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Seeing through the Eyes of Jesus: His Revolutionary View of Reality and His Transcedent Signigicance for Faith Paperback – September 5, 2008
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I learned a great deal about Jesus the person and how he encountered and saw things in the turn of the era cultural context. It thoroughly grounded Jesus in reality. It was possible to see him as a real person with a real life. The first half of the book gave me a way to see how Jesus saw things.
It was the second half of the book that showed me at least some of what Jesus saw. That is, perhaps, too simplistic, but it fleshed out the whole perspective and added a much deeper dimension to what it means to be a person of faith.
This book is about Jesus, but, in a real way, I found it was as much about me as it was Jesus. Jesus became a doorway - not to the world of the first century, but to the my world of the 21st century. The door opens and the reader is invited to take the step into the world of faith. I had to wear the shoes - at least try them on. It's clear that this world of faith is not some esoteric, set apart place, but is here in the very midst of our real, day to day lives. Seeing through Jesus' eyes does not show us a different reality. It shows us our own reality and invites us to act in our world as person of genuine faith.
This book has a great deal to say to people struggling with what it means to be authentic in our faith. If I were a clergyman in a local congregation, I bet I'd get a year's worth of sermons out of it. I think it ought to be used in seminaries and the retreats clergy use to keep their edge sharpened. I can see it used in adult groups in local congregations. Studying it in those contexts would deepen a lot of conversations and touch a lot of lives.
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