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Posted October 4, 2012
A New Touchstone
I just finished the advanced reader copy of this book and it left me overwhelmed. I predict it will be the new touchstone for books about Jesus in the Bible. I've studied the Bible for many years but on almost every page of this book I was having "aha" moments and thinking to myself "I never saw that connection before. I never knew that about Jesus or his disciples. I never knew what those Old Testament stories were really about."
I look forward to reading my Bible from beginning to end now because I know I'm going to see Jesus in all of its pages. I wish I had read this book years ago when I first started studying the Bible. The authors say that "the Jesus story recapitulates and replays the major biblical dramas and narratives of the Hebrew Scriptures." This is a major key that opens up the meaning of the Bible in a powerful way. I highly recommend this book and plan to get the finished edition. It's that good.
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Posted November 8, 2012
While I have enjoyed everything I have read by Leonard Sweet and
While I have enjoyed everything I have read by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, this particular work will always hold special place on my shelf, and has been an absolute game changer for me. I am giving it 5 stars, mainly because I cannot give it 6.
For the last season of my life, I have been focused on a determination to see Christ as the focus of every aspect of my life. This book has been used as a tool for me to take that to a whole other level, which I needed, because I often miss my goal!
The riches the authors share, particularly going through the old, or as they write, the first testament passages, has been so refreshing, exhilarating, and exciting for me to read as I encounter Christ in things I had not seen before. It is true to say the book is intellectually stimulating, but what really sets it over the top is how riveted my heart is as I encounter Frank and Leonard showing Christ in tidbits and pieces of biblical stories I had never pondered. Before picking up the work, I felt there was so much I had found of Him in many passages, and I am glad for it. But Jesus A Theography really blows some doors off in this regard. If I had a 'complaint', it is that I was only able to read a few paragraphs at a time for much of the book, and needed to not move on and let what I just read and its ramifications really sink in. Finding Jesus in passages one has not seen Him before, or finding him more fully, can be quite an altering experience!
Years back, I became quite a collector of classic devotional books and authors, i.e., Oswald Chambers, etc. Taking nothing away from my collection, this book by Frank and Leonard, along with From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola, are the centerpieces of that collection other than the Bible itself to me. It really has come to that for myself. I'm not trying to step on any toes or other's opinions, but this book has a serious, deeper, profound way of pointing to Christ than any book I can recall reading. (I read a lot.)
I'd say this book would be helpful to anyone on the planet, but if you are struggling with seeing Him in your life currently, or see situations in your life you are tempted to think He can't solve, you just gotta get this book. Because reading it, He gets a whole lot bigger in your heart and mind! One final thought-this book blows my mind in how much time, and heart rendering, the authors must have gone through to put this to paper. This is not something one can just jot down because a great book idea hit them. This is a lifetime of intimacy that I feel like two brothers and those that are close and have influenced them have let me peak into, and I am a blessed and grateful beneficiary of the joys, pains, incredible amounts of time set aside, and allowed to witness and experience it.
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Posted January 20, 2013
Jesus ¿ Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola Seeing the Bible through
Jesus – Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola
Seeing the Bible through the lens of Jesus Christ. This is not a biography of Jesus, the authors call it a Theography. In this book the authors seek to explain how the Old and New Testaments link together as a unified story of Jesus, showing that Jesus is indeed, the fulfillment of the Old Testament.
They use several references of Scripture in both old and new to prove this. We begin with Christ before time – the awesome revelation that time dwells in God (not the other way around -and go right through Jesus’ life on earth, following our Scriptures to the very end, when He returns as King. The creation of the universe through Christ, His earthly life and Ministry and to the coming of the end and the reconciliation of all things in Christ.
I have to admit that I put off reading this book for as long as I can. The 400+ pages were a little daunting (even for a bookworm such as I) – the idea of big words and difficult to understand theology was not something I looked forward to reading. However, once I started this book, the way in which the authors of this book have brought the Bible to life, journeying around the pages of both the new and old testament, seeing shadows and foretelling of Jesus throughout the Old Testament and seeing confirmations of the Old Testament in the New Testament is really such an awesome eye opening, beautifully engaging experience.
Well done to the authors for what is a remarkably researched piece of writing. I am so glad I started this book.
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Posted November 19, 2012
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Posted January 29, 2014
Here mary and her husband laughed becausse god said that mary was going to have a baby mary said she was too old to have a baby but sure enugh she had one they named him i forgot the name rply if u think i should write more i need three good post to go on rply to jesus173? if u want me to go on these arent exactly the stories only the parts i remember sry for wrong spelling
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Posted October 24, 2013
Posted December 4, 2012
The History and Ministry of Jesus ISBN-13: 9780849947025 In re
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In reviewing the “Jesus”, the authors did a wonderful job in detailing the history and ministry of Jesus. The book is broken in sections from before Christ, to the return back to Heaven. The story of Jesus and the love for the Father is one of the greatest stories we have ever read. The book shows just how much the Father of Heaven loves us and wants a relationship with us. The book give powerful information about Christ before He came to earth, the creation made in seven days that refer to Jesus, His Birth, His Death, His Resurrection, His Ascension His Indwelling Life, His Rule, His Rest, and His Bride (according to the book). I highly recommend this book not just for casual reading, but for studying, for gaining knowledge of Jesus Christ, and for understanding His return back to earth.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255