The Jesus I Never Knew
You see, I've been reading the Bible since before I even learned to read properly. So while I was very familiar with the facts of the gospel story by the time I'd read this book in 1997, I'd also grown into some very hardened preconceptions.
كان يرغب في تمتع الانسان بحرية الحب حتي يتبعه بكامل حريته لكي يأسره يسوع بحبه ٧٩
ان الصلاح لا يمكن ان يُفرض من الخارج بل ينبع من الداخل وليس من اعلي الي اسفل بل العكس ان تجربة البرية تكشف الفرق العميق بين قوة الله وقوة الشيطان ٨٠
وأريد ايضاً ان الله يأخذ دوراً اكثر فاعليه في تاريخي الشخصي اريد استجابة سريعة لصلواتي وشقاء لأمراضي وحماية وامناً لمن احبهم اريد الهاً غير غامض يمكنني ان اشير اليه امام اصدقائي المتشككين ٨١
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Following are my lessons learned
Why God does not force belief or display His power--
Goodness cannot be imposed externally, but most grow internally, bottom up. God’s power is internal,...more
"The author is a quote-unquote believer but refreshingly candid about his own fears, doubts about, and frustrations with God. It is a guileless book, without pretense, and I believe most anyone--"believer", "non-believer," Christian, Jew, Buddhist, or Muslim--(though they might not agree with everything said) would be pleasantly surprised by what they find in it. As it turns out, many of us raised-Christians have...more
My best part is the Chapter of the Temptation, Jesus refused to take the easy shortcut that Satan offered. but he chose the weak road wich lead to the cross, an...more
"Although power can force obedience, only love can summon a response of love,..."
"Dependence, humility, simplicity, cooperation, and a sense of abandon are qualities greatly prized in the spiritual life, but exremely elusive for people who live in comfort. In the Great Reversal of God's kingdom, prosperous saints are very rare."
"The real goal, King (Martin Luther King Jr.) used to say, was not to defeat the white man, but "to awaken a sense of shame within the oppre...more
He concentrates mainly on the message of the Sermon on the Mount, hoping to dispel some confusion found in Jesus' teachings. Yancey also...more
"Why am I a Christian? I sometimes ask myself, and to be perfectly honest the reasons reduce to two: (1) the lack of good alternatives, (2) Jesus. Brilliant, untamed, tender, creative, slippery, irreducible, paradoxically hum...more
This book took me a while to get through - I kept putting it down and then picking it back up.
Overall, I enjoyed the book - it allowed me to examine the religion I grew up with and view the life of Jesus from another (more in-depth) perspective.
I gave the book two stars because that's exactly how I felt about it. Not because it's bad or wrong. People are free to believe whatever they want. But if you aren't look...more
This book shifted my perspective on the man Jesus was and helped me understand the gospels in a way that I couldn't before.
Primarily, there was a new light shed on just how radical some of his statements were. It wasn't until Philip Yancey compared Jesus' claim that he would tear down the temple and raise it in three days to a terrorist running through the streets of New York claiming that he would tear down the world trade center and rebuild it in three days...it really started sinkin...more
"If God can...more
It's a journey well taken.
I notice all the preconceived notions and unwarranted assumptions we have about Jesus--especially now, this Christmas morning. Sitting in front of me is a manager, a "little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes." (Yet surely he had his share of swaddling cloth rash!)
What if we didn't have the benefit of knowing Jesus through history's lens? How would we see him th...more
As is often the case, I picked this book up (along with his signature What's So Amazing about Grace?) when Amazon offered me a deal I couldn’t refuse. I was so impressed with Yancey’s Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud, that this was an easy sell.
Mr. Yancey uses his journalistic mindset to examine the life and influence of Jesus. This is no softball treatment. In addition to the Gospels, he draws from the historical and popular culture depictions (films, novels, et al.) o...more
Philip Yancey begins with "The Jesus I Thought I Knew"--the Jesus we all think we know--and spends the next 250 pages explaining what we don't fully understand about the So...more
Jesus can become over-familiar in so many ways. We associate him with the stories told to us as children. We become fixated on the Christmas story - often not the Gospel version. He becomes an over-cuddly friend.
Philip Yancey wrote his book some time ago, but its edge to cut through our existing view of Jesus is still keen. Some of the themes are not as fresh as whe...more