It took me a while to pick up this book. Though the plot intrigued me, actually reading about it wasn’t exciting to me. I don’t remember the reason I finally started it, but I’m glad I did. I read it as summer transitioned into fall when I felt okay crawling into bed while it was still light to read. Ignore my giant TBR pile on the bookshelf in the corner of the photo. I have since cleaned it up.
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd is a work of fiction that answers, “what would it be like to be the wife of Jesus?” Short answer: it was rough to be a woman during those times. While I thought it would focus a lot on Jesus, much of his life is separate from hers.
Having a background of Biblical knowledge was helpful while reading, but I don’t think it is necessary to read the book. If you like historical fiction, strong female characters, and a dash of spirituality, give this book a read.
This was my first book I’ve read by Sue Monk Kidd, though I think I own others based on recommendations, but I look forward to reading more.
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