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Dee BrestinMultnomah / 2019 / ePubOur Price$6.995 out of 5 stars for The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture - eBook. View reviews of this product. 29 ReviewsAvailability: In StockStock No: WW99338EB
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enb19775 Stars Out Of 5Highly recommend!August 11, 2019enb1977Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5THE JESUS WHO SURPRISES by Dee Brestin was a pleasant surprise to read! This book includes Bible study material and can be read individually or as a group. The author guides the reader through sections of the Old Testament (Books of Moses (primarily Genesis), the Psalms, and The Prophets (particularly Isaiah) to show where Jesus is revealed. She utilizes these Biblical references to show us how the story of our world began, how we can live in our fallen world, and how our story ends. The author includes current events and personal details of Jesus revealed in her life, which I found to be very relatable. I highly recommend this book!
I was provided an advance reader copy and was happy to provide an honest review.
Jacob Marriott5 Stars Out Of 5Be prepared to cry!!August 9, 2019Jacob MarriottI have a hard time reviewing this book because it doesn't seem like an easy task. This book hit me on a very emotional level. I've never read a book that delves so deeply into the very person of God. Most people shy away from this task because it is easier to talk about concepts and facets of God, but I think this is far more impactful.
Throughout the book the author describes in detail where to find Jesus throughout all of Scripture which is already enlightening, but then she proceeds to temper that with stories that others have shared of what Jesus has surprised them with and what He has done personally in her own life. The storytelling in the book is very personal and very beautiful. To read through the stories of all of God's goodness and hearing how He delivered on His promises given through Scripture in all of these people's lives is such a wonderful and amazing thing.
I can't do much more than urge you to take the time to read this book. It is a little more lengthy than most Christian books, but it is well worth the read and it comes with a study guide for group study so that you can talk through all of this with a group of people and maybe hear their testimony and start some engaging conversation about our astounding God.
I received an advance reader copy of this book through the publisher as part of the book launch team.
LP5 Stars Out Of 5The Jesus Who SurprisesAugust 5, 2019LPQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5She has done it again! Dee Brestin, with her touching, personal stories that make you laugh and cry, all woven together with a truly amazing story that begins in Genesis and ends with Revelation, hits the mark. The Bible is the story of Jesus, and Dee illuminates this by taking "chunks" of scripture that reveal His presence. She has a way of infusing art, drama, literature, music, and poetry into her writing that makes reading interesting, and I found myself looking up writers and listening to music that I had not heard before. The depth of her work, including the weekly Bible study questions, help you understand so much clearer aspects of the Bible that may be difficult to comprehend. A reminder in each chapter is to look for Him in your everyday lives (God hunts), for He is there. Dee is brilliant at relating passages to one another in a way I have rarely seen. Thank you Dee, for an exception read!
I was given this book by Dee Brestin/Multnomah for an honest review.
ConnieKentuckyAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Bible Resource!August 4, 2019ConnieKentuckyAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Author and speaker Dee Brestin has written a book to help us 'discover Jesus in the most unexpected places' and she uses both scripture and personal experiences to help us do this. We know that the New Testament is devoted to Jesus but Brestin shows that Jesus can be found in ALL of the Old Testament. The Jesus Who Surprises has 256 pages devoted to learning more about Jesus and there are three parts. Part One: How the Story Began--The Books of Moses; Part Two: How to Live in the Story--The Psalms; Part Three: How the Story Will End--The Prophets.
This book has been written so that it can be used for both personal bible study or as a small group bible study. I especially like that there are questions to spur my thinking and I appreciate that the author has included Facilitator Resources at the end of the book, with both hints and lesson-by-lesson facilitator notes. There is also a Prayer Time at the end of each chapter and this should help to deepen our prayer life. It is, after all, a fact that God wants to hear from His children.
This is a wonderful resource and I recommend The Jesus Who Surprises for all of those who want to draw closer to Jesus and to increase their understanding of God's Word!
I received an Advanced Readers Copy from the publisher Multonomah and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts in this review.
E_Espinoza4 Stars Out Of 5Honest, insightful, and engagingJuly 29, 2019E_EspinozaThe Jesus Who Surprises, by Dee Brestin, is a well-written and thought-provoking Bible study that is perfectly designed to be used by groups or individuals. With short, engaging chapters, corresponding videos that can be watched online for free, and daily homework questions that help the reader explore Scripture more deeply, this Bible study is user friendly, Biblically sound, and faith-filled.
With genuine humility, honesty, and authenticity, Ms. Brestin shares relevant stories from her own experiences in which Jesus surprised her with his great love, mercy, and care. In addition to the encouraging real-life stories, Ms. Brestin also leads the reader through a study of well-chosen scripture passages that highlight the presence, compassion, forgiveness, salvation, and hope that is revealed in Jesus throughout the entirety of the Bible.
I found this Bible study to be refreshingly compelling and soul-stirring. Truly informative and inspiring, The Jesus Who Surprises is a Bible study I sincerely recommend to everyone.
*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
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