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The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
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Mar 25, 2016

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Here's a look at "Jesus' life 'from below,' as a spectator, one of the many who followed him around," says Yancey.

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 then? Who was the Jesus they knew?

Yancey dives deeply, yet writes lightly. I found myself writing "hmm," "good question," and "interesting perspective" in the margins. Yancey has a rare way of making the profound digestible and understandable.

I would say that this is a must-read. But (as Yancey would agree) the best way to see the true Jesus is through the Bible--in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Still, this makes a great companion.

Well-worth reading.

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