Skaneateles author illustrates Jesus’ influential time on earth through different biblical accounts in new book

SKANEATELES, N.Y. — This week marks the nationwide release of “And Their Lives Were Changed,” an absorbing story collection by author M.J. Ferguson. This book’s hardback edition will be released in November.

In “And Their Lives Were Changed,Ferguson expresses that while Jesus was on this earth, many people had personal contact with him. They spent time walking, talking, eating and observing his interaction with the multitudes of Palestinians. Many were healed, some were forgiven and most were blessed with his parables. Of these, all were touched in a particular or unique way. Their reactions varied — some with love and appreciation, and some with resistance and resentment.

And Their Lives Were Changed” takes the reader into the possible thoughts, words and actions of 15 different individuals who had contact with Jesus Christ. Some of these people were mentioned in the Bible only briefly, and some were not even given names. In order to tell their stories, Ferguson has added names and some possible backgrounds. Occasionally, scenarios and events (not stated in Holy Scripture) were taken from various historians. In no place is there a contradiction to the Bible. Each chapter is the telling of an individual’s story. At the end of their story, they tell the reader about how their lives were changed.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the books are available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Ferguson is also the illustrator of this book. In addition to this publication, she has written and illustrated three other books: “Eve’s Song,” “The Mirror in the Box” and “Talon the Raptor.” She lives by one of the beautiful Finger Lakes in Upstate New York.

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