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  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Image; Reprint edition (August 16, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385132204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385132206
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Filled with compassion and brilliant scholarship, Fulton Sheen's recounting of the Birth, Life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ is as dramatic and moving as the subject Himself.

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Filled with compassion and brilliant scholarship, Fulton Sheen's recounting of the Birth, Life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ is as dramatic and moving as the subject Himself.

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Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) was one of the best-loved prelates of twentieth century Catholicism. A prolific writer and orator, a distinguished scholar and teacher, an influential master of the media, Bishop Sheen was one of the most effective communicators of our time. His scores of books have offered inspiration, profound thought, and penetrating analysis of Christian faith and life.

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Bishop Fulton Sheen has tremendous insight and explains the Life of Christ in a very readable fashion.
Wayne S
I usually need a tutor to help me get through books like those, but this book is so beautifully written and easy to understand.
guadalupe
Most importantly, this book will help you to nurture and inculcate a deeper and more profound love for Jesus Christ.
Seth Aaron Lowry

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142 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Seth Aaron Lowry on March 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Fulton Sheen's book Life of Christ is a literary masterpiece. Sheen brilliantly navigates through the life of our Lord and highlights some of the more touching moments, while really bringing to life the moments that often get overlooked. Most importantly, this book will help you to nurture and inculcate a deeper and more profound love for Jesus Christ.
Sheen's treatment of Jesus' childhood is masterful. His narrations of Jesus' presentation in the Temple is so moving and spectacular that it will almost bring tears to your eyes. Sheen highlights that throughout Jesus' young life the cross was always looming over him and accompanying him wherever our Lord went.
Most of the book deals with Jesus' public ministry and Sheen does an excellent job of probing the gospel accounts for deeper spiritual insight. His constant references to the cross are always highlighted by His appeals to His resurrection and glory. Sheen illustrates how the apostles only wanted a bread king or a political Messiah, but never a suffering Messiah who was a sacrifice for our sins. It would be impossible for me to highlight all of the wonderful topics Sheen discusses in this book, but his treatment of Jesus' public ministry and his true reason for becoming a man are always highlighted throughout the book.
This book is perfect for anyone wishing to understand Jesus on a more intimate level, but it is also perfect of pastors and church leaders who wish to use this material for future lessons and sermons. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wished to know more about Jesus because when it comes to our redemption, Jesus is the only thing that truly matters.
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119 of 121 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Williams on December 1, 1999
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I am not a Catholic and I don't share all the views of this life of Jesus, but I have to say it is a wonderful presentation of the Gospel and of the Divine Jesus. I would recommend highly that everyone read this book. The insight of Bishop Sheen is astounding. It is a wonderful way for laymen to benefit from a man of God who obviously dedicated a large part of his life seeking the Creator, and then presented Him to the rest of us. Please read this book and take the adventure yourself to meet Jesus,the source of life and the way to salvation. You will not regret it and I'm betting it's message will remain forever etched in your being. I just want to say, Please read it! .
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Richard T. Rossiter on June 13, 2000
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This book more than any other demonstrates the ability of Bishop Sheen to bring heavenly concepts down to earth. Bishop Sheen reawakens the magic of those familiar gospel stories, which we learned to listen to with half a heart. I found myself reading the sections such as the "the women caught in adultery" over and over again. Each page offers an insight into the mind of Christ. This book is a novel, a theological work and above all a prayer.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By jschmugge@carolina.rr.com on August 7, 1999
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I always liked Bishop Sheen but this book in telling all about the life of Christ by quoting scripture and then elaborating on each quote is Bishop Sheen's, in my opinion, best and most important work. It explains the time and circumstances around each quote. This book has helped me realize more fully how much Our Lord suffered for me and how much he loves me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get closer to the Lord.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 2001
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Fulton Sheen is arguably at his best in his "Life of Christ", which, as he said in the book's introduction, he wrote "when gall did mix with ink in those dark hours". Suffused with scriptural references, exegetical insights, and a truly down-to-earth manner of bringing to the reader what is important in each Gospel narrative of this Nazorean called the God-Man, Fulton Sheen conveys to the reader a Person's life that is hard to reject, is hard to spurn once understood. This is a book that must be read a number of times over a period of one's life for a full benefit to indwell in the reader. Combined with Sheen's "The Priest Is Not His Own", "The World's First Love", and "Go To Heaven", the "Life of Christ" emerges with them as the working of a truly gifted and genuinely kind-hearted communicator, a text which marks Sheen as one of the truly inspiring religious writers of the 20th Century.
When I met Fulton Sheen at his office in 366 5th Avenue in 1966 I departed thinking to myself "Only one such person comes along every hundred years like this Bishop". When I read his "Life of Christ" for the first time in 1970 and most recently last year, I knew that what I thought in 1966 was truer than I had ever imagined.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Chip Webb on May 7, 2006
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Fulton J. Sheen's Life of Christ is, simply put, an incredible work and the best Christian non-fiction book that I have read to date. It is a book in which you sense the author's sweat, blood, tears, and joy on almost every page, and there's good reason for this. According to the introduction, Sheen experienced a "dark night of the soul" over a period of several years that threatened to overwhelm him. Instead of falling into despair or unbelief, however, he threw himself into Christ's embrace and used the time to study and draw strength from the life of his master, savior, and lord. The result is astonishing: He left behind a rich, deep, and profoundly moving work that has the potential to draw any Christian, whether Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant, into a much deeper relationship with Christ.

Sheen takes the Gospel according to John as his launching point and main source; this gospel provides the broad outlines of Jesus' life as covered by Sheen. The synoptic gospels are used to flesh out the story with additional material not found in John's gospel, but even so, Sheen has not provided us with a complete recounting of Jesus' life that could be derived from the four gospels. Sheen evidently intentionally passes over much of Jesus' teaching; he neither discusses the parables, nor does he provide a full examination of the sermon on the mount. Instead, he places his emphasis on events in Jesus' life of great spiritual significance.

And it is in such emphases that Sheen really shines. Even if you've been a Christian for many decades, you may well be stunned, as I was, at the connections that Sheen makes between different events in the life of Christ, or between events in the life of Christ and events from the Old Testament.
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