1. The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture
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    The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture
    Dee Brestin
    Multnomah / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Pick this one!!
    October 9, 2019
    rkfall
    Quality: 5
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    The Jesus Who Surprises book by Dee Brestin was a God-send. This author is so transparent, refreshing, and full of Truth. I was really drawn to her words. She breaks the end of each chapter into a 5-day Bible Study and optional on-line sermon suggestions. I loved her "Today I spied God when..." journal prompts. So important to pay attention to His movements within and without. And stopping to reflect on them. I loved this from the book, "prayer is not getting God to give you what you want but dialoguing with Him, listening to Him, submitting to Him, and asking Him to give you what He wants, even if it is costly." I highly recommend this one.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Seeing Jesus
    August 31, 2019
    ReviewsByErin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Jesus Who Surprises is a look at all the ways our Savior shows up throughout the Old Testament. He's there from Genesis all the way through Malachi, sometimes more clear than others. Each chapter of this book ends with week-long Bible study activities for either individual or group use, and desires to promote the habit of seeing Jesus at work in our everyday lives as well as in the words of Scripture.

    I appreciated the healthy dose of personal testimonies scattered throughout the chapters. It can be so faith-building to hear of God's working in the lives of others and know He desires to work on our behalf in similar mighty ways. We can never know how God will come through for us, but He has gone to great lengths to rescue us and have a relationship with usHe delights in walking with us through the ups and downs of life.

    Some things from Scripture came to life in new ways for me in this book, and I got a lot from Dee's life story as well. I would recommend this for those looking for a Bible study or needing a reminder of how God is always at work even when we cannot see Him.

    I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
  3. kansas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Study
    August 30, 2019
    oneksprairiegirl
    kansas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Join Dee as she helps you find Jesus not only in startling places in the Old Testament and New Testament but also in your everyday life. Let your heart be opened to the love of Jesus and let him rescue you in your life today.
  4. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Gift of Discovering Jesus in Unexpected Places
    August 26, 2019
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    At Dee Brestin's invitation, I'm paying attention to obvious answers to prayer, God's unexpected care, and his help to do His work. This awareness is just one of the great gifts I'm savoring from The Jesus Who Surprises. Paying attention to God at work, recording and retelling the stories of his provision and rescue, opens our eyes to his presence in all of life.

    As it turns out, even first-century believers who lived and traveled with Jesus on dusty Palestinian roads needed a nudge sometimes to help them recognize his presence and his work. Just as his companions on the Emmaus Road required supernatural insight to recognize Jesus at their kitchen table, we also sometimes fail to discover and behold Jesusparticularly where he appears in unexpected places in the pages of Scripture. Brestin's gift to her readers is a gentle revelation that reads like a visit over steaming mugs.

    Jesus in the Pentateuch

    In the opening scene of the Bible, the curtain lifts on creation, and Jesus is there. Although he is not mentioned by name, plural pronouns attest to the loving fellowship of the Trinity"the Word speaking the world into creation." (23) Every sacrificial lamb points to Jesus, the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. Brestin skillfully corrects the common misunderstanding that Old Testament believers were primarily law abiders and that salvation by grace is a strictly New Testament concept.

    "It is as if time does not exist for Godit has always been faith in this Lamb that saves us." (87)

    Jesus in the Psalms

    Understanding Scripture's big-picture story arc of a promised Redeemer makes sense of David's faith-filled pronouncements in song, for even though David's body did indeed "see corruption," his reign pointed toward Christ's perfect and unshakable reign. For example, Psalm 45 is a love letter and an example of the great love of Christ the Bridegroom, and references to Christ in the psalms come in the form of veiled promises of help and rescue in the midst of our own stories and his comforting presence through every variation in our emotional temperature.

    Jesus in the Prophets

    God's fore-tellers and forth-tellers never fail to give us the bad news as well as the good news of the gospel, revealing how desperately we needed a Redeemer and then putting on display the outrageously lavish grace of God's provision. Their pens dripped with warning, but comfort comes to those who read between the lines and find hope, particularly in the last prophecy in which John reminds readers of Jesus's assurance that the best is yet to come and our days of being homesick on this planet will come to a triumphal ending.

    Thorough and insightful Bible study questions follow each chapter and anecdotes from Brestin's own life illustrate the significant theological truths she shares with a skill born of deep personal study and a rich background of teaching and mentoring. The Jesus Who Surprises becomes, after all, a surprise of its own with its faithful gospel insights that bring my own need into clear focus, reassuring me that Jesus is sufficient for that need and for everything else that shows up along the road we travel together.

    Many thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.
  5. Hershey, PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    encouraging, inspiring, challenging
    August 18, 2019
    LBrackbill
    Hershey, PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture is an excellent study one I enjoyed from beginning to end.

    The author looks at the entire Bible to show us glimpses of Jesus where we may not expect to see Him. She masterfully shows that the Bible is indeed one connected story, one of hope, redemption, and love. She also approaches important topics like suffering, and she shows how those things produce a joy like none other (something I know from experience). I thoroughly enjoyed this study and repeatedly found myself excited and encouraged by her words. That isn't something I can often say.

    Here is one of my favorite quotes:

    When we realize that the Lord is in control, a peace comes to us, despite the suffering. We realize that this shaking is temporary and that we have an inheritance that can never be taken from us. (Page 123)

    I especially loved and learned from the third part, looking at Isaiah and what is in store for us. She summed up the whole study so well in the last sentence:

    My hope is that seeing this same story from Genesis to Revelation will give you great confidence in the reliability of the Scriptures and the truths they hold. For the Jesus that surprised the two on the road to Emmaus, and surprises us in our everyday lives, is not at all finished surprising us."

    Dee also challenges the reader to see Jesus at work every day something I've practiced for years thanks to missional training I received. He is always at work, you just have to see it. This practice alone can significantly change one's perspective.

    This beautiful study can be done individually or as a group. Dee provides thoughtful questions to encourage a deeper study of Scripture at the end of each chapter.

    I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more of her studies.

    I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review
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