Between the Savior and the Sea

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When Christ was on the cross... where was Simon Peter? "Between the Savior and the Sea" tells the Gospel story through Simon Peter's eyes. It not only brings to life the famous moments of the Gospels, it also goes where they are silent: What miracles occurred when Simon Peter and the other disciples were sent off two by two? How did he know that Jesus was the Christ? And what was he thinking when he denied him? Led to experience things beyond his wildest imagination, Simon Peter felt torn between being a ...
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Overview

When Christ was on the cross... where was Simon Peter? "Between the Savior and the Sea" tells the Gospel story through Simon Peter's eyes. It not only brings to life the famous moments of the Gospels, it also goes where they are silent: What miracles occurred when Simon Peter and the other disciples were sent off two by two? How did he know that Jesus was the Christ? And what was he thinking when he denied him? Led to experience things beyond his wildest imagination, Simon Peter felt torn between being a fisherman and a "fisher of men," caught between the Savior and the sea.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456339852
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/14/2011
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 118,447
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Rice has a passion to share the love of God. He's an internationally sought after speaker, an accomplished musician, a gifted teacher, and a popular blogger. You can find out more about him at bob-rice.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    excellent read

    excellent read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    didn't even finish this one

    The new testament adventure story, simplified. A disappointment so far as I got before giving up on it. Childish characterizations, poor grammar, and not even really about Peter.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    Between the Savior and the Sea

    In the email submitting this book for review, the author mentioned that my blog hadn't reviewed any Christian Fiction at that time and made the following point:

    My hope is that the book stands on its own no matter what faith background you have. A good story is a good story.

    I think this is called an act of faith.

    In light of this, it seems fair that I give a disclaimer before my review. Although raised in an extremely religious environment, as an adult I developed issues with all organized religion. If forced to claim membership in any religious organization, it would be the pseudo-religious Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Although I'm the first to concede that religions are a positive force in providing people with a moral and ethical framework in which to live their lives, there are other ways to do that. In my observation, religion also has a downside that frequently includes war and hatemongering. However, I also believe everyone has the right to practice their religious beliefs, as long as doing so doesn't negatively impact anyone else. I also have a tremendous amount of respect for those who follow their beliefs, insofar as they are positive.

    I'll start with the obvious. If I was able to separate this story from its origins, the genre would be something different, maybe supernatural or paranormal. But making that separation isn't realistic for me. I doubt it is for many people. The tale, at a high level, is set in stone. Most people will know much of the story, including how it ends. (Jesus dies, for those who don't know.)

    However, Rice's purpose appears to be two-fold. First, telling the story from a new perspective, that of Peter. Looking at anything from a different point of view can provide new insights. Second, to make the story more accessible without oversimplifying like some of the bible storybooks for children tend to do. I thought he succeeded with both of these. The language is modernized, making it much easier to read. I did laugh when one character told another that "I've got your back," but mostly the language was easy to read, modern, without being slang filled. By arranging the story chronologically, it is much easier to follow.

    I'm sure there are spots some biblical scholars would nitpick. I don't know where those would be, but I have faith that they are there. It would depend on the scholar. Rice freely admits in the afterword that in a few instances he played fast and loose with chronology. He sometimes fills in gaps for a more complete story and in many cases different biblical accounts of the same incident are contradictory. Also, biblical scholars and different Christian denominations can't agree on all the specifics. However, the big picture, I think Rice got. For believers or the curious who find reading the bible hard going, "Beneath the Savior and the Sea" is an excellent compromise. For those who have read "The Bible," the new viewpoint and easier reading might be something you'd be interested in reading. For non-believers, decide for yourself. After all, some say this is [[ASIN:B0002BO05S "The Greatest Story Ever Told"]]. For those who haven't read it yet, sorry about the spoiler.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

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    Posted June 15, 2011

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