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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Jesus Short Stories by Jay Santiago is fascinating, transporting, filled with wisdom, immersing the reader in the ways of Christ. The author looks at the Gospels and their composition and fills in the blanks between what we know and what we speculate about the life and works of Jesus of Nazareth, combining imagination with careful study to unveil deep truths about Jesus and His spirituality. The stories in this book are inspired by the narratives in the Gospels that are traditionally known, but the author offers new perspectives from his research into the Gospel of Thomas and the Lost Gospel. While critical readers and experts in biblical exegeses may have a lot to discuss with this author, the ordinary reader will find much inspiration in these pages, stories that explore some of the known experiences from the scriptures and some that offer insight into what the spirituality of Jesus was all about.
In the opening pages, the author describes the style of the narrative: “As you know, Jesus was a Jew, and Jesus taught in parables; therefore, these short stories (and several of the other short stories) are written in the Jewish Midrash style. I have been a Christian my entire life, and over my lifetime, I have become very familiar with the gospels...” I particularly enjoyed the story of Mathew, the rendition of the parables and the manner in which the author acquaints readers with Jesus’ method of teaching. Jesus Short Stories isn’t a book of fiction, but a work of inspiration from a passionate follower of Jesus who has read and researched the Bible and has allowed the words to take root in his heart and in his imagination. It is from that place of encounter that these stories flow. Jay Santiago writes in a style that readers will recognize immediately and he plunges them into the very soul of the Gospels.