- Hardcover: 419 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (1 October 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780849947025
- ISBN-13: 978-0849947025
- ASIN: 0849947022
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 612 g
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Leonard Sweet is an author of many books, professor (Drew University, George Fox University, Tabor College), creator of preachthestory.com, and a popular speaker throughout North America and the world. His "Napkin Scribbles" podcasts are available on leonardsweet.com
Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. His mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact. Viola has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on Earth, From Eternity to Here, and Jesus Manifesto (with Leonard Sweet). His blog, frankviola.org, is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.
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Although I knew this, I got to see the in depth view of what it looks like for all of Scripture to point to Christ. I will continue to circle back, study and reference this book.
My understanding of Christ, myself and Scripture has been enlightened and I’m thankful to have taken time to work and pray through this book!
"This brings us back to the original thesis of this book. The Bible is the narrative of Jesus - the Christ, the Savior, the living Lord, and our All. On every page of the First [Old] Testament, God poured out His heart. He bled with His people long and hard before He entered earth through the womb of a young virgin girl in Bethlehem. In the ocean of words that many call 'the Hebrew Bible,' God revealed His character to us. He dispassionately enumerated His heart's desire - and with fiery passion, He laid out His plan. The cry of God through Jesus bled through every page from Genesis to Malachi. And in Matthew, YHWH took on human flesh and broke into planet Earth. The living Word of God clothed Himself with mortality and became one of us. And in so doing, He fulfilled every promise. Jesus, therefore, is God's best and final word."
Honestly, Jesus: A Theography is a difficult book to review. I found some parts of the book very enjoyable, but other parts somewhat tedious. There are different perspectives taken throughout the book and I think that this ensures that every reader will find some enjoyment of Christ within its pages.
If you enjoy reading the Scriptures, there are references. If you enjoy types and symbols, these are considered. If you enjoy a historical view, historical aspects are presented. Plus, I think you will find much, much more. But, you can find all of these things in many books.
What makes Jesus: A Theography unique, is that it's entirely focused on Christ. Not only Jesus of Nazareth, but the eternal Christ Jesus. Our Lord Jesus is so lovely, so vast, and so all-inclusive, there is no single book that can fully express Him. But, Jesus: A Theography gives us a wonderful view of Him, and it is rooted in the Scriptures.
I recommend this book to all saints, who desire to know our Lord more deeply.
Although, I received this book for free from Booksneeze, but I also purchased an electronic version, so that I could read the footnotes more easily, and so that I could share it.
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In this current state of time and space, we cannot conceive the true height, depth, or breadth of the reality of Jesus. However, Jesus: A Theography is a narrative that reveals our Lord in a sweeping manner, spanning from the Cosmic Christ who preexists time and space, to the incarnate God-Man who redeemed humanity, to the Risen Lord who currently acts as a Life-giving spirit and who will, at the culmination of the age, return to reconcile all things to Himself!
After completing Jesus: A Theography, I was left in a state of humble, reverent wonder of a Christ Jesus who is truly beyond all comprehension, but who paradoxically is deeply personal with the unflinching nuances of humanity.
Once again, I highly recommend this book!
Or at least, reality is shrouded in the mystery revealed as Jesus of the Bible.
This book helps the reader see this bigger picture, how it fits into the person of Christ - how the bible's bigger picture actually is Christ Himself.
Where as the authors in Jesus Manifesto issued a call for the church towards this...they have now attempted supply the content.
After reading, one should be more humbly able to hover over old testament texts and worship Jesus from those texts, (without bending the meaning...or reading into the text something that isn't really there.) ('Eternity from Here' by Viola is another work which can be helpful in this regard.)
Again, there is a wholeness, a larger picture of the grand story of God, as who-Christ-IS, which can be learned from these pages. Another way of describing this book, would be a fleshing out of the scriptural backing of 'Epic Jesus' also by Viola.
The section on the meta narrative being more like a ring story which comes "full circle" was interesting and a very edifying addition - to what many may know as a more linear line of creation/fall/restoration (where Christ often is reduced to a mere bit player in the drama.)
The style is orderly enough, while taking occasional breaks to more thought provoking/poetic/devotional styled sections. (This should equally appease both right brained and left brained people, making the book good for group study.) Reading the foot notes and appendices are highly recommended. The quotations of various scholars alone makes for a good read.
If you are like me, you do well to be refreshed by a larger vision...that of what God has done and is doing according to the Bible, that of who God is, and who we are...that we may see it all as the glory of God...but more specifically and precisely, in the face or person of Jesus Christ.
May it be so, as you read this book.