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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Sheed & Ward (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580510736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580510738
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Dear is a Jesuit priest, peace activist, and bestselling author.

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This one I read by reading a chapter a night as a devotional.
Forrest R. Thompson
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is searching for the deeper meaning of the Christian message.
mary e. Routh
This book tells of the Gospel of Jesus and relates it to everyday modern life, and choices we must all make.
Stephanie Manley

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By mary e. Routh on July 10, 2000
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If you want to be comfortable and continue to feel all warm and fuzzy with your Christian faith, don't read this book! John Dears read on the Christian message hits home hard and in a big way. It challenged me on many levels, as material consumer, as peace maker, as one person challenging the system, whether it be political or religious. It clearly outlined the mission, as a call to work for justice at every point in our life. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is searching for the deeper meaning of the Christian message. Mary Routh Ankeny, Ia joyfam@dwx.com
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Manley VINE VOICE on July 3, 2001
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I was amazed at this book, and the impact it has had on my life, and choices I have orignally made. This book tells of the Gospel of Jesus and relates it to everyday modern life, and choices we must all make. I never really understood the messages behind the gospels I read this book. This book relates the Christian message behind the death penalty, civil disobediance, belief in faith, and your sprititual journey in life. The book is well written and easy to understand. Each chapter starts out with a chapter in one of the Gospels and then relates it to modern day life. I will be forever changed by the reading of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary T. Wilkins on March 19, 2008
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Having read John Dear's Transfiguration: A Meditation on Transforming Ourselves and Our World, watched his DVD "The Narrow Path, Walking Toward Peace and Nonviolence with John Dear, SJ", read his weekly essays on ncrcafe.org, and listened to Fr. John speak, I thought I knew what to expect in JESUS THE REBEL. I was wrong - it was even more compelling than I knew it would be. Fr. John is walking the walk. He has been imprisioned for his pro-peace activities and is currently facing further punitive actions by a judge in Albuquerque for a peaceful demonstration against the Iraq War. We need to spread his story and join him in personally reinforcing Jesus's message of nonviolence if we want to put an end to answering violence with violence. The hypocrisy of the US in claiming to be a Christian nation while bombing anyone anywhere must be exposed. JESUS THE REBEL is powerful reading anytime, but especially during Lent and Holy Week. I am delighted that Fr. John has been nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Tutu. All the more reason to recommend his books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SKR on December 30, 2012
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I bought this book on the basis of an excerpt from it in another book. I was disappointed in the failure of the title to adequately describe the contents: the book contains as much about the author's own sacrifices for his non-violence-protest calling as it does about Jesus, his words, and his work. He twists scripture to boil down every aspect of the gospel to a life of protest for social justice and peace. He actually misquotes scripture again and again to frame the gospel - the forgiveness of sins by the sacrifice of Jesus- into a message of social justice and anti-war protest. He repeatedly substitutes the word 'justice' for 'righteousness' in the words of Jesus to make his point. And while justice is certainly contained within righteousness, it is tunnel-vision Christianity to extrapolate from this that it is everyone's calling to become "activists for God's reign - contemplatives-in-action for justice". He criticicizes those who want to lead quiet lives, ignoring the apostle Paul's admonition that we should live such lives, "minding our own business." While we may all be called to non-violence as Christians, he would have us all be called to protest and activism, which he cannot and does not support with careful and honest exegesis. I was also disappointed in the writing style, which, far from being eloquently simple, as some have described, is dis-jointed and distractingly reiterative. Why an editor didn't correct the overwhelming redundancies is beyond me. There must be better books on this subject, which correctly use scripture to support this important topic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brooklynite on January 7, 2008
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Anyone can slap a cross on their chest (or attend church) and claim to follow Jesus. This book gives the reader a much deeper insight into what Jesus' life actually represents. Jesus did not judge people. Jesus used nonviolent civil disobedience in a determined effort to bring about justice for the poor. He opposed war and a corrupt state. He befriended and advocated for the poor, the sick and the downtrodden. His ultimate aim was Love. In short, Jesus was an extraordinary activist in his times. And by extrapolation, the book intimates that if we are to truly call ourselves followers, then we too must actively engage society and seek justice for all. Highly recommended if the reader wants an authentic understanding of Christ.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on October 21, 2006
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The Rev. Father John Dear as always clearly and concisely presents with great courage the essential message of Jesus Christ and His mission to liberate the captive, comfort and free the oppressed, bring sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf and to declare a year of Jubilee (as Father Dear quotes Jesus quoting Isaiah early on).

The importance of this book for prayerful reading by EVERY Christian grows each year as our various elf-proclaimed Christian Churches appear to lose our way in Christ. Read especially around page twenty of how we service the objectives of the current Empire rather than our one true Lord. Not all who cry Lord Lord will get into the Kingdom.

Courageously and clearly, the Rev. Father Dear wrote these words last millenium which grow more relevant each year. Please read them very carefully and prayerfully. Read as well his other volumes, which truly open to us the true meaning of Christ's eternal mission today, and which are available here on amazon very inexpensively. I truly hope some of that goes to support the good work and essential writing of Father Dear.

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More About the Author

John Dear, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, peace activist, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader. He is also the author/editor of twenty books on peace and nonviolence. John was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. John lives in northern New Mexico. Visit his Web site at www.persistentpeace.com.

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