Author picture
4 Works 17 Members 9 Reviews

Works by Kurt Brouwer


Common Knowledge

There is no Common Knowledge data for this author yet. You can help.



Where do the disciples turn in the tumultuous aftermath of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion? Kurt Brouwer’s gripping narrative, “The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem,” delves into this question with masterful storytelling and rich historical detail. Set in the bustling streets of Jerusalem thirty years after the crucifixion, the novel immerses readers in a world rife with tension, intrigue, and the eternal struggle between faith and power.

From the very first pages, Brouwer’s narrative prowess captivates, drawing readers into a vividly depicted landscape of ancient Jerusalem. Against this backdrop, a tale unfolds that pulses with urgency and relevance, even in our modern times. The characters, particularly the youngest disciple, John, are rendered with depth and nuance, breathing life into familiar figures from Biblical lore.

What sets “The Last Disciple” apart is Brouwer’s meticulous attention to historical detail. While the narrative takes certain liberties, Brouwer adeptly weaves these elements into a tapestry that feels authentic and respectful of Biblical truths. The result is a story that feels both familiar and fresh, offering readers a new perspective on a pivotal moment in history.

Central to the narrative is the theme of crisis and conflict. Jerusalem, a city on the brink of chaos, becomes a microcosm of the human condition, where faith and doubt collide amidst the tumult of political upheaval. Yet, amidst the darkness, there are moments of healing and redemption, underscoring the resilience of the human spirit.

Brouwer’s storytelling prowess shines brightest in his ability to craft a narrative that is as engaging as it is thought-provoking. “The Last Disciple” is a book that lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned, inviting readers to ponder the timeless themes it explores.

For those who enjoy Biblically-based fiction, “The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem” is a must-read. It is a testament to the enduring power of storytelling to illuminate the human experience and the eternal quest for meaning in a world fraught with uncertainty. Dive into its pages and embark on a journey through the ancient heart of Jerusalem, where every twist and turn holds the promise of revelation and redemption.

So, if you are looking for Christian Historical Fiction, check out The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem by Kurt Brouwer.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
… (more)
PattiP1992 | 3 other reviews | Apr 21, 2024 |
I enjoy reading books that follow closely to a story from the Bible. The success of the book is how parallel the two stories are and if the author expands a little to enhance the story. This book has all those qualities. The story follows John and the trials he went through as a disciple of Jesus. He endured a lot of ridicule and found himself alone at times.

The author does a good job of researching John and highlights several events from his life. There are times that the author may have inserted his own thoughts of what John thought or did in a situation but that is to be expected when it is a fictional account. I have read other books from this author and always find that he doesn’t take too much liberty in his books. I feel like I know John better and learned things I may have overlooked about him in the Bible. What inspires me about books like this is it encourages me to read the passages from the Bible to better understand about the subject of the book.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
… (more)
Harley0326 | 1 other review | Apr 17, 2024 |
Are you drawn to the mystique of biblical narratives woven into the fabric of historical fiction? If so, Kurt Brouwer’s “The Last Disciple: Exile in Ephesus” might be the next captivating read on your list. The third installment in the series delves deep into the life of the disciple John, crafting a plausible account of his exile to Ephesus.

Brouwer’s skillful storytelling brings to life the ancient world, immersing readers in the tumultuous times of early Christianity. He paints a compelling portrait of John’s journey through intricate details and vivid imagery, inviting readers to experience the apostle’s trials and triumphs firsthand.

However, it’s essential to note that this book falls squarely within the genre of Christian historical fiction. If fictionalized retellings of biblical events aren’t your tea, you should explore other genres. But for those intrigued by the intersection of faith and history, “The Last Disciple: Exile in Ephesus” offers a rich tapestry of storytelling that’s sure to satisfy.

To fully appreciate Brouwer’s narrative, start with the first book in the series and work your way through it. This book lets you fully immerse yourself in the characters and their journey, enhancing your reading experience.

In conclusion, if you’re seeking a captivating blend of biblical truth and historical imagination, “The Last Disciple: Exile in Ephesus” by Kurt Brouwer is a must-read. Dive into the ancient world of the disciple John and discover a tale that resonates with timeless themes of faith, perseverance, and redemption.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
… (more)
PattiP1992 | 1 other review | Mar 5, 2024 |
Kurt Brouwer does an excellent job of describing biblical characters and narratives in this book. I appreciate how he gave readers a chance to get to know John through his journeys. During Jesus' public ministry, John was one of his disciples. Mary, Jesus' mother, eventually claimed John as her own son. John's nephew Emmaus traveled with him so that he could support the church at Antioch. The author shows readers how they weren't always welcomed and how there is a fight between religious leaders and political instability that adds tension and suspense as the story develops. I like how the author sends readers on a hazardous expedition over hostile territory to witness biblical events.

When I read this novel, it reminded of the television show Chosen in the way this book allows readers to observe intricate details of Jesus' ministry that brings Scripture to life. The Last Disciple series, of which this is volume two, it’s better if you start with book one The Last Disciple: Crisis in Jerusalem. You’ll want to read all the books in this insightful series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
The Book Club Network blog
… (more)
norastlaurent | 2 other reviews | Oct 5, 2023 |


½ 4.3