Monday, March 5, 2012
Book Review- The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ
This is my review of The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ by Patrick Henry Reardon. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program but this is an unbiased review.
The book is an attempt to use the sayings, incidents and events of the four gospels to bring out the humanity of Christ without minimizing His deity. The author follows the basic chronological order of his sources and each chapter follows a particular theme.
I feel that the author, in the main, accomplished what he set out to do. He walks the fine line between humanity and divinity in his analysis of the Lord Jesus and His life. Perhaps this is an attempt to make Him more accessible to this somewhat more questioning age. The only negative thing I have to say about the book is the assumptions the author sometimes makes, such as his thought that Christ's birth was not something included in the Lord's teaching to His apostles (or seemingly mentioned by Him to them) and that therefore the Nativity accounts must have had their origin in Mary.
On the whole the book made me think. It allowed me to see a slightly different viewpoint of stories which I have read many times. And, on occasion, it helped me to rebalance my overall view of our Lord.