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The Cross Bearer

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  26 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The name Simon of Cyrene has been all but forgotten, his heroic tale lost to the ages. Now, his story is being told—a powerful reminder of the faithful man who bore a terrible burden for the One who bore the sins of the world...Simon has long dreamed of celebrating Passover in Jerusalem. Yet the journey of a thousand miles seems impossible: Simon is crippled, and his belov ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 2015 by Covenant Communications
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Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vivid imagery & a captivating story! Believable, yet (historical) fiction about Simon, who carried Christ’s cross. I came to love each of the hero’s within the story including his wife, the faithful sons to their beloved parents, the believers of Jesus, the little boy on the street in Jerusalem, & of course the Master Healer, Jesus Christ.

Some of the scenes were a bit detailed... maybe even graphic in description, including the mending of the punctured lung & the Roman’s choice of t
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I LOVE historical fictional accounts of scripture characters - they bring the scriptures alive! I was excited to find this story.

This was a beautiful fictional story of a rather unknown but memorable New Testament character, Simon of Cyrene. Good characters, mostly, but I was surprised that their foster son Aaron didn't barter more carefully considering he was asking a known THIEF to accompany his "parents" such a distance. Having faith in him was was the extremely unlikely link in this historic
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Historical Fiction. Taking Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross of Jesus, Harrison creates a family, a journey, and a miraculous healing that help to illustrate in some measure the circumstances in the countries surrounding Jerusalem. It is an action-packed, riveting story (sometimes a little too graphic for my taste) that takes us back in time. There is very little interaction with Jesus himself, none until the final few pages, but the story explores one man's (fictional) conversion, capturin ...more
This is a story based on a character that is mentioned only in passing in the Bible. Oh, but what a story it turned out to be. I loved Harrison's depiction of The Cross Bearer and all that he went through to help Jesus Christ out. The story touched my heart and soul. The story will touch each reader differently, but for me it was nice to focus on a character or a person in history that did so much, but had little to no recognition for the weight that he bore to help out someone in need. The stor ...more
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: the-gull
I just didn't... enjoy it a much as I thought I would. There was too much of a focus on all that was... violent... for me to fall in love with the story.

They sure abandoned Aaron quickly...
I mean, he only tried harder than anyone else to come on this trip with you, but I understand... you might miss Passover if you wait for him to heal from the wounds he received when he attempted to check in on you and your wife during a storm...

A bit too graphic for my liking...
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful historical fiction of the story of Simon of Cyrene. The author did a great job of creating a plausible background for Simon mixed with a masterful setting. Your emotions will range from delight to tears. A perfect read for those wanting the history around the time of Christ to come to life.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This book offered a perspective on the last few weeks of Jesus' life that I haven't considered before. The book isn't really about the crucifixion per se, but a sweet elderly couple whose lives are changed by just one encounter. It's a short book, but that doesn't lessen its impact.
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A compelling story of Simon of Cyrene who helped Jesus carry the cross. I loved it.
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Well written, realistic. Though a fictional account, it is well researched.
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