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Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Interactive Christology Paperback – April 30, 2004
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The book chapters are:
1. Divine humanity 2. The recalcitrant body 3. Jesus baptized in the Jordan 4. Ourselves and others 5. Jesus tempted 6. Contrary imaginations 7. Jesus exorcises 8. Detoxification 9. Jesus the sower 10. Trust in providence 11. Jesus stills a storm 12. A quiet mind 13. Jesus the learner 14. An open heart 15. Jesus moves around 16. Ambiguity 17. Jesus transfigured 18. Meta-experience 19. Jesus the prophet 20. Confession 21. Gethsemane 22. Crisis 23. Desolation 24. Nakedness 25. Eternity
From the back cover:
"In eloquent prose, Michael Casey offers a Marcan-based gospel exploration of the humanity and divinity of Jesus. Chapters on the dynamics of Jesus life on earth as portrayed in Mark alternate with chapters that turn our attention back to our own human condition. Thus, we grow in an understanding of our own humanity as the means by which we participate in the precious gift of divine life in and through Christ."
It is definitely worth reading.
It is a deceptively dense book. Although it could be easily read in a week, the author suggests the reader take a year to read it. This is because each paragraph could be used as meditation material, it is that good. It can be exceptionally comforting and consoling on the one hand, on the other it can make you squirm in your chair as it requires honesty in facing the truths of just how petty and even evil we can sometimes be. Yet through it all, Christ is there, teaching, guiding, giving his life to us as savior.
I think what I like best about the book, however, is the ordinary Trappist realism behind the spirituality. For example, "the control of our sexual urges over time is often simply the natural slowing of this impulse in us as we age rather than some extraordinary spiritual self-conquest." (That's a paraphrase). There are statements like that peppered throughout the book that will make you laugh, and keep you down to earth, smiling and very, very glad to be human, because our God became human for us. I suspect this book will be a source of growth for many long before many of the classics will be.
This is a wonderful book to use in daily devotions that seek to understand and draw closer to our creator God.
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This book is a beautifully portrayed example of how to live a full and purpose filled life as a practicing Catholic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by deblee
Michael Casey. What can I say. I have so much to learn and his writings are so important to me.Published 11 months ago by Shelly
The book is a wonderful stepping stone to a fuller, deeper
spiritual life. I'm loving it.
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. All too often we lose sight of the humanity of Christ and that is unfortunate. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Barbara J. De Luca
Wonderful book! Many great insights into the humanity of Jesus Christ as well as teachings about the development of we simply human persons in relation to Jesus. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sr Paige
Father Casey knows the spiritual journey. He gives insights to study again and again. His chapters serve as a sure guide written by a friend one can surely trust.Published 23 months ago by RL Bender
This is a good read if you want to know more about Christology. Michael Casey does a good job in explaining his understanding of how Christ is truly human and Divine.Published on June 18, 2013 by Sandra F. Bierly
This book is good for anyone who is looking for insightful commentary on the message fo the Gospel. Casey makes you think about things. His exegesis is concise but substantive.Published on June 15, 2013 by JRC