This book was truely an act of giving. Only one man on this entire planet would have the experience of playing Jesus in "Matthew", and by the deliberate Grace of God, Bruce Marchiano was that man. "In The Footsteps of Jesus", is his personal testimony of the effects that playing this roll had on his spiritual life and in his personal life. Whether you are a Believer or Non-Believer...ohhh...how this book will touch your heart.
As a single parent, Jesus gets me through every day of my life. So when I saw "In The Footsteps Of Jesus" on a Christmas display shelf, the title really got my attention. However, I had no desire to read an account of anything experienced by an actor, so I tried to put the book back but my hand refused to let go. Well, I grudgingly bought that book, and was I in for a Big surprise! I could not put it down.
One specific passage in which the author thoroughly pierced my heart was his description of a brutally beaten and physically exhausted Jesus, struggling to get to the cross. I had never realized the extent to which Jesus had been beaten and tortured. The authors pain-filled portrayal leaves no doubt that Jesus was very human, and His suffering was very, very real. In a quote from the book Marchiano says, "Jesus wasn't dragged to the cross, He was crawling TO the cross..." These words bring home the realization that our Lords' love for us literally knows no boundaries. This particular description really reached out to me and gave me cause to stop and consider the unbridled Passion, Mercy, and Grace embraced in that kind of love.
The author will reach out to you too...page after page...So prepare yourself, because Mr. Marchiano does not often play around with polite words. You will experience emotional restlessness and heartbreak. You will be spiritually mobilized and immobilized. You will feel anchored only to be set adrift over and over again. Your heartstrings will be stretched beyond any threshold, and long before the end your heart will be branded by His unconditional Love. Just get the book, and then watch the movie it was drawn from. I promise you will not be let down, and any hidden joys in your own life will come jumping out at you!
Finally, when I had turned the last page, it was nearly impossible to close the book. I wasn't ready for this particular journey and experience to end. It really needed a Chapter 13, and 14, and...So, I also echo the sentiments of the author when he says (about Jesus), "I will miss you." And I add this...Mr. Marchiano - actor, author, and Messenger - I will miss your story too, and anxiously await your next book. God Bless You