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Messiah to the Messed Up: Because I'm a mess, you're a mess, and we all need a Messiah Paperback – April 29, 2014
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"If you have ever felt too messed up for Jesus to forgive or use you, read Messiah to the Messed Up. Author Sue Ciullo uses Scripture to introduce messed-up characters that God forgives and uses in mighty ways. Before you give up, pick this book up!" ~Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor, Community Christian Church and author of Exponential, On the Verge, and Discover Your Mission Now --Dave Ferguson
"The author is Sue Ciullo, and you will love her. You will love her honesty and her humility. Sue will walk you through the biblical stories, and, before you know it, you will be walking with her through her own stories and into yours. They will show you how to listen well, how to love well, how to serve well. Most importantly, when you're finished with the book, you will discover--the way the two disciples did on the road to Emmaus--that it wasn't a stranger walking with you. It was Jesus." ~Ken Gire, author of Windows of the Soul and Intimate Moments with the Savior --Ken Gire
"In Messiah to the Messed Up, Sue draws us into the beloved gospel stories by looking at them with fresh insight and good study information. Then she offers up stories from her own life. You'll relate to her laughter, her joy, her grief, her repentance, her regret, and ultimately, her complete and total love for her Savior. And you'll be challenged to let that Messiah take whatever is messed up in your life and redeem it for His glory." ~Linda Taylor, M.A., editor on The Life Application Study Bible and author of Praying God's Promises for My Child and Saints and Scoundrels of the Bible
"If you've always wanted to know more about Jesus, if you've longed to see Him more clearly, let Sue Ciullo reintroduce Him to you. Messiah to the Messed Up delivers a long look at Jesus through the lens of love. See His love in the way He treated a w hore or an outcast of society. Get a glimpse of it as it is acted out in the nitty-gritty of modern life. The beautiful message of Messiah to the Messed Up is that Jesus wants to touch each of our messed-up lives and transform them with His love." ~Sharla Fritz, author of Divine Design and Bless These Lips
"In Messiah to the Messed Up, Sue Ciullo reminds all of us that we are indeed messed up. We've messed up in the past, and we will mess up in the future. But there is hope. Sue invites us to take a journey with Jesus. The stories found in the Bible show us that Jesus brought hope to messy people in Israel He can bring that same hope to today. Whether you have been studying the life of Jesus for years, or you are investigating His life for the first time, Messiah to the Messed Up will help you understand Jesus and His compassion for each of us." ~Patrick O'Connell Director of New Thing --Amazon
About the Author
Sue Ciullo is a self-proclaimed mess. She is a management consultant, professional speaker and passionate student of the Bible. Sue lives with her husband in a suburb just outside Chicago, where they enjoy spending time with their adult children and their dogs. Contact her at sueciullo.com
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Top customer reviews
Messiah to the Messed Up retells ten stories from the New Testament, each in its own chapter. After each passage, the author explains the story in terms of the customs and beliefs that existed during that particular place and time in history. As someone who has not done a lot of Bible study, I especially liked these segments of the book. Though I have heard and read each of the stories before, I now understand them much more fully. Each chapter also includes a personal story, either from the author’s life or from someone’s that she knows personally, that relates to the Bible passage. These stories were wonderful and helped me to apply Jesus’ teachings to my own life. The end of each chapter includes questions to be used either for personal reflection or group study. I read the book on my own and found the questions to be very useful for self-reflection. I can also see that this would be a wonderful book to be used for group study.
The best part of this book is how each piece is so beautifully woven together to show how much Jesus loves us. I highly recommend this book!
In this world of social media, we have become so very quick to judge, to lash out at those we don't agree with. This book is a great reminder of our need for more compassion, understanding and forgiveness. It also holds some valuable lessons on priorities and life lessons on being there for the ones we love.
All of the above is done with humor and a few tears....I would highly recommend this book to anyone that feels the desire be a better christian, person, family member and friend.
The world we live in is more than a mess....this book definitely delivers some key understandings to making one's own life less of one!
Once I began reading this book, I couldn't put it down! The modern-day stories that the author parallels with the biblical stories in order to bring them into a 21st century light are both touching and thought-provoking. They moved me to tears a number of times throughout the book and I'm not a cryer!
Furthermore, it is a quick and uncomplicated read- and it also comes with discussion questions at the end of each chapter either for personal reflection or group discussion, which I am planning to make use of in my Bible study.
Totally worth the read!!
The author also relates the biblical accounts of Jesus' life to experiences in her own life or the lives of people around her. The deeply personal way the author related the stories of Jesus to the grace she has experienced in her life is inspiring and lovely. As a "messed up" person myself, I appreciate the openness and honesty with which the author shared her life. Being a particularly imperfect person, this book gives me comfort in the knowledge that I'm not alone in needing grace!
This book was hard to put dawn, and I can't wait to share it with my friends and family. The questions included for personal reflection or small group discussion make this book perfect for a small group study. No supplementary study guide is needed, which is very nice. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to experience the character of Jesus in a fresh new way.