The Adulteress - Women Who Met Jesus Volume I by Lucinda Weeks more than met my expectation of a great Christian novel. Powerful and exhilarating, it leads the reader back in time when Jesus walked the earth during the period of His short ministry to the time of His crucifixion.
Adina, the main character, is a young woman who brings life to the story as she shares her disturbing past while facing what she believes to be the last moments of her life. Her amazing journey depicts what it was like during that period to be a women trapped within a world where the religious traditions and laws favored men over the well-being of women no matter what their age or criminal acts done against them.
Although Adina was brought up to love the scriptures, she is forced into a life that leads her far from God. Branded as an adulteress, she lives daily with the guilt and shame, yet she continuously seeks redemption with a strong desire to change. I fell in love with this beautiful and fiercely spirited young woman who succumbs to a life far from her dreams only to realize an even greater dream once she makes an earnest prayer to be freed from her personal burdens and demons.
Lucinda's writing absolutely took my breath away as she described Jesus' baptism, His walking the streets teaching and healing with the disciples, and his death on the cross with the promise of resurrection. Jesus’ love and compassion for the people and especially children were beautifully depicted through the experiences and associations of Adina.
All of the characters in the story were meticulously blended within an accurate timeline of Jesus' ministry which reveals persons, places and the love of Jesus so realistically that it stirs the heart to go straight to God in prayer, thanking Him for the redemptive work of Jesus Christ that brings us God's love, forgiveness and hope.
I highly recommend The Adulteress. It shares a beautiful story of God’s love and restoration of life with an enlightening glimpse of Jesus' ministry and the women who walked with Him.