah and Dassa, a young couple who befriend Joseph and Mary and witness the life of Yeshua (Jesus). Through the years, Micah and Dassa share their friends' joys and sorrows, and watch Yeshua grow to become a rabbi. As scribe to Joseph of Arimethea, Micah does what the Pharisee cannot: he writes down his thoughts about the young man he's known all his life.

Sophie Dawson is Midwestern born and bred and is the author of several novels, including the Cottonwood Series and Stone Creek Series. Her novel Healing Love has won three awards: AuthorStand 2012 Gold Medal, Indiebook 2012 Silver Medal, and Readers' Favorite 2013 Silver Medal. Her books have also been #1 Best Sellers in their genre on Amazon. She is a member of Christian Independent Authors and Association of Independent Authors. An award-winning quilter with eclectic interests, Dawson posts to several blogs, including Little Bits Blog on her website, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Iowa Wesleyan College.

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