- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (May 11, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 168192076X
- ISBN-13: 978-1681920764
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In an imminently practical and accessible way...Deacon Keith Strohm...has made a unique and important contribution to the new evangelization. This deeply reflective book should be in the hands of all Catholics who seek to grow in their love for Christ and share him with the world--. Julianne Stanz, Director of New Evangelization, Diocese of Green Bay and consultant to the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis
What a beautiful re-presentation of the great story of Salvation History one that is rooted in a real encounter with Christ and a lived relationship in our day-to-day lives. This book will inspire you to a deeper encounter yourself and more importantly how to share that encounter with others!--Jim Beckman, Associate Professor of Leadership & Development, The Augustine Institute
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Are you restless and looking for more out of life? Do you desire a deeper experience of God's love and mercy? Have you been searching for freedom, peace, fulfillment, and joy? You can find all of these things in the story of Jesus Christ. But be awareit's nothing like you're expecting.
In Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew, Deacon Keith Strohm invites you not just to read about Jesus, but to have a transformative encounter with him. This isn't a book of theology, or an abstract story with little impact on your real life. It is the story that can and will transform you if you're open to it. In these pages, you will discover who you truly are and what you were created for. You will meet Jesus, not simply as an historical figure, but as our living and present Savior and friend.
Encounter again, or for the first time Jesus Christ, who lives ]] and changes lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deacon Keith Strohm is a deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago and the former Director of the Office for the New Evangelization in Chicago. A well-known international speaker and conference keynote, he has helped tens of thousands of men and women hear the Gospel message and encounter the mercy, love, and power of Jesus Christ. Deacon Keith has extensive experience in creating and sustaining processes and programs of evangelization and formation at the group, parish, and diocesan level that focus on the making, maturation, and missioning of disciples of Jesus Christ. He is also a long-time teacher and collaborator with the Catherine of Siena Institute. He is a co-author, along with six other collaborators, with Sherry Weddell for the book Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciplesa follow up to the bestselling book, Forming Intentional Disciples.
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Scripture reflections and questions for individual or group exploration at the end of each chapter provide an opportunity for integration. This would be a great group study for the Pre-catechumenate, or for teens and adults seeking a deeper faith. It would also be a wonderful gift for someone whose faith is tentative or needs refreshment.
For too long we have assumed that just because people were baptized that they fully grasped what it means to live out the Christian faith. What we forgot to do is to introduce them to the person of our Christian faith, Jesus Christ. Before we start teaching theology or catechism classes or apologetic arguments happen, we have to know "the great Jesus story" in order to introduce people to Christ.
Pope Benedict XVI, in God is Love (Deus Caritas Est) wrote these now famous words "Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction". As a great follow up Deacon Keith Strohm's book helps to teach us what it means for a person to encounter Jesus Christ; what is "the great Jesus story" and how do we share it?
You might wonder what happened to the 3 or 4 step version of the Good News. You could use those, but you would miss a lot of details in Christ's saving work. What I appreciate about Keith's book is that it gives us many points and therefore many tools to meet anyone at any place of their journey. Not ready to hear about Jesus's death? How about how he became man? Or how he healed? Not ready to face sin? What about how God gave us this earth in which to meet him? There are so many entry points in an explanation of the basic Gospel message that you will want to read it a couple of times and imagine the various people you meet and what part of the story you could share with them to help them wonder what else is a part of the story.
As Catholics, we need to do a much better job at knowing this part of our faith. It is the heart of our Catholic faith. Every Catholic - not just Church workers - needs to know the great Jesus Story so that they can incorporate it into their lives, give witness to it and share it with others. This is a brilliant tool that will help you do all three.
is an excellent book which reads refreshingly like a storybook. It is written with an inviting tone and creates a desire to know more and an eagerness to discover what will be shared in the next chapter. It is concise, deep and personal. It is accessible for the average reader who wants to know Jesus more and/or wants to know more about Jesus. This gem of a book teaches the truths about Jesus which have been revealed throughout the past 2000 years. We are presented the whole story without spending too much time on each aspect. Other in-depth studies can be found where the topics covered in these chapters are broken open more fully, if there is a desire to do so.
Each chapter provides an opportunity to unpack and unwrap these truths about Jesus. Ideas for reflection, related bible verses and small group questions allow the reader to discover more deeply, the reason why Jesus' story is important to each of us. The story of Jesus is presented, in every turn of the page, to help the reader to develop their own intimate personal relationship with Jesus. The focus is clear and direct and it points us to the choice to transform and convert our life to be united with Jesus.
Throughout the book, there are many opportunities for the reader to go beyond learning about Jesus to begin to personalize this story, to make a relationship with Jesus personal. The reader is given the chance to encounter the Person of Jesus.
I recommend this to everyone.
For the person who has been learning for years, and living a relationship with Jesus, this offers a chance to encounter the story and Jesus in a new way & to go deeper.
For the person who is curious, this books reminds me of a love letter written to introduce them to Jesus and create a relationship with Him.