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Widely proclaimed a classic work of Christian faith, Life of Christ has been hailed as the most eloquent of Fulton J. Sheen’s many books. The fruit of many years of reflection, prayer, and research, it is a dramatic and moving recounting of the birth, life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ, and a passionate portrait of the God-Man, the teacher, the healer, and most ...more
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Published August 19th 2008 by Image (first published January 1st 1958)
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Life of Christ by Archbishop Fulton Sheen is a rich exegesis of Our Lord’s life from the four recorded accounts in the Christian ‘New Testament’. Reading this book was the opportunity to delve into familiar passages and come away renewed in spirit. Although much of what Archbishop Sheen writes wasn’t new to me, it was frequently written or presented in such a way as to shed light from a different angle or draw my attention to subtle nuances long-overlooked or forgotten. Also I found a sympatheti ...more
Oct 17, 2007 Jamie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants spiritual reading during Lent
I read this book every Lent, especially on Good Friday.
It has also come in handy for Bible studies, due to the many scriptural cross-references.

More importantly, the way Sheen wrote was the way he spoke - eloquently, direct, and witty. He will have you grinning one moment, followed up by smacking yourself in the head for not seeing what he just made seem blatantly obvious. You'll understand, but you'll also wonder more. Excellent for meditation and study.
James Boardman
If Ronald Reagan was the "great communicator," then Fulton Sheen was the "master communicator" both in speech and in written word. This book is not only for CATHOLICS, but is a marvelous recapitulation of the life of Jesus, weaving together all four Gospels into a rich tapestry of the life and love of Jesus Christ. I remember when I was seven or eight that I would sit enraptured by the Bishop's talks on radio and TV. I have recently rediscovered him, and he is no less captivating today. If you w ...more
Stan Blackburn
This book took me about 6 months to get through, reading about 10-15 minutes a day. The reading duration was not because of its theological depth or sometimes ornate language. Bishop Sheen writes clearly and presents our Lord in very understandable terms throughout the book. I read this slowly to savor the beauty of Bishop Sheen's message, to drink in the life of our Lord. This book presents an absolute treasure trove of discoveries and meditations on the gospels and the beauty of God's greatest ...more
The book lived up to its reputation. A book you will want to read if you are interested in following Christ and getting to know Him. A lot of depth and connections you might not have known about.

Highly recommended.
A truly wonderful read. An in-depth look at the entire life of Jesus. I actually got more out of this than I did Pope Benedict's Jesus of Nazareth - in fact, I think this should be read before Jesus of Nazareth because, while theologically deep, it's broken down in a way that is easier to comprehend (I'm still young in my Christian understanding). I love how well it ties the prophesies of the old testament into the Messiah's coming. For the first time in my studies I could relate and comprehend ...more
Charles Lewis
Brilliant. It will not make you a believer, but if you are and even if your belief is tepid, it will be made stronger. I always dismissed Sheen as someone for an older generation. I had no idea he could write so beautifully. The wonderful thing about Life of Christ is it can read through or referred to from time to time when something deeply spiritual is required. I'm looking forward now to reading his book on Mary.
I read this book back in 1978, and it is full of lessons of Christ as He taught the disciples the way in which they were to go. This life is only a journey and there would be lessons to learn along the way.

Again, I do not have the original, but I did manage to get a book called the Life of Christ with 47 lessons in this edition from the Berean School. It was copyrighted in 1968 at the Gospel Publishing House Springfield, It has Units One through Four Missouri It covers all things pertaining to t
John Smith
Anyone that has watched Sheen when he was on TV or the numerous YouTube videos knows how relevant he makes the Bible. Every chapter is a sort of reflection that takes us on a journey to the times of Jesus and in addition to this traveling in time, it offers food-for-thought to modern Catholics (and even Protestants) in order to show us how to follow Jesus's teachings in today's world. This book perfectly reflects his personality and love of God and the amount of wit he has when explaining a topi ...more
Bryan Mutchler
A wonderful read

if you want to understand a deeper meaning of Christ's life and works, this is the book for you. This book will add to your faith and give you new insights into Christ's teachings and how you can use those teachings in the world today.
Barbara Mahoney
A very readable catechism

this is a comprehensive walk through of Chirst's life on earth broken down into very brief chapters. read each short chapter as food for meditation and by the end you will have gained a deeper understanding of and intimacy with Jesus.
Every time I opened this book, I felt like I was sitting down to a good meal. This book has everything you need to know about Jesus in an ordered and comprehensive format. It pieces together his full life from birth to ascension, which can be difficult to grasp by reading the gospels, all telling a slight variation of the story. The author, Fulton Sheen, gives background behind many of the events and words of Jesus which put things into context and gives more understanding. Mr. Sheen had amazing ...more
May 04, 2012 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Christy
Very good book- it really puts Christ's purpose, what He is all about, into perspective. It's all about His sacrifice to save our souls- everything in His entire life. It focuses a lot on countering modernistic errors in this respect. The life of Christ is summed up by these two words: "the cross." My only complaints are that here, as in other things I've read by Fulton Sheen, he seems very repetitive in his writing. And also his treatment of Saint Joseph seems glossed over too much and disagree ...more
From the moment I cracked open Life of Christ was back in June for a book club my sisters has dragged me to, I knew that this book would be hard to resist because it was just full of everything; it was inspirational and eye opening when it came the fulfillment of the life of Christ and how everything was foreshadowed within the the Old Testament, to the way that Fulton J. Sheen wrote and brought the whole story of Christ to life, to finally the connections that were brought into the light of day ...more
Greg Willits
A tremendously gorgeous book that will illuminate Scripture in whole new ways. You'll never read the Bible the same way after reading this book.
Sharon Todd
Bishop Sheen is a scholar, quite brilliant. Loved his TV show, One Life to Live. This book has been on my shelf for a long time, and its size discouraged me. Nevertheless, I started reading. Sometimes it was fascinating, sometimes the book lay unopened for months, and often, Sheen's tendency to include too many people, or too many ideas, or too many correlations from different moments in history would cause me to have to start the paragraph all over again to figure out the meaning. I learned a l ...more
Regan Leigh
I don't think any book has ever been written that can explain Christ better than Fulton Sheen does here. Nothing makes more sense now in life than Christianity. This book is like a brush that teases out all the tangled snarls of confused thoughts and doubts that any believer or nonbeliever may have. You discover that any doubt whatsoever, any pessimistic thought, any struggle you've ever encountered with Christ's story, has all been addressed in the story of Christ's life. This book will answer ...more
Judy Schroeder
Wonderful read for Holy Week. It is an easy book to read and does not have to be read cover to cover. You can just pick it up and quickly become engrossed in the words. I started to underline the lines that touched me but I realized I was underlining the entire book. Certainly one I will read again.
Jul 03, 2008 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know the depths of the life of Jesus
Recommended to Shannon by: friend
This is the best book I've ever read on the life of Christ, mostly due to Sheen's poetic imagery and illustrations in almost every sentence. His lifetime of reflecting on the life of Jesus is written down.

Chapter 3, "Three Short-Cuts from the Cross" is a great sample of the depth of insight and writing you would find in the rest of the book, delving into the temptation of Jesus.

If you have Catholic-phobia, you may flinch here and there; but I'm a Protestant and I think it's better than Yancy, or
Michael Hsu
This book was recommended to me by the Father at my church. His decision to become a priest was partly influenced by this book. Although I have no such high aspiration to join the priesthood, I now have a better understanding of why someone would want to dedicate their life serving God and the children of God. A very thought provoking and inspiring book….have to read it again.(
Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

The book is a detailed account of the life of the Savor. While I am no expert, and indeed, this is my first book about the life of Jesus, I did not find the light and love I was expecting from this book. Please note, that this is my personal feeling and opinion. It was a bit too..... technical for me. Perhaps, I simply need to develop my inner life to fuller understand this particular book and /or have a different opinion about it.
Seth Hanson
Sheen has the reputation of being one of the greatest communicators of the 20th century and this book does not disappoint. I didn't know how he was going to make the little we know about the life of Jesus stretch out to the tune of 600+ pages but he did so easily. A very interesting and enjoyable read, I especially appreciated the insights afforded by 2000 years worth of Catholic tradition and perpective.
Cecilia Gonzalez
At first I was not sure to read this, since it is less than a year I read Jesus of Nazareth from Ratzinger. Gladly, I was guided to read this every morning during month and a half. It was a total delight! Bl. Fulton Sheen uses the word in such a poetic and strong way, that I had to stop several times to mark and re-read some parts. This is a must for any Christian. Catholics will find this a MUST.
Victor Morais
Amazing book by Futon Sheen. What an insight about the prophesies and teachings of Christ which is so much aligned to the modern humanity. Wonderful book which I will treasure all my life and it is worth reading it over and over again which gives a different dimension of understanding things of why Christ has done this way.

This book is a total paradigm shift to our perception.
Victor Morais
Amazing book by Futon Sheen. What an insight about the prophesies and teachings of Christ which is so much aligned to the modern humanity. Wonderful book which I will treasure all my life and it is worth reading it over and over again which gives a different dimension of understanding things of why Christ has done this way.

This book is a total paradigm shift to our perception.
About a chapter a day for a few months. A great help for quiet time in prayer. His use of quotes from scripture really give weight to his writing.
Andrew Ellis
This book trumps all others I have ever read. It is quite simply the most beautifully- and eloquently written true story of the Incarnation. Never has anything before it so wonderfully instilled that true sense of brotherhood with Christ as the God-Man. This will renew and envigorate any person of Faith who will soak in every last word. Fulton Sheen's masterpiece, I think.
Weronika Jańczuk
The book is of an epic size, but once the commitment to read and finish it is made, it's a brilliant read: a detailed, precise, poignant meditation on the life of Christ, his ministry, and the intersections between the historical Incarnation and its everyday manifestations. Challenging and eye-opening, good for both greater knowledge and a guide for prayer.
One of the very few books written which forces you to think about its subject regardless of what you personally believe. I share Sheen's faith, yet reading this book I can hear every question a non-Catholic or an atheist could raise against it--and very quickly see those questions answered well. Worth your time.
This book is probably my favorite on the life of Christ--it's really good for prayer and meditation and perhaps because it is written by another American (and so not in translation)I think in some ways it is easier to grasp than some of the other books out there, for me. Definitely something I would recommend!
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Fulton John Sheen, born Peter John Sheen (May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization for sainthood was officially opened in 2002, and so he is now referred to as a "Servant of God".
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