The Challenge of Jesus poses a double-edged challenge: to grow in our understanding of the historical Jesus within the Palestinian world of the first century, and to follow Jesus more faithfully into the postmodern world of the 21st century.
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A lover of good stories, and the truths they help me remember.
Challenging (of course), Fresh, Awakening
Though this is a non-fiction
No, but I did really enjoy his narration. He carries a great deal of authority, but maintains great accessibility. I imagine him as an older college professor that offers coffee to his students and no excuses for apathy.
I didn't laugh or cry, though my reaction to this book was still significant. Just after listening to the introduction I felt a huge constriction in my chest release. The sense of relief that another was thinking and conversing about these things was immense.
Though I would say first that the discussions in this book are very accessible to both avid readers and the just curious, I must caution that Wright does not shy from his intellectual and academic background. My father is a deep thinker, but not much of a reader. I thought of him often as I listened. Most of the book would have been very enjoyable and interesting to him, but I fear much still would be lost because of the scholastic tone and nature of the content.
Here the author strikes the right balance. He expounds and supports his theology on the basis of reliable research and does so in language understandable to the non-professional without sacrificing anything of value.
i would recommend this book to a friend, with the thought that he is a smart guy and will challenge you. i have a different understanding of who Jesus is and consequently who i am.
Jesus because i saw how much of culture was arrayed against him and yet he continued his mission.
I love theology, the classics, biographies, and bussiness books. I sometimes even enjoy a little modern fiction,
If you don't have the time to read Wright's more scholarly work Jesus and the Victory of God then The Challenge of Jesus contains all of the incredible ideas and insights that the larger work contains but in a much more accessible version.
I will listen to this book many times.
Insightful, inspiring, timely!
Anyone hoping to
Good story but longer than it needed. I felt like he kept saying over and over I wrote about this somewhere else or will write about it later.
Good idea and overall he got the points in he wanted to.
This book requires concentration from the layman. However, the effort is well rewarded with well thought out arguments, thorough explanations and good research.
N.T. Wright gives the reader a new perspective on the gospel. and certainly makes the Bible easier to understand.
Wonderful book, one that one can definitely listen to a few times in order to thoroughly lock down its message, and maybe Google a few words in the process.
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