Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review: Quest for the Nail Prints by Don Furr

Publishing Information:
Title – Quest for the Nail Prints
Author – Don Furr
Publisher – Sheaf House
Date Published – March 1, 2011
# of pages - 352

Genres & Themes: Fiction, Christian, Time Travel (Historical fiction)

Stats:
GoodReads – 3 Ratings, 4.67 Average Rating
Amazon.com – No ratings yet

My Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:
When unexpected circumstances bring a doctor, a pastor, and a professor to Israel during Holy Week, they are suddenly thrust back in time to first-century Jerusalem. There they come face to face with Jesus of Nazareth on his way to the cross, an encounter that changes their lives forever. –description from Amazon

Noteworthy:

* Hot off the presses! This book is being released this week (technically, it's today - March 1st - but Amazon has it listed as the 7th). For the purposes of the review, I read an ARC on my Kindle.

* This book has an actual hole punched right through it – from front cover to back cover. I’ll have to show everyone how this looks once I get it (I read a pdf).

* The Quest for the Nail Prints website and blog can be found here.

What I thought:

What would you do if you became an accidental time traveler? Better yet, what would you do if you were on a trip to “the holy land” and somehow ended up back in the year 33 A.D. just days before Christ’s crucifixion was about to happen? I don’t know about you, but this scenario seems so out there that I can’t even fathom what my response would be if this were to happen. Luckily, Don Furr, has come up with some possibilities for me. The story centers around three people – a doctor, a pastor, and a professor - who end up back in Jesus’ day and each one of them have very different but realistic responses to their situation. Paul wants to stop the crucifixion from happening all together, while Elizabeth wants to take in as much as the events and her time with Jesus as possible, and Van goes on a mission to steal some scrolls and denies as much as possible what is happening all around him.

One of my favorite scenes from Quest for the Nail Prints is when Elizabeth and Paul get to have some one-on-one time with Jesus for the first time. They hug, and then He tells them “You are why I am here.” …ahh, yeah, this book is definitely somewhat of a tear jerker! It’s a good book that is filled with lots of love and wonderful moments of beauty. At the end of the story each of the characters learn a lesson and we as readers get to learn why they were sent back in time and find out the importance of that hole that is punched right through all the pages. Want to know why? Well, I’m not going to spoil it for you, so you’ll just have to read it yourself! Pick this book up if you want something to read with a unique point of view, or if you just want to spend a little extra time with Jesus.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Recommended to: Christians

Where you can purchase this book:
Quest for the Nail Prints (Amazon – $10.79)

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