This little book tells the gospel story from the perspective of women who encountered Jesus. Miriam, the inn-keeper's wife, and their daughter Naomi relate the story of the birth of Jesus in their stable, along with the visits of the shepherds, wise men and Herod's soldiers on their mission of male infant murder. Anna, the prophetess, witnesses the encounter between elderly Simeon and young Jesus.
There are bit parts for Naomi, a neighbour of Mother Mary's (who observes her distress at losing twelve year old Jesus), Simon Peter's mother-in-law, a Gadarene women (who had been bleeding for twelve years), and a poor widow (the generous one). Mary Magdalene tells of her conversion and Judas' mother tells of watching his betrayal of the man called the messiah. The wife of Cleopas remembers the happenings on the Emmaus Road and Judas' mother was one of those present in the Upper Room at Pentecost. Mother Mary recalls several events surrounding the life and death of her son.
The entire story is told in plain and simple language, factual reportage, not unlike Mark's Gospel in style. It is illustrated with pleasant line drawings throughout.
Sue Groom, February 2005
The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).