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The Jesus I Never Knew Paperback – February 11, 2002
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An old adage says, "God created man in His own image and man has been returning the favor ever since." Philip Yancey realized that despite a lifetime attending Sunday school topped off by a Bible college education, he really had no idea who Jesus was. In fact, he found himself further and further removed from the person of Jesus, distracted instead by flannel-graph figures and intellectual inspection. He determined to use his journalistic talents to approach Jesus, in the context of time, within the framework of history.
In The Jesus I Never Knew, Yancey explores the life of Jesus, as he explains, "'from below,' to grasp as best I can what it must have been like to observe in person the extraordinary events unfolding in Galilee and Judea" as Jesus traveled and taught. Yancey examines three fundamental questions: who Jesus was, why he came, and what he left behind. Step by step, scene by scene, Yancey probes the culture into which Jesus was born and grew to adulthood; his character and mission; his teachings and miracles; his legacy--not just as history has told it, but as he himself intended it to be.
Yancey is not alone in his examination of the "real" Jesus. Publishing today is replete with writers committed to setting the story "straight,quot; joining countless others who, over the past 2,000 years, have determined to discover the truth about Jesus. But where others would deconstruct and discount, Yancey disarms and discloses. We become colleagues with him as he examines the accounts of the life of Jesus. And among the things that we discover is that Jesus himself leaves us few options: either he was who he said he was or he was nuts.
Philip Yancey was awarded the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year award for this book in 1996 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. It's not the first, nor the last, award Yancey has won for his writing. But the writing is not necessarily the great gift of this book. Yancey allows the reader to discover, along with him, The Jesus I Never Knew. --Patricia Klein --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In 1996, Philip Yancey's best-seller, The Jesus I Never Knew, was chosen as the Gold Medallion Book of the Year. This provocative journey through the Gospels peeled back stereotypes to give readers a literate and piercingly honest look at the teachings, person, and life of Jesus of Nazareth. The remarkable popularity and impact of Yancey's book has led to the development of an entire teaching curriculum. Now churches and study groups can experience firsthand the dynamics of Yancey's initial church Bible study that grew beyond all expectations to become the seed of The Jesus I Never Knew. Besides written material, this 14-session curriculum kit also utilizes video clips from well-known and little-known movies portraying various views of Jesus, as well as video input from the author. The Jesus I Never Knew Curriculum Kit includes a 120-minute video a Participant's Guide a comprehensive Leader's Guide for conducting powerful sessions with minimal preparation This exciting new program is designed to get groups of any size actively involved--thinking, discussing, interacting, and growing as they make life-changing discoveries about the most compelling, convicting, comforting, challenging, and ultimately satisfying person anyone can know: Jesus Christ. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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His notes on some of the tragedies of life continue with the next book. "Disappointment" addresses the paradox of why an all-powerful God would not use that power to just "fix it", but allow us to live with the often harsh realities of living in a world that is seemingly antithetical to the way God planned things from the beginning. He is honest. We don't have all the answers. We LEARN how to live in faith. We LEARN what it means to suffer, whether for consequences of our own choices, or for the choices of others, or (hardest) when we suffer and there does not seem to be a reason or anyone to blame (except God it seems). But we also LEARN the reality of the fantastic HOPE we can have beyond this life by examining Jesus' own life among us. Phil is articulate in his thoughts and pointed in his exposition of scripture and theological truths of God's Word where God meets real life. These two books were influential in calling me out of of my career and into ministry at a later age. They work in conjunction with prayer and Bible study to build faith in the midst of a broken world... towards a God Who loves us so deeply we cannot comprehend... Who gave His life for us in love.
If you question God, suffering, and the unfair things that have happened to you in life, these books are the TOP TWO books I would have you read as you search for answers. The third one is "Imagine Heaven" by John Burke. Please... if your faith is weak or you question God, read these three books... PLEASE, give it a chance, you have NOTHING TO LOSE! All of this goes way beyond the physical world of science and into the world of the soul, where "science" as we know it is entirely different. (I was an engineer and scientist).
If you read this Phil... thank you for these two masterpieces
Associate Pastor Fred Huffman, Idaho
It’s a fascinating book, and it’s great for anyone who wants to know Jesus better--especially since it points the reader to the Bible. There’s no off-the-wall theology here, just good gospel truth presented in a well-written, down-to-earth, interesting way.
The book is full of tidbits that reveal how much research and hard work Mr. Yancey put into the book--details about Jesus from history (and from modern movies about him), how different people or cultures view Jesus, quotes about Jesus, and much, much more. I worked through the book a little every day for a few weeks, and I’m glad I did.
In the end, of course, the important thing is knowing Jesus, no matter how you see him. Then you can spend eternity getting to know him better.