Witness: Book One of the Seeds of Christianity Series - E. G. Lewis

I am going to say right up front that this is not ordinarily the sort of book I would pick up; I'm not big on "Christian fiction," because it is oftentimes very preachy. However, the plotline here sounded interesting, and I'm glad I gave it a shot.

Rivkah is the daughter of a shepherd, and she is with her family watching sheep during lambing time when she (and many others) have a vision that the Messiah has been born. Yep, you probably know the story.

What follows is not the story of Yeshua/Jesus (in fact, Jesus is pretty darned peripheral to the whole thing), but the story of Rivkah and Shem'uel, the shepherd whom she loves. We see a great deal of Jewish folk lore and customs in a book that is both entertaining, richly researched ... and obviously written with love.

When an author truly loves their characters and story, it comes through ... and the author takes a great deal of care with the characters and storyline. I enjoyed the tale. I am given to understand that there are more books to the series, so this is not the end of Rivkah's life cycle.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/935097438