Book Review : When Jesus Wept


My latest book up for review , When Jesus Wept, is a book by Bodie and Brock Thoene; together they have written over 65 works of historical fiction.

This story is a fictional account of Lazarus – starting from when he first hears Jesus through the forming of their relationship  and ending when Jesus rides the young donkey into Jerusalem as the people wave palm branches.

The relationships in this book feel very real, intimate and deep.  I enjoyed seeing a glimpse of who Lazarus may have been and how he might have felt about Jesus as he met him and grew to love him.


The details in this story are what set Bodie and Brock apart from many other authors.  The descriptions of the people and places make you feel as if you are experiencing them yourselves.

I enjoyed this book and this it would be a great addition to any Christian Fiction Library!


The man Jesus raised from the dead in one of the most extraordinary encounters with The Living Savior in all of Scripture. But the life of Lazarus holds interest well beyond this miraculous event. Living in Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus witnessed many of the most important events of Jesus’s life and ministry. Lazarus owned a vineyard and devoted his life to caring for its vines and fruit. But he encountered another man—Jesus—whose vineyard was the world, its fruit the eternal souls of men. When Lazarus’s story and the story of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection touch in When Jesus Wept, we are offered a unique vision into the power and comfort of Christ’s love.

BODIE AND BROCK THOENE (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 65 works of historical fiction. Over thirty-five million of these best-selling novels are in print. Eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards affirms what millions of readers have already discovered—the Thoenes are not only master stylists but experts at capturing readers’ minds and hearts.
Bodie began her writing career as a teen journalist for her local newspaper. Eventually her byline appeared in prestigious periodicals such as U.S. News and World Report, The American West, and The Saturday Evening Post. She also worked for John Wayne’s Batjac Productions (she’s best known as author of The Fall Guy) and ABC Circle Films as a writer and researcher. John Wayne described her as “a writer with talent that captures the people and the times!” She has degrees in journalism and communications.

1995, Shiloh, Arkansas. Bodie and Brock Thoene, visit one of the key sites in the Shiloh Legacy and Shiloh Autumn books, together with Tom (Papa) and Bettie (Nana) Turner, sons Jake (top left) and Luke, and daughter, Rachel.

Brock has often been described by Bodie as “an essential half of this writing team.” With degrees in both history and education, Brock has, in his role as researcher and story-line consultant, added the vital dimension of historical accuracy. Due to such careful research, The Zion Covenant and The Zion Chronicles series are recognized by the American Library Association, as well as Zionist libraries around the world, as classic historical novels and are used to teach history in college classrooms.
Bodie and Brock have four grown children—Rachel, Jake, Luke, and Ellie—and eight grandchildren. Their sons, Jake and Luke, are carrying on the Thoene family talent as the next generation of writers, and Luke produces the Thoene audiobooks.
Bodie and Brock divide their time between London, Hawaii, Central California, and Nevada.

NOTE : I was offered a copy of When Jesus Wept, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review by LitFuse.

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