For April, I am recommending a semi-oldie, but definitely a goodie. Given that we’re leading up to Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to recommend a book about…Jesus. I know, that sounds kind of hilarious.
April’s selection is Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God by Tim Keller. It was originally published in 2011 as King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus. So if you’ve read that book, it’s the same!
This book is adapted from a message series that Keller taught through the gospel of Mark. So it follows the order of events in the book of Mark, and one awesome thing is that this book makes you want to read the Bible more. So it’s a win-win – you can read a book and it’ll make you want to read The Book!
I’ve personally listened to this book a couple times this past month, as part of fasting from my usual podcasts & books, and it’s been as good as I remember it having been the first time I read it. It lives in a glowing memory for me, because during the early months of the pandemic, I read the book around the same time many of us watched Season 1 of Chosen, and I just remember randomly bursting out with, “I love Jesus!” “Jesus is so awesome!” The book is divided into two sections: “The King: the Identity of Jesus” and then “The Cross: The Purpose of Jesus.” So I wanted to recommend this book to all who haven’t read it yet, especially during this Easter season.
Thank you for recommending this book! I’m only on chapter 3 right now, but so far, it’s been insightful, inspiring, and convicting! Tim Keller ties biblical themes in creative ways. From chapter 1: “He [Jesus] has gone before you into the heart of a very real battle, to draw you into the ultimate reality of the dance. What he has enjoyed from all eternity, he has come to offer to you.” Looking forward to continuing this book!