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Superb Book for the Entire Family
on November 16, 2012
"In the Footsteps of Jesus" is a splendid book for readers of all levels and all faiths. As indicated by the author, the book is "written from a nondenominational perspective." In addition to the main story of Jesus, there is excellent background on Judaism, as well as a short section on Islam.
Within the careful chronological framework of the book, the scholarship is exceptional. The latest archaeological findings are covered, and there are extensive citations from the four Gospels. Every topic is placed in its historical context, as we trace not only the life of Jesus. but the broader development of Christianity. The author was especially successful in capturing the achievements of Paul at perhaps the most critical period of the new faith.
One of the strengths of the book is the engaging writing style. In his lucid narrative, Jean-Pierre Isbouts has clearly made this work a labor of love. With his background in documentary filmmaking, there is an immediacy to the story, as apparent especially in the detailed discussion of pilgrimage. The stories of courageous individuals traveling from medieval Europe to the Holy Land are among the most memorable in the volume.
With the unparalleled quality of National Geographic Books, the graphics include spectacular photography, detailed maps, and beautiful representations of works of art. This volume goes well beyond a "coffee table" book. Rather, it is a beautifully presented introduction to one of the greatest historical topics of all time. It is difficult to put this book down because reading it is a truly spiritual journey.