This arresting novel raises challenging questions about the meaning of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. New insights on many aspects of early Christianity emerge from the narrative of events during the unsettled years a generation after the crucifixion. Readers will find especially thought-provoking interpretations of the apostle Paul and Mary the mother of Jesus. The story brings key tenets of theology to life in vivid form.
James M. McPherson, PhD. Pulitzer Prize winning professor emeritus, Princeton University.

By imagining Jesus’ family and followers in the world of Judaism, Mr. Nyce questions the basic assumptions of modern Christians. These are important questions and fascinating perspectives, worth discussing in any church and study group.
David Tatgenhorst, pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Bryn Mawr, PA.

This is a gripping and compelling story about an epic moment in human history. Joe Nyce has brought the characters to life in all their grandeur and pathos. He invites the reader to re-live history with a profound spiritual purpose.
Jeremy I. Adelman, PhD, Professor of History Princeton Unversity.

For those with an interest in Jesus’ central message of love, self-sacrifice, and kindness above all else, Nyce’s thought-provoking narrative of the early years of Christianity will provide a rich and rewarding experience.
Herman Tull, PhD., Visiting professor of Religious Studies, Lafayette College.

Through Mary’s plaintive eyes, Joe Nyce illustrates a historically rich and thought provoking story about individuals who knew and were spiritually impacted by the life, teachings and death of Jesus. The beautiful message of love and humility is a wonderful read, especially now with societies electronic barriers.
Tim Mathews, D.Sc. Mayor, East Amwell Twp., NJ

Readers appreciating “Mary’s Lament” for its astonishingly re-imagined plot and cast of characters will be powerfully drawn into the surprising conversation. The narrative method of pursuing truth, as old as Plato’s dialogues, is just as urgent in this story, and addresses themes – Hebrew, Roman and Christian, sacred and secular – that are just as foundational. Every page invites serious reflection. Decades after his crucifixion, his aging mother shares with her children and a range of characters from soldiers to officials to a Christian missionary a profoundly disturbing, yet ecstatically re-orienting take on life’s mysteries. Author Nyce wrestles with the conundrum of how religion, whether Hebrew or Christian, has seemed to promote rather than heal humanity’s existential violence. We listen to extended pungent conversations that challenge and comfort even those who will be shocked by the sensation of heresy. It is in humility and the rhythms of the heart (the language of Creation rather than ideation, Jesus rather than Paul) that faith finds hope and recognizes Jesus’ truth. Mary’s poignant counter-intuitive lament gives all this color, body and personality that will glow long in the thoughts of the serious reader.
Rev. John I. Ruth, PhD., author and writer/producer of numerous films and documentaries.