The Jesus I Never Knew

51iu2lhs63l-_sx322_bo1204203200_The Jesus I Never Knew – Billy Graham Philip Yancey helps reveal what two thousand years of history covered up What happens when a respected Christian journalist decides to put his preconceptions aside and take a long look at the Jesus described in the Gospels? How does the Jesus of the New Testament compare to the “new, rediscovered” Jesus—or even the Jesus we think we know so well? Philip Yancey offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work—his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection—and ultimately, who he was and why he came. From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey presents a complex character who generates questions as well as answers; a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who wants to radically transform your life and stretch your faith. The Jesus I Never Knew uncovers a Jesus who is brilliant, creative, challenging, fearless, compassionate, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying. “No one who meets Jesus ever stays the same,” says Yancey. “Jesus has rocked my own preconceptions and has made me ask hard questions about why those of us who bear his name don’t do a better job of following him.”

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  1. Yancey, Philip. The Jesus I Never Knew. Zondervan, 1995.

    When I first read Yancey’s book on the person of Jesus, it did a lot to shatter the illusions of a pristine, impersonal, unoffensive Jesus I had held while growing up in the church. This exposition of the gospels helped me to understand the reality not just of a distant deity, but of an immanent One: this Jesus, who was at once intensely human–relatable, personal, knowable–and undeniably God. This extended analysis of the Gospel Scriptures helped lead me to a saving faith when I read it winter break last year. Upon re-reading it, I’ve been challenged to read once more the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life on earth to learn from the Master what it looks like to love, serve, teach, and evangelize.


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