Yesterday Framed In Today: A Story of the Christ, and How Today Received Him



Book: Yesterday Framed In Today: A Story of the Christ, and How Today Received Him

Author: Isabella MacDonald Alden

Publisher: Charisma House, republished 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0884193289

ISBN-10: 0884193284

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 12 and up but suitable for anyone

Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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Alden, Isabella MacDonald.  Yesterday Framed In Today: A Story of the Christ, and How Today Received Him  (originally published in 1898; republished in 1993 by Creation House, a division of Strang Communications Company, 190 N. Westmonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, FL  32714).  What if Jesus Christ had not come in the days of Herod the Great but much later in history?  It is 1898, and thirty year old David Holman lives with his father Ezra who owns a large vineyard, mother Hanna, and younger sisters Frances and Margaret.  As a rebellious 23 year old, he made a very foolish decision which resulted in a serious accident and left him a bed-ridden invalid for seven years.  But one day a healer comes to town.  Against his parents’ wishes, he has some friends take him to see the man, and David is miraculously cured.  The young man cautiously decides to cast his lot in with the stranger.  Philip Nelson, one of his best friends and Frances’s fiancée, is also a follower.

However, the healer has some powerful enemies, including Felix Masters, the governor’s nephew and Margaret’s beau, who are bent on destroying him.  As a consequence of the choice which David makes, his own father rejects him, and his betrothed, Miriam Brownlee, refuses to see him.  Frances is sympathetic, but Margaret seems somewhat cool to him, and their mother is confused.  Can he do anything to change their minds?  What will happen to the miracle-working stranger?  And how will David respond in the end?  Author Isabella Alden (Pansy) was Grace Livingston Hill’s aunt.  This wonderful book portrays the public reaction as she thought that it might have been in her time, which is startlingly similar to the reactions when it really did happen and shows how little things have changed.

There is no bad language or for that matter anything else that is inappropriate in this beautifully written story.  Those who are familiar with the life and work of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Scriptures will find many specific parallels to Biblical events, such as the raising of Lazarus and the feeding of the 5,000, but the added account of David Holman’s relationships and activities makes for especially interesting reading by giving it a personal touch that draws the reader into the plot.  Some people may not like the idea of altering history even just as a “what if” story, but for a people who are open to it, the book can make them feel as if they were really there and knew Christ themselves.  Relatively few novels that I have read have moved me to tears.  This one did, and I highly recommend it.

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