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Jesus Shock Paperback – June 11, 2012
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This is a book that causes you to make mental lists of who you are going to suggest it to while you are still reading it. Even a few priests made my list. While it's true there is nothing brand new here (and how could there be, after 2000 years), I would liken reading it to having a defibrilator applied to the soul.
Here's the problem with Dr. Kreeft's new book: the margins are too narrow! To be fair, though, if the margins were six inches around on all sides, I would still be complaining. This book is THAT GOOD! I'm serious -- I have never read abook that ends up with more written words in the margin than typed words on the page. 'Inspiring' is a gross understatment. If I only had three books to take with me on a desert island where I was destined to live the rest of my life (in that case, Lord, Hawaii perhaps?), my food for the soul would include the Bible authored by God, The Utmost For The Highest written by Oswald Chambers and now Jesus Shock penned by Dr. Peter Kreeft.
My favorite couple of lines from his book?
"Those who meet Jesus always experience either joy or its opposites, either foretastes of Heaven or foretastes of Hell. Not everyone who meets Jesus is pleased, and not everyone is happy, but everyone is shocked."
How true that's been in my personal walk. For 42 of my 45 years I was negatively shocked by 'all things Jesus' -- the very subject of Him in conversation became a show stopper. "NEXT subject, please!" After God hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and brought me to my knees so that I might look up, I found Jesus (not that He was ever lost). He was a show STARTER.
Jesus cures unbelief. Jesus cures spiritual emptiness. Jesus cures alcoholism. Jesus cures emotional pain. Jesus cures loneliness. Jesus cures what ailes you.Read more ›
I own over 20 books of Kreeft's and one thing that I've noticed is that he doesn't try to be original. That is somewhat frustrating for me the reader (and buyer of new books with old ideas...) but I suspect that this is highly intentional on Kreeft's part. He himself says so in many books in many places, quoting C.S. Lewis, that only by not trying to be original will you be original.
"Jesus shock" is annoyingly original in the sense that it is extremely unoriginal yet it caught me almost completely off guard. And I am a pastor with a Master of Divinity from a superb seminary (Wesley Biblical Seminary, MS)!
This book is to me Kreeft full circle. He never leaves Jesus in earlier books because he never ceases to love Jesus. But this book has the intensity and eagerness of Jesus in a unusual fashion. It screams "Urgent!" yet is written with compassion and an almost pastoral sense. It speaks to us Christians who live highly mediocre lives and whose minds are wrapped in so many layers of individualism and inert ideas that Jesus "straight" is indeed a shock.
The Holy Spirit will let you get this shock of who Jesus actually is, for you, today, in a thousand different ways and it is the height of folly to try to produce it through manmade means. However, my guess is that He will use this book to wake many of us since it offers very little resistance or "middle-man" stuff that often make Jesus dull, in every sense of the word. This book will probably shock you, but it will be the electric shock of an AED that will bring you back to life.
BTW, this man shared in helping with my conversion with his other book A Refutation of Moral Relativism, so I hold him in high regard. After sharing his other books with my friends, I've come to find that people either love him or hate, there is no middle ground. This guy has a certain style that is great.. you'll find yourself laughing out loud during reading it or nodding your head in agreement. So waste no more time, and enjoy the masterful writings of Peter Kreeft!
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This book is chock FULL of shock. Your mind will be blown from beginning to end and your spirit will soar. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Augusta37
After reading this book I am wondering how many more copies I can afford to buy and give away. It is that good! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mom of Athlete
Kreeft slows us down, we who tend to read the Bible too quickly. Jesus was really shocking. this book recommended by Fr. John Riccardo, Detroit radio priest on EWTN radio.Published 4 months ago by Rick L
I love this book , it is very easy reading. It makes us realize how much time and importance we put on things, such as sports, instead of the One who truly deserves our love and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Babycakes Memaw
Re-read quite frequently - so refreshing to read the Truth, particularly after reading/hearing of the horrific actions, both criminal and political being perpetuated in our country... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carol Miller
This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it to Catholic and non-Catholic alike.Published 10 months ago by Linda