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The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically

The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically

by Peter Wallace

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Sometimes what we already "know" about Jesus gets in the way of our really knowing him.

Many depictions of Jesus show him as a character who coolly and calmly floats above the grit and grime of human existence. He doesn't hurt, he doesn't fear, he doesn’t laugh and, most tragically, he doesn’t love very passionately. He seems not to feel at all. But a closer look at the Bible reveals something surprisingly different.

In this eye-opening spiritual study, Peter Wallace examines Jesus’s actions as well as his teachings to uncover a passionate figure who was involved, present, connected, honest and direct with others. Through Wallace’s deeply personal insights and compelling examples, you will be encouraged to model this passionate Jesus by building personal authenticity in every area of your own life, particularly in your self-acceptance and self-expression, your relationships with others and, above all, your relationship with God.

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ISBN-13: 9781594734939
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/24/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 723 KB

About the Author

The Rev. Peter Wallace is the host and executive producer of Day1, an acclaimed ecumenical radio ministry (formerly called The Protestant Hour) distributed to more than two hundred stations nationwide and in eight countries and available worldwide through podcasts at He is also president of the parent organization, the Alliance for Christian Media, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

He is the author of eight books, including Connected: You and God in the Psalms; Living Loved: Knowing Jesus as the Lover of Your Soul; Out of the Quiet: Responding to God's Whispered Invitations; Psalms for Today; TruthQuest Devotional Journal; and the devotional trilogy What Jesus Is Saying to You Today, What the Psalmist Is Saying to You Today, and What God Is Saying to You Today. He has contributed to many books, study Bibles, lectionary resources, devotional guides, magazines, teaching curricula, and websites. He is the writer and host of a series of twenty-six video webisodes titled "What Is God Saying to You Today?"

An Atlanta resident, Wallace is a postulant for holy orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. He maintains a website at and blogs on,,, Facebook, and other sites. On Twitter he is @pwallace.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
A Personal Word of Introduction ix
1 Understanding Our Emotions 1
2 Love: The Centerpiece of Life 11
3 Anger: In Defense of Justice 43
4 Fear: Energizing and Empowering a Deeper Faith 82
5 Grief: Being Present to the Process in Hope 115
6 Joy: Savoring God's Gifts 139
Conclusion: Living Authentically 159
Notes 168
Suggestions for Further Reading 172
Scripture Index 174

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