Seeing Jesus Book Review
About the book
Philly, short for Philip, lives alone with his cat, Irving. He lives a pretty average life with his job, a mother who doesn't understand him and wishes he could get back together with his girlfriend. His Grandmother is in a coma in hospital after suffering a stroke. Although he's not a very religious person, whilst visiting her one day, he prays for her.
When he is on the train one day, little did he know his prayers would be answered. Something very strange happened. A man is sitting opposite him who looks and dresses differently from the rest of the commuters. The man approaches Philly and tells him he is Jesus. Of course, Philly thinks he is either dreaming or hallucinating, and can't believe what he is seeing and hearing. Whilst Philly is communicating with Jesus, people start looking at him strangely, like he's lost all his senses. It soon dawns on him that that he is the only one who can see and hear Jesus. To everyone else he is invisible. As Philly slowly begins to accept that he can really see and hear Jesus, things start happening. One major aspect of his time with Jesus is his ability to heal people, through Jesus. For the following 2 weeks or so, Jesus is with Philly all the time and helps him with certain aspects of his life. This can be things like helping someone, phoning someone up at the right time, or simply being there for someone when they need it
The book takes us on a journey of self discovery, love, acceptance, rejection and, above all, getting to know Jesus Christ. When Philly tells people that Jesus is there, physically with him, some people believe him and come to him for healing. Others, like his boss, make him go and see a Doctor as he thinks he is ill. Philly's encounter with Jesus does, indeed, change his life. But how does it affect him and the people around him? The book covers many of these issues about what could happen if Jesus was there by your side.
Although this book is a work of fiction, it does make you think. It did often leave me wondering how I would react if Jesus showed himself to me like he did with Philly? The other thing that left me thinking is, how would my friends and family react if I told them that Jesus was standing there, by my side? Would they believe me, or think me insane? It makes you wonder, doesn't it?
I purchased the Kindle version of this book, and when it listed in the menu, I was intrigued. Once I began reading it, I found I couldn't put the book down. I kept wanting to know what happened next. It's a real page turner. For someone who isn't really spiritual, Philly finds it hard to accept that Jesus is really there at the beginning. But once realization kicks in, he accepts him and begins t rely on his presence. His Grandmother is a Christian and attended Church regularly, so he knew that praying could work.
Although this isn't a real story, I think it could be. As a Church-goer myself, I often hear people saying 'Jesus spoke to me.' Personally, I've never experience this myself, though I do have faith that Jesus is looking after me. But, reading this is food for thought. What would I do if Jesus stood there in front of me and started talking to me? It makes you wonder.
Seeing Jesus Book
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