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Happiness According to Jesus by Bobby Schuller
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Schuler provides a dynamic and practical exegesis of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel. These core teachings of Jesus are often seen as somewhat removed from our real life, somewhat out of touch with practical daily life. This author has captured the key to Gospel portrayal of Jesus' great attraction to the common people, so oppressed by the formalities of religion in the face of the hard daily life they had to deal with.

Schuller makes sense here of the difference in the approach the Gospels reveal about Jesus' teaching about the Torah. He explains in understandable, practical terms what Jesus meant in his contrast of the legalistic approach of the Pharisees and his own light burden. Many of the cultural figures of speech and metaphors Jesus used come to life in the background Schuller provides. Torah (Instruction) was not a series of legal requirements imposed upon the people but a training ground on how to think and relate to other people in our near society and other ethnicities as well.

He successfully tackles the common folk religion misconceptions that have become part of the common American fabric of confusing impressions of the Sermon on the Mount. Key to this is that Jesus takes us beyond the legalism of the word of the law, into the internalization of intent and purpose in life. Jesus references the original meaning of Torah, Instruction: tutoring for a successful and righteous life.

This fits with the Apostle Paul's clear perspectives on the role of the Torah for the Jews, as he laid out so clearly in the letter to the Romans. This is an informative and exciting trip into the time and setting of Jesus. Schuller provides important insights about the cultural and political setting, as well as the financial and commercial setting, all of which brings Jesus' words to life.
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November 11, 2017 – Started Reading
November 17, 2017 – Finished Reading
January 1, 2018 – Shelved

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