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Inside Look – The Chosen

Inside Look: The Chosen book series

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Immerse yourself in the story of stories…

The Chosen: I Have Called You by Name imagines the backstories of the early followers of Christ and how their lives were transformed when they met the long-awaited Messiah. Written by bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins, The Chosen plunges you into first century Galilee and gives you more color and detail from the hit video series beloved by millions.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name. You are mine.”

— Jesus, quoting the prophet Isaiah, as He called Mary of Magdala and cast out her demons

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“Get used to different.”

— Jesus to Simon, as Jesus called Matthew the tax collector to follow Him as a disciple

Similar to the TV series, Jerry takes readers back to the first century, to the land of ancient Israel, to experience the life of Jesus through the eyes of the men and women who knew Him best. Some of the main characters include Mary Magdalene, initially introduced as Lilith; Nicodemus, a leading Pharisee of the Jerusalem Sanhedrin; Matthew, a tax collector and eventual disciple; and Simon, one of the apostles.

Both the TV series and Jerry’s book project draw from existing passages of the Gospel, bringing stories in the Bible to life in new and unique ways. This required some imagination, Jerry says, “But each decision was based on a story directly from the Bible.”

“God loves the world in this way: that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

— Jesus to Nicodemus, explaining that He had not come to overthrow the Romans but to make a way for sinners to be redeemed