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Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.51 X 0.88 (inches)|
"The Indispensable Jesus" was the catalyst for all that followed. It points to Jesus' personal qualities and qualifications, which make Him indispensable. He was genuine and unique, truly God and truly man. In this study, many descriptive titles are lifted from Scripture and discussed in detail with the practical purpose in mind of meeting human needs. Author Douglas Martin shares stories of intelligent, honest people who were influenced by the evidence to place their faith in Jesus.
We struggle for faith and reality because we tend to forget the already finished accomplishments of Jesus. This is the heart of the book. It becomes a simplified New Testament theology. A friend with two doctorates encouraged me to put into book format what I had written as separate pamphlets. If theological terms are used, they are explained, becoming spiritual and giving meaning to the gospel without making it complex. Stories from today are windows through which we can view the life of Jesus and His influence. The hopeful outcome for readers will be that spiritual food available for intellectual giraffes will be enjoyed by the "sheep of His pastures."
The final section contains our responses to the lover of our souls. While it is important to see that the mind matters, so that Jesus makes sense, it is likewise important to accept the fact that truth is only truly effective when it is internalized-when we treasure it in our hearts. That is what part three encourages us to do. What becomes routine is lost, but that which resides in the heart nourishes our spirits and makes life meaningful and enjoyable. It is meant to cheer the heart of readers.
gadfly1974Rochester, NYAge: 35-44Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5DispensableDecember 25, 2012gadfly1974Rochester, NYAge: 35-44Gender: maleJesus is indispensable.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same about most of this book.
It appears that an extremely intelligent, enthusiastic, and young Christian college professor has compiled a thousand pages of personal, devotional material and compiled it into this book by WestBow Press, a self-publishing subsidiary of Thomas Nelson.
The author means well and is passionate about his material.
Unfortunately, the sheer volume of material prevents a thorough reading.
I do recommend the author's concluding thoughts on each topic. They are quite meaningful and thought-provoking.
If the author deleted most of his exposition and put out a brief devotional guide in the style of his many chapter conclusions, I would be very interested.
He has a great deal of potential.
This review was made possible because I received a free copy of the book from the publisher.