Book Title: The Book of Longings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
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Release Date: 4/21/20
Star Rating: – Loved it!
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
“I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.” So begins the new novel from the number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings, an extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny in a time of great despair and great hope. – Goodreads
This book may draw people in because of its relation to Jesus, but make no bones about it, the star of this show is Ana. Ana is an intelligent young woman living near Jerusalem who wants nothing more than to have a voice in a time when women were completely silenced. She comes to know Jesus, the young carpenter who would become the leader of Christianity.
The Jesus of this book is wholly human, and the more miraculous aspects of his life and ministry are not explored. Instead, focus is on his personality, in particular how his compassion nurtures and encourages Ana’s desire to express herself.
I’m sure that many people will draw comparisons to The Red Tent, a book that also explored aspects of biblical stories from a female perspective. I, however, enjoyed this book much more. It is very heartfelt, and the ties between Ana and her female friends are wonderful to read. She is a courageous, thoughtful, principled, and interesting person. Even as someone with no religious affiliation, I don’t believe that there is much in this book that will offend people with religious beliefs, but I guess you’ll each have to be the judge of that. I enjoyed reading this book and I’m very sure I will be re-reading it in the future.