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This is My Son by Sharon Lindsay is the second book in The Son of God series. Following the events of Unto Us, this sequel picks up after the birth of Jesus, taking us into Jesus' childhood. As Jesus comes of age, he struggles to understand life around him and learns what temptation into evil truly means. His comfortable life is interrupted when his best friend's father dies upon a cross. Not only does he discover his place in Jewish society, he also begins to understand his destiny. Meanwhile, Toma discovers an abandoned baby he calls his own and Nodab returns home after losing his inherited fortune.
Sharon Lindsay brings biblical stories to life with a unique insight. Lindsay draws inspiration from the parables shared by Jesus and places these stories through the lives of those around him. These stories have a lot of heart, are perfectly tuned to the times, and balance out the coming of age journey that Jesus is taking. The parables also play around with foreshadowing, which include the well-known story of a son, Nodab, returning only to receive an angry reception from his brother, Lazarus, the very Lazarus that will later play a key role in Jesus' life. Other notable biblical figures mentioned briefly include Moses, Joseph, and Esther, each of whose story plays an important part in Jesus' understanding of earth, human nature, and heroism.
An interesting aspect that Lindsay explores is the use of bitterness, anger, resentment, and other sources of temptation into evil as personified minions of sorts to Satan. The biggest lesson seems to stem from the idea of the jealous brother, going from Jesus' lesson of Cain murdering Abel out of hatred and jealousy to Jesus' own brother, who has a brief spurt of jealousy towards him. This ties into Lazarus' feelings about his brother receiving such high favor after losing his father's fortune. An inspiring Christian read, This is My Son is told from multiple perspectives as Jesus endures his coming of age journey to understand his destiny.