Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Jesus We Missed

For a book entitled: "The Jesus We Missed, The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ" this book wasn't very surprising... 

I recently had the opportunity to review Patrick Henry Reardon's book, "The Jesus We Missed". Sadly, I found this book extremely hard to get into. It was full of great head knowledge... there just wasn't anything in it that inspired me or that I could apply to my life. I requested this book because I am fascinated by the Gospel and just can't get enough of it... but that isn't really the point of this book. While Jesus's death and resurrection are covered, they are done so in a way to point to His humanity, not the Gospel...

That being said, this book is very biblical. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has ever questioned the humanity of Christ. The author holds firmly to the belief that Jesus was both fully human, and fully God, and I just loved the way this book testifies to that.

Here's the publisher's description of the book for you to look over:

A respected and beloved theologian shows how a renewed appreciation for the humanity of Jesus Christ can better our biblical understanding of the Savior, strengthen our faith, intensify our relationship with him, and give us hope in the darkest hours of our lives. 
What do we make of passages like Luke 2 when Jesus befuddles the wise in the Temple but still is said to have “increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man”? The examples are many, but the point is simple: “The glory of God is a living man,” said Irenaeus of Lyons. The Word did not simply become human. Rather, the Word became a specific human being, Jesus of Nazareth. In other words, he made himself just like us. 
Jesus was a real man, of particular weight and height, eye-color, disposition, tempers, talents, ambition, etc. He had a mom and family. He got hungry. He got angry. He was moved to tears and compassion. He had limits.
While taking special care not to minimize the Godhood of Christ, Patrick Henry Reardon helps readers come to grips with his real flesh-and-blood humanity—the confession of the Christian church for 2,000 years. If we are to grow in our understanding of Christ, growing in appreciation of His humanity is key. In Christ, God stooped as low as man to bring us on high, back into the fellowship that Adam lost.

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*As mentioned above, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review from the publisher... 

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