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Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good Paperback – January 31, 2017
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“Explains the nature of good news, the essence of what that good news is and is not, and what it means for the way we live now, think about God, and pray . . . readable and insightful, characterized by Wright’s familiar mixture of rich scholarship, vivid illustration, and contemporary application.” -- Christianity Today
“Wright’s books have overpowered both Lewis and Stott because he has expanded those studies and set it all in a firmer historical orientation.” -- Scot McKnight, author of The Jesus Creed
“Wright wipes off the dust of history and culture and finds that the good news of Jesus is more exciting, dynamic, and inspirational than what we have settled for. . . . Excellent scholarship expressed clearly and simply . . . a short gem.” -- Above the Haze
“Wright’s got another masterful book under his belt with Simply Good News.” -- Clarion Journal
“Clarifies what exactly the good news is, and why such an undertaking even matters . . . well-articulated.” -- Seedbed
“Simply Good News is a potent reminder that the gospel is an announcement of a past event, and this ensures the future and transforms the present. In a world of competing allegiances and rivals for cultural dominance, Wright steps in to say, ‘Jesus is Lord.’” -- Gospel Coalition
“Takes aim at pious church-going Christians who cling to a naive but persistent belief--that Jesus’ teaching is all about getting your caboose into Heaven. . . . Wright is a giant among conservative Christian thinkers, often compared to C.S. Lewis in stature and influence.” -- The News & Observer
“Simply Good News sets out to reorient and refocus the Christian faith by examining its central tenet: the gospel… His exegesis of Jesus’ words is thoughtful and accessible, offering concrete Biblical wisdom as to how we can live as good news people.” -- Patheos
“Wright’s direct style, reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’ writings, invites readers in but allows for internal argument.” -- Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
N. T. Wright, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, is the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, an Anglican bishop, and bestselling author. Featured on ABC News, The Colbert Report, Dateline, and Fresh Air, Wright is the award-winning author of Simply Good News, Simply Jesus, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, How God Became King, Scripture and the Authority of God, Surprised by Scripture, and The Case for the Psalms, as well as the recent translation of the New Testament The Kingdom New Testament and the much heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God.
- ASIN : 0062334352
- Publisher : HarperOne; Reprint edition (January 31, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780062334350
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062334350
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.7 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #117,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Implicit in his distinction between news and advice, Wright wants Christians to rethink how they see (and explain) the gospel. For Wright, reducing the gospel to advice (such as "five steps to salvation") hardly does justice to the robust nature of the news about Jesus's life, death, resurrection and exaltation and boarders on misrepresenting the biblical emphasis. "For something to qualify as news," Wright says, "there has to be (1) an announcement of an event that has happened; (2) a larger context, a backstory, within which this makes sense; (3) a sudden unveiling of the new future that lies ahead; and (4) a transformation of the present moment, sitting between the event that has happened and the future event that therefore will happen." Echoing 1 Corinthians 15, Wright sums up the major touchstones of the gospel quite nicely: "The announcement of what has happened - Jesus's death and resurrection as the fulfillment of the ancient biblical promises and divine purposes - is matched by the assurance of what will happen in the future, when God is `all in all,' transforming the whole of creation and raising his people into new, transformed bodily life . . ." and "[b]ecause Jesus died and was raised, those who belong to him have died and been raised, and they must live accordingly. Because God is going to remake the whole world and raise his people from the dead, they must live in the present in accordance with that ultimate promised destiny." The rest of the book powerfully elaborates on the implications of embracing the gospel as good news in both proclamation and practice.
I found Wright's book both timely and refreshing. He offers an apt word to those evangelicals who conflate the gospel message into barely comprehensible sound bytes divorced from a much larger biblical and historical context. Following a similar trajectory to two other outstanding books with parallel concerns, Darrell Bock's Recovering the Real Lost Gospel and Scot McKnight's The King Jesus Gospel, Wright's Simply Good News is simply excellent. Highly recommended!
Attempting to create a Kingdom culture without the power of God as King is hopeless just as is the futility of focusing only on salvation--important as that is. The Kingdom of God is more than a ticket for an eventual ride out of hell to some far-off place called heaven where those who have “accepted Jesus” hang-out for eternity. That may be part of the good news but hardly all of it. The good news is more, much more, than that!
Bishop’s Wright’s work has pulled-back the curtains and let me see just what makes the good news such good news. He gently yet carefully and comprehensively explains what we have been feed in this modern age as the good news and the nourishment we’ve been missing. Because of this, Simply Good News is a must read for every believer and for anyone seriously exploring what the vital and real Christian faith is about.
Any believer reading this book will come away blessed and rejoicing because they now understand the vastness and transformative power of the good news. Seekers will come away saying: “Now that’s the kind of faith and movement to which I can commit.”