Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Robe by Lloyd C Douglas

The Robe by Lloyd C Douglas was published in 1942 during WWII. We read this for our book club during June. This isn't a story, I normally would have read, but I am so glad I read it. Lloyd C. Douglas is an excellent writer, and he researched this story well. 

He wrote a story that centers on some the last words of Jesus Christ, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Luke 23:35. This story is about one of the soldiers who put Christ to death, and he really doesn't understand what he has done until after he does it. 

This story is his journey to come first of all come to terms with the depression that descends upon him after the crucifixion, and then to learn about this Savior or King of the world. It is against the law to be Christian during this time, and Marcellus, the soldier who rolls for the robe of Christ, must figure out what to do with the knowledge he gains after he crucifies the Savior. 

Douglas puts the reader into the mind of Marcellus who isn't just an easy follower. He is not superstitious and wants evidence to back up what people tell him about Jesus Christ. He asks hard questions, and looks to reality to try to explain the miracles seen during the Saviors life. Based on his own experience, he has no trouble believing some of the miracles, but he struggles to believe others. 

This book makes the reader think and the story will stay with me. I look forward to reading this one again. 

5 of 5 stars. 

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

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