The Bethany Tales
By: Bryan E. CanterThe lives of a harlot, a mistress, a beggar, and a leper interweave and collide as they each encounter Jesus. Along the way, they learn what it means to experience authentic relationships, genuine community, and true faith.
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Book DescriptionA young woman, cast out by her father and shunned by her family, wanders the streets of Jerusalem...
...selling her body to survive in a cutthroat city that has no mercy for the downtrodden.
When one man promises her a different way of life, she overcomes her doubts and opens her heart to him.
A stranger named Jesus saves Mary from death, and she becomes a devoted follower. He helps her to break free from a life of prostitution, and they travel to her home village of Bethany to seek reconciliation with her family. Her brother Lazarus gladly accepts her back, but her sister and uncle make it abundantly clear that she is not welcome there.
In the face of her sister’s rejection and her uncle’s judgmental pride, Mary questions God’s forgiveness and struggles to forgive herself. Yet even as their lives interweave and collide, the very ones who are so quick to condemn her, wrestle with their own internal demons—inadequacy, self-righteousness, and the need to earn God’s favor. Will these attitudes tear their family apart forever, or can a carpenter from Nazareth open their unbelieving eyes and show them the wonder of true faith.
Canter tells the personal histories of these four New Testament characters in a uniquely memorable way. Fans of Francine Rivers, Brian Godawa, and Kenneth Winter will love this compelling tale. See why delighted readers say “Bryan expertly intertwines each person’s individual story, including their past life and their new relationship with Jesus.”
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