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This was my deeper secret, but I’d never spoken it aloud. Good women had babies. Good women wanted babies. It was pressed upon every girl precisely what good women did and did not do. We lugged those dictates around like temple stones. A good woman was modest. She was quiet. She covered her head when she went out. She didn’t speak with men. She tended her domestic tasks. She obeyed and served her husband. She was faithful to him. Above all, she gave him children. Better yet, sons.

Monk Kidd, Sue. The Book of Longings

When I tell you all shall be well, I don’t mean that life won’t bring you a tragedy. Life will be life. I only mean you will be well in spite of it. All shall be well, no matter what.”

Monk Kidd, Sue. The Book of Longings

I was one of those readers that did not read what this book was about. I just knew it took place a long time ago.

Historical fiction seems to be a thing for me that I just get lost in. I learn from these stories, and they take me away for brief moments.

Sue Monk Kidd gave us an illustration and a glimpse of Jesus’s Wife (if he had one).

When the longing of one’s heart is inked into words and offered as a prayer, that’s when it springs to life in God’s mind.”

Monk Kidd, Sue. The Book of Longings

The story depicts Jesus as a Jew who was well-mannered and not a violent man. His wife was very stubborn for her time and had a burning desire to write.

I was transported back in time and felt every grievance and laughter.

As a person who has no clue about the bible and only recently started to read the Quran, I found this book entertaining and insight full.

It was a page-turner for sure.

Lord our God, hear my prayer, the prayer of my heart. Bless the largeness inside me, no matter how I fear it . . .

Monk Kidd, Sue. The Book of Longings

HAS TIME CHANGED MUCH

Ana (Jesus’ wife) has a friend that gets her tongue cut off by her father for speaking about her rape publicly.

Ana begs her dad for education and secretly learns to read and write. Writing is her superpower apart from being a born female.

Men are considered highly regarded; women are to be silenced, stoned, or locked away.

Believe it or not, we still have parts of the world today and even in. Yes, “the west,” where we have cultural oppression of women.

We are too much, too little and never still enough to this day.

I watched the news the other night and saw all the bombing going on in all parts of the world, the war on women with men wanting to have our rights, and the division regarding religion. It does feel at times that we have made no progress.

We women have suffered for a long time, and reading THE BOOK OF LONGING reminded me that not much has changed in this world; we might have so-called “Right.” I think that we are not too far off from the bible times.

Sue Monk Kidd mentions at the end of her book, “What if Jesuses had a wife.”  I thought about this after reading.

Would we see things differently? Would the priesthood not have the act of abstinence from sex, therefore no molestation in the churches? What if Jesuses wife was real, and you believed in her? She would be a hero for women? She will know your pain, a Goddess perhaps to guide the Devine Feminine ?.

“He learned well, and his suffering didn’t harden him. It’s always a marvel when one’s pain doesn’t settle into bitterness but brings forth kindness instead.”

Monk Kidd, Sue. The Book of Longings

RATINGS

This book is a 5-star for sure. A book to gift, A book to keep, and I hope they make this into a movie, but I doubt it will be the same as the book is always better.

EAT THE BOOK

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There was not much mention of foods, so no sudden cravings came on for me.

Bread and Cheese were mentioned, and wine, oh. Yes, I remember lots of wine is mentioned.

I do not drink anymore, so no wine.

Sparkling Juice can work for wine if you want a non-alcoholic option.

I had Drinking Chocolate (hot chocolate) that was infused with spices—fresh Bread with some butter and olives.

The Book of Longing

(Taken from Amazon)

The New York Times Bestseller

From the author of the multi-million-copy-selling The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings

An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and destiny, from the celebrated number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.

‘I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.’

In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman called Ana.

Ana is a rebellious young woman, a gifted writer with a curious, brilliant mind, who writes secret narratives about the neglected and silenced women around her. Raised in a wealthy family in Galilee, she is sheltered from the brutality of Rome’s occupation of Israel. Ana is expected to marry an elderly widower to further her father’s ambitions, a prospect that horrifies her. A chance encounter with the 18-year-old Jesus changes everything: his ideas and his passion are intoxicating.

Taking Ana on a journey she could never have imagined, The Book of Longings is a glorious evocation of a time and a place where astounding events unfolded, and of one woman’s fate when she fights to make her voice heard.