The Eye of God: A Fisherman’s Tale
Simon and his brother Andrew were fishermen in the town of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. Simon’s wife had died in childbirth leaving him devastated and at loose ends. Jesus calls them to follow him and become “fishers of men.” They follow Jesus and watch him perform many miracles: healing the sick, raising the dead, and banishing demons. The more Jesus tells people to not share what he has done, the more the word spreads throughout the region. In time, he comes to the attention of the Roman officials and is crucified. After Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples separate to spread the Good News to Jews and Gentiles in the Mediterranean area. Giese touches on the infighting between James the Just and the apostle Paul over the inclusion of the noncircumscribed amongst the saved. Peter first sided with James and later supported Paul. After many trials and personal losses, Simon Peter makes his way to Rome where he, too, is crucified for his beliefs and teachings.
Giese has taken great care to follow the life of Peter (c. 1-64 AD) as it is recorded in the Gospel of Mark, the Acts of the Apostles, and the Epistles of Peter. Many of Jesus’ parables are woven into the story. Some dialog feels too modern for the time but that might have been an attempt to reach the modern reader. The novel is primarily about Simon Peter and his relationship with the Messiah, Jesus, even at the expense of his own family. It is well written and should appeal to those who enjoy stories based on the bible. The Eye of God is truly a labor of love by the author.