The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels (2015, Baker) by Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth gives an interesting presentation of the several gospel accounts. They take the accounts of five women who interacted with Jesus and fill and add fictional details to add flesh to the stories, melding true accounts with thoughtful reflections on what might have happened. The five women include: the woman caught in adultery, the grateful prostitute who washed Jesus' feet with her hair, the woman at the well, the woman with the discharge of blood, and Mary the sister of Lazarus. After writing "autobiographical" diaries of these women, they provide several pages of reflection on how Jesus interacted with each of them.
Jesus seemed to have a special place in his heart for broken women. Marginalized. Outcast. These five stories show his compassion for them in wonderful detail. Jesus is a man of grace, and mercy, and love. We see that clearly in these biblical accounts, and the additional details presented add to the draw of the stories.
If you wish to see the compassion of Jesus in a unique way, I would recommend this book.
This book was provided to me free of charge by Baker Books in exchange for this review. I was not required to submit a positive review of this book.