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Jairus's Girl

(The Young Testament #2)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Entertaining and moving kids'-eye view of the Jesus story - aimed at preteens, though some adults have sneakily read and enjoyed it too.
Tammie's life in a quiet fishing town would never be the same. Her future wasn't looking good (*understatement!*) but things quickly went from bad to WICKED with the arrival of a strange grown-up with nice eyes.
And as for the business with
Kindle Edition, Enlarged Edition, 178 pages
Published April 3rd 2019 by Salted Lightly
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Billy Buttons
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Jairus's Girl
Author: L R Hay

Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 16
Editing: 8/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 8/10
Cover: 5/10
Of the 16 readers:
13 would read another book by this author.
8 thought the cover was good or excellent.
14 felt it was easy to follow.
13 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
Of all the readers, 9 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘writing style’.
Of all the
Grant Leishman
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

Jairus’s Girl by L R Hay is a biblically-based book aimed at probably middle-schooler’s and high school aged children that tells the story of Jesus, his teachings, his crucifixion and his resurrection through the eyes of a simple, young girl in the town of Capernaum in 33AD. Tammie is your typical pre-teen, full of energy and excitement as she enters her teenage years. Her father is the Rabbi of Capernaum, commanding much respect and honour for th
Michael Rumney
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tammie at the start of the book is 11 years old and this tale of her, her friends and family's interaction with Jesus takes place over 3 years. It was an original way to tell the gospel stories from the view point of Tammie using language that modern day children can relate to. The author was not adverse to using words that wouldn't have been around in New Testament Capernaum, such as radioactive, selfie and spray-tanned. However L R Hay made sure in the narrative the reader understands that the ...more
Rebecca L.
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
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I really loved reading Jairus's Girl by L.R. Hay. This book had been on my “to be read list,” for a very long time, and I was so happy when I finally got the chance to curl up with it. I read this book immediately after a busy Holy Week. It was the perfect little book to rejuvenate my spirit. Although Jairus’s Girl is written for preteen readers, it is a book that is certain to delight all ages. I am an adult with a seminary de
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conny Reviews
“Well I’m not dead now, and I’m hungry. It’s essential I get some food: this Jesus person said so,” Tammie demands after she is healed in L.R. Hay’s children’s book, Jairus’s Girl.

~ What ~
The second in the Young Testament series, this one-hundred-and-eighty-page paperback targets nine- to twelve-year-old children who like enhanced Biblical stories. With no profanity or adult situations, it is a young girl’s version of the life of Christ as an adult.

Set in Capernaum two-thousand years ago, eleven
Chris Monceaux
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
***Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book for my fair and honest review!***
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This book follows Tammie, a young Jewish girl living in Capernaum at the time of Jesus's adult life. She is the daughter of the local rabbi, and we get to see the impact Jesus has on her life and the lives of others in her town. The story provides a window into this time period and shows major events from Jesus's adult life through the eyes of Tammie.

This is a children's book
Emily-Jane Orford
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There is a story in the New Testament of the Bible about a little girl whom Jesus raised from the dead. Just when family and friends had given up hope, Jesus arrived and told the girl to rise up. And she did. The is Tammie’s story. Tamar Bilkiah Keren Happuch Bath-Jairus. Rabbi Jairus’s daughter. It was a name she hated, but she learned later to like it, to appreciate it, especially when Jesus told her the meaning of her name: Tamar, meaning beautiful, Keren Happuch meaning splendour of bright c ...more
Stephen Bigger
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story written for 8-12 year olds about Jesus in the gospels. Although there are a number of simplistic books on Jesus, this one is written as an engaging story which should appeal to primary school children. Everything that happens is in the gospels so I cannot give spoilers! The central character appears in the Gospels as Jairus's daughter, named here as Tamar or Tammie. Her other names are given as Bilkiah (a name given as meaning revival) and Keren Happuch, the name of Job's daughte ...more
Lucy Grimm
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful story told through a child’s eyes. For this review, I will try to keep the humor used by the author, L. R. Hay, and will call Tamar, Tammie, otherwise, you will be reading this when you are seventy sitting in a rocking chair trying stay warm.
What if you were one of the miracles performed by Jesus? In this story, it happens to Tammie. She gets to meet, and talk to Jesus. That would be so awesome! Reading this story, a child will discover what life might have been like when J
Apr 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Easter story

I read 'Joseph's Boy' at Christmas and loved it and now I've read 'Jairus's Girl' for Easter and loved it. These will, I think, be annual reads. The author has taken stories of Jesus's ministry and Easter and told them from the perspective of Jairus's daughter and other people mentioned in the bible. 😍📖😍
Raechel Lenore
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
What a delightful story! My family and I have discussed how lovely it would be to have more Biblical fiction written for younger ages – and this book fits that marvelously.
Through this story, we see many of Jesus’ miracles and healings through the eyes and experiences of Jairus’ daughter – the girl whom Jesus raised from the dead. In this book, the girl’s name is Tamar – with some more names after that; the author affectionately dubs her as Tammie. Easy to say and remember!
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Lynn Robertson Hay's writing covers books, TV, film, audio and theatre, including winning a Writers' Guild award. Jared Harris (CHERNOBYL, THE CROWN etc) is about to play the lead in BRAVE THE DARK, a screenplay she co-wrote. Lynn is also thrilled that she will soon be entering the Whoniverse, with an episode for Big Finish.
She was a quarterfinalist in the Academy's prestigious Nicholl Fellowship

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