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I Am Ana I Was The Wife Of JesusSo 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 HopeIn Her Fourth Work Of Fiction, Sue Monk Kidd Brings Her Acclaimed Narrative Gifts To Imagine The Story Of A Young Woman Named Ana Raised In A Wealthy Family In Sepphoris With Ties To The Ruler Of Galilee, She Is Rebellious And Ambitious, A Relentless Seeker With A Brilliant, Curious Mind And A Daring Spirit She Yearns For A Pursuit Worthy Of Her Life, But Finds No Outlet For Her Considerable Talents Defying The Expectations Placed On Women, She Engages In Furtive Scholarly Pursuits And Writes Secret Narratives About Neglected And Silenced Women When She Meets The Eighteen Year Old Jesus, Each Is Drawn To And Enriched By The Other S Spiritual And Philosophical Ideas He Becomes A Floodgate For Her Intellect, But Also The Awakener Of Her HeartTheir Marriage Unfolds With Love And Conflict, Humor And Pathos In Nazareth, Where Ana Makes A Home With Jesus, His Brothers, James And Simon, And Their Mother, Mary Here, Ana S Pent Up Longings Intensify Amid The Turbulent Resistance To The Roman Occupation Of Israel, Partially Led By Her Charismatic Adopted Brother, Judas She Is Sustained By Her Indomitable Aunt Yaltha, Who Is Searching For Her Long Lost Daughter, As Well As By Other Women, Including Her Friend Tabitha, Who Is Sold Into Slavery After She Was Raped, And Phasaelis, The Shrewd Wife Of Herod Antipas Ana S Impetuous Streak Occasionally Invites Danger When One Such Foray Forces Her To Flee Nazareth For Her Safety Shortly Before Jesus S Public Ministry Begins, She Makes Her Way With Yaltha To Alexandria, Where She Eventually Finds Refuge And Purpose In Unexpected SurroundingsGrounded In Meticulous Historical Research And Written With A Reverential Approach To Jesus S Life That Focuses On His Humanity, The Book Of Longings Is An Inspiring Account Of One Woman S Bold Struggle To Realize The Passion And Potential Inside Her, While Living In A Time, Place, And Culture Devised To Silence Her I read this in a couple cozy sittings over the holidays it struck me as I read it that I hadn t read a book like this in a long time a true, traditional, storytelling experience, this book is mythic and intimate, joyful and painful it really reads like an instant classic Unnlike a lot of books I read that feel half formed or not fully cooked this book felt like it just exists not that it was written or attached to any author it stands totally on its own and that is a rare thing in publishing I think this will end up in a lot of readers hands this year. While this novel contains the historical rather than theological Jesus as a character, it is really the story of his fictional wife, Ana It is widely believed that during the lost years of Jesus he worked as carpenter in Sepphoris rather than Nazareth and Ana meets Jesus during this time The first part of the novel is a bit slow to start but nicely introduces Ana as a feminist with an aching need to read and most importantly to write Jesus and Ana marry and eventually part as Jesus follows his own ache for God Ana experiences a lot during their separation and it makes for an absorbing story The resentment of Roman rule over Judea reaches a breaking point and most of us know what happens next Don t go into this expecting religiosity Instead, Ana is given a voice during a time when women were completely invisible. I am Ana I was the wife of Jesus of Nazareth I am a voice I loved The Invention Of Wings and I will admit to being a lil skeptical about the subject of this novel being about Jesus I m so glad I didn t let that deter me from giving this a chance I was expecting biblical Jesus, however, Kidd came at this novel from a totally human perspective Through his wife s voice Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the concept of Jesus having a wife this novel tells how it is entirely possible It was realistically and thoughtfully told per the time period I appreciate Kidd s explanations for the choices she made in making the story told from Ana s POV Her voice is one that I will not forget This would make for a great book club pick A must read For many Christians, it has been believed that Jesus was an unmarried man who was crucified and buried and was the son of God Our knowledge of his life comes to us through the bible but there were many years that were unaccounted for in his thirty three years on earth What if in those years, Jesus did indeed marry For some this might be a difficult concept and yet Sue Monk Kidd decided to take it on and wrote an interesting tale of just that possibility Ana, the future wife of Jesus was a headstrong young woman from Sepphoris She came from a family of wealth and prestige, but Ana is not content with the life she leads She longs to write, to be read, to be someone different than what she is expected to be She doesn t accept the plans her parents laid out for her, for Ana had her own plans, her own dreams, her own desires Ana meets and marries Jesus after suffering much grief by her dominant parents They move to Nazareth and as the story unfolds, Jesus finds in himself the zeal to teach, to challenge the Jewish leaders, to become a target Leaving Ana to preach, she becomes entrapped in a world where while she longs to be with Jesus, she can t She is a prisoner trapped in a world where women were held in such low esteem, where they were seen but seldom heard, where their fate was always determined by a male presence Using what many of us know about the divinity of Jesus, Ms Kidd creates a human, less divine character, than the one Christians believe in She omits the miracles attributed to him, and although she captures the heinous crucifixion, she does not delve into his Resurrection which is a basis for the Christian faith.However, the story is really about Ana She is, as is often said, a person born before their time She is determined, tenacious, and steadfast in her overwhelming desire to write, to be heard, to be her own person To that end, Ana strives and even though her life has what some would consider insurmountable obstacles, Ana s drive, determination, and perseverance sees her through to a life of her own choosing.Thank you to Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin Random House Publishing, and Edelweiss for a copy of this book due out April 21, 2020.