All That Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us  -     By: Stan Guthrie
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For centuries scholars and theologians have taught that Christ's commands and actions illuminated His true identity. But what if His true self is better revealed through the questions that he asked during his time on earth? In All That Jesus Asks Stan Guthrie shows us how Christ's queries force us to confront very real and life-changing issues. By examining what was important to Jesus and what He wants us to believe, Guthrie's unique and comprehensive look at the Savior will both encourge and challenge you to become a better and more devoted follower of Jesus!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801071542
ISBN-13: 9780801071546
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More books have been written about Jesus than any other historical figure. Many of these books ask and answer questions about Jesus. All That Jesus Asks allows him to do the asking and shows why getting the right answers will change your life. Covering nearly 300 questions recorded in the New Testament under twenty-six separate themes, All That Jesus Asks uncovers who Jesus is by examining what was important to him and what he wants us to believe. This unique and comprehensive look at the greatest figure in history will encourage and challenge readers.

Author Bio

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today. An award-winning veteran journalist, author, and commentator on the evangelical scene, he has edited or cowritten a dozen books. Guthrie lives in Illinois.

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  1. Lancaster, PA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A revolutionary and fresh look at Jesus Christ
    July 7, 2011
    Jeanette Windle
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    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Just who is Jesus, and why should I follow Him? I thought I had the answers to those questions down pat until reading Stan Guthrie's 'All That Jesus Asks'. This book is the best apologetic on the Person of Jesus Christ that I have read in years, maybe ever. Combining tight journalistic prose with thoughtful contemplation, Guthrie employs Jesus Christ's own techniques of story-telling and asking leading questions to teach truth. Specifically, Guthrie uses the questions Jesus himself asked of disciples, followers, political leaders, even enemies to lay out the fundamentals of just who is this Man from Galilee, why it matters, and what our relationship should be to him. Personal anecdotes from Guthrie's own life and input from many of today's top Christian voices bring alive Gospel accounts written two thousand years ago to a twenty-first century readership. None of which captures just how reading this book impacted my own heart and life. In short, as one more Christian weary of the institutional church and superficial religion, I encountered afresh in these pages the Jesus Christ who revolutionized my own life, and for that alone I find myself recommending this book again and again. A must-read for anyone wanting to know better the biblical Jesus.
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    A Book Exploring the Essence of Jesus' Words
    April 1, 2011
    Lynn Severance
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    I was totally engaged while reading this book by Stan Guthrie. What an amazing premise he brings - a challenge to his readers to potentially deepen our relationship with Jesus by looking at the questions He spoke as recorded in Scripture. I met that challenge as I read, "All That Jesus Asks".

    Jesus questions are familiar to me but many became "new". And ever "new" they should remain to any of us seeking to grow in our ongoing journey with Christ.

    Stan brought excellent resources to this masterfully crafted work. First. he brought his passion and personal walk as a Christian. He shared openly the realities from his own life and how Jesus' questions have challenged and deepened his faith.

    Stan's exceptional career as a journalist makes him a credible writer to tackle this type of book. Themes are structured in a way that prompts the reader to investigate and reflect as the flow of Jesus' questions builds in the context of each section.

    Stan's knowledge of Scripture and his insights garnered from reading other writers who were/are devoted to understanding their Christian journey add dimension to this book's goal. At times, I found my own relationship with Christ eloquently expressed and affirmed. Conversely, Stan does not shy away from bringing in quotes from writers in controversy with Christianity or those within the Christian arena who beg the reader to look carefully at the rhetoric of interpretation.

    It is a book about God's love in sending His Son to complete a redemptive work on the Cross. It is a book that causes the reader to dig deeply into the Son's words, renewing the essence of what that love means to the reader as an individual. It is a book about living as a Christian of influence in the world. Ultimately, it is an encounter with the One who will always woo us into wholehearted relationship with Him.

    Study questions end each chapter. I can see this book as a dynamic resource for church groups. Stan's bibliography is extensive prompting further exploration and/or study for readers who want "more".
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    Stan Guthrie is one of the few brilliant and brave ones who could think and write a book of such scope. As I digested All That Jesus Asks, I felt as if I were reading an unusually meaningful doctoral thesis. Though I've been teaching the Word of God for years and have exposited the biblical words of Christ countless times, it never occurred to me how much of God's intellect was implicated in the textual questions of Jesus.

    Stan's writing is intellectually provoking, theologically fair, culturally incisive, and heartwarmingly honest. Through Stan's transparent personal narratives depicting his life's struggle with cerebral palsy, I not only feel enriched by having gotten to know Stan better, but I finished All That Jesus Asks feeling transformed by having gotten to know Jesus better.
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    A VERY good book
    January 24, 2011
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    Stan the man in Gods hand, knocked this one out of the park. A must read for everyone who takes their walk with Christ seriously. It is the kind of book that every disciple of Christ can sink their teeth into, learn from, and grow. Guthrie has a way of approaching well known passages of scripture from a different angle and revealing great truths.
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    Questions often expose the depths of both the person asking and the person asked. That's what makes this book so excellent. By investigating the questions that Jesus asked, Stan Guthrie allows readers to better understand Jesus Christ and how he transforms his followers. Jesus' questions tell us who he is and who he claimed to be. And he sought to explore the understanding of those who followed him in his day. Today, those questions continue to expose our own ideas of who Jesus is and how we ought to be his disciples.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Stan Guthrie
Located in: Wheaton, Illinois
Submitted: November 19, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine. His latest book, All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, is scheduled for November release from Baker. He is author of Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly “Priorities” column for and monthly opinion pieces for He has appeared on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More,” WGN’s Milt Rosenberg program, ABC’s Nightline Twittercast, and many Christian programs, including Moody Radio’s “New Day Florida.” An inspirational speaker, he hosts a weekly podcast with John Wilson of Books & Culture. He also is an author and editorial advisor for

    What was your motivation behind this project?  While a few books had been written about the questions, I hadn’t seen them, and I thought this would be an unusual, and easily graspable, approach to studying him. I figured this would be a fascinating way to see what was important to him. Instead of the usual book in which we ask God questions, this one would allow him to ask us questions. Of course, I’m not a New Testament scholar, though the well-known Donald Guthrie—no relation—is. This book therefore couldn’t be an academic tome or a reference work. It would have to come out of my experiences and abilities, as any good book does. I would write for the laity, sharing what I was learning along the way.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I expect that the responses of readers will be as varied as they are themselves. The questions, like the rest of God’s word, are living and active and have a way of penetrating our defenses. And because they are questions, they demand our response. The questions will touch each of us in different ways, at different points in our lives. I think readers will come away with something new each time they consider the questions. But clearly our listening to Jesus ask his questions—which, when all is said and done—puts him in the driver’s seat, where he belongs, and where we need him to be.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  You can’t dig into the life and words of Jesus day after day without being affected. Sometimes it’s very hard for writers about Christian topics to avoid becoming jaded or bored; we’ve all heard about the relationship between familiarity and contempt. That never happened with me and the questions of Jesus. The New Testament presents almost 300 questions from the mouth of Jesus. While many no doubt are repeats, the cumulative effect was amazing. The last couple of years have been difficult personally. My mother was very ill—and thank God pulled through; I was laid off at Christianity Today and my wife, Christine, had to return to the paid workforce; and I had to have fairly extensive shoulder surgery. Yet through all this I felt a calmness of spirit and a close connection with Jesus that were better than I had ever experienced in my many years as a Christian. The question that grabbed me the most was, “Who do you say that I am?” If we get that one right, it seems to me the rest will follow. As I, week after week and month after month, mulled his questions and the way he graciously dealt with people, my faith in and love for him was renewed, strengthened, and deepened. I don’t take any credit for this. Because I was on a disciplined writing schedule, I almost couldn’t help it! I was reading the Bible more consistently than ever before, wrestling with its implications, and being confronted with the untamed beauty of Jesus all the time. I hope my book has a similar effect on readers.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I deeply appreciate J.I. Packer, Randy Alcorn, Philip Yancey, John Piper, Tim Keller, and many more.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Some people who endorse me and the book: “Stan Guthrie is one of the most incisive writers I read. I’m always informed and challenged by his thinking.”-- Jerry B. Jenkins, novelist; owner, Christian Writers Guild “Atheists attempt to put Christians on the defensive by questioning the authority and goodness of God—the God whose existence they call into question. This book turns the tables by allowing Jesus to ask the questions. All That Jesus Asks will touch your head and your heart. I highly recommend it.”-- Dinesh D’Souza, author, What’s So Great about Christianity “People’s sentiments about Jesus can run strong . . . . We prefer a sentimental picture because it requires nothing from us, neither conviction nor commitment. And because it lacks truth, it lacks power. In this new book, Stan Guthrie is out to change that picture. Using the questions that Jesus actually asked of those around him, Stan leads us into a deeper look at Christ’s humanity, authority, and mission. In All That Jesus Asks, you will discover the rugged truth about Christ and what that truth asks of you."-- Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center “Rigorously presenting the Jesus of the Gospels as our interrogator and digging deep into the realities of discipleship as he taught it, Guthrie’s book is a landmark. I urge you to buy it and read it again and again.”-- J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College “Stan’s book is amazing. It’s rich with wisdom and insights. . . . This book will be extremely helpful to others seeking an authentic relationship with Jesus.”-- Mary Schaller, president, Q Place

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