It is so easy to get caught up in the divinity of Christ that we can often overlook His humanity. “The Jesus We Missed” by Patrick Henry Reardon provides a biblically-based perspective of Jesus’ life and ministry on earth that is often neglected in today’s Christian world.
The author looks at aspects of Jesus’ life such as prayer, His early years, the “Growing Crisis” of the conflict with the Jewish leaders, and many other topics. He brings out the humanity of Jesus and causes us to consider Jesus in a (somewhat) new light. He uses a great deal of biblical history throughout his work, and it helps to provide context to the topics at hand. There were several times through my reading of this work where I was left thinking, “I never thought of it that way.”
His writing is academic at times, but is overall accessible to any reader. The topics are very relevant in an increasingly academic/theologically focused Christian culture that would seemingly rather break down every verse in the Bible and study it than actively live it out. Jesus lived life and lived what He preached–He didn’t just talk about it. This book will be a help to any Christian who wishes to remain grounded in the example of Jesus and to walk in His steps.
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