Max Lucado's first book that journeys from the birth of Christ to His resurrection.
Drawing from his classic writing on Jesus combined with new reflections and breathtaking art, Max Lucado again opens our eyesand heartsto the life and work of the Savior in a way that will change lives forever. “Jesus was, at once, common and not; alternately normal and heroic. One minute blending in with the domino players in the park, the next commanding the hell out of madmen, disease out of the dying, and death out of the dead.” Who was this man who spoke as easily with kids and fishermen as widows and waves? It is the question that has echoed down through the centuries to us today, and here is a visually stunning book that answers aspects of that question.
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About the Author
Since entering the ministry in 1978, Max Lucado has served churches in Miami, Florida; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves as teaching minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 130 million books in print.
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HIS NAME IS JesusThe Promise of God's Love Fulfilled
By MAX LUCADO
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2009 Max Lucado
All right reserved.
Chapter OneHIS BIRTH
Jesus ... be could hold the universe in his palm but gave it up to float in the womb of a maiden.
A Lowly Place of Birth
Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. LUKE 2:4-7 NIV
ONE'S IMAGINATION is kindled thinking about the conversation of the innkeeper and his family at the breakfast table. Did anyone mention the arrival of the young couple the night before? Did anyone ask about their welfare? Did anyone comment on the pregnancy of the girl on the donkey? Perhaps. Perhaps someone raised the subject. But, at best, it was raised, not discussed. There was nothing that novel about them. They were, possibly, one of several families turned away that night.
Besides, who had time to talk about them when there was so much excitement in the air? Augustus did the economy of Bethlehem a favor when he decreed that a census should be taken. Who could remember when such commerce had hit the village?
No, it is doubtful that anyone mentioned the couple's arrival or wondered about the condition of the girl. They were too busy. The day was upon them. The day's bread had to be made. The morning's chores had to be done. There was too much to do to imagine that the impossible had occurred.
God had entered the world as a baby....
A more lowly place of birth could not exist.
Off to one side sit a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor; perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him-so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.
Near the young mother sits the weary father. If anyone is dozing, he is. He can't remember the last time he sat down. And now that the excitement has subsided a bit, now that Mary and the baby are comfortable, he leans against the wall of the stable and feels his eyes grow heavy. He still hasn't figured it all out. The mystery of the event puzzles him. But he hasn't the energy to wrestle with the questions. What's important is that the baby is fine and that Mary is safe. As sleep comes, he remembers the name the angel told him to use ... Jesus. "We will call him Jesus."
Wide awake is Mary. My, how young she looks! Her head rests on the soft leather of Joseph's saddle. The pain has been eclipsed by wonder. She looks into the face of the baby. Her son. Her Lord. His Majesty. At this point in history, the human being who best under- stands who God is and what he is doing is a teenage girl in a smelly stable. She can't take her eyes off him. Somehow Mary knows she is holding God.
God Came Near
He came, NOT AS A FLASH OF LIGHT OR AS AN UNAPPROACHABLE CONQUEROR, but as one whose first cries mere heard by a pleasant girl and a sleepy carpenter.
A Heavenly Interpretation
GOD TAPPED HUMANITY on its collective shoulder. "Pardon me," he said, and eternity interrupted time, divinity interrupted carnality, and heaven interrupted the earth in the form of a baby. Christianity was born in one big heavenly interruption. * Just ask the Bethlehem shepherds. We know so little about these men. Their names? Their ages? How many were on duty that night? We don't know. But this much we can safely assume: They had no expectations of excitement. These are sheep they are watching. "That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep" (LUKE 2:8 NCV). We count sheep to go to sleep! * Besides, this is the night shift. Might as well watch paint dry. Shepherds watching sheep sleep? Saying that sentence is more exciting than doing their job. Their greatest challenge was staying awake! These men expected no excitement. * Nor did they want any. Any excitement was bad excitement-wolves, mountain lions, poachers. Shepherds treasured the predictable. They coveted the calm. Their singular aim was to be able to tell their wives, "Nothing happened last night." * Just because they wanted a calm night, however, didn't mean they would get it. * "Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened" (LUKE 2:9 NCV). * Change always brings fear before it brings faith. We always assume the worst before we look for the best. God interrupts our lives with something we've never seen, and rather than praise, we panic! We interpret the presence of a problem as the absence of God and scoot! * Good thing the shepherds lingered. Otherwise they might have missed the next verse. * "Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord" (LUKE 2:11 NCV). God Came Near
IT WASN'T ENOUGH FOR THE SHEPHERDS TO SEE THE ANGELS. YOU'D THINK IT WOULD HAVE BEEN. Night sky shattered with light. Stillness erupting with song. Simple shepherds roused from their sleep and raised to their feet by a choir of angels: "Glory to God in the highest!" Never had these men seen such splendor.
But it wasn't enough to see the angels. The shepherds wanted to see the One who sent the angels. Since they wouldn't be satisfied until they saw him, you can trace the long line of Jesus-seekers to a person of the pasture who said, "Let's go.... Let's see...." (LUKE 2:15, NCV, italics mine)
The Magi had the same desire. They wanted to see Jesus. Like the shepherds, they were not satisfied with what they saw in the night sky. Not that the star wasn't spectacular. Not that the star wasn't historical. To be a witness of the blazing orb was a privilege, but for the Magi, it wasn't enough. It wasn't enough to see the light over Bethlehem; they had to see the Light of Bethlehem. It was him they came to see.
Just Like Jesus
"She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
HIS NAME IS ... Jesus
In the four Gospels of the New Testament, it's his most common name-used almost six hundred times. And a common name it was. Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, Joshua, and Jehoshua-all familiar Old Testament names. When God chose the name his son would carry, he chose a human name. He chose a name so typical that it would appear two or three times on any given class roll.
He was touchable, approachable, reachable.
Those who walked with him remembered him not with a title or designation, but with a name-Jesus.
When God chose to reveal himself, he did so (surprise of surprises) through a human body. The tongue that called forth the dead was a human one. The hand that touched the leper had dirt under its nails. The feet upon which the woman wept were calloused and dusty. And his tears ... oh, don't miss the tears ... they came from a heart as broken as yours or mine ever has been.
So, people came to him. My, how they came to him! They came at night; they touched him as he walked down the street; they followed him around the sea; they invited him into their homes and placed their children at his feet. Why? Because he refused to be a statue in a cathedral or a priest in an elevated pulpit. He chose instead to be Jesus.
God Came Near
BECAUSE HE IS LOVE ...
If you were God, would you sleep on straw, nurse from a breast, and be clothed in a diaper? I wouldn't, but Christ did.
He went from commanding angels to sleeping in the straw.
From holding stars to clutching Mary's finger.
When he saw the size of the womb, he could have stopped.
When he saw how tiny his hand would be, how soft his voice would be, how hungry his tummy would be, he could have stopped.
At the first whiff of the stinky stable, at the first gust of cold air.
The first time he scraped his knee or blew his nose or tasted burnt bagels, he could have turned and walked out.
When he saw the dirt floor of his Nazareth house.
When Joseph gave him a chore to do.
When his fellow students were dozing off during the reading of the Torah, his Torah.
At any point Jesus could have said, "That's it! That's enough! I'm going home." But he didn't.
He didn't, because he is love. A Love Worth Giving
Completely Human, Completely Divine
ANGELS WATCHED as Mary changed God's diaper. The universe watched with wonder as the Almighty learned to walk. Children played in the street with him. And had the synagogue leader in Nazareth known who was listening to his sermons ...
Jesus may have had pimples. He may have been tone-deaf. Perhaps a girl down the street had a crush on him or vice versa. It could be that his knees were bony. One thing's for sure: He was, while completely divine, completely human.
For thirty-three years he would feel everything you and I have ever felt. He felt weak. He grew weary. He was afraid of failure. He was susceptible to wooing women. He got colds, burped, and had body odor. His feelings got hurt. His feet got tired. And his head ached.
To think of Jesus in such a light is-well, it seems almost irreverent, doesn't it? It's not something we like to do; it's uncomfortable. It is much easier to keep the humanity out of the incarnation. Clean the manure from around the manger. Wipe the sweat out of his eyes. Pretend he never snored or blew his nose or hit his thumb with a hammer....
But don't do it. For heaven's sake, don't. Let him be as human as he intended to be. Let him into the mire and muck of our world. For only if we let him in can he pull us out.
God Came Near
Christ became one of us. AND HE DID SO TO REDEEM ALL OF
Growing up in Nazareth
THE CITY OF NAZARETH sits on a summit. Certainly no Nazarene boy could resist an occasional hike to the crest to look out over the valley beneath. Sitting six hundred feet above the level of the sea, the young Jesus could examine this world he had made. Mountain flowers in the spring. Cool sunsets. Pelicans winging their way along the streams of Kishon to the Sea of Galilee. Thyme-besprinkled turf at his feet. Fields and fig trees in the distance. Do you suppose moments here inspired these words later? "Observe how the lilies of the field grow" (MATTHEW 6:28 NASB) or "Look at the birds of the air" (MATTHEW 6:26 NASB). The words of Jesus the rabbi were born in the thoughts of Jesus the boy.
To the north of Nazareth lie the wood-crowned hills of Naphtali. Conspicuous on one of them was the village of Safed, known in the region as "the city set upon the hill." Was Jesus thinking of Safed when he said, "A city set on a hill cannot be hidden" (MATTHEW 5:14 NASB)?
The maker of yokes later explained, "My yoke is easy" (MATTHEW 11:30 NASB). The one who brushed his share of sawdust from his eyes would say, "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?" (MATTHEW 7:3 NASB).
"When Jesus entered public life he was about thirty years old" (LUKE 3:23 MSG). In order to enter public life, you have to leave private life. In order for Jesus to change the world, he had to say good-bye to his world.
He had to give Mary a kiss. Have a final meal in the kitchen, a final walk through the streets. Did he ascend one of the hills of Nazareth and think of the day he would ascend the hill near Jerusalem?
He knew what was going to happen. "God chose him for this purpose long before the world began" (1 PETER 1:20 NLT). Every ounce of suffering had been scripted-it just fell to him to play the part.
Not that he had to. Nazareth was a cozy town. Why not build a carpentry business? Keep his identity a secret? Return in the era of guillotines or electric chairs, and pass on the cross. To be forced to die is one thing, but to willingly take up your own cross is something else....
The day he left Nazareth is the day he declared his devotion for you and me.
Next Door Savior
He "made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross" (PHILIPPIANS 2:7-8 NKJV).
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Christ abandoned his reputation. No one in Nazareth saluted him as the Son of God. He did not stand out in his elementary classroom photo- graph, demanded no glossy page in his high school annual. Friends knew him as a woodworker, not star hanger. His looks turned no heads; his position earned him no credit. In the great stoop we call Christmas, Jesus abandoned heavenly privileges and aproned earthly pains. "He gave up his place with God and made himself nothing" (PHILIPPIANS 2:7 NCV).
God hunts for those who will do likewise.
Cure for the Common Life
The greatest discovery IN THE UNIVERSE IS THE GREATEST LOVE IN THE UNIVERSE
He Left the Carpentry Shop
THE HEAVY DOOR CREAKED on its hinges as he pushed it open. With a few strides he crossed the silent shop and opened the wooden shutters to a square shaft of sunshine that pierced the darkness, painting a box of daylight on the dirt floor.
He looked around the carpentry shop. He stood a moment in the refuge of the little room that housed so many sweet memories. He balanced the hammer in his hand. He ran his fingers across the sharp teeth of the saw. He stroked the smoothly worn wood of the sawhorse. He had come to say good-bye.
It was time for him to leave. He had heard something that made him know it was time to go. So he came one last time to smell the sawdust and lumber.
Life was peaceful here. Life was so ... safe.
Here he had spent countless hours of contentment. On this dirt floor he had played as a toddler while his father worked. Here Joseph had taught him how to grip a hammer. And on this workbench he had built his first chair.
I wonder what he thought as he took one last look around the room. Perhaps he stood for a moment at the workbench looking at the tiny shadows cast by the chisel and shavings. Perhaps he listened as voices from the past filled the air. I wonder if he hesitated. I wonder if his heart was torn. I wonder if he rolled a nail between his thumb and fingers, anticipating the pain.... It must have been difficult to leave. After all, life as a carpenter wasn't bad. It wasn't bad at all. Business was good. The future was bright and his work was enjoyable.... I wonder if he wanted to stay. "I could do a good job here in Nazareth. Settle down. Raise a family Be a civic leader." I wonder because I know he had already read the last chapter. He knew that the feet that would step out of the safe shadow of the carpentry shop would not rest until they'd been pierced and placed on a Roman cross.
You see, he didn't have to go. He had a choice. He could have stayed. He could have kept his mouth shut. He could have ignored the call or at least postponed it. And had he chosen to stay, who would've known? Who would have blamed him?
But his heart wouldn't let him. If there was hesitation on the part of his humanity, it was overcome by the compassion of his divinity. His divinity heard the voices. His divinity heard the hopeless cries of the poor, the bitter accusations of the abandoned, the dangling despair of those who are trying to save themselves.
And his divinity saw the faces. Some wrinkled. Some weeping. Some hidden behind veils. Some obscured by fear. Some earnest with searching. Some blank with boredom. From the face of Adam to the face of the infant born somewhere in the world as you read these words, he saw them all.
And you can be sure of one thing. Among the voices that found their way into that carpentry shop in Nazareth was your voice. Your silent prayers uttered on tear-stained pillows were heard before they were said. Your deepest questions about death and eternity....
He left because of you.
GOD CAME NEAR
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Max paints a wonderful picture of the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ in this elaborate book. We start at his precious birth and walk the journey along side him to his death on the cross. What a fitting way to spend Lent taking the footsteps Christ did all the way to the hill where he bore our sins. With the beautiful imagery along side the text, Lucado draws you into the world of Jesus. So many of us have pondered why God would sacrifice His only son for us. Through this journey, we find the real heart of God and what his plan was. Jesus was loving, compassionate and caring. And Max Lucado spells it out for us. If you were ever left wondering why you feel alone, take a look at this book. Even the "seasoned" Christian needs a little reminding now and then why God loves them so much to send his only Son.
Max Lucado has produced a beautiful compilation on the life of Jesus. Max Lucado has written some amazing poetry that touched me deeply when reading the book. He has incorporated scripture to tell retell the amazing life of Jesus. It is easy to focus on Jesus' Resurrection while forgetting about the sacrifice he made for us. Jesus died by the hands of our sins. Max Lucado has included amazing stories that focus on this sacrifice. Max Lucado also details Jesus' life from start to finish. He gives us an idea of what Jesus may have been like as a child and then as a man. We are reminded of the blessings we have been given because of Jesus. Jesus' struggles are written about in the book. This reminds us that Jesus can relate to the pain and trials we all face in our lives. The illustrations are amazing. Although they do not necessarily relate to all the stories in the book, they were eloquently designed. Max Lucado has a way of writing that draws a reader into the story. This book would be an special gift for a person who has just formed a relationship with Jesus. It would also be a wonderful addition to a personal library, to remind us of Jesus' time spent on earth, and why he loves and saves us. This book is hardbound, and comes in a beautiful box. I was surprised by how sturdy the book is. This book will remain in wonderful conditions for years to come. In my opinion, Max Lucado is one of the most amazing Christian writers. He continues to glorify God in all his books. God has blessed him with a talent, and he has shared it with all of his readers.
Fiuhhh i just finished reading the book His Name is Jesus by Max Lucado it is a beautifully packaged gift book. It comes in a sturdy slipcover, and has a nice weight, due to the quality of paper used. The cover immediately catches the eye, because of the artwork, and because of the embossing. This book follows Christ's life from His birth to His death, as well as the "legacy" He left behind. The artwork is beautiful and appropriate to the writings. His Name is Jesus is a compilation of about 20 of Lucado's previous works. It is, of course, written in Lucado's signature style, very easy to read, and very personable. He paints pictures with words that make it very easy to see the subject about which he is writing, whether it is a small town named Bethlehem, a miracle or healing performed, or Mary, in the garden, realizing she is talking to the risen Jesus. it is very simple and easy to read book love it The only regret is i only have one copy to give to my friends and who is going to be the lucky one to get this one. pleas buy one to give it to your friends
It is a thought provoking account of his life and death. Thank you Max
His name is Jesus written by Max Lucado, is a very well done coffee table book. The pictures are vivid and I love how it takes you through His walk while He lived on this earth. Max Lucado takes you from Christ birth to His death on the cross to His resurrection. I would recommend this book which is a hard back and comes with a hard jacket for protection. This book would make a wonderful addition to anyones personal library or the church library or even a gift to someone you care for and want them to learn about your risen Savior Jesus Christ.
I really enjoyed all aspects of this book. It was very warm and inviting from the slip cover to the wonderful plush cover and the sturdiness of the book itself and the pages. I loved the layout and design of the book. I found the book very easy to read and very interesting. I wasn't reading anything that I didn't already know, but found the information that I was reading to be very pleasing. This would be a great book for a friend to sit on their coffee table or bedside or to someone who would like to learn about Jesus or to refresh on their knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will read it over and over. I liked to sit and read the pages with my 2 year old son. He enjoyed the pages and it was great to have him interested in the story as well. I liked how there were several refrences, quotes and how it made you think about how Jesus was "just a man" not that he wasn't special, but that you could relate to him easier. I would reccomend this book to anyone.
His Name is Jesus is a compendium of Jesus' humanity, based on key events that shaped Him as a human being, prepared Him for his ministry, and transformed Him into our door to Heaven. Max Lucado takes us in a journey to explore Jesus' life from his earthly beginning to his divine resurrection. He shares with us his insights and shows us a very human Jesus, without overlooking his divinity. The book is divided in five sections and within each section, the author highlights Jesus' most significant moments. Each section and meditation is accompanied with an illustration to allow the reader to relax and meditate on its message. Mr. Lucado profound comments and easy to follow narrative style enable the reader to understand the promise of God's love fulfilled in Jesus. The book ends with an exhortation to accept Jesus' invitation to carry our own cross and follow Him to Paradise. I highly recommend this book for readers searching for a simple way to understand Jesus' divine humanity and His purpose for our lives. Member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program (http://brb.thomasnelson.com/)
Over the years, Max Lucado has become one of my favorite authors. He has a way of taking you on a journey through his writing until you actually feel as though you are there... in the midst of the story, watching each event as it unfolds. Throughout His Name is Jesus, Lucado takes you on a journey of the course of the life of Jesus... beginning with his birth, his childhood, his death, and then resurrection! He concludes with a summary of the legacy of Jesus, and the most powerful words at the end of the book... "He invites us to love Him. He urges us to Love Him. But in the end, the choice is yours and mine." I am so personally grateful for the love of Jesus, and think this is an exceptionally well-written book chronicling the extraordinary life of Jesus, and following in his miraculous footsteps.
What a lovely book! I was won over at the mention of Lucado's name! Besides being an aesthetically beautiful book, it is also superbly compiled. The pictures captured me, the words, even though they are excerpts from other books Lucado has written drew me in as I again encountered the birth, life and death of Jesus. This book is captivating to any age. Even my 2-year-old sat quietly with me as we paged through the book and read about Jesus. This hard cover gift book is beautifully presented. It comes complete with a sturdy slide-in cover to keep it protected. While I know the story of Jesus' life, I was reminded by this book of how completely human He was. It is easy to read, and is nicely laid out so that one could read it in short pieces or as a devotional. While this is definitely a beautiful coffee table book, it meant far more than I expected to me. It's a non-threatening journey of Jesus' life which even skeptics would be tempted to delve into a little. I honestly loved this book and would recommend it as a gift for anyone at any age. I am a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program found at this link: http://brb.thomasnelson.com/
I recently received the book His Name is Jesus by Max Lucado. Let me first start by saying the quality of this book in amazing. It is a beautiful hardback book filled with high quality glossy pages and pictures plus the book comes in a heavy cardboard slip case to protect it. The pictures in the book are gorgeous and match the inspirational words of the book perfectly. The stories, references, and commentary in the book are actually all from twenty of Max Lucado's other books. I had never read any of them so it was all new for me but if you were buying this as a gift for someone who really likes Max Lucado there is no new material in this book. I thought it was a very inspirational and beautiful book. It would make an excellent gift. I think I say this every time I review a book with biblical references but I really wish they had used the original King James version of the bible. I know a lot of people find the language harder to read and understand but I like it a lot better. Still this was a beautiful book and would make a good addition to anyone's library.
I received this book through a blogger review program. When I first flipped through the book my reaction was, "Great the story of Jesus with pretty pictures and fancy fonts. Been there, done that!" Then I started reading and while it is a kind of abridged 'Life of Jesus' I'm struck by Lucado's commentary and the way he, sometimes successfully, transports us to that time and puts into our heads the thoughts we'd be thinking. The book itself is a very nice hard back that also comes within a hard back sleeve. The book has a hodge podge kind of layout that while at first distracting lends to the messages coming through Lucado's writing. There are passages on nearly every page that seem to serve as a mantra of God's love. I could go on and on about the various pages and passages that touched me as I read but I'll leave that for you to find on your own. This book would make a great gift for anyone, no matter how familiar they are with the story it is one that never grows old and Lucado's insights can only open up new interpretations and realizations.
Max has done it again.
"His Name Is Jesus" by Max Lucado is a great book for all. It is comprised of five parts--the birth, mission, death, resurrection, and legacy of Jesus Christ. The sections are thoughtfully put together. Stories of the Bible about Jesus are put into today's terms, hardly ever exceeding three pages at a time. Also, poems are intermittently displaced throughout the book along with inspiring quotations. Excellent pictures surround Lucado's words. Most are nature photographs, but some are purely man-made designs. This book is delightful to read. It covers--in essence--all one could want to know about Jesus. Also, the pictures bring readers back to the fact of the Lord's majesty. It is hard to read Lucado's works, see the wonderful pictures, and think there is not a God. Lucado conveys the fact that God loves each and every one of us. Jesus took up the cross and died for our sins. Love, forgiveness, and redemption fill the pages. Lastly, this item is well worth it. It is hardcover with an etched cover, full of glossy pages, and even comes with a hard book slot. http://brb.thomasnelson.com/
As a\a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program, I reviewed Max Lucado's book, His Name is Jesus. http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ Beautifully bound, rich with full color photos and its own slip cover; this is the perfect gift book. With vivid imagery, Jesus' life is reverently and boldly retold. Actual biblical passages are brought to life, presented alongside the story of Jesus' birth, mission, death, resurrection and legacy. His Name is Jesus is a spiritual affirmation of the fullness of the divinity and humanity of Jesus. Throughout the book, bold analogies are used to illustrate the intertwining of the humanity and divinity of Jesus. This theme is evident with the book's opening: "Jesus.he could hold the universe in his palm but gave it up to float in the womb of a maiden". The book's message is clear: the acknowledgement of the divine nature of Jesus without neglecting His humanity- "Let him be as human as he intended to be. Let him into the mire and muck of our world." (Page 19) Max Lucado does not shy away from representing the true Jesus of the bible. You will not find any secular concessions such as calling Jesus simply a teacher or relegating him to a myth. This is a refreshing and spiritually satisfying book. It challenged and inspired me to consider the real Jesus Christ of the bible as well as the magnitude of His love for humankind. I highly recommend this gift book as a beautiful rendition of Jesus' life and purpose.