Thursday, August 25, 2011

Laura J Davis's Come to Me ~ Reviewed

By Laura J. Davis
Published by Word Alive Press
338 Pages

Back Cover:

Step back in time and experience the life of Christ through the eyes of His mother. Come to Me offers the reader an intimate glimpse into the lives of Jesus and his family in a way that brings them to life. The theme of trusting in God and surrendering to Him are evident throughout this remarkable story. From the cradle to the cross, Come to Me speaks to the hearts of those who are seeking and deepens the faith of long-time believers. It is a moving tale of the life of Christ from the mother who raised him to become the Savior of the world.


This book starts with the birth of Christ and takes the reader along to his death and resurrection seen through the eyes of Mary, his mother. Come to Me reminded me of the movie The Nativity Story; where they give an account of the harsh environment and the social realities Mary, Jesus mother grew up in. It wasn’t a sugar coated Hollywood production but showed the nitty-gritty of life in Nazareth.

Laura Davis shows a believable account of Mary’s life before and after she finds out she’s pregnant by the Holy Spirit and has to tell her betrothed Joseph. I haven’t read any book that’s showed the playful side of Mary who was a teenage girl and Joseph who wasn’t that much older than Mary. I enjoyed the authenticity and innocence of the book.

I enjoyed how this author revealed the intimate dialogue, playful side of Mary and Joseph the fun they had as they awaited their wedding day. Then she showed the heart-wrenching reality of Joseph finding out Mary is with child and it’s not his. Joseph respects Mary and can’t believe that she would lie to him, then the Angel speaks to Joseph in a dream and he believes Mary. I enjoyed reading about Josephs love for Mary and how he struggled to do the right thing.

Laura used her imagination to fill in the dialogue between Mary and Joseph as it might have been, two young people traveling to Bethlehem for the census. Mary was pretty far along in her pregnancy to travel. This journey is a little different than what you’re used to reading and I enjoyed that. Laura explains why she wrote the story the way she did, it was very interesting.

This story line is unique as it’s told through Mary, the mother of Jesus’ eyes. I often wondered about how Mary saw Jesus as he was growing up, then when he started his ministry and when she saw him dying on the cross and all the things that happened in-between. It was fun and heart-wrenching near the end to read this story through Mary’s mothering eyes.

This is a good read to help a new Christian get another perspective on the life of Jesus and his ministry. It’s also a great witnessing tool. Laura Davis does a great job of showing Jesus’ humanity and him being the Son of God! I highly recommend this book to be read anytime not just during the Christmas season!

Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
Finding Hope Through Fiction

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