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Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana

(Christ the Lord #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  6,203 ratings  ·  582 reviews
The second book in Anne Rice’s hugely ambitious and masterful life of Christ.
It’s a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in Judea.  All who know and love Jesus find themselves waiting for some sign of the path he will eventually take.  After his baptism, he is at last ready to confront his destiny. At the wedding at Cana, he takes water and transforms it i
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Anchor (first published March 4th 2008)
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Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I would NEVER in a million years have predicted that I would even read this book - much less like it. I've picked up a couple of Anne Rice novels in the past and simply couldn't get into them. This, of course, was back in her "vampire" days, and that topic never has really turned me on. I even tried as a child to like Dark Shadows, but it just didn't work for me.

A couple of months ago, though, I heard a review of this book on NPR. I vaguely recalled that Rice had had some sort of conversion expe
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Road to Cana is a novel and does not pretend to be otherwise. It is the story of about a year in Jesus' life, and ends at the wedding at Cana.

Some of the characters are known from scripture; others are creations of Ms. Rice. Jesus is portrayed as being a somewhat strange, but very loving member of a large extended family. James is named as his brother, but it is noted that he was Joseph's son by his first wife, not by Mary. Further the book, which is written in the first person and told from
K.D. Absolutely
Changing anything on The Holy Scriptures is a risky move for any novelist. No matter whether that novelist is known to be great or mediocre, some people would not want their deep-seated belief to be rock by just any mortal author. Some people are curious but they almost always resist literary pieces that would challenge whatever is already written in The Holy Bible. After all, that book has been with us for thousand years, scrutinized by many scholars, translated into many languages and being he ...more
Ron Charles
As a Christian, I appreciate the reverence and piety that Anne Rice brings to her second novel about the life of Jesus, "Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana." But as a reader, I kept wishing some gay vampires would swoop in to liven things up. There's no questioning Rice's sincerity in this epic project, begun in 2005 with "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt." Indeed, sincerity marks every page, every interview and especially her devout Web site, which immediately inspires your computer to sing "Ave Ma ...more
Anyone audacious enough to attempt to write a narrative version of the life of Christ is bound to get themselves into hot water. Anne Rice, of "Vampire Chonricles" fame is certainly no exception. When word broke that her goal was to write the life of Christ before her death, I'm sure that some diehard fans of her series were hoping for a New Agey, controversial, latter day "Last Temptation of Christ", replete with Jesus and Mary Magdalene sex scenes, and the proverbial Pie in the Face to traditi ...more
Clif Hostetler
This is a first person autobiographic narrative by the person known to history as Jesus of Nazareth. This book covers the period of time of several months leading into the beginning of his ministry. Since it is a novel it can cover a lot of details that are left out of the Gospel accounts. Thus this book can describe many details of events that are not covered in the New Testament. For example, this book explains how the valuable gifts brought by the wise men at the time of Jesus' birth ended up ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and imaginative, this fictional account of the year leading up to Jesus' public ministry might be a little hard to swallow in some ways, but I give Ms. Rice five stars for a masterful attempt: She gives words to the inner life of Jesus himself. I don't think the book completely succeeds, mind you. She portrays a Jesus who isn't aware of his actual deity-- who chooses not to be aware of it, that is--until circumstances propel him into public life. I just can't buy such ignorance on hi ...more
Jeannie Walker
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I especially loved this book, although it is fiction - It is about my best friend, Jesus Christ.
This brilliant author went to special lengths in her creative writing about Jesus and the Gospels.
Yes, it is hard to believe that there was a person who was human and yet so divine as to be the Son of God. Personally, I love reading anything about God and His infinite love, and His beloved son, Jesus Christ.
I have no doubt that this series was met with much skepticism, criticism and controversy. I a
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Not only has she done her historical research, she’s done her Biblical research! (She put in a reference to the Sons of Zadok for crying out loud, most people have no clue who they are! AND she used them accurately!)

Cynical beast that I am, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had hope. She didn’t disappoint. I can’t help but wonder what some of her old Le Stat fans will think, because this is a purely Christian novel.

She writes the story in first person from Jesus’s point of view. It’s take
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"I'd always known who I really was. I was God. And I'd chosen not to know it. Well, now I knew just what it meant to be the man who knew he was God."

I can’t seem to find the right words to describe my thoughts for this book. I am both inspired and saddened (to say the least), because regardless of how Ms. Rice fictionalized the story one thing was certain – the ending would be the same.

This story gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ humanity; a carpenter struggling on how to come to terms with his div
Camille Siddartha
read it...was a nice her version...she is a story teller and I would not be surprised if jesus loved a woman only to know that he could never make her happy as he would be gone soon and that his life would pave the way for the world to know him...I wonder what his next life is, living among men and the evil tricks they play on him...only to be the one who tricks all in the end...with great power comes great responsibility...
"I'd always known who I really was. I was God. And I'd chosen not to know it. Well, now I knew just what it meant to be the man who knew he was God."

As the novel opens, Yeshua (Jesus) struggles with a sense of restlessness of purpose and a deep love for a comely kinswoman. Waves of isolation sweep over him as he comes to understand that serving the Lord's will takes precedence over the desires of his own heart. Whereas the first novel in this series, "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt", hewed so cl
Kathleen Dixon
I thought the author did a brilliant job of making the time period come alive, and of giving a real character to Jesus, and who knows but she could be accurate about his feelings towards family and so on. Novelisations of Biblical stories are really interesting - I imagine Anne Rice attracted a big audience because of her previous vampire novels (none of which I'm interested in; and I have no idea whether her books in between those and this series did as well).

I've read neither the preceding nor
Ellie Sorota
(4 1/2 stars)
Oh my! What a wonderful surprise this book is! "Christian fiction" is a horrible label that usually implies some half-acted version of a fairytale in which no character is touchable, but this is not the case. The road to Cana is gritty, twisting and doesn't have a lot of signs along the way, as Anne Rice writes it. In this book, we meet a character who is coming-to-identity in much the same way as one comes of age: slowly, confusedly, passionately. Yeshua juggles sibling rivalry,
Kristel Villar
Please be reminded that this is a work of fiction. I don't think Anne Rice intended to taint our belief in God through this historical fiction. What Anne Rice did in this book was, perhaps, answer her own curiosity on what could be the human side of Jesus when He was sent down to earth. He walked, talked, ate and lived among people. Was there a time when He also felt human desires, like longing for a woman and raising a family? Anne Rice had respectfully and creatively touched that subject witho ...more
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rice's Christ the Lord books are the best thing she has ever done. What drew me to Christianity was not necessarily the divine Christ but Christ the man. These books paint a wonderful picture of Jesus as a child and during the time leading up to the start of his ministry. When I think of Jesus as human, this comes close to how I picture Him.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Again a very interesting way of looking at the life of Yeshua, Jesus. It is a story about his learning that he is "Christ the Lord" On the road to the wedding at Cana the narrative has Jesus meeting John the Baptist on the way
I have read several books that try to discuss what Jesus's life would have been like - since he was a Jew in the time the Romans controlled Jerusalem. So many people seem to forget that he was Jewish and would have lived a Jewish life.
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Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, did not disappoint 😊
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was a freshman in college I remember reading about half of the first novel, Out of Egypt. I stopped reading it, but I don't recall there being anything particularly wrong with the novel. I guess I just wasn't that interested in the early childhood of Christ. Some people really want to know what those early years were like; me, the only question I ever cared to see dealt with in fictional form is when and how did Jesus come to understand who he was, and what was that moment or series of mo ...more
Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Jesus of Nazareth.
"The Road to Cana" begins with a 30 year-old Jesus (Yeshua Bar Joseph) on the brink of beginning his ministry. He finds himself in the middle of a life and death conflict where two young men are about to be stoned, accused of committing unspeakable acts. The rabbi of Nazareth is present and attempts to mediate, but the angry mob calls for blood and will not listen to reason.

This conflict is linked to another family who have a struggle of their own. Abigail is a beautiful young woman who should h
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors but for me this is one of her weaker efforts. It's hard for me to separate the subject from the actual novel, but this is a novel, first and foremost, so that's my perspective. I did like the first one in this series, and no disrespect intended, but this one could have been called "Jesus Plans a Wedding". This book opens with two young boys being stoned to death because they were under blankets together, then villagers question Jesus' own sexuality. And wh ...more
Alyssa Nelson
I enjoyed the first book of this series, which details the life of Jesus as a child when he leaves Egypt to settle in Jerusalem. This continues the story of Jesus, detailing his life as an older man, mostly just before he accepts his role as the son of God and acquires disciples. I couldn’t help but feeling that this would have been a really interesting book about the time period itself if it hadn’t been told from Jesus’s first-person perspective. There’s so much to account for, that I just coul ...more
I am glad that Anne Rice found Jesus, but shockingly she would write a story about him at the age of 30. I cannot believe he would be interested in a woman named Avigail as she wanted to convince the reader (including me).

I listened to the audiobook version, which was monotone but tried to keep interest in the story as a whole.

Although I am familiar with her vampire series that started breaking movies: Interview with a Vampire, Queen of the Damned (my favorite). I found out about her through a
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sequel to Christ the Lord Ourt of Egypt and covers the time Christ is about 31 to the time of the miracle at the Marriage of Cana.

The family is back in Nazarath and Jesus is being hassled by friends and family about not being married. In fact, he dreams of marrying a beautiful cousin and struggles with this - knowing this is not his destiny yet he struggles with his feelings for her. The concept here is that as both God and man he has the obvious characteristics of a man. A lot of t
Nathan Napier
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this early this morning. Wonderfully written novel! Rice gives life to the details of the biblical text and those within the biblical text that remain un-uttered and unseen but lying very near the events that are inscribed in our Bibles. This is a very physical portrayal of the social fabric that existed in the first century and an imaginative telling of how the man from Nazareth experiences the depths of human difficulty while also sensing a call toward a different kind of Kingdom ...more
Oh I wish Anne Rice hadn't found jesus. I miss the witches and vampires, so much. This is the second book in the Christ the Lord series, and it takes us from right before he gets baptized through the wedding where he turns water into wine. (These aren't's in the bible). I always kinda thought the wine miracle was kinda weird... no one wants to run out of things at a party but is it crucial? does it require GOD to intervene? Eh... Anyway, we see the more human side of Jesus, his int ...more
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I read this book - giving a glimpse of a human Jesus and some of the sorts of issues and situations that could have arisen at those times. However, I must confess to being disappointed that it used only the most popular bible stories from selected gospels and did not take into account acknowleged biblical scholarship which has demonstrated where many stories either are a type of parable or have to be viewed in the context of Jewish custom at the time and the beliefs of the time.

In that
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided that I am officially an Anne Rice fan. Although I do not really get into the Twilight series, I did, many years ago, read Anne Rice's vampire books. Now I am reading her "Christ the Lord" books and have enjoyed both of them very much.
This one I read in about three days, and although much of the book is fiction, I feel the events and scenes are certainly realistic for the time period. I also feel a new or perhaps deeper love for Christ. Is this feeling simply lingering sentimentality f
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near ...more

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  • Out of Egypt (Christ the Lord, #1)
“In the night I awoke. Was this my own voice reciting what was written? “ ‘And every secret thing shall be opened, and every dark place illuminated.’ ” Dear God, no, do not let them know this, do not let them know the great accumulation of all of this, this agony and joy, this misery, this solace, this reaching, this gouging pain, this . . . But they will know, each and every one of them will know. They will know because what you are remembering is what has happened to each and every one of them. Did you think this was more or less for you? Did you think—? And when they are called to account, when they stand naked before God and every incident and utterance is laid bare—you, you will know all of it with each and every one of them! I knelt in the sand. Is this possible, Lord, to be with each of them when he or she comes to know? To be there for every single cry of anguish? For the grief-stricken remembrance of every incomplete joy? Oh, Lord, God, what is judgment and how can it be, if I cannot bear to be with all of them for every ugly word, every harsh and desperate cry, for every gesture examined, for every deed explored to its roots? And I saw the deeds, the deeds of my own life, the smallest, most trivial things, I saw them suddenly in their seed and sprout and with their groping branches; I saw them growing, intertwining with other deeds, and those deeds come to form a thicket and a woodland and a great roving wilderness that dwarfed the world as we hold it on a map, the world as we hold it in our minds. Dear God, next to this, this endless spawning of deed from deed and word from word and thought from thought—the world is nothing. Every single soul is a world! I started to cry. But I would not close off this vision—no, let me see, and all those who lifted the stones, and I, I blundering, and James' face when I said it, I am weary of you, my brother, and from that instant outwards a million echoes of those words in all present who heard or thought they heard, who would remember, repeat, confess, defend . . . and so on it goes for the lifting of a finger, the launching of the ship, the fall of an army in a northern forest, the burning of a city as flames rage through house after house! Dear God, I cannot . . . but I will. I will. I sobbed aloud. I will. O Father in Heaven, I am reaching to You with hands of flesh and blood. I am longing for You in Your perfection with this heart that is imperfection! And I reach up for You with what is decaying before my very eyes, and I stare at Your stars from within the prison of this body, but this is not my prison, this is my Will. This is Your Will. I collapsed weeping. And I will go down, down with every single one of them into the depths of Sheol, into the private darkness, into the anguish exposed for all eyes and for Your eyes, into the fear, into the fire which is the heat of every mind. I will be with them, every solitary one of them. I am one of them! And I am Your Son! I am Your only begotten Son! And driven here by Your Spirit, I cry because I cannot do anything but grasp it, grasp it as I cannot contain it in this flesh-and-blood mind, and by Your leave I cry. I cried. I cried and I cried. “Lord, give me this little while that I may cry, for I've heard that tears accomplish much. . . .” Alone? You said you wanted to be alone? You wanted this, to be alone? You wanted the silence? You wanted to be alone and in the silence. Don't you understand the temptation now of being alone? You are alone. Well, you are absolutely alone because you are the only One who can do this! What judgment can there ever be for man, woman, or child—if I am not there for every heartbeat at every depth of their torment?” 1 likes
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