Monday, January 14, 2013

Book Review: 1000 Days

1,000 Days by Jonathan Falwell was described on Amazon as:

An opportunity to meet Jesus Christ like never before.
Have you ever thought that when Jesus Christ came to earth more than two thousand years ago, he could have simply given us salvation—period!—and never done another single thing? Jesus Christ could have chosen to be born of a virgin, live for 33 years in relative obscurity, die on the cross, be buried, and rise from the dead three days later, and still give us the opportunity for salvation without doing any of the things we read about in the gospels.
Yet there was more.
For three years—roughly 1,000 days—Jesus served in public ministry while on earth. He didn’t need to do this ministry, yet he did anyway, and that’s the key for us. This intentionality implies that there is a lot of information in Scripture that we need to grapple with. We need to understand what Jesus said and did during his 1,000-day public ministry, so we can apply his teachings to our lives today.
What makes these 1000 days of Christ so vitally important?
Jesus’ public ministry was to help us understand what true love is all about—both for God and for other people. When we love God and others first, the rest of life falls into place: our possessions, our ambitions, our hopes and our dreams. Jesus modeled everything he taught, and his invitation is to make his mission our mission too

That being said, I was expecting a book about the ministry of Christ (that the author claims wasn't even needed), but that's not what this book was at all. It talked about a lot of things, but was most certainly not about his 1,000 days of ministry.

The author claims that Jesus didn't NEED to minister while here on earth... well, He didn't need to die for us either. In fact, if He hadn't ministered while on earth, then He wouldn't have been the promised Messiah. He needed those 1,000 days to fulfill the prophesies about Him, but also to show us His love and how He wants us to live. I won't be recommending this book, even though it sounded like it would bring me to a deeper understanding of Christ, that was far from what I got out of it. 

I review for BookSneeze┬« *I did receive my copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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