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Three Days: A Mother's Story    by Melody Carlson order for
Three Days
by Melody Carlson
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Revell, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

How did Mary feel, how did she react, and what did she think when her son Jesus was crucified? Three Days: A Mother's Story is the fictionalized story of Jesus's birth, death, and resurrection from Mary's point of view. Beginning with that fateful day when Jesus was laid in the grave, Mary reflects back on His conception and the reactions of her family and her betrothed, Joseph. She then remembers Jesus's childhood and His ministry.

Mary's reactions here are different from what most would expect. Extremely humble, she comes to follow Christ as her Savior, rather than continuing to think of Him as the son to whom she gave birth. Her reactions and prayers to God brought me to tears numerous times, as I could imagine the people, places, and incidents as if I were right there observing them. The reader also gets to experience the ultimate joy of discovering the resurrection and ultimately the delivery of the Holy Spirit. This fresh take on the gospels helps give a unique perspective and makes Jesus Christ more real and personal.

Melody Carlson uses her fabulous writing talent to convey this miraculous story. Compulsively readable, this novel brought me back to the Bible with a new understanding of the humanity of the parables and incidents. Carlson also shows how Mary might have reacted to dividing her time between Jesus and her other children, who can't believe their brother is the Messiah. The Easter season is the perfect time to re-visit the life of Christ and His impact on your life, and Three Days: A Mother's Story makes an excellent conduit.

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