Table of Contents
Jesus: My Eulogy
John: The Witness
Simon Peter: The Death
Judas Iscariot: Treacherous
John Mark: Dead of Night
Paul’s Sister: My Brother
The Lost on The Cross
Mary: The Alabaster Jar
John: The Light
Mary: My First Easter
David: The Shepherd
Holy Spirit: Advocate
Clickable link are excerpts from the book
Seeing Through Their Eyes, Vol 1: Short stories, songs and poems of characters in the Bible
Let me take you on a journey of thirty years, where over time I’ve had the privilege of soaking up the environment of thoughts of many people who live through the history of the Bible.
In some ways it feels like I’ve met them all personally, as I’ve studied and meditated on them – researching the events and times that make their situation unique. I’ve pondered what it’s been like to be in their shoes, and sometimes wondered what I would have done if it was me in their situation.
My aim has been to tap into the essence of their thinking, of their emotion, and cause a very deep emotional connection with you, the reader. If my book is simply “a good read” or “a poetic resurrection of Biblical narrative” then it’s missed its mark.
This book is a small compilation of poetry, prose, songs or short stories, intended to take a “slice” out of the life of a Biblical character and help us see what they are seeing, feel what they are feeling, and pause … then make a response.
Each item is a perception, a listening, a waiting – for the tick-tock of thoughts in their head to come to life – and from there to make sense of their situation, translated into poetic rhythms.
Through hearing the voices of their mind, we can take time to reflect. And consider. And change.
Listen to the thoughts of Jesus when he was laid to rest in the tomb, feel the reaction that Joseph went through when he learned Mary was pregnant, see through the eyes of Judas Iscariot when he’d sold out the Lord, experience the moment when Lucifer was kicked out of heaven, and read of the young man who witnessed the arrest of Jesus. And more … including a song by John the Baptist, Simon Peter’s recount of the death and resurrection, a short story by Paul’s sister, the lost on the cross, a song by Mary when she cracked open the alabaster jar on Jesus’ feet, a song by John of the witness to the Light, David’s paraphrase of his shepherd’s psalm, and a song by the Holy Spirit our Advocate.
Now if you’re expecting a cross-referenced Bible College style narrative, this compilation is likely to annoy you – as it is not intended to be a “scripture and verse” adaptation of the Bible. Instead, the way to read these short stories (and prose and poems) is to “look between the lines” of the Bible and take into consideration the context and environment and influences that were around in the early centuries.
I’m using a little poetic licence in many places, however I’m an avid student of the Word and I’m not attempting to be flippant, nor am I trying to change the perception of the accounts that are printed in the Bible. I’ve pursued many hours of study and research to determine just exactly how these stories or songs or poems might be best unfolded from the Word.
So please, I insist that you take time to slow down and absorb the message and relate to the feelings expressed; and understand the word plays I use.
My prayer is that these pages ignite your spirit and help you soar!
Brother Brad Smith