When Jesus Wept by Bodie and Brock Thoene | iPad Mini Giveaway, Facebook Party and Blog Tour

Welcome to the campaign launch for Bodie and Brock Thoene’s new series, Jerusalem Chronicles. The first offering in that series, When Jesus Wept, is already receiving critical praise. Publishers Weekly says, “Page-turning . . . Set against the political and religious turmoil of the times, the Thoenes’ story vividly reimagines the evolving friendship between Jesus and Lazarus.”

Celebrate the release of When Jesus Wept with the Thoenes by entering their iPad Mini giveaway and RSVPing to their {4/23} Facebook Author Chat party!

One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A brand new iPad Mini
  • A book club kit – 10 copies of When Jesus Wept

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 22nd. Winner will be announced at the “When Jesus Wept” Author Chat Party on 4/23. Connect with the Thoenes, get a sneak peek of the next book in the Jerusalem Chronicles series, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be fun giveaways – gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of When Jesus Wept and join Bodie and Brock on the evening of the April 23rd for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!


{More about When Jesus Wept}

Book 1 in the Thoene’s new  Jerusalem Chronicles.

Brock and Bodie Thoene’s most powerful and climactic writing project to date, When Jesus Wept, captures the power and the passion of the men and women who lived through the most important days in the history of the world.

Lazarus occupies a surprising position in the Gospel accounts. Widely known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, his story is actually much broader and richer than that. Living as he did at Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus was uniquely placed to witness the swirl of events around Jesus. When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles series by bestselling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus’ ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus. With rich insights from vineyard owners and vine dressers, the Thoenes explore the metaphor of Jesus as the True Vine, harvesting the ancient secrets found in the Old Testament.

Weaving the life of Lazarus, who owned a vineyard, into the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ will help you understand it is the hand of Love Divine that holds the knife, that cuts and breaks with such tender and loving touch, and that we who have born some fruit, after the pruning, can bear much more.

Purchase a copy here.

Bodie and Brock Thoene

{More About Bodie and Brock Thoene}

Bodie and Brock Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee) are bestselling authors of over sixty-five works of historical fiction. Their timeless classics have sold more than thirty-five million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards. The Thoenes have four grown children and eight grandchildren. They divide their time between Hawaii, London, and Nevada.

Find out more about Bodie and Brock at http://www.thoenebooks.com.


‘Page-turning . . . Set against the political and religious turmoil of the times, the Thoenes’ story vividly reimagines the evolving friendship between Jesus and Lazarus.’Publishers Weekly 



    When Jesus Wept. The shortest and most poignant piece of scripture. In Bodie and Brock’s latest historical fiction they speculate what may have happened between Jesus and Lazarus. Lazarus is a vinedresser and after he sees Jesus turn water into wine in Cana he is curious about this teacher from Galilee. Jesus and Lazarus talk among his vines and become friends, Jesus using the vines as an example of His Father being the vine dresser, pruning the branches so that there would be new growth. Lazarus understood that.
    Brock and Bodie have written a beautiful book that grabs your heart and doesn’t let go.

    Written by Radiant Light on April 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://frommipov.blogspot.com/2013/04/jesus-wept-bodie-brock-thoene.html


    Bodie and Brock Thoene have created a stirring account of the life of Lazarus in their latest book, “When Jesus Wept”. I have always been curious about how Lazarus and Jesus met and formed a relationship, and the authors have done a tremendous job of staying true to the Biblical account while exploring how their friendship may have formed. The result is a moving, entertaining story that is sure to please fans of Biblical fiction!

    Written by Christian Fiction Addiction on April 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RPNQT59J3ZOUL/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • Many parts of the story beautifully and realistically captured life as it was during this important time in history. I loved the descriptions of Jesus, and who doesn’t wonder what it was like to have a personal daily relationship with Jesus and his disciples. Lazarus and Jesus had an amazing friendship, and this story takes us on a journey to experience that relationship first hand.

    Written by Along the Way on April 22, 2013 | e


    A good start to a new series about the life of Jesus, seen from Lazarus’ viewpoint. The novel is rich with insight about the political atmosphere of the time, vineyards, plagues, etc. I have reservations about what Lazarus experienced while dead (speculation) but other than that, a fine historical novel.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3RO9EM5ZXUGFE/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0310335930&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    “Jesus wept.” The shortest verse in the Bible, and probably the most memorized among young Sunday School students, it is also the cause of one of the most asked questions among churchgoers and theologians: Why did Jesus weep?
    In this novelization of the story of Lazarus and his sisters, we see the relationship between David ben Lazarus and Jesus of Nazareth as it begins and grows. It is not only a relationship of Lord and disciple, but also one of true friendship. While of course the back story of their bond is imagined by the authors, it is interesting to see how it MIGHT have happened. There are some wonderful lines and concepts throughout the novel. My favorite is when Lazarus, speaking of Jesus, said that His sigh shook the universe. Beautifully poetic….

    Written by THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R314O9A5TXCYZX/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0310335930&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    I have long been a fan of Bodie and Brock Thoene’s books. When Jesus Wept, Bodie’s and Brock’s newest fiction novel written from the perspective of the resurrected Lazarus of Bethany, was one of the best novels I’ve read by this duo. Set around the time of Jesus’ appearance into the ministry, I was quickly drawn into Lazarus’ life, the characters’ situations, and the portrayal of the Lord Jesus. Bodie and Brock have a magnificent way of making the Lord palpable, as if I could reach through the book and touch Him. The emotion, the plot, and the writing are all beautiful. I highly recommend this novel, and I know I’ll be looking forward to Book 2!

    Written by Jami’s Words on April 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://jamiswords.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-jesus-wept-litfuse-review.html


    The magnitude of these thoughts made me think how much more our Lord really is, more than we can really fathom in our finite minds. I am in awe of how magnificient He will be face to face.

    Written by Faithful Books on April 20, 2013 | e


    We pretty much know the story about Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. That is until now. Bodie and Brock Thoene in their new book, “When Jesus Wept” has given us a fictionalized story about Lazarus and his time with Jesus as well as many other encounters that were told us in the Gospels. Obviously it is not the Bible however it sure is a lot of fun and gives us a better picture of what life with Jesus might have been like back then. All the subplots that the Thoene’s have worked into this book help the narrative and I liked it a lot. I am certainly looking forward to the next book in this series.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on April 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R14798VU0PLYIK


    This is an incredibly powerful book that follows the life of an ordinary man, Lazarus, into the heart of God’s extraordinary plan. The Thoene’s have outdone themselves with this tribute to Jesus Christ and his ministry. The setting and historical facts are impeccable, and the story line takes you right to the heart of this dear friend of our Lord. With Biblical accuracy, they have given life to those surrounding one of the most amazing miracles in the New Testament.

    Written by His Morning Glory on April 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://hismorningglory.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-jesus-wept-contest.html


    Have you ever wanted to step back in time, inside a time period or place in the bible? I have, and Bodie & Brock Thoene just transported me there. In When Jesus Wept, the Thoenes brought to me a deeper understanding of Jesus and Lazarus’s relationship with one another as well as the connection that Lazarus had with so many other people and situations that the Bible speaks about.

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on April 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://theunsells.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-jesus-wept-litfuse-book-blog-tour.html


    Each time I read another of Bodie and Brock Thoene’s novels I feel as if my faith grows by leaps and bounds in addition to acquiring new biblical knowledge!

    ‘When Jesus Wept’ brings to life the deep relationship betwixt Jesus and Lazarus and his extended family. Anyone who follows the Thoene’s novels will not be disappointed in Book #1 of the ‘Jerusalem Chronicles’, yet another reflection of their work of love and faith. Then again, each of their novels seems to get better and better as time goes by! How do they do it?

    Written by (Live and) Dream a little dream on April 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R35QK0SQNWQEFE/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0310335930&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    This book will leave you wanting more. I’m glad this is only the first book in the Jerusalem Chronicles. That means we have more to look forward to reading.

    Written by sunny island breezes on April 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RCID2CNU90BQH/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0310335930&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    I really enjoyed how the authors showed the closeness of Jesus with this family. We know from Scripture how much he loved them and this book really focuses on his friendship with them. I also enjoyed how we are helped to understand the historical events of this time – the politics, the Romans and their mistreatment of the Jewish people, and the hypocrisy of the Jewish leaders (which we know to be true from Jesus’ words to them in the Bible). I actually teared up several times during the reading of this book because of the tenderness I felt in several situations.

    Written by Julie @ More of Him on April 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.moreofhim.net/2013/04/book-review-when-jesus-wept.html


    Knowing that the Thoenes penned over 65 works of historical fiction and are awarded authors, I was thrilled at the opportunity to read this novel.

    “When Jesus Wept” is written from Lazarus’ perspective of various Biblical occurrences, such as hearing the message of repentance from John the Baptist, witnessing Jesus’ baptism, which was the first time Lazarus laid eyes on Jesus.

    The Authors vividly depict the unfolding events, miracles and controversy that surrounded Jesus’ ministry. The Thoene’s managed to intertwine the Biblical accuracies of the time along with great Historical fiction content amazingly.

    Written by Saved By Grace on April 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1MOM916AF9WUA/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    It was very interesting to see how they handled Lazarus’s death and resurrection, and I felt it was well done. I loved how they highlighted the power of Jesus’ voice in the moment when he called out Lazarus’ name, and that even though it meant leaving the beauty of Heaven, Lazarus was powerless to do anything but willingly obey the call of the Master to come back to earth and serve his Lord and Friend throughout any more days given to him.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on April 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1LR3PVS48M06A


    Brock and Bodie Thoene have taken the Biblical record and considerably expanded on it in their newest book, When Jesus Wept. What results is a well-researched and intimate portrayal of Lazarus — a what-if study of his life, death and faith in Jesus

    Written by By The Book on April 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://rbclibrary.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/book-review-when-jesus-wept/


    Anything that comes from the pen of Brock & Bodie Thoene is instant gold. I really enjoyed their A.D. Chronicles series and was happy to see they were starting another series. The Thoenes did an excellent job on their last Biblical fiction series, and this one promised to be as good from the sounds of it.

    Written by Thoughts of a Sojourner on April 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://thoughtsofasojourner.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-jesus-wept-by-brock-bodie-thoene.html


    Known for their attention to historical detail and accuracy, the Thoenes shine in Jesus Wept. My reading of Thoene novels goes back to 1994 and Twilight of Courage, so it was a no-brainer for me to want to read this novel! The story brought a new dimension to Jesus–a friend. We know Him as Lord, and we know he had friends, but it’s one thing to read that He had friends and another to see what that friendship might have looked like. The story is told through Lazarus’s point of view, and it was intriguing to see the Thoene’s tie several events in the New Testament (the healing of the boy with mud on his eyes, the healing of the beggar told to pick up his mat on the Sabbath) to Lazarus’s life. Some felt a bit too convenient, but it did not detract from the story at all. An enjoyable read!

    Written by Ronie on April 15, 2013 | e


    I’ve learned to really appreciate ‘seeing’ events of the Bible from deep within the perspective of a story character. When Jesus Wept does a beautiful job of that, or reminding readers that Bible characters weren’t some kind of super-humans who didn’t experience the same emotions and fears and struggles we humans of today do.
    What I wasn’t so wild about was the way events from Jesus’ ministry seemed to be “mashed together”. And there was one particular scene that really made me nervous – the scene in which Lazarus was in Heaven, before Jesus raised him. We have so little biblical information on that subject that I really don’t see how a scene with as much descriptive detail as that one had can be justified.

    Written by enterthewriterslair.blogspot.com on April 15, 2013 | e


    Thanks to their meticulous research, we can know that whatever fiction the Thoenes dream up is pretty close to the historical mark. In this book, using the springboard of Scripture, the Thoenes jump into the pool of their imagination to flesh out the bare bones we find in the Gospels.

    This novel does lack the deep character dives and layered plot-lines I found so engaging in some of the Thoenes’ earlier fiction. But the story nonetheless creatively yet credibly fills in the blanks of familiar Gospel stories.

    All in all, When Jesus Wept enlarged my window of understanding of these historical times. Even better, it shows how absolutely unexpected the person of Jesus really was.

    Written by Story Matters on April 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://katherinescottjones.com/?p=2394


    I was so excited when I found out that Bodie and Brock Thoene had a new series coming out. Growing up, my favorites authors were the Thoenes. I love how the book makes you identify with the characters. The reader begins to see Lazarus, Mary and Martha as real people just like him. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

    Written by Amanda Trumbull on April 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://amandaspileofbooks.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-jesus-wept-by-bodie-and-brock.html


    I have to say they are one of my new favorite authors. I will be checking out more of their historical biblical fiction books soon. I loved how they stayed true to Scripture w/the story of Lazarus. Most fiction books are truly just fiction. But the Thoene’s took words of Scripture & wove it within a story, plot & life a Biblical character in such a way that it is easy to read & makes you want to read. “When Jesus Wept” is a page turner to say the least. Even though I was familiar with the story of Lazarus death & resurrection this book draws you in & you can’t put it down until you reach the end.
    I loved that the Scripture was woven within the story, plot & adventure of the book. I loved that God’s word was illuminated. The Bible opens up to you as you read this work of fiction.

    Written by Melissa’s Musings on April 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://hugapoohlouise.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/book-review-wh…d-brock-thoene/


    I’m officially hooked on Biblical Fiction. When Jesus Wept is another well-written book that takes scripture and history together to make people from the Bible tangible. I understand there are a lot of elements that are the author’s interpretation, but I do believe it is a ministry that God has His hand in. Reading books like this creates thoughts, interests, conversations and prayers as we ponder what the story was all about and what it means to us.

    It always amazes me how someone can take verses in the bible and tell the story to touch your heart in more ways than you ever thought possible. For me, I read the Bible and most of the time I don’t understand anything deeper than the words on the page. That is really hard for me to admit because I know that means I need to work me as well as my relationship with God!

    I get so much more out if the bible when I go to church, watch Biblical films or movies, read books like this, read Christian self-help books or devotionals. So, I was happy to read When Jesus Wept!

    The story of Jesus and Lazarus has always amazed me. I enjoyed Bodie and Brock Thoene’s interpretation of the person Lazarus was and his relationship with Jesus as well as all the other characters in the story.

    When Jesus Wept is the first book in the Jerusalem Chronicles and I can’t wait to read the next!

    Written by The IE Mommy on April 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RKTADVHAAZO4U


    A good read that will give you more insight into the life of Lazarus. I was captivated by learning more about Lazarus, and the Thoene’s truly gave me a better grip on life of Lazarus. Of course, some liberties were taken in writing the book, but for me, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment. Can’t wait for the next in the series.

    Written by Knits Reads and Reviews on April 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com/2013/04/book-review-when-jesus-wept.html

  • This book was like none I have ever read. It told the story of Jesus from a completely different angle and point of view. I learned so many things from this story about the time when Jesus was on earth and about how certain people viewed Him.

    Written by All Meant To Shine on April 13, 2013 | e


    The value to me was that it painted a more vivid word picture of day-to-day life in Jerusalem and the surrounding area at the time of Jesus. The details that they included illuminated Bible history and scripture to me.

    Written by Harvest Lane Cottage on April 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R95KK1H60EHMS/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    I have to say they are one of my new favorite authors. I will be checking out more of their historical biblical fiction books soon. I loved how they stayed true to Scripture with the story of Lazarus. Most fiction books are truly just fiction. But the Thoene’s took words of Scripture and wove it within a story, plot and life a Biblical character in such a way that it is easy to read and makes you want to read.

    “When Jesus Wept” is a page turner to say the least. Even though I was familiar with the story of Lazarus death and resurrection this book draws you in and you can’t put it down until you reach the end.

    I loved that the Scripture was woven within the story, plot and adventure of the book. I loved that God’s word was illuminated.

    Written by Melissa’s Musings A Product Review Blog on April 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/pn8Bu-Oj


    When Jesus Wept is the first novel in a series titled Jerusalem Chronicles and having just finished it I can’t wait for the next installment. My imagination would see the times described in the novel, and when compared today, what a difference in many ways! Not just in the physical or emotional realms, but the spiritual. We can abide with Jesus everyday! No we can’t see Him or touch Him, but we can walk with Him in Spirit and in truth. We can listen to the words he spoke long ago, allowing them to be fresh water to our earthly weary souls.
    Don’t miss out on When Jesus Wept, then grab your Bible and read the passages quoted in the novel. Something tells me you will gain a new understanding and be refreshed!

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on April 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-jesus-wept.html


    This book follows the life of Lazarus – a talented vineyard owner, a man with two sisters Mary and Martha, one who Jesus befriends and ultimately is risen from the dead by Jesus himself (should sound familiar right?). While they are honoring to the Biblical account, there is a lot of liberty taken as well. I appreciate that there is true scripture woven throughout this book. The Thoenes are excellent at taking history, information, and facts and creatively weaving it into a fabulous story – you will be engaged and taken back into history itself. I love the way that they present the times around Lazarus and Jesus – the people, life, the politics – they do it so well. Remember that you are reading fiction, and dive right in! You won’t be disappointed.

    Written by Cummins Life on April 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://cumminslife.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-jesus-wept-review-blog-tour.html


    When Jesus Wept is a captivating read and I adored it. I couldn’t put it down and it is one of those books that I will read over and over again.

    Written by Saved Sister on April 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RK5INWBCRSG6T/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0310335930&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    When Jesus Wept is a beautiful book. It is a historical fiction novel about the Savior and his life while ministering in Jerusalem. It is book one in the Jerusalem Chronicles series, and I can’t wait for the rest of them.

    The book is told from the perspective of Lazarus whom Jesus raises from the dead at the end of this book. The story is told in such a wonderful and believable way. It makes it all come alive to me. They are historically accurate in the telling of this wonderful story.

    Lazarus lived near Jerusalem and was witness to many of the miraculous events in the Savior’s life- healing the blind and the lepers, raising Jarius’ daughter from the dead, and changing water to wine.

    Loved this book!

    Written by Teach Beside Me on April 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.teachbesideme.com/2013/04/when-jesus-wept-litfuse-blog-tour.html


    This book is about Lazarus’ life as John the Baptist begins his ministry and ends at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Lazarus’ life and his work as a keeper of the vines and winemaker show the different ways the Jewish lifestyle and style of worship reflected God and the sacrifice that needed to be made by the Perfect Lamb. I enjoyed reading how the vines were planted, tended and harvested and seeing how it reflects God’s care for his people. The section describing what happened when Lazarus died was fascinating and I liked their explanations of most things.
    It was also interesting to see how the authors’ portrayed Jesus’ interaction with those around him: the Pharisees and those condemning him to those seeking the truth and those who acknowledged the truth of who Jesus really was and chose to follow him. He is portrayed as loving, kind, forgiving, and a faithful friend who struggled with the hardness and depravity of the hearts of men.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on April 11, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/When-Jesus-Wept-Jerusalem-Chronicles/product-reviews/0310335930/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


    loved the way the authors bring not only the time period to life, but the area as well. I could easily imagine the life that Lazarus lived, he seemed so multi dimensional in this story, and the author’s have a unique way of making this story come to life, making the reader feel as if they are witnessing things as they unfold. Reading about the many Bible characters really had me itching to open up my Bible, and because the author’s provide so many scriptural notes at the end of the story it’s super easy to do just that! Anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction where the telling allows you to have a deeper understanding and connection with the characters your reading about then this book is for you.

    Written by WV Stitcher on April 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/When-Jesus-Wept-Jerusalem-Chronicles/product-reviews/0310335930/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


    This book was a very captivating read. I enjoyed hearing about what the authors believed Lazarus’ life would of been like during those times. I really wish we knew more about the different Bible characters. More incite into their daily lives. But I guess we know the most important parts and that is all that really matters anyway.

    Written by A Simple Life,really?! on April 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/2013/04/litfuse-reviewwhen-jesus-wept-bybodie.html


    Bodie and Brock Thoene have been writing Christian Fiction for close to 30 years. I’m often skeptical of Christian Fiction that directly takes on Biblical figures. Part of my skepticism comes from the fear of Scripture and fictional writing being mixed and the lines between biblical truth and fiction becoming blurred.
    When Jesus Wept, the first book in the new series, The Jerusalem Chronicles, is the first book of the Thoenes I have read and it did not disappoint! The authors write with historical, cultural and biblical accuracy. The story is told from the viewpoint of Lazarus. The Thoenes exhibit a masterful ability to weave Scriptural truth and imagination without compromising a clear understanding of the distinction between the two.
    I look forward to following this series!

    Written by Jennifer McIlwain on April 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AG8L0K3H4O50T?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_thx_pdp


    The Thoenes have always been my favorite and I have many authors whose books I enjoy reading, but my all-time favorite authors are Bodie and Brock Thoene. I have read every book that they have written.

    I love how the story is told from Lazarus the man whom “JESUS LOVED!” If you liked the A.D. Chronicles series then you will be glad to see some of the characters from that series return as old friends to this one. If you haven’t read the A.D. series then I would whole heartily recommend it. This is also a stand-alone story but you miss really knowing the characters in a way that is more personal.

    There are so many mini stories or plots with in this book. Seeing them all come together at the end is magnificent. I really like how they use the Biblical accounts with the history that we al

    Written by Little Homeschool on the Prairie on April 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A140G87006YOMH/ref=cm_cr_yc_cdp?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview


    The Thoene’s have delivered yet another master piece with their latest title When Jesus Wept. Set in the time when Jesus walked the earth, we witness a tale of political and religious turmoil, in Lazarus’ point of view.

    I loved the fact that the main events in Jesus ministry are surrounded by Lazarus life, from the wedding in Cana, feeding of the multitudes, and the triumphal entry. The amount of historical accuracy and rich Biblical detail in this account was amazing. The many historical facts were not boring but enriching. The authors stayed very Biblically accurate and as many as complete paragraphs were taken straight from the Bible.

    Written by Alicia@ Surrendering All of Me on April 10, 2013 |e
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    When Jesus Wept by Bodie and Brock Thoene is an Historical Christian fiction focusing on Jesus’ ministry, from the perspective of his good friend Lazarus. The Thoene’s are known for the historical research that backs up their fiction works, and this one is no exception. They managed to bring to life, all the events, miracles and controversy that surrounds Jesus’ ministry, from the Jews oppression by the Roman government, the corruption of the Jewish leaders and the unfolding of the truth that Jesus was the one the Jews had been waiting and longing for.

    Written by Frugal Experiments on April 10, 2013 | e
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    I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book. Enjoyed it but some things I didn’t care for. Overall a good book with some minor liberties taken.

    Written by Giveaway Lady on April 10, 2013 | e
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    What would it have been like to walk with Jesus, to witness His ministry? Lazarus knew, and that is the premise of this book. The raising of Lazarus from the dead is a well known Bible story. One that also notes that Jesus wept when Lazarus died. In their new book, Brodie and Brock Thoene tell the story of Jesus’ ministry through Lazarus’ eyes. It is the first book in their new series “The Jerusalem Chronicles.” While this is a work of fiction, research yields historical detail that adds so much richness to the story.

    Written by Donna Safford on April 10, 2013 | e
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    The relationships in this book feel very real, intimate and deep. I enjoyed seeing a glimpse of who Lazarus may have been and how he might have felt about Jesus as he met him and grew to love him.

    The details in this story are what set Bodie and Brock apart from many other authors. The descriptions of the people and places make you feel as if you are experiencing them yourselves.

    I enjoyed this book and this it would be a great addition to any Christian Fiction Library!

    Written by Cole Clan Adventures on April 10, 2013 | e
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    I loved reading this book and hope to be able to read other books in the “Jerusalem Chronicles” series. I believe this book drew me closer to Jesus as I was reading it. I often read it on Sabbath and during no work Biblical feast days because I thought it would help my relationship with him. I recommend it to people that are familiar with the story about Jesus and Lazarus and for people who have not already learned about it.

    Written by Book Review Travels on April 10, 2013 | e
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    This is the first book I have every read from the Thoene’s and I enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to go to place that makes you feel good and in a different era of time. I am looking forward to the next book of the series.

    Written by Deb’s Book Reviews on April 9, 2013 | e
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    The Thoene’s are very good at what they do. They make the reader feel like they are right back in the time and place of the story.

    Written by A Room Without Books is Empty on April 9, 2013 |e
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    I truly enjoyed this latest book by The Thoene’s. Their books are some of the first Christian Fiction I read. This unique look into Lazarus and his life brings alive the bible story of Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life. As I read this book I felt like I was right there watching these events unfold, the descriptions and imagery are vivid. I found myself unable to put the book down with all the action and the life changing that went on.

    Written by For the Love of Books on April 9, 2013 | e
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    I have read other books about Lazarus but not quite like this one. This takes an in depth look into Lazarus’ personal life, before he dies, during the death, and after he is raised from the dead. The most fascinating part of the book that I enjoyed is right before his death when he spends time with Jesus and his death. I had never thought about what it would actually be like dying and coming back to life. Jesus weeping and then raising you from the dead, after you had seen loved ones in heaven. What would that be like? How would you live after that? This book just brought a lot of questions to mind.

    Truly a uniquely written account of the life of Lazarus.

    “I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review”.

    Written by I Hope You Dance on April 9, 2013 | e


    I enjoyed the book! I love the fact that it makes you think about the people in this story from God’s Word. I loved the way they viewed Lazarus, not so much the sisters. I say that only because my imagination views them a little differently.
    My favorite part was heaven and the way they were able to weave Joseph and his story into this story! It was beautiful! I was touched and loved the read! Most of all I love the way it will make people pick up their Bible and read God’s Word along with this book! Congrats on a great book and I recommend it highly!

    Written by www.journeyofsisters.blogspot.com on April 9, 2013 | e
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    The confusion, misunderstanding, fear, traditional viewpoint, adherence to the law, and veil of ignorance, were all displayed vividly through the Jewish people who’d seen and heard Jesus. Later, many of them would look back on their time with Him, and understand.

    Written by A Well-Watered Garden on April 9, 2013 | e
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    The beautiful parable used by Jesus as he speaks of being the True Vine to Lazarus, a vineyard owner, alone is worth reading this book.

    Written by Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage on April 9, 2013 | e
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    If you are not familiar with the Thoene’s writing, this would be a great series to start with. Fans of biblical fiction will not be disappointed. One of the best benefits (I think) of reading good biblical fiction is that it makes you think about what the characters were really like back in Bible times. The authors stay true to scriptures, yet entice imaginations with some of the details they add into these stories. This book poses the suggestion that Lazarus was married, and imagines what life would have been like for him, after losing his wife. The story is told from his point of view. These types of books make the Bible come alive for me. When characters are fleshed out, it becomes easy to identify with and relate to them.

    Written by Cafe Lily Book Reviews on April 8, 2013 | e
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    The maps of the area, scripture, Biblical history and footnotes add a deep perspective and Importance to this fiction read. You actually get a sense of walking with both Jesus and Lazarus and all the people such as Mary, the Disciples, and others whose lives are deeply intertwined.

    Lazarus is the only person in the Gospels for whom Jesus wept. You will feel the power and everlasting love revealed in this well-written novel.

    Written by Frugal Plus on April 7, 2013 | e
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    When Jesus Wept transports readers to Biblical times. Lazurus is imagined as a recent widower who is trying to put the pieces of his life back together after his tragedy. In classic Thoene way, this book from the first page deposited me in a different time period and place and had me firmly believing I’d arrived. Rich historical and political details are woven into the backdrop in a way that adds authenticity without slowing down the story. I’m usually skeptical of Biblical fiction because I don’t want the truth of the Bible muddied in my mind with an author’s ideas. I’ve found in the Thoenes Biblical fiction a tone that adds richness to what the Bible describes.

    If you love historical fiction or are looking for a fresh take on a well known friendship, give this book a try! I think you’ll enjoy it.

    Written by Cara Putman on April 7, 2013 | e
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    Okay, this novel made me cry a few times, especially toward the end. That gets big points from me, because this story made me ponder my life and the things that I believe. I found the way the story was put together very emotionally gripping. The way the various scriptures and prophecies were woven into the story made the truth of the Bible even more clear. I loved how the authors gave the story context.

    One thing I never thought about before was this… how did Lazarus feel about being brought back from the dead? He was in a perfect, timeless place where there was no pain, sickness, or injustice. Maybe Jesus wept in part because He knew what he was ripping Lazarus away from when He called him out of the tomb, but it had to be done since it was part of God’s plan.

    Written by Healing Hearts book review blog on April 7, 2013 | e
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    Two thoughts about this book: How do the Thoenes write the way they do? And: I am sure glad that When Jesus Wept is the first in a new series.
    I may have been sitting on my couch in an April afternoon reading the first chapter of this book, but my mind was with David ben Lazarus in Israel as he rode among the grapevines. This book is written so vividly that the heat can be felt, the grapes can be tasted and you want to pet the pleasant faced goats that follow you through the vineyards. The setting comes to life. As you read you understand a little of the turmoil and pain that being Jewish under Roman rule must have involved.
    The characters are complex and carefully imagined. They are all asking the question: Is this Man the Messiah? I love the way the Thoenes write about Jesus.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on April 7, 2013 |e
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    Just like their previous books, the authors tries to stay historically accurate in writing the descriptions and events that take place during Lazarus’s life. I have read other fictional tales set during Biblical times, but I normally lose interests midway through the book. When Jesus Wept kept me reading page after page because it has well written descriptions and dialogue. There is a wonderful message of faith and the love of Christ throughout the novel. Overall, I enjoyed reading every page of When Jesus Wept and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on April 6, 2013 | e
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    When Jesus Wept is the best kind of historical fiction: the kind that drops you headfirst into another era and makes it difficult to return to your own time upon the turning of the last page. The Thoenes had me questioning from the very first sentence about Lazarus’ backstory. I wanted to know more: What was he like, what happened to him, what did he believe? I couldn’t wait to find out how Lazarus came to be lying dead in the tomb and later resurrected by Jesus. Prior to reading this book, I had thought little about Lazarus’ life, focusing instead on his sisters’ joy upon his resurrection, but this story brings into sharp relief the fact that Lazarus was a friend of Jesus’, too, and in the perfect position to have known Him well.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on April 6, 2013 | e
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