The Man Born to Be King by Dorothy Sayers
This cycle of 12 radio plays about the life of Christ is a crazy compelling read! Sayers is a master of character, making the all-too-familiar men and women of the gospels spring to new life on the page—and in my imagination. Particularly compelling was Jesus, who was by turns funny and deadly serious, compassionate and stern. Also intriguing was Judas, whom I saw for the first time as a person rather than a puppet. My favorite character was Matthew, the former tax collector who, in Sayers’s capable hands, is shrewd, funny, insightful, tender—and having the time of his life. I now understand why C.S. Lewis read this book every year during Lent: it makes you appreciate just how amazing Jesus was, and how great a gift He gave us in Himself.