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Joel: A Boy of Galilee

Annie F. Johnston

Book Overview: 

Joel, a crippled boy, cannot play with the children and has nothing to care about. Rabbi Phineas helps him to find something he can do and tells him the reason that he is so kind is because of a boy from his hometown of Nazareth. Soon stories are going about everywhere of miracles, and some people think that the Messiah has come. Then someone tells Joel he should ask for his back to be healed. Will Joel be able to find the miracle worker?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Nazareth whom I so often speak of,—the son of Joseph the carpenter? Last week he was bidden to a marriage in Cana. It happened, before the feasting was over, the supply of wine was exhausted, and the mortified host knew not what to do. Six great jars of stone had been placed in the room, to supply the guests with water for washing. He changed that water into wine!"

"I cannot believe it!" answered Abigail, simply.

"But Ezra ben Jared told me so. He was there, and drank of the wine," insisted Phineas.

"He could not have done it," said Abigail, "unless he were helped by the evil one, or unless he were a prophet. He is too good a man to ask help of the powers of darkness; and it is beyond belief that a son of Joseph should be a prophet."

To this Phineas made no answer. His quiet thoughts were shaken out of their usual routine as violently as if by an earthquake.

Joel thought more of the journey than he did of the mira. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I loved this retelling of the story in the Gospels of Jesus. I thought the author did well to create believable events in Joel’s life where he would hear about Jesus’ life, such as the visit to shepherds where he heard about the firsthand story of the announcement from the angels about Jesus’ birth.

Delightful to read!

This is a fictional tale written in a very real historical setting that brings to life the daily goings on for a young crippled boy who meets Jesus. It is colorful in the description of what life was like back then. I enjoyed it very much .

A Young Boys Meeting With The Master

This book chronicles life and death of Jesus Christ through the eyes of a little crippled boy named Joel. It is a great read for everyone.

This was an interesting retelling of the life of Jesus given mostly through the eyes of Joel, a young crippled boy. I enjoyed it for the most part, although it's obviously targeted at a younger audience.

A few minor gripes--

It was a little jarring when the story moved into narrating actual biblical e

Sweet story of Christ

Well written little story about a boy who believes in the Christ and is healed. His adoration encourages him to follow Christ all his life.

This book was geared toward a young audience when first written, and there are definite undertones of that now. The original audience was probably around 8 years old, although today the reading level is probably more suited for a 10 to 12 year old. With that said, the message of the book is strong.

Read to my children at lunch.

An easy, interesting, encouraging, thought provoking read. This familiar story from a young boys perspective was reminiscent of the Advent books of Amon's adventure. Looking forward to reading it with the kids.

I really liked the way the book puts you into the perspective of a crippled boy living during the time of Jesus. Wonderful way to see him work through anger, love, forgiveness, and faith. Looking forward to reading this with my kiddos. 7/5/15

I recently read this book again and fell more in love with it. It takes place around the time of Jesus' ministry. The main character is a crippled Jewish-levite boy named Joel. Bitter and wanting revenge on a Samaritan boy named Rehum who caused the event in which Joel is crippled, Joel can't wait '

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