I would pick it up and start the first few pages and then put it down. I have attended church my entire life and this book completely changed the way I view Jesus, in a good way. Miracles rarely encouraged long-term repentance, faith, obedience, but gawkers and sensation seekers. How does the Jesus of the New Testament compare to the new, rediscovered Jesus or even the Jesus we think we know so well? Mom, I should have tried to see him. Prayer, i have found, does not work like a vending machine: insert request, receive answer. The evening was quiet, and I was trying to concentrate on my chemistry homework, which was becoming incredibly tedious. Philip Yancey reflects on our preconceived inklings of Jesus and how his own perception of jesus changed through his life.
A good read for all Christians. I could listen to him speak hours on end without ever growing weary of his soothing voice. Like many he has struggled with the radical message of the sermon of the mount. But the question of who Jesus really was and what his life was like has fascinated generations of Christians. Don't get me wrong -- I love the church, and it has, actually served me well for the most part. In meek contrast, God's visit to earth took place in an animal shelter with no attendants present and nowhere to lay the newborn king but feed trough.
It made me reflect on my own understanding. Philip Yancey offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work—his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection—and ultimately, who he was and why he came. And that is what Martin Luther king Jr finally set into motion. For those familiar with the Christmas story, they know that Jesus was born of a virgin, miraculously impregnated by the Holy Ghost. This book actually turned me on to Philip Yancey. Book that seeks to discover Jesus in time and history--to observe him as he traveled and taught and ask: who Jesus was, why he came, and what he left behind complete with dusty details and descriptions that bite into what it was like to experience pursuit of God and pain, friendship and a fan-following in Galilee.
He gives criticism of those who have misunderstood Jesus — including himself. You are expecting his successor to walk on the water. Because of Easter I have to listen to His extravagant claims and can no longer pick and choose from His sayings. Christ was crucified here on earth and the church is crucified in time. Goodness is defined by that which is nice and weak and non-judgmental. He does not attempt to reincarnate Christ.
The God Who Came Near Jesus learned about poverty, family squabbles, social rejection, verbal abuse, betrayal, pain, unanswered prayer. I would like to read the book first to really comment on the context of risk in the book. Yancey admits to his deeply fundamentalist upbringing and is candid and humorous at times about his struggles with these beliefs throughout his life. It was good, but I didn't really walk away with anything new or profound, which I suppose is a good and comforting thing. If I know the way home and am walking along it drunkenly, is it any less the right way because I am staggering from side to side! Bill Richards is my faovrite reader.
As a child, I rationed myself to three books tops in my school bag. Why I had purchased the book in the first place, I do not remember, but when finally getting around to reading it, I was pleasantly surprised. How does the Jesus of the New Testament compare to the new, rediscovered Jesus or even the Jesus we think we know so well? Philip Yancey reflects on our preconceived inklings of Jesus and how his own perception of jesus changed through his life. He will not be boxed up and merchandised. I enjoy wrestling with what it means to be truly human. Given time, though the seed may sprout into a bush that overtakes every other plant in the garden, a bush so large and verdant that birds come and next in its branches.
It was a terrible and regrettable accident. My understanding and awareness of Jesus-including familiarity with Biblical history-remains at an elementary level, so many of the events and passages Yancey refers to are not crystal clear to me. He is honest, genuine, knowledgeable and very open. Yancey almost outlines obvious observations that anyone beyond Christianity101 should know by default, or at least anyone who's read the gospels. In The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey, A new side of Jesus is expressed, the human side of Jesus' life and actions. It made me reflect on my own understanding.
That's true, but indirectly so. Try as I might, I have not been able to put much distance between Philip Yancey and Marcion. It was good, but I didn't really walk away with anything new or profound, which I suppose is a good and comforting thing. Yancey makes the grandiose and hackneyed claim in The Jesus I Never Knew that he is doing something new and daring. Is he really the Lord he claimed to be? He is here as the poor, hungry, sick, prisoner. Yancey brings in his personal journey to grasping Jesus as well as some of the journeys of others, including literary greats such as Leo Tolstoy and Shusaku Endo.