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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    If you are like me and desire to know as much as possible about

    If you are like me and desire to know as much as possible about Jesus then the book The Jesus We Missed by Patrick Henry Reardon is a must read. I was concerned prior to reading this book that this would be book full of opinions that lacked physical evidence of fact; however, Patrick backs up all his claims with scripture and the language that was used in the scripture. He paints a brilliant picture of Jesus. While Jesus is 100% deity and 100% human Patrick's focus is mainly on the humanity of Jesus. As one who has often considered this dichotomy of historical fact -- Patrick compassionately and brilliantly allows the reader to see Jesus as deity and human throughout the text of this book.

    The chapters included in this book are listed below:

    Growing Up
    Two Conversations
    The Human Condition
    The Public Ministry
    Learning and Teaching
    Jesus at Prayer
    Jesus and the Women
    The Growing Crisis
    The Garden
    The Bridegroom Is Taken Away
    Risen in the Flesh
    Epilogue: The Same Jesus
    Appendix: The New Adam

    I've easily have given this book a rating of five. I can recommend this book to laypeople and clergy as this book will easily become a book that will be cherished.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Very profound

    Fr.Reardon demonstrates his Holy Spirit insight into the life of our Lord and Savior. He is a blessed theologian and has given to the body of Christ a work that enabled me to my Lord more clearly. read it. Dr. D.L.Whitman

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    The Divine Miracle of Humanity

    An adequate Christology, then, affirms that the Word's becoming flesh refers to more than the single instant of his becoming present in the Virgin's womb.  He continued becoming . . . a particular human life. (28)
    Patrick Henry Reardon
    The Jesus We Missed:  The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ

     One theme of the "post-modern" church is the push to make the Gospel "accessible" by humanizing its principles.  Adam Hamilton certainly does a good job of that, without minimizing Jesus' divinity, in his book 24 Hours That Changed the World.  Like a good storyteller, Hamilton helps the reader visualize the life of Jesus with scriptural explanations and good old common sense.  While my Sunday School class undertook the Hamilton book during Lent, I took on a similar read, I thought, in my personal study:  Patrick Henry Reardon's The Jesus We Missed:  The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ.  While comparable in topic, they are similar in the way that ice milk is like frozen custard:  it's a matter of depth and craft.

    Hamilton obviously wrote his book to appeal to the average reader:  it's engaging, amiable, dramatic at times, follows popular dramatic structure, but, in the end, somewhat frothy.  Reardon's The Jesus We Missed uses a classic rhetorical structure to build its case.  Reardon organizes his argument into twelve chapters determined by the chronology of Jesus' life from his youth to his resurrection.  In each chapter, he addresses the consensus of the Gospel writers as well as trying to reconcile some of the chronological discrepancies between the authors of the Gospels.  In addition to literary analysis of the Scripture, Reardon quotes extensively from sources which are ex-canon and from patriarchs of the early church to good effect.  The overall result is a scholarly analysis for the scholarly-minded.

    While not as folksy as Hamilton, Reardon's writing style is elegant without being pretentious.  He doesn't want to impress the reader; he wants the reader to understand.  That's a rare quality in scholarly work of this level.

    Although the reader could finish The Jesus We Missed rather quickly, that would rob the student of the opportunity to consider, study, and pray over Reardon's lessons.  This one deserves to be studied rather than read.

    In humanizing the Christ, there could be a danger of minimizing his divinity.  Reardon's Scripture-filled study leaves you even more amazed, and awed, that the Word became flesh--became one of us--so that we might be redeemed.  That is why it is a great book.

    Disclaimer: Yes, I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an objective review. I could say whatever I wanted about the book. I have.

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

    “Now, just what do we as believers behold when we gaze at

    “Now, just what do we as believers behold when we gaze at Jesus?”
    This is the question that Patrick Henry Reardon tries to answer with his book The Jesus We Missed. Reardon reflects upon the upbringing of Jesus and highlights how His parents and the synagogue impacted His life and ministry. He delves into the baptism of Jesus and the inauguration of His public ministry. He explores the teachings and actions of Jesus throughout the rest of the book. And all of this relates to Jesus’ humanity.
    Reardon specifically focuses his attention, research, and reflections on Jesus’ human condition. He gives fascinating insight into how His humanity influenced His ministry. And Reardon unveils how much Jesus completely understands our humanity because He experienced it so deeply.
    Reardon ends the book with an extremely interesting perspective on Jesus which I believe perfectly describes the tone and value of this book. He reflects on the folded handkerchief which was left behind in the empty tomb after Jesus rose from the dead. Reardon suggests that this simple gesture showed the humanity of Jesus – a Jesus who was naturally neat and tidy, just like His mom taught Him how to be. The resurrected Jesus was still entirely human. And we can all take heart in this folded handkerchief that Jesus was human, understands humanity, and still relates to us as humans.
    Overall, this is an extremely beneficial book which brings a unique message to the Christian sector and is worth reading for anybody who follows Jesus Christ.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Thought Provoking

    What do we mean when we say that Jesus was both fully divine and fully human? Most Christians have some clear ideas about Jesus being fully God, but His being a man is harder to conceive and explain. In fact, most Christians would rather not discuss the subject for fear of inadvertently attacking Christ's deity. It is in this usually avoided area of doctrine that Patrick Henry Reardon writes. This book, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, boldly tackles the subject.

    Reverent study of the humanity of Christ will in no way lessen our respect of the divinity of Christ, but rather better define it. Actually, our appreciation of what Jesus did for us will grow exponentially as we see that He suffered as we suffer, he felt pain and heartaches as we feel them, and He understands on every level all that we could ever go through.

    In this thought-provoking work, we are forced to confront Christ's humanity head on. Questions that you either never thought of, or thought it best to never think of, are asked in a way that you much decide or close the book. In the preface alone, the shocking question of did Jesus ever get sick and vomit is asked. Before you run away, ask yourself if that isn't a worthy question. Does Jesus understand when I am in the middle of a bout of extreme nauseousness? At this point doctrine and daily living intersect.

    I couldn't say that I agree with every conclusion of Mr. Reardon. When he speaks of Jesus and His mother Mary being at odds at the wedding where He turns water to wine, I feel he slightly stretches the extent of it. While I can appreciate the bewildering nature of Mary's experience as Jesus grew up, I can't help but believe that she did think of Him as we usually picture it in light of the angel's graphic description of the Child she would carry. The extraordinary fact of the Virgin Birth could never be lost on her for a moment, even though her being a human mother had to come out at times. Mr. Reardon also attributes more to the human author's personal knowledge (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) than I would feel comfortable doing as it would overlook the ultimate authorship of the Holy Spirit.

    But when Mr. Reardon talks about Jesus' growing up always going to the synagogue, or His interaction with certain individuals, or His sufferings in Gethsemane or on the cross, he is spot on. I have been blessed by studying Christology and it looks like we have a tool here to help those who have never studied it to get going.

    Pastors can gain further insights on the Hypostatic Union while laymen can follow the discussion with minimal heavy theological terms. That makes this book, even with the few aforementioned caveats, a winner all the way around.

    I received this book free from the publisher. 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 .

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