Lent is a time for reflecting on Christ’s ministry, sufferings and passion leading up to Easter. This year more than ever, as we continue to walk through a pandemic and a new way of living, perhaps the Lenten season can offer fresh opportunities to reflect on the meaning of Easter.

That’s why I’m delighted to tell you about another new resource that looks at the life and ministry of Jesus. The Chosen: I Have Called You by Name is a novel adapted from the television drama based on the life of Christ, created, directed and co-written by American filmmaker Dallas Jenkins. The book is written by bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins, co-author of the popular Left Behind series, who also happens to be the father of showrunner Dallas Jenkins.

Jerry Jenkins has partnered with Focus on the Family to adapt the TV show into a series of novels, taking you on a journey that explores the backstory of each character and the life circumstances that led to the events reflected in Scripture and on screen. The first novel imagines the backstories of the early followers of Jesus and how their lives were transformed when they met the long-awaited Messiah.

While a novel or television series will never replace Scripture, The Chosen is a captivating look at the life and ministry of our Lord and Saviour. If you’ve watched the series – and even if you haven’t – I would encourage you to check out the book. I trust that the novel (as well as the series) will inspire your faith!

You can lean more about The Chosen: I Have Called You by Name and pick up your copy of the novel at our online store.