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What Did Jesus Ask?: Christian Leaders Reflect on His Questions of Faith Hardcover – October 27, 2015
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Nancy Gibbs is the deputy managing editor of Time magazine and coauthor with Michael Duffy of the New York Times bestseller The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House.
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When I think of Christian leaders I think of Christians who lead churches or nuns or priests who lead orders or Christian theologians whose works influence Christian thought or Christian academics at seminaries or theology schools. The Christian leaders listed in this book include authors, actors, singers, clergy and academics. Roma Downey, Lecrae, Mark Burnett and Amy Grant are examples of artists who I would not consider Christian leaders. There are modern Christian authors listed who I would not consider Christian leaders because I don’t believe writing about Christian subjects makes a person a Christian leader.
I did enjoy reading much of what was in this book. Roma Downey, Lecrae, Mark Burnett and Amy Grant all had interesting things to say. Some people focused on personal stories to explain what Jesus had to say while other had a broader theological explanation. I found something interesting in what everyone had to say.
The first question explored is “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?” (Matthew 5:46-47.) The question is explored by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Archbishop Welby is my idea of a Christian leader. I found what he had to say thought provoking. Others like Gene Robinson a retired Episcopal Bishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York and Charles Chaput the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia fall into what I would consider Christian leaders.
Most of meditations in this book are three to four pages. All are worth reading. Some are insightful and thought provoking while others are just interesting and worthy of thinking about.
I like the diversity of people in this book. Christian denominations seem to be well represented. As a Catholic I found it interesting reading what other Christians had to say knowing that Catholics were included in this book.
I really like this book. I like the diversity of those included in this book. I would not consider all of them Christian leaders but rather notable Christians.
While I "get" what this is trying to do – show different responses and points of views, I think it lost some focus by maybe being too broad in (Christian) points of view. By "too broad in points of view," I mean I found a lot of the responses focused more on the responder and his/her own personal agenda than a real consideration of what was being asked in the larger sense. In other words, most of this seemed to lack the focus and the reflection the questions deserved.
What might have made this more interesting would have been to maybe include non-Christian perspectives, which perhaps could have enlightened the discussion with more objective interpretations.
While some of the authors provided interesting viewpoints, most of this read like personal agendas and the promotion of their affiliations.
Okay but did not really hold my attention in the way I would have hoped.