First Line Friday (week 336): Vinegar Boy

Posted April 6, 2023 by meezcarrie in children, Christian, First Line Fridays, historical / 22 Comments

Happy Good Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. In honor of Good Friday & Easter Sunday, today I’m featuring the first line of an Easter novel that I read and loved in upper elementary school – Vinegar Boy by Alberta Hawse.

Something about this story just captivated me as a child, and I was excited to discover it again after a roundabout Google search… because I remembered everything BUT the title haha. It’s (obviously) been repackaged since I read it in the mid 1980s and I’m glad that modern audiences can read it too!

and the first line is…

Light began to flow from the jug of the morning.


Abandoned by his parents and shunned from society, Vinegar Boy is certain he’ll be adoped once Jesus removes the ugly birthmark that scars his cheek. But when he carries the drugged vinegar wine to a crucifixion, he finds himself face to face with the only One who can heal his face. Is there still time for a miracle?

A gripping story of a boy’s dramatic encounter with Christ on the cross, this book is a classic work of fiction that has inspired thousands of Christians for decades. Newly repackaged classic is sure to be a hit with all kids and adults too.

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22 responses to “First Line Friday (week 336): Vinegar Boy

  1. Jasmine

    Oh wow…. I haven’t thought about this book in probably 25 years or more… I do remember how much I loved it when I was kid…

  2. Lelia “Lucy” Reynolds

    I haven’t heard of this book. Thank you for sharing. Have a Blessed Resurrection Day!

  3. Kay Garrett

    There’s a point to every long winter when it seems spring will never come.
    COURAGE IN THE STORM by Laurel Blount

  4. Wow, that sounds like an absolute winner. In fact, I vaguely think I read it long ago but will make sure I do again. Thanks for sharing! And have a most blessed Resurrection Day!

  5. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading “Fairest of Heart” by Karen Witemeyer. It’s so fun. 😀
    “‘Let go of that rope, you mangy mutt!’ Jeb’s cantankerous tone carried across the yard to where Penelope was taking clean sheets down from the line. ‘It ain’t a toy.'”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Paula Shreckhise

    My book this week is The Vanishing at Castle Moreau by Jaime Jo Wright
    Chapter One Daisy Francois April 1870

    The castle cast its hypnotic pull over any passerby who happened along to find it, tucked derp in the woods in a place where no one would build a castle, let alone live in one.

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