Come with Us to the Promised Land

A Pictorial Biblical Encounter

Non-Fiction - Memoir
200 Pages
Reviewed on 03/04/2020
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Author Biography

After her visits in 2012 and 2014, and after reading almost all the archeological books about this part of the world, Doreen realized that not one book had all the historical information about each place. She felt the need to share her journey to as many people who have yet to experience it.

She relates the holy inscriptions to every place, and you can read along with your Bible to make these places come alive. In this way, readers are able to experience the reality of Christ and develop a better understanding of the events outlined in the Bible.

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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Come With Us To The Promised Land: A Pictorial Biblical Encounter is a work of non-fiction focused on faith-based locations, photography and history, penned and created by author Doreen Rose. Writing in a memoir-style form of a journey that has been taken, Rose recreates her historical travels through locations of great beauty and religious importance so that her reader can enjoy them too. The narration puts us alongside both Rose and Jesus as we follow the paths which he walked and learn about the modern places which now represent and connect back to the biblical locations where many a blessed thing happened.

For students of Christianity and those who have an interest in travel and ancient cultures, this fulfilling and visually appealing book offers plenty to sink your teeth into. Author Doreen Rose writes with a friendly narrative quality, as though she is our tour guide on a really interesting time-traveling adventure. The prose makes it easy to imagine these locations at the time in which the Bible was written, focusing on cities that have not yet lost their ancient charm, and natural locations which retain immense beauty and poignancy even now. The experience will also allow students of the Bible to connect what they know from their studies to places they may not have had the opportunity to visit, which makes this an engaging educational tool as well. Overall, Come With Us To The Promised Land: A Pictorial Biblical Encounter is a highly recommended volume for Christian readers to keep and treasure.

Liz Konkel

Come with Us to the Promised Land: A Pictorial Biblical Encounter by Doreen Rose is a visual journey that takes you on an incredible trip through various places from the Bible. This lovely series of photos span several stunning locations from Joppa to Caesarea Philippi to the Dead Sea to Mt. Nebo. Rose uses her personal trips as the basis for each of these places mentioned in the Bible. Each place features photos, a few tidbits about the place, and thorough references from various Bible verses. Rose’s archeological experience will encourage you to find new insights into each of these locations which she hopes will prepare tourists for their own visits or allow armchair travelers to have their own adventures.

Doreen Rose delivers the perfect companion to a Bible study or personal studies that will deepen your understanding of how these places fit into various stories from the Bible. Rose also includes the way animals, people, walls, gates, and agriculture fit into these locations, which gives you a well-rounded sense of what each place is like. The amazing way that Rose uses verses and photography to bring these places to life in a way that will deepen how you read the Bible. Rose touches upon notable places which include Nazareth; Rose highlights the verses that show how the city was important in the birth and life of Jesus. Various mountains are also included throughout such as Mt. Hermon, which is seen in lovely verses found in Psalms and Song of Solomon. A couple of notable seas you’ll discover within are the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, both of which play a significant role in the Bible. Doreen Rose puts together stunning visuals and prominent verses in Come With Us to the Promised Land, which brings to life each of these places in an unforgettable spiritual journey.

Mamta Madhavan

Come With Us to the Promised Land: A Pictorial Biblical Encounter by Doreen Rose takes readers on a fascinating journey to Israel and Jordan where they visit the actual locations where biblical events took place. In Israel, the author takes readers to where Jesus walked and they also see the places where the Old Testament people lived. It is a special feeling for readers to be in Galilee where Jesus stood and where he once cooked breakfast. It is a book where biblical history comes alive and where readers see the land God promised to his people. It is a book that every traveler will enjoy and it will also prepare them for their visit to these places.

Come With Us to the Promised Land: A Pictorial Biblical Encounter by Doreen Rose gives glimpses of the beauty and enchantment of Israel and Jordan and the historic and ancient sites are made palpable to readers. The author's narration and the pictures will encourage readers to travel to these places and experience the history and spiritual vibes of Israel and Jordan. Readers will find it easy to imagine that many battles and wars have taken place here. The author tackles the topic in an entertaining and interesting way by adding colorful pictures of the trip and makes history engaging and absorbing to readers. Whether it is the Wadi Rum, the Arabian desert, Jerusalem or the archaeological experiences, this memoir is a treat for all travel lovers who enjoy exploring historic lands.

Ruffina Oserio

Come With Us to the Promised Land: A Pictorial Biblical Encounter by Doreen Rose is a compelling book that offers a wonderful visual experience to readers. The author takes readers on an epic journey — thanks to unique skills in photography — to the places they have encountered in the Scriptures, places that have become household names. Some have become very symbolic of their faith and connection with Jesus, such as Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Gethsemane, and many others. With the use of stunning imagery, the author makes some elements of the Bible come alive, exploring historical places like the Mount of Olives, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Jordan River, and many others.

Doreen Rose first traveled to Israel in 2012 and then went back in 2014 in the company of six friends. She explains that the reality far outstripped the imagination. From ancient ruins to well-preserved religious sites, from sweepingly gorgeous views of locales to historic spots filled with biblical significance, the author guide readers, image after image, allowing them a strong feel of the reality. I enjoyed the commentaries that accompany each image and, in beautiful prose, the author establishes the direct link between each image and the scriptures. The Old and the New Testaments come alive in these pages. I loved how the author presented the geography, personalizing her encounter with the region intimately linked to the sojourn of Jesus among us. The personal stories accompany the presentations and the biblical references as footnotes enrich the experience of the journey. Come With Us to the Promised Land: A Pictorial Biblical Encounter allows readers to spiritually revisit the Promised Land and creates a deep longing to physically be there.