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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400205778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400205776
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Robert C. Crosby is a conference speaker, writer, and pastoral leader. He has pastored churches in New York, Boston, and Ohio and served as a university vice president. He is the professor of practical theology at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He writes for Christianity Today, Patheos.com, Leadership Journal and the Huffington Post. He and his wife, Pamela, are the founders of Teaming Church Conferences and Resources.

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I think it is a beautiful book and very well written.
Kenneth G. Campbell III
The One Jesus Loves, is an excellent commentary that will cause you to dig deeper to desire that closeness, that oneness that we all should desire from Him.
Jalynn Patterson
I was not familiar with Crosby prior to reading this book, so I wasn't sure what to expect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julius L McCarter on May 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
Robert Crosby's The One Jesus Loves: Grace Is Unconditionally Given, Intimacy Must Be Relentlessly Pursued is a book meant to refresh and nurture Christian growth. In a world riddled with those who follow Jesus from the fringes as well as from the heart of faith, Crosby weaves a reading of the Gospel that takes us through the "six relationship circles" that formed around Jesus: The Crowds of the curious; the 5000 needy; the 70 who worked miracles; the 12 who followed; the 3 who watched and celebrated; and the beloved one who sat with him at the table. For Crosby, those who desire intimacy with Jesus proceed through those same circles. And, while intimacy with Jesus is the gift of grace, that same intimacy -- as is true in any relationship -- must be fostered and nurtured in order to deepen.

The book is easy enough to read. Crosby is a masterful writer whose pastoral heart flows from pen to paper. None of the 40 chapters is over a few pages, so each might be read in a single sitting. And the "Conversation Starters" make this a great book for Sunday School classes or small-group Bible studies. While I would prefer a devotional guide for the book for that purpose, as a whole Crosby has done a great pastoral work for the Church.

However, he's also guilty of the one dangerous act to which pastors often succumb: Crosby psychologizes the text far too often in order to develop his point. He tells us how a person thinks or feels when those thoughts or feelings are not found in the text itself. While the goal is to connect reader to text, it does so at the expense of the text itself.

All sorts of folks ask me, as a pastor, for books that might help them grow in the discipleship. This is a book I've added to that list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James R. V. Matichuk on May 31, 2014
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In John’s gospel, John refers to himself as the ‘one that Jesus loved.’ He was also one of the Zebedee boys–the ‘Sons of Thunder’ whose mother asked that they sit on Jesus right and left side when he comes into his kingdom. Far from being outright rebuked for their power grab, Jesus wanted to make sure that they had counted the cost. Robert Crosby begins The One That Jesus Loves by reflecting on John and James’ mother’s ‘outrageous request.’ But his purpose is to encourage us to press into our relationship with Christ, always reaching for more intimacy.

So in forty pithy chapters, Crosby explores the rings of relationship which form around Jesus. The crowds are curious. The five thousand are a needy bunch who come because they are fed. The seventy are those whom Christ commissions as co-workers. The twelve shared life with Jesus for three years, the three celebrated an suffered with Jesus (on the mount of Transfiguration and the garden of Gethsemane. Finally the one laid his head on Jesus breast on the last supper, and was the only one to stick with him through the crucifixion and the one that records Jesus words when he calls us friends.

This is a devotional book, and not a commentary and so lacks some exegetical precision. Crosby uses the social circles of Jesus evocatively to draw us into deeper relationship with Him. Certainly these aren’t the only circles around Jesus. Crosby could have included ‘the four thousand,’ the more than 500 brothers he appeared to after his resurrection (1 Cor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Stiles on May 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
I chose to read this book because I love the grace of God and good books about God's grace. The book's title intrigued me: The One Jesus Loves: Grace is Unconditionally Given, Intimacy Must Be Relentlessly Pursued.

I love the title. The book, however, seems to take portions of the Bible and make application without careful attention to the larger context in which the passage rests. Two examples are enough to illustrate:

First, the book builds a case that James' and John's mother came to Jesus with a bold request she desperately wanted--her boys sit at Jesus' right and left in His kingdom. But when we compare the gospel of Mark to the Matthew account, we learn that James and John actually were the ones making the request; they simply got their mother to do the asking (Mark 10:35).

The question Jesus asked James and John, "What do you want me to do for you?" He also asked to blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:51). The question to blind Bart is meant to draw a vivid contrast against the vainglorious request of the Sons of Thunder. The Bible doesn't present James' and John's (and their mother's) request as a model for asking God for something. On the contrary, its self-centered focus on glory contrasts the blind man's request for mercy--which is the better request.

Second, the application for the feeding of the 5000 compares Christians to the bread Jesus multiplied, using the pattern: "He takes us. He breaks us. He blesses us. He uses us." While there may be some truth to these principles, this isn't the primarily lesson Jesus' miracle is supposed to teach--if at all.

The feeding of the 5000 comes at the point in Jesus' ministry where He trains the 12 how to do ministry in the upcoming age of the church.
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