"The Jesus I Never Knew" Book Review
Part One - Who was Jesus?
Part Two - Why He Came
Part Three - What He Left Behind
The Jesus I Thought I Knew
Beatitudes: Luck Are the Unlucky
Ascension: A Blank Blue Sky
Birth: The Visited Planet
Message: A Sermon of Offense
Kingdom: Wheat Among the Weeds
Background: Jewish Roots and Soil
Mission: A revolution of Grace
The Difference He Made
Temptation: Showdown in the Desert
Miracles: Snapshots of the Supernatural
About the Author
Profile: What Would I Have Noticed?
Death: The Final Week
Who is Jesus?
- Author: Phillip Yancey
- Published: 1995
- Genre: Theology/Christian
When a friend of mine at Church recommended this book, I popped on over to Amazon to buy this book. A few days later when it landed on my door mat, the paperback book was soon in my hands and I started to read it. I've read the Gospels many times over the years, and have followed the sermons at Church. But I've never really studied Jesus as a person properly. So I was interested to see Phillip Yancey's perspective on him. Of course, everyone has heard of Jesus Christ. He was the son of God, but ultimately, he was also a human being. Who was Jesus? What was he like as a person? He had the feelings we all have - love, guilt, anger, rage, sadness and happiness. This book explores Jesus' time on earth and his ultimate betrayal and death on the cross.
As a child Phillip went to Sunday School on a regular basis, and it is here where he is first taught about Jesus. When we are taught about Jesus' parables and miracles on earth, we tend to build up a picture of his life in our minds, and even his image and how he may of looked as a man. Not only that, but how the people around him at the time thought of him and how they worshipped him. But as Phillip grew up, he started to look deeper into the life of Jesus. And, more so, looking deeper into the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. As you can see from the picture below, this is how Jesus is typically portrayed across the spectrum. But of course, no one will never know what Jesus really looked like. The book takes a deeper look into the life of Jesus and the reasons he came to earth and the legacy he left behind.
The book goes into great detail into the beatitudes and the sermon on the mount. What is interesting throughout the book is how he breaks down the life of Jesus into easy to read chapters and sections. As you read through the book, we see how Philip talks in great deal about Jesus as a person. We all have preconceptions about Jesus and his life, but he writes in such a manner that makes you take a step back and think about who Jesus really was. Philip discusses about the teachings he has been to in the past, and how the media portrays Jesus in different films he has seen. It is interesting to read his perspective on Jesus and how he comes across in the modern world.
As you can see from the table above, the book is in 3 parts with chapters in each part. This I found ideal as you get to read different aspects of Jesus, on a personal level, the work he did on earth and his death and resurrection.
My personal thoughts and opinion
This book is both interesting and thought-provoking. As I read the book, I found myself questioning my own views on how I saw Jesus and the work he did whilst on earth. Phillip Yancey wrote the book in an easy-to-read manner and I like how he broke the book up into the 3 sections with chapters in each section. I found this book to be enlightening and a breath of fresh air. It makes you look at Jesus from a different perspective and on a more personal level. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you want to find out more about Jesus Christ. Phillip quotes any Bible passages he makes and films he has saw about Jesus, and at the end of the book, the notes I found to be a handy tool.
The Jesus I Never Knew book.
© 2017 Louise Powles