McConnell, Mac. Judean Chronicles – Book II. Footsteps of St. Peter: The Gospel Years. Ft. Lauderdale: OneWay Books, 2010. 146 pp. $12.95. Purchase at Amazon for less.
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In this second volume of three in the Judean Chronicles series, McConnell traces the personality of the Apostle Peter through what we know of him in the gospels found in the Bible. What is different is that this book is told completely from Peter’s perspective which includes his fiery personality. The book ends as Jesus and His disciples are making their way toward Jerusalem.
I offer no apologies for saying that I am one of Mac’s biggest fans. I have thoroughly enjoyed his writing style and offering a different perspective of some of the more well-known events, peoples, and stories found in the Bible. In this work, you still have Peter’s fiery personality. You see his struggle with his skepticism of who Jesus really is even though he is an eyewitness to all the miracles.
I do have a couple problems with this book, however. Both of them take place on a two-page spread. On page 100, McConnell places a French Proverb in the mouth of Jesus when Christ says, “Sometimes a man meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” This is a great saying but is not biblical at all. The French poet, Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) is credited as the source of this statement. My problem is that we all too often allow other religious statements to be baptized as Christian though they have no biblical warrant whatsoever.
The second problem is on page 101 where Peter hears Jesus praying in a language that he did not understand. This is only a problem for me because this is a debatable doctrinal point. Again, this is only a problem because of the debate that rages in Christendom regarding speaking in tongues and private prayer language.
Regardless, the book ends on a very high note with the exhortation to His disciples that they will need rest. In addition to ending well, the story told from Peter’s perspective is interesting and will cause the reader to pause and consider.
I can recommend this book based upon the story and the content of Mac’s ministry even though I have a major problem with the French poet quote being placed in the mouth of Christ. I still enjoy the work by Mac and will recommend the series (and all his other books) highly. When I come to this particular book, however, I will offer the caveat found above on pages 100-101.