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Seven amazing books about Jesus

Jesus, name above all names. 
Beautiful Savior, Glorious Lord. 
Emmanuel, God is with us. 
Blessed Redeemer,  Living Word. 

Our world desperately needs more of Jesus!  Psalm 34:5 says, “Those who look to Him are radiant!”  Knowing and loving Jesus helps us to become like Him.  Whether we like it or not, we are a picture of Jesus to the world.  Check out one of these amazing books that will enable you to fix your eyes on Jesus and come to know and love Him more.  It’s time for His church to glow with His radiance! 

The reviews that follow are compiled by Nancy and taken in part from the publishers’ book jackets.  

Encounters with Jesus

Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions by Timothy Keller, pastor of the Redeemer Church in NYC.  To read Encounters with Jesus is to step into the world where Jesus walked and to remember that He literally changed the life of every person he met in the Gospels.  We all need a fresh reminder that we have been forever changed - not because of what we have done but because of what He has done for us!  This is an especially good book for skeptics, seekers and those who think Jesus is just a teacher or prophet.  But it is also a powerful book for those of us who just need to be reminded of how marvelous our Savior is.   My favorite chapter is entitled The Two Advocates.  If you’re thirsty for more of Jesus – I guarantee this book will quench your thirst!   


Jesus: A Theography

Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola.  "In the Old Testament, the New is concealed, in the New, the Old is revealed." Separating the two Testaments is like cutting Jesus in half.   Jesus says in John 5:39, “All Scripture points to me".  Jesus is written for the average reader as well as scholars.  Sweet and Viola unfold the greatest story ever told - from Genesis to Revelation - as a gripping narrative about Jesus Christ, in a fresh and invigorating way.  They combine historical Jesus studies with biblical theology for an amazing read!  This is one of my personal favorites.  I had to buy my own copy so I could mark it up.  You don’t want to miss this electrifying journey of rediscovering Jesus!  

Jesus is ______.

Jesus is ____: Find A New Way to be Human by Judah Smith.  The subject is there, and so is the verb, but what comes next? Your answer could shed light on the path to becoming who you were made to be.  In these pages, Judah Smith fills in the blank over and over again, each time further revealing the character of Jesus. Jesus is life!  Jesus is grace!  Jesus is your friend!  Smith, a young pastor, writes for new believers, for lifelong followers, and for the curious.   You will laugh, cry, and fall more in love with Jesus.  It’s a journey of joy!  

Jesus > Religion

Jesus > Religion: Why He is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough
by Jefferson Bethke.  This book will challenge you to look past habits and traditions and rediscover Jesus.  Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a provocative poem titled “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year).  The book uses the contrast between Jesus and religion to highlight the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope.  Thinkers, seekers, and questioners need to read this book.   

Jesus, In His Own Words

Jesus, In His Own Words
by Robert H. Mounce.  What if Jesus spoke to you in first person about his time on earth?  This account of the life and ministry of Jesus combines all four gospels into a single narrative and allows Jesus himself to tell us the story.  Mounce, a veteran Bible translator, has written a type of autobiography - the life of Jesus as told by Jesus, in everyday, conversational language.  A very unique look at the life of Jesus!


Beautiful Outlaw

Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus by John Eldredge.   Jesus was accused of nearly everything – breaking the law, keeping bad company, and being the devil himself.  He was so compelling and dangerous they had to kill him.  But those who knew him best loved him passionately.  He had a sense of humor.  His generosity was scandalous.  His anger made enemies tremble.  He would say the most outrageous things.  And this Jesus has not changed one bit; he is still himself, available to all who would know him.  Don’t miss this dangerous book about a scandalous Savior. The first time I read it the tears rolled down my face and I fell in love with Jesus all over again!  I have recommended this book over and over and given it to those I love.  When my twenty year old niece read it she said to me, “Aunt Nancy, where has this Jesus been?”

Who Is This Man?

Who Is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus by John Ortberg.  This is a most compelling and thought-provoking book.  I could hardly wait to get my own copy so I could mark it up.  It’s a powerful testament to the impact that Jesus has had on human history and on the human condition.  Nothing in this world has been the same since the Savior walked here.  If you love history – you will love this book.  If you love Jesus – you will love this book.  We live in an age that divides the secular and the sacred.  John Ortberg bridges this gap by sharing the undeniable and profound impact of Jesus Christ on our world. Who is This Man? will help you see how much of what is good and best in the world is due to what Jesus, our Jesus has done and is doing through His presence and His people.  Hallelujah – What a Savior!