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The Way

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  315 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Anna is a fiery tomboy living in ancient Palestine whose androgynous appearance provokes ridicule from the people around her and doubt within her own heart. When tragedy strikes her family, and Anna's father—disguising her as a boy—sells her to a band of shepherds, she is captured by a mystical and secret society of women hiding in the desert. At first Anna is tempted to e ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Crown Publishing Group
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Tara Chevrestt
Oct 17, 2012 Tara Chevrestt rated it it was amazing
I think this is the most powerful piece of literature I've ever read. And the most daring. It will not be everyone. The thoughts it evokes will offend many. It is not for the extremely devout. That said, please respect the following thoughts are part of a review and what this book made me think as I read it.

Think on this for a moment: from the moment you are born, you are told this is the way and there is no other way. You never see proof of this. You are simply told over and over again. You are
Joe Bonner
Jul 26, 2011 Joe Bonner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: progressive men and women
Recommended to Joe by: a good friend who also had read it
Wow. I'm new to Goodreads (but not to loving books!)... The friend who turned me onto THE WAY also turned me onto this community and I'm excited to be here. THE WAY is a magnificent, timely, and important book. For me it was Middlesex meets The Red Tent. Despite its high concept, it is beautifully written. The characters are compelling and painfully human, the setting is alive and cinematic -- I was tasting dates and olives and feeling the desert's heat as I read. The book provokes one to rethin ...more
Sep 08, 2011 Mawgojzeta rated it it was ok
First, I want to say that I see a market for this book. I can understand why some people would really enjoy it. I had a difficult time deciding between a 2 or a 3 rating, finally settling on a 2 because I had to push myself to complete the book. I started to lose interest.

I liked that the description of the book did not give away WHO Anna really is. That was a huge surprise for me, and a great one, at that.

I like how accessible the book is to the general public. I am not and have never been a C
Aug 31, 2011 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kristen Wolf has used her imagination to re-tell one of the greatest stories of all time, that of Jesus. What drew me to the book was the ancient philosophy they call 'The Way' when the Mother was revered as the source of life and so all life was sacred. The Way taught how to be in communion with everything to really know it. To this end, the character of Jesus actually starts out as the character Anna, whose adrogenous appearance provokes ridicule from the people around her, a village on the ou ...more
Mar 19, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
The 411 by Maria:

The Way is beautifully written from the first page. It is about Anna, a girl in Palestine who losses her mother, Mari after the birth of her stillborn baby brother. Her father eventually disguises her as a boy and sells her to passing shepherds. To survive Anna takes the name that was to be her brother's (Jesus).

Jesus becomes a great shepherd. Eventually Jesus is hurt and wakes in a society of woman who practice The Way. The followers of The Way, honor and worship the Mother and
Mar 24, 2014 katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
At first, I was a little distracted by some of the writing, particularly some clunky descriptions, usually about people's gazes, like when someone grips someone else's eyes or when a character's eyes hug the floor, and so I did some irritated eyerolls at what appeared to be metaphors intended for floweriness but lacking real accuracy. And there really is a whole lot of description of people looking at things and each other. But. Halfway through, I got veeeeeery interested. And then about three-q ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I won this from Goodreads, but recieved it more than a month after I won it (that's why it took me so long to review this!)
This book was very interesting. It imagines the life of Jesus from the time he was twelve to about his early thirties. It was interesting because the book takes on the stance of: what if Jesus was not who we think he really was? This book mixes history with pure fiction as it imagines that Jesus was really a woman disguising herself as a man, living first as a shepherd among
Paula Howard
Mar 17, 2012 Paula Howard rated it it was amazing
The Way is a very thought provoking religious historical fiction story set in 1st Century Palestine at the time setting as the Biblical Jesus in Christianity. Anna who is also called Jesus is the main character. The is the story of Anna and all women who struggle within a male dominated culture to be themselves... to be who they really are... to be treated with respect and dignity. Anna is forced to assume the identity of a male when sold to shepherd by her father. She takes the name of Jesus, h ...more
Nov 06, 2011 Clare rated it liked it
Wow! A fascinating look at the life of Jesus and a plausible explanation for why Jesus was the way he was and the contradictions from different gospels. It was hard to read at points, because of the cruelty, but strangely, it gave me a deeper appreciation for the legacy that Jesus gave us, whether Christian or not.

I so, so, so wish this book had been around during my years at the Jesuit institution Creighton University. It would have rocked their world, if the book even made it on campus withou
Barbara Flatley
Sep 13, 2011 Barbara Flatley rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Although the beginning was slow I was very drawn to Anna right from the start. After Anna's father, dressing her as a boy so he can sell her to the shepherd's, tells them her name is Jesus it becomes very clear where the story is taking you. From that point on the twists and turns the story takes kept surprising me and kept me very curious as to how the biblical story (I knew) would now fall into place with Anna in the role of Jesus. I was a little let down and disappointed wi ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it
It was the strangest book. A mix of real Biblical references but with a feminist agenda. I kept reading to see if somehow it could redeeem itself. Set immediately in AD it led me to believe that somehow it would be about the people who considered themselves to be part of "the Way" but instead was just a feminist twist of what really happened. When "Jesus" came back to life at the end - it was just too much. More a form of blasphemy than a work of actual fiction. I would steer everyone I know fro ...more
Nina Alvarez
Jul 26, 2011 Nina Alvarez rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who felt oppressed by their religious upbringing
Recommended to Nina by: my BFF
I just turned the last page on this book and Whoa! it is DEFINITELY going to stir things up! First off, it is a gripping read. I got so engrossed i forgot to feed my cats. And that NEVER happens. People are either going to love it or hate it. But as a someone raised in a very rigid religious tradition (Catholic) this book was like medicine. And expressed things I always believed but could never put words to. Bravo to the author for taking this on and for offering new hope to all those who seek.
Lauren edson-fisher
A first reads good reads giveaway, a young woman goes out into the wilderness in Palistine as a man to try to protect the secrets of the women of years and traditions that are now feared as being threatening to the well being of their culture. Ultimately the women are killed for their "old ways," leaving only the history of their past to memorialize them. An interesting story culturally.
Mary Johnson
Apr 17, 2012 Mary Johnson rated it it was amazing
I loved reading about Anna/Jesus. Kristen Wolf's imaginative rendering of Jesus as a woman reminded me that all the images we have of Jesus today are constructed. This is a tale told with passion and skill, a story into which a reader is immediately immersed. The Way also gives a reader much to think about, a book group much to discuss. Recommended.
Jan 24, 2014 Joyce rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I can't say that I actually "read" this book. Not in its entirety anyway.

It was my book club choice for January and I still haven't come up with a tactful way to say how much I disliked the book (there, that's better than "hated the book", isn't it?). I thought the writing was juvenile, and not in a good way. The story was contrived in the extreme, imo. And let's not talk dialogue, shall we? "You have vanquished the wolves!" - from Peter to Jesus, early on, reminded me SO much of "Yonda lies th
Mar 27, 2012 Alina rated it it was amazing
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Aug 21, 2011 Ogun rated it really liked it
Perhaps the most fascinating and imaginative take on the Jesus story...and that's after reading Christopher Moore's LAMB. Be prepared to have your world rocked!
Jul 25, 2011 Lana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A ridiculous book for agnostics. Not worth the price or time.
Mar 15, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it
In intriguing alternative to the dawn of Christianity.
Oct 23, 2011 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting premise... That's all I'll say.
Sarah Martinez
Nov 14, 2011 Sarah Martinez rated it it was amazing
Bold, daring, jarring, unsettling.
Wendy Hines
Feb 29, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing
Anna is a young girl living in ancient Palestine in a male-dominated world. Her mother, Mari, and her father, Yosef, try to be good parents, but they both have their own beliefs. Yosef feels like he is less of a man until his wife gives him a son. Mari, a quiet woman, tries to adhere to his ways and ensure that their daughter is taught as well, so she may survive. Mari secretly though, plans an escape for young Anna.

Anna is an inquisitive yet quiet child. Her mother calls her handsome, but she h
Apr 01, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: given-away
The Way envisions a new beginning for Christianity through the portrayal of Jesus as a woman. Anna's masculine appearance as a child causes her no end of hurt as the other children make fun of her and her father despairs that he has no son. The loss of an infant son and then the death of his wife lead Anna's father to disguise her as a boy and sell her to shepherds so he will be rid of her. For Anna this is the beginning of an unimaginable journey as she must first hide her femaleness and then l ...more
Viviane Crystal
Mar 31, 2012 Viviane Crystal rated it it was amazing
The Earth is the Mother's and all that flows from there. Staying one with the Mother through meditation and respect for creation yields right relationships and blessings in the fruits of creation. These are some of the fundamental beliefs that the followers of the Way have followed for centuries, but now it is women who live these beliefs as the religion of men has grown in order to justify male domination. The latter is now determined to eradicate the Way and all of its followers by whatever me ...more
Julia Reed
Aug 02, 2011 Julia Reed rated it really liked it
"The Way" is part biblical parable, part discourse on gender theory, part feminist power tale, part Star Wars esque saga (The Force/The Way is strong with this one)and part Da Vinci code prequel,. It all mixes together to make a really wonderful story, portrayed with dignity and heart.

Anna is a young girl living a hard existence in a village in ancient Palestine. Her father, who is a religious zealot and a drunk, wants nothing more than to have son. Her mother, Mari, is from a country and a peo
Jan 19, 2013 Jessa rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Lee Libro
Jul 29, 2012 Lee Libro rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Way, by Kristen Wolf, is a story loosely structured on the life of Jesus Christ…at least at first glance. Extremely well crafted, this engrossing story poses the question: what if Christ had been a female?

Though the beginning of the story gives us no clear correlation between the life of Christ and that of the main character, as we read onthe parallels begin to add up. It all begins with Anna who grows up in a desert culture set in the Mideast during the precise years of the life of Jesus Ch
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. I found it to be thought provoking and an interesting way to see things and rethink familiar teachings and stories.

The characters were wonderfully written. Anna, Jesus, Peter, Ruth, Judas, Tabitha...all of them were fantastic. Peter - so confused and hurt. Judas - the conflict he must have had throughout the whole story. Ruth and Tabitha - such love and strength are found in these two women. Anna - finding her plac
Kristin Walcott Figueroa
I love reading historical novels about women in biblical times. So when I found The Way, I was very excited to read it. I found the premise intriguing and not unlike some other books I’ve read and really enjoyed. However, this book did not deliver as well as some others.

My favorite part of the book was when Anna was in the caves with the sisters of The Way. Although Anna kept herself apart from the sisters, she learned what it meant to live in The Way. The sisters’ teachings were so profound and
Apr 14, 2015 Steph rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, reviewed
I would like to thank the publisher, author and Goodreads for sending me this book for review.

When I picked up The Way it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I don't feel the synopsis really lets the reader know what they are in for. The Way is the story of Jesus told as if he were actually a female. I've never been religious. My family didn't go to church when I was a child and I never had religion forced on me. Other than a brief time in high-school, when I attended youth group with friends, I
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Kristen Wolf is a writer and mother living in the Rocky Mountains. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and holds an M.A. in creative writing and film from Hollins University where she was awarded a full scholarship.

As a child, Wolf grew up in a heavily forested suburb outside New York City with her parents, a younger brother, and an ever-changing menagerie of pet animals.

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