Jairus's Girl

Christian - Historical Fiction
160 Pages
Reviewed on 12/03/2017
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Author Biography

Lynn Robertson Hay’s writing covers a number of episodes for BBC TV, film, radio and theatre - winning an award for Best Children's Theatre from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. She was a quarterfinalist in the Academy's prestigious Nicholl Fellowship (yes, *that* Academy), from 6,400 screenplays worldwide.

As an actor she’s played parts ranging from Lady Macbeth to Mole, Puck to Miss Prism, and was recently seen wielding a rolling pin as Flo Capp in ANDY CAPP - THE MUSICAL. She has just made her West End debut - understudying Stockard Channing in APOLOGIA, and going on in that amazing role eight times!
Her one-woman show has played a variety of venues in the UK, US and elsewhere, including the only part of Glastonbury Abbey still standing (not her fault).

Lynn's claim to fame is that she once won an episode of quiz show Fifteen to One.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite

Jairus’s Girl by L.R. Hay tells the story of Tammie who lives with her parents, Jairus and Naomi, in a small fishing village near Galilee. Set in the time of Jesus, the story shows a different perspective of life in those times. The lives of Tammie’s friends and family are followed as they pursue their daily routines, carry out their chores, and enjoy the small adventures that every day brings. Jairus is highly revered in his community and Tammie adores him and is proud of her father. Tammie’s life in this historical period gives a new insight into the way of life and the daily comings and goings at a time when the focus was mainly on the life of Jesus.

This is a new and innovative approach to a well known historical era, told in a light-hearted way and in a voice ideal for the pre-teen reader. The author, L.R. Hay, is to be congratulated on creating an entertaining story yet interweaving the life of the era, resulting in a read that is fun and informative. This is a great idea to entice pre-teens to read about biblical life, without getting too engrossed in the Christian aspects, yet piquing their imaginations and interest. This was a really enjoyable read, even for an adult, and might well appeal to both adult, young adult and pre-teen readers if they are interested in a different perspective on biblical times. A nice enticing cover adds to the appeal of this book. A story that, though simple in its approach, stirs the imagination.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

There is a story in the New Testament of the Bible about a little girl whom Jesus raised from the dead. Just when family and friends had given up hope, Jesus arrived and told the girl to rise up. And she did. This is Tammie’s story. Tamar Bilkiah Keren Happuch Bath-Jairus. Rabbi Jairus’s daughter. It was a name she hated, but she learned later to like it, to appreciate it, especially when Jesus told her the meanings of her names: Tamar, meaning beautiful, Keren Happuch meaning splendour of bright colours, Bilkia meaning coming back to life. Before she became very sick, Tammie was an obedient daughter who willingly helped with all the chores, including taking care of a very sick woman, Sarah. Even though she was warned not to go near Sarah while caring for her, lest she succumb to the fever, Tammie couldn’t leave the old woman alone, thrashing around in the deep throes of a fever. Tammie held Sarah's hand and sang to her. And Tammie contracted the fever.

L.R. Hay has written a beautiful story about a young girl. But Jairus’s Girl is so much more than just a beautiful story. Adopting stories from Scripture, the author has made these simple stories of faith into a compelling plot where the characters come alive with passion and purpose. As the plot develops, so too does Tammie’s connection with the new prophet, Jesus. As she learns to love the man and his teachings, she develops a new, stronger bond with her God. At the climax, the darkened skies of what we now refer to as Good Friday, Tammie’s story resolves itself, as she comes to realize that Jesus is still with her and everyone else. As she stated quite clearly, by ripping the curtain in the synagogue, Jesus allowed Tammie and everyone else a closer connection with God. The story is told as a parable of old, but it is also told with side-notes to make it relevant to the young reader of today’s world. Very well done.