The Book of Longings


      The Book of Longings
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 hope.In 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 heart.Their 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 surroundings.Grounded 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. Best Download The Book of Longings [ By ] Sue Monk Kidd [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – tbjewellers.co.uk

SUE MONK KIDD was raised in the small town of Sylvester, Georgia She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1970 and later took creative writing courses at Emory University, as well as studying at Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and other writers conferences In her forties, Kidd turned her attention to writing fiction, winning the South Carolina Fellowship in Literature and the 1996 Poets Writers Exchange Program in Fiction.When her first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, was published by Viking in 2002, it became a genuine literary phenomenon, spendingthan 2 years on the New York Times bestseller list It has been translated into 36 languages and soldthan 6 million copies in the U.S and 8 million copies worldwide Bees was named the Book Sense Paperback Book of the Year in 2004, long listed for the 2002 Orange Prize in England, and won numerous awards The novel was adapted into a award winning movie and an Off Broadway musical The Mermaid Chair spent 24 weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, reaching the 1 position, and spent 22 weeks on the New York Times trade paperback list The novel won the Nation Quill Award and was made into the television movie.The Invention of Wings, her third novel, was published in 2014 to wide critical acclaim and debuted at 1 on the New York Times bestseller list where it remained for 9 months It was selected for Oprah Winfrey s Bookclub 2.0 and other awards Wings has been translated to 20 languages.She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including The Dance of the Dissident Daughter and New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor Her latest novel, The Book of Longings, is to be published on April 21, 2020.Kidd lives in North Carolina with her husband Please visit www.suemonkkidd.com forinformation Follow Sue on Twitter Instagram SueMonkKidd and Facebook

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  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • The Book of Longings
  • Sue Monk Kidd
  • English
  • 17 November 2019
  • 052542976X

10 thoughts on “ The Book of Longings

  1. says:

    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...

  2. says:

    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 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 y...

  3. says:

    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 Im so glad I didnt 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 wifes voice Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the concept of Jesus having a wife this novel tells how it is entirely 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 agr...

  4. says:

    I was a little skeptical going into this book, mainly because I consider myself a fairly devout Christian While I am extremely open to interpretations and opposing beliefs, I thought this book would offend rather than inspire I am so glad that I ignored my reservations and finished the book This was definitely one of the most delicately explored historical fiction books I have ever read Sue Monk Kidd explains herself that, while she was extremely careful to perform the necessary research and I was a little skeptical going into this book, mainly because I consider myself a fairly devout Christian While I am extremely open to interpretations and opposing beliefs, I thought this book would offen...

  5. says:

    4.5 starsA man s holy of holies contains God s laws, but inside a woman s there are only longings Young Ana has been raised in a wealthy family in Sepphoris her father, Matthias, is the head scribe to the ruler of Galilee, Herod Antipas Her mother, a beauty from a poor family, is cold and calculating Her adopted brother, Judas, fueled by his hatred of Rome for the loss of his parents, has left home to become part of a revolt to overthrow their power.Ana is restless and daring, learning 4.5 starsA man s ho...

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    If you have been waiting for a book like THE RED TENT for the past 20 years this is it Ana is Jesus wife and a force in her own right Monk does not come across sensational in her writing about a fictional marriage for Jesus but rather goes into great historical detail of the time and what it would be like to be a woman L...

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    I am of two minds about this book It is divided into sections based on divisions in the character s life and her location The first one, in which she is a young woman teens , I found pretty dismal The language felt stilted, although that was probably an attempt to give a historical feel However, to people living in any time, their language is natural and this device felt like artifice and a barrier to embracing the narrator s reality Most characters were introduced without much nuance I am of two minds about this book It is divided into sections based on divisions in the character s life and her location The first one, in which she is a young woman teens , I found pretty dismal The language felt stilted, although that was probably an attempt to give a historical feel However, to people living in any time, their language is natural and this device felt like artifice and a barrier to embracing the narrator s reality Most characters were introduced without much nuance they were good or they were evil A few historical notes rang false as well Why would it be odd that a woman in her 40s looked old The average life expectancy was lower in biblical times and living conditions would have been harsh Why would the fictionaliz...

  8. says:

    I was both curious about this captivating story, and curious if the read would be as good as hoped with such a momentous premise it does Well researched and easy to enjoy the narrative voice with fully realized, provocative characters become an immersive human story plus it has a killer first line I am Ana I was the wife of Jesus Ana s voice is strong, assu...

  9. says:

    Imagine that Jesus had a wife Not Mary Magdalene as proposed in The DaVinci Code and any other number of books ranging from fictional to scholarly Imagine that Jesus, in the years between reaching manhood and beginning his public role as prophet and visionary, when he lived as an ordinary Jewish man, fulfilling the ordinary expectations regarding family life, had a wife Who would that woman...

  10. says:

    The Book of Longings is a what if what if Jesus was married It s certainly a valid question as his movements, as tracked in the Bible, don t start until he s well into adulthood, and documents from the time period are spotty due to all the unrest in Emperor Tiberius s reign.Sue Monk Kidd introduces Ana, daughter of wealthy parents who has learned to write, believes in herself and that women matter outside the home this was a fairly radical notion and is related to Judas Ana is a great at The Book of Longings is a what if what if Jesus was married It s certainly a valid question as his movements, as tracked in the Bible, don t start until he s well into adulthood, and documents from the time period are spotty due to all the unrest in Emperor Tiberius s reign.Sue Monk Kidd introduces Ana, daughter of wealthy parents who has learned to write, believes in herself and that women matter outside the home this was a fairly radical notion and is related to Judas Ana is a great at everything, always has her wits about her, and manages to carve out her own life while being ...

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