Jesus Short Stories

Christian - Fiction
75 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2019
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Jesus Short Stories by Jay Santiago is fascinating, transporting, filled with wisdom, immersing the reader in the ways of Christ. The author looks at the Gospels and their composition and fills in the blanks between what we know and what we speculate about the life and works of Jesus of Nazareth, combining imagination with careful study to unveil deep truths about Jesus and His spirituality. The stories in this book are inspired by the narratives in the Gospels that are traditionally known, but the author offers new perspectives from his research into the Gospel of Thomas and the Lost Gospel. While critical readers and experts in biblical exegeses may have a lot to discuss with this author, the ordinary reader will find much inspiration in these pages, stories that explore some of the known experiences from the scriptures and some that offer insight into what the spirituality of Jesus was all about.

In the opening pages, the author describes the style of the narrative: “As you know, Jesus was a Jew, and Jesus taught in parables; therefore, these short stories (and several of the other short stories) are written in the Jewish Midrash style. I have been a Christian my entire life, and over my lifetime, I have become very familiar with the gospels...” I particularly enjoyed the story of Mathew, the rendition of the parables and the manner in which the author acquaints readers with Jesus’ method of teaching. Jesus Short Stories isn’t a book of fiction, but a work of inspiration from a passionate follower of Jesus who has read and researched the Bible and has allowed the words to take root in his heart and in his imagination. It is from that place of encounter that these stories flow. Jay Santiago writes in a style that readers will recognize immediately and he plunges them into the very soul of the Gospels.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

In the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, there are many stories of Jesus’s life, travels and the stories he shared. Parables – that’s how Jesus told his stories. Each story or parable contains a hidden message, a key to help us lead a better life, a life that follows the teachings of Jesus. The parables may sometimes read as cryptic, but more importantly, they are timeless. Although Jesus told his parables centuries ago, these parables are still relevant in the twenty-first century and will be for many years to come.

Each time we read or hear one of these parables, we will come to a new understanding and appreciation of the hidden meanings. Life is a struggle, life is hard work, but if we follow Jesus and believe in Him, we will discover a more fulfilling life. For, as Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” We must be in tune, in harmony with ourselves, between our ‘thinking mind’ and our ‘feeling mind’, in order to live a struggle-free life. This book is written as far back as the early books of the Bible, with the very first story about Adam and Eve.

Author Jay Santiago has lived a difficult life. It has been a struggle just like life has been for most people in the world. But the author found comfort in Jesus’s parables and the writings in the Bible. He has compiled his thoughts in his recent book, Jesus Short Stories. Following a logical circle of appreciation and comprehension, Jay leads the reader through the many parables Jesus shared, explaining them simply and bringing to their attention the true depth of each parable’s meaning. A well-researched and intently studied document to deepen and embellish one’s understanding of scripture.