Christ the Lord by Anne Rice
The Road to Cana (Life of Christ)

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Anne Rice’s second book in her hugely ambitious and courageous life of Christ begins during his last winter before his baptism in the Jordan and concludes with the miracle at Cana.

It is a novel in which we see Jesus—he is called Yeshua bar Joseph—during a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in Judea.

Legends of a Virgin birth have long surrounded Yeshua, yet for decades he has lived as one among many who come to the synagogue on the Sabbath. All who know and love him find themselves waiting for some sign of the path he will eventually take.

And at last we see him emerge from his baptism to confront his destiny—and the Devil. We see what happens when he takes the water of six great limestone jars, transforms it into cool red wine, is recognized as the anointed one, and urged to call all Israel to take up arms against Rome and follow him as the prophets have foretold.

As with Out of Egypt, the opening novel, The Road to Cana is based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book’s power derives from the profound feeling its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the presence of Jesus.


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About Anne Rice

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Anne Rice is the author of twenty-nine books. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.
 
Published March 4, 2008 by Anchor. 257 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Rice continues the story of Jesus, which she began with 2005's stunning Out of Egypt.

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Publishers Weekly

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In the New Testament, the miracle at the wedding at Cana\x97where Jesus turned water into wine\x97marks the commencement of his tumultuous three-year ministry. In Rice's beautifully observed novel, a

Mar 03 2008 | Read Full Review of Christ the Lord: The Road to ...

The Guardian

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The book is stretched beyond its physical length (like the plank Jesus elongates for his stepfather, though that's one apocryphal miracle not mentioned in this novel) by single-sentence paragraphs:.

Dec 02 2005 | Read Full Review of Christ the Lord: The Road to ...

Publishers Weekly

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In the New Testament, the miracle at the wedding at Cana\x97where Jesus turned water into wine\x97marks the commencement of his tumultuous three-year ministry. In Rice's beautifully observed novel, a

Mar 03 2008 | Read Full Review of Christ the Lord: The Road to ...

NPR

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Our reviewer says of Anne Rice's latest, best-selling novel Christ the Lord: "No novel could be so bad as to shake the faith of millions upon millions, but this one comes awfully close."

Dec 26 2005 | Read Full Review of Christ the Lord: The Road to ...

Book Reporter

The brevity of THE ROAD TO CANA --- 235 pages --- provides for nice.

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Book Reporter

Anne Rice, famed author of The Vampire Chronicles andMayfair Witches series, has written a novel about Jesus.

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AV Club

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There are two kinds of conceit at work in Anne Rice's historical novel Christ The Lord: Out Of Egypt.

Nov 30 2005 | Read Full Review of Christ the Lord: The Road to ...

Entertainment Weekly

In the author's note following Anne Rice's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, the first in a projected three- to four-volume ''autobiography'' of Jesus, Rice tells readers that she was ''ready to risk everything,'' including ''violence'' to her career, to ''consecrate...the book to Christ.'' She ...

Nov 09 2005 | Read Full Review of Christ the Lord: The Road to ...

Bookmarks Magazine

In a striking departure from her gothic Vampire Chronicles, Rice recreates the life of Jesus at ages seven and eight.

Aug 27 2007 | Read Full Review of Christ the Lord: The Road to ...

Crosswalk.com

At one such point, describing the bright eyes and simmering wisdom He’d “often felt” in elderly folks, Jesus catches himself and says, “But as I am trying to tell you this story from the point of view of the child that I was, I will leave it at that.” His voice is a touch irresolute, and his aim ...

Feb 02 2006 | Read Full Review of Christ the Lord: The Road to ...

Discerning Reader

Before turning to this new novel, it is useful to review just a few of the concerns and inaccuracies from her first effort (as detailed in Derek Thomas’ review found at Discerning Reader): She approaches a life of Jesus through an interpretation of Philippians 2, that Jesus emptied himself “of ...

Feb 26 2008 | Read Full Review of Christ the Lord: The Road to ...

Discerning Reader

Christ the Lord is the Jesus of faith, but Jesus made “real” as we insist on characters being made real today in fiction — so that we can see the sweat on the brow, smell the dust of the road, grasp what it meant to be in the very middle of that character’s mind.

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