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Book Review| The First Miracle by Jeffrey Archer

Let me start by saying that this is the first Jeffrey Archer’s book I’ve ever read and I did find this book curiously fascinating. He was able to tell a great story, one that people from all walks of life can appreciate from.

Its hard to explain without spoiling some of the plots. Warning people!

Huge Spoiler Alert Coming Through

Archer tells a story of Jesus coming but with a twist.

This is a story of a young boy and covers part a day in his life. Like any young boy, he has broken his mother’s jar and has eaten his father’s pomengrate.

His mother asks her son to run into town to make a purchase for her and if he does so properly she will “forget about the jar and Pomegranate ” and not mention it to the boy’s father when he arrives.

The boy is overjoyed, He repeats back the order and is off and running! He is an outsider amongst these locals and his father has warned him to be home before dark, so he rushes through the streets finding the items needed.

He gathers the chicken, raisins, dates, and figs and is very proud of himself for getting so much change in return by following the lead he has learned from his father.

He gives the merchants stern looks and they do not quarrel with this young lad, just hand over what he is expected along with his goods. His last items are two pomegrates. He finds the produce merchant and takes three, eating one right there and hands over the amount of coins he deems these require. The boy is very proud he has everything his mother wants and only spent one of the two coins given him.

Knowing the night is coming soon he starts his journey home. Along the way he encounters a few spectacular events. Upon arriving home very late he is scolded by his father and is asked where he has been and what has taken so long. The boy tells his story truthfully and the father does not believe him. He takes his belt and whips the boy. The mother stands weeping knowing there is nothing she can do for her son.

The boy doesn’t cry out or utter a word. Once his father is done, he is sent to his room.
Not wanting to tell the entire short story and spoil it, it is here I shall say some of the important events have been left out of the middle of my review and end, but these are the parts that should be read and experienced yourself.

This is a story of a 13-year old Roman boy and covers part of one day in his life. Like any rambuncious boy that age, he has broken something of his mothers (a jar) and has eaten his father’s pomengrate. His mother asks her son to run into town to make a purchase for her and if he does so properly by not forgetting any item and bringing back the proper change she will kindly “forget about the jar and pomengrate” and not mention it to the boy’s father in the evening upon his arrival. The boy is overjoyed! He repeats back the order and is off and running! He is an outsider amongst these locals and his father has warned him to be home before dark, so he is making haste running through the streets finding the items needed. He gathers the chicken, raisins, dates, and figs and is very proud of himself for getting so much change in return by following the lead he has learned from his father. He gives the merchants stern looks and they do not quarrel with this young lad, just hand over what he is expected along with his goods. His last items are two pomegrates. He finds the produce merchant and takes three, eating one right there and hands over the amount of coins he deems these require.

The boy is very proud he has everything his mother wants and only spent one of the two coins given him. Knowing the night is coming soon he starts his journey home. Along the way he encounters a few spectacular and meaningful events. Upon arriving home very late he is scolded by his father and is asked where he has been and what has taken so long. The boy tells his story truthfully and the father does not believe him. He takes his belt and whips the boy. The mother stands weeping knowing there is nothing she can do for her son. The boy doesn’t cry out or utter a word. once his father is done, he is sent to his room.
Not wanting to tell the entire short story and completely spoil it (even though I know I’ve already done that lol) I have left out a few details that you should read and experience on your own.
What I learned from this book is that the important and meaningful things that happen are not by chance necessarily but part of our larger story.

Over To You …

Have you read this book before? If yes, any thoughts? If you haven’t read the book yet know that you are missing out…

Thank you for reading …

xoxo, Jade

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