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Master

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  454 ratings  ·  164 reviews
My name will mean nothing to you, but my story is a re-telling of the greatest story ever told and should mean everything to everyone.

If you interpret my words a fiction and fiction only, you will miss out on truths that are both historical and spiritual. Search the scriptures. There you will find evidence of my existence recorded in ancient sacred writ, overlooked for mil
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Hardcover, 486 pages
Published December 31st 2008 by Covenant Communications (first published January 1st 2008)
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Marty Qualls
Dec 18, 2009 Marty Qualls rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who would like to draw closer to Jesus
Recommended to Marty by: Valarie Qualls
Shelves: fiction
I became closer to Jesus by reading this wonderful book. What a great experience the author gives to the reader. Thank you Toni Sorenson for allowing us the opportunity to walk with Jesus and live with him and his wonderful family who taught, loved and protected him. Not only did we see Jesus turn to his Heavenly Father in prayer and guidance, we also see Jesus as the Son of Man because of the love His mortal parents raised him with. Joseph was a person I didn't know until I read this book and I ...more
Traci
This is a read I will forever remember and hope to read it more times than just this once. Although the book is fiction it is based off so much fact that you can truly imagine what it was like for the Savior, the Son of God to live his life upon this earth. I have thought about His life numerous times but I have never compared it to my own and the experiences I have on a daily basis and after reading this book I realized that the Savior lived his life here upon the earth experiencing things as w ...more
Kristin
I loved this book. This book got me into reading alot of the New Testament with it. I bought it at the Atlanta Temple bookstore.
I need to read it again to give it a better review. It has been a few years since I have read it so I wouldn't do it justice. The author did a beautiful job. WOW!!

It is a story about a boy who grew up near Jesus Christ. The boy of course is fiction, but Christ's story isn't. I think just about everything that Christ says in the book are in the scriptures. He portrays M
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Chelsea
This is seriously one of the best books I have ever "read" I listened to it on CD. It is a long book, but doing it over time in my car worked for me. It is fiction, but it has so much fact in it that I'm sure it was inspired. It tells of a servant of Josephs...and then of Jesus. What he observed and felt and everything. From when Jesus was little to the resurrection. It made me think so much of Christ and made me really feel like I know him better. Such a great feeling...great read for any Chris ...more
Clint Walsh
Apr 14, 2009 Clint Walsh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
This might be my favorite book ever. I absolutely loved the kind of insight into the daily life of a jew at the time of Jesus and very much made his life come alive to me. For that, if for nothing else, I am grateful to this author. I would reccomend to anyone that it is worth reading.
Freeman Scott
This novel was so great. Toni Sorenson has a beautiful way of writing. She leads the reader on a path through the life of Christ. After reading this book I have a different perspective on the life of Christ. I think everyone should read this book
Tessa
This book brought about a new perspective on the Savior and truly touched my heart. I felt myself feeling with Almon and being so excited to read the next chapter. Truly an inspiration. Our Savior does still live.
Evelyn
This book draws you right into the life and times of Jesus Christ. It's told from the point of view of a mute household servant. The historical details are amazing. This is the best book yet from my dear friend Toni.
Bettie Kunz
May 16, 2012 Bettie Kunz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Gave me insight to the happenings during Christ's time, life, family and friends. I have a much deeper love for our Savior.
Mzcarlea
This is one of the best books that I've read in a long time. Once I picked it up it was hard to put down, even though I knew the outcome. Yes, its fiction, but historical fiction. The idea of telling the story through the eyes of a mute servant is what makes this book even better. I could feel his inner struggle and the desire he felt to want to believe. The author draws you into his world and I felt his worry and fears as he followed Jesus, putting his life on hold to keep a promise he made to ...more
Beth A.
This is a book, like Ben Hur or The Robe, that intertwines a story about a fictional character with a story about Jesus.

The fictional character, a boy named Almon, was a member of Jesus’ household, so He is much more present in this book.

Anything Jesus said in the book was taken from scripture. The story was respectful. But there was a lot of fiction, too. About Almon’s life, his interactions with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, and many other characters.

I liked Almon’s personality, and there were many
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Jennie
May 27, 2008 Jennie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults, teens
Over Easter weekend I read Master by Toni Sorenson. The timing may have colored my perspective of this retelling of the incredible events documented in the four gospels of the New Testament. To those who have read the New Testament and attended Sunday School classes, there is nothing new found in this story of Christ's life and teachings.


If, like me, you have a preference for reading scriptural stories straight from the scriptures instead of receiving them filtered through the eyes of a novelis
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Lorna
Jul 13, 2008 Lorna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who don't believe everything they read.
Recommended to Lorna by: Cindy Purvis, Barbara Ellsworth
This book was highly recommended to me by 2 different people. Basically this book is the story of the life of Jesus through the eyes of a mute boy. He and his father are traveling through the desert when his father is killed and he is left to die. Mary, Joseph and young Jesus come upon him on their way back from Egypt and take him in.

It was a good book, but I found myself constantly thinking about the fact that the author is making things up to fill in the story of Jesus' life. As I read, I wou
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Mike
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Jessica
Master is the story of the life of Jesus Christ told through Almon, a mute found by Joseph, Mary, and Jesus in the desert on their way back from Egypt. Almon’s father had been killed by bandits, and Almon had been left for dead. Almon was taken with the family back to Nazareth and made a servant - not a slave - in Joseph’s household. He eventually gains his freedom and is educated as a Jewish scribe in Jerusalem. Almon, early on, begins to understand the mission of Jesus and devotes his life to ...more
Jessica
For me this book started out better than it ended. Couple of reasons: the beginning of the story was a new one, unfamiliar, a new perspective on what it might have been like to be part of the holy family (the main character is taken in by Joseph and Mary when they find him wounded in the desert). I liked the author's thoughts on Jesus as a child and the family relationships. But then as we moved into Jesus' ministry, character development and storyline I guess necessarily took a hit as the autho ...more
Tasha
Though not the best book out there, this book is a great read for any Christian.

I liked the way Sorenson wove together scripture, history, and storytelling to create a picture of what Jesus' life was like back in the 1st century. She brought the scriptures to life. I also enjoyed getting to know other people from the Bible such as Mary, Joseph, Peter, John, and Judas.

This book is a light and easy read, but there were some parts of the writing style that bothered me. There were numerous typos and
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April Bott
Even if everything in this book wasn't true, I felt like I got to know Jesus better because I really did feel that is how he would've acted in his life. It helped me think about Him more in my everyday situations, asking myself what He would do. I found myself thinking about Him much more than before I read this book!
Angie
This book was good. Not great. Mark and I read this together and by the time we got 3/4 through, we were losing the spirit of the book. I felt like the author took a little too many liberties filling in things about the Savior's life. This book is taken from the perspective of a mute boy who ends up growing up in Jesus' family. I did like this perspective and thinking about how Christ might've been as he grew up. My main frustration with this book was the over-usage of the phrase, "Fear not." I ...more
Tonya
Excellent book and I highly recommend it. Fictional character Almon, now an orphan, is rescued from the desert at the tender age 9 by Joseph and Mary who take him into their home. He serves their household and Jesus who at the time is at the tender age of 3. Almon is entrusted into his care to help look after Him and serve in the house of Joseph. Almon's life is filled with serving, becoming a scribe, learning carpentry from Joseph and watching Jesus grow to manhood as He embarks on His mortal m ...more
Melissa
My husband was a little shocked when I told him this book was one of my favorite books EVER! Words can't really describe my feelings for this book, yet I feel I should at least say that I feel changed for having read it--changed in a great way. I have learned more about who Christ was. I feel a deeper appreciation for Him and am in awe His character and love for all. This author truly brought the scriptures to life for me. Now that I have read this book, as I go to the scriptures and read the st ...more
Nikie Elwood
My grandma gave me this book while I was in Utah. It has an interesting plot line--Told from the point of view of Almon, a young mute boy, he is rescued from bandits by Mary and Joseph as they are making their journey back from Egypt to Nazareth, and he becomes their servant/adopted child.
It is interesting to think what Jesus must have been like as a child. Think about having a child who is perfect. What a thought! One part that was thought-provoking for me was the fact that Jesus's brothers wer
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Ketra Remund
Definitely a good read. This is the story of a mute boy who ends up becoming a servant to Mary and Joseph's family. He grows up alongside Jesus and follows him through his earthly ministry. It took me a lot longer to read through this than I expected. I had to really think through where they were in each part of the story as it related to the scriptures. The book includes some very interesting historical information that helps you better understand the culture of the time. I only gave it three s ...more
Debbie
I really expected to like "Master" more than I did. I love the stories of Jesus and I thought that this would be that. It was, but it assumed much about Jesus during his childhood and adolescence that is not consistent with biblical accounts of his life. It is clearly a work of fiction. That said, the stories of Christ and his ministry were beautifully told and the book redeemed itself by how that was presented. Everything that told stories of Christ's ministry was consistent with biblical accou ...more
Valerie
I was hoping for more of an enlightening read, but found this to be way more fictional than fact.
I was disappointed in the author's attempt to "fill in the blanks" with information that we know nothing about like Jesus's brothers and sisters and information about the apostles.
I was confused and had a hard time believing the character Almon. He seemed to be all knowing at times, then only knowing what he was witnessing, and then struggling with his own past issues. I wish the author would have
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April
I really liked the beginning of this book. I liked the way the author portrayed Christ as a child. She made Him a real person that made it easier to try and be like Him. As the book progressed and He grows older, I thought it read more like the scriptures and I felt more distanced from Christ as a person. I didn't agree with her opinion on how certain people behaved and why. For example, while Christ is being crucified she has Mary (His mother) leave before He has died to go and get the linens t ...more
Julia
The story of Christ told from the perspective of a fictious character who is mute. The fictious character tells the story about Christ from his birth through his boyhood and into his days of teaching using events from the scriptures. Where scriptures are not available the author makes up events. The character of Christ is developed through His reactions to these events. I liked that approach because you can differentiate between the fiction and the scriptures.

The story helps you appreciate the
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Anita
This book is an account of the life of Jesus Christ told through the eyes of Almon(fictional character), a mute who is adopted into the family of Mary and Joseph as a servant. The narrative is beautifully done. It begins when Almon is a young boy and found robbed in the desert by Mary and Joseph when they are returning from Egypt when Jesus is about 2 or 3. Almon becomes Jesus' constant companion, and because he cannont speak himself he understands Jesus and his mission very well.

I truly enjoyed
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Andrea
I really don't know what to rate this book. It's a story about the life of Jesus and his family. It's told from the perspective of a mute boy who Joseph found orphaned in the desert when Jesus was a young boy himself. This orphan becomes the family servant and then Jesus' servant as He serves everyone else in His ministry.
While I think the book is an interesting story, it's hard for me to accept the fiction woven in with Jesus' life. There are a lot of Biblical quotes and I think the author used
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