The Man From Cyrene traces the life of Simon of Cyrene who helped Jesus carry the cross to Calvary and how that even changed his life and the lives of those around him.
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The Man From Cyrene
Looking for a good read for the summer? Read the gripping new novel by A.D. Ray THE MAN FROM CYRENE. Just who was the man who carried the cross for Jesus?
Can you imagine what it would have been like to be in his shoes? How would a person’s life be impacted by such an experience? We know little about Simon of Cyrene. We can only speculate how his life was altered. It would have to be. One could not meet Jesus face-to-face like that and not be forever changed. THE MAN FROM CYRENE tells the story of Simon bar Tolomeo and how he and his family and friends were affected by his meeting the man carrying that Cross. Available now on Amazon for Kindle readers and on Barnes and Noble for Nook. For those who don't have the e-reader devices apps are available free for PC and MAC.
Watch for A WOMAN CALLED MARY the story of Mary Magdalene, who she was and how her life was changed after spending three years with Jesus. Now available for Kindle and Nook.
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“Simon,” Jacob said slowly, thoughtfully, “we can only plan things up to a certain point, then life steps in and changes everything. Your father’s life didn’t turn out the way he had wanted it.”
This was a surprise to me. Jacob saw the startled look on my face and went on.
“He loved Jerusalem, and wanted to stay there and bring you up in the Temple. He had planned for you to have a good education and be a devout religious man.”
“How do you know these things?” I asked, incredulous. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
“Your father and I used to sit and talk,” he answered. “He loved being around when I was working in the gardens or doing repairs. Sometimes after I had finished my work we would go to the tavern and just talk. He told me that when the Romans started really making things hard on the Jews in Jerusalem and he saw how the Temple priests and the Sanhedrin were appeasing the Romans and trying to butter them up all the time he became disillusioned. He thought that maybe it was only the Temple politicos trying to stave off the Roman tyranny, but soon he could see that it was more than that. He saw the greed and the avarice invade the Temple and slowly filter its way down into the people. Soon all the businessmen were kissing up to the Romans. He said that Jerusalem had become Rome’s whore. He lost heart. He thought that if he moved far away from Jerusalem he could bring you up the way he had planned. So he came to Cyrene. He didn’t have any real interest in business; not the way you do. To him it was just a way to make a living. He took you to Synagogue on the Sabbath, and had you in Jewish schools. But you didn’t seem to have an interest in religious matters. Then he became ill and had to turn the business over to you. It consumed you. Making the business grow and thrive was your all-in-all. But you were a good and honest man. You got married and loved your wife and treated her like a great prize. These things made your father happy. His plan did not turn out but he accepted what life handed him, and made the best of it. Your father was not a fulfilled man when he died, but he was a happy man. Do you know the difference?”
He looked at me long and hard while I let all this soak in. How could a man be happy if he was not fulfilled?