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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Jesus Christ is the most influential human to ever walk the earth. We've heard and seen so many depictions of Him that we think we know Him better than we actually do. If we took the time to really look at Him, we might be surprised at what we'd find.
In 52 Weeks with Jesus, author and pastor James Merritt leads you on a transformational journey as he shares what he's learned over a lifetime of studying Jesus' life and ministry. As you join Dr. Merritt on this journey, you will come to know and encounter Jesus in new and surprising ways and be inspired anew to embrace His invitation, "Come, follow Me."
Filled with practical applications and surprising truths, this book will help you more ably answer that ancient question that's as timely today as when it was first posed: "Who do you say that I am?"
James Merritt (PhD) is a pastor, author, and host of the Touching Lives television program, seen nationwide and in 122 countries. Previously, he served as a two-term president of America's largest Christian denomination. As a national voice on faith and leadership, Merritt has been interviewed by outlets including Time, Fox News, and 60 Minutes. He resides with his family outside Atlanta, GA.
"James Merritt's challenge to spend 52 weeks with Jesus is one of both great discipline and great delight. Your passion for Jesus will grow and your life will be transformed through the time you spend in his Word with 52 Weeks with Jesus."
Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, author of I Am a Church Member and Autopsy of a Deceased Church
"In 52 Weeks with Jesus, James Merritt gifts us with a rich, accessible guide to knowing Jesus more intimately that promises to change the way you see yourself, God, and others. This book will help you drink deeply of the living water, munch on the bread of life, and draw closer to the good shepherd than you ever have before. Read with cautionyou'll walk away changed."
Margaret Feinberg, author of Wonderstruck and Fight Back with Joy
"James Merritt is clear, on point, and writes with authority, wisdom, and compassion. In this book, he confronts the reader page after page with Jesus. Spending time in this book will surprise you, enlighten you, and just might change your life."
Russell D. Moore, president, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
"Jesus may be the most misunderstood person in history, and part of the reason is that most people have never taken time to actually study his life and teachings, 'Christians' not excluded. It's easy to forget that Jesus was not simply an idea or a topic to debate. Rather, he was a man who turned the world upside down by who he was, the things he said, and what he did. James Merritt's 52 Weeks with Jesus is an accessible, digestible exploration of Christ's sermons, stories, and miracles. It shatters myths, shakes assumptions, and is littered with surprising insights you've probably never considered. Thank you, Dr. Merritt, for painting a picture of Jesus that is true and textured and as graceful as the first-century Rabbi himself!"
Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and author of One Way Love
"52 Weeks with Jesus presents dozens of metaphors for Jesus and backs each one up with biblical references, commentaries, meditations, and prayers. I plan to gift it to others often."
Leonard Sweet, Drew University, George Fox University, Sermons.com
"Scripture tells us that blessed is the man who delights in the Word of the Lord and meditates on it day and night. In 52 Weeks with Jesus, James Merritt provides a believer with a year's worth of meditations on the Word made flesh. His observations on the life, ministry, and Lordship of Jesus are winsome, wise, and well written. Anyone who commits to spending 52 weeks meditating on our Lord will be blessed beyond measure for the effort."
Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research
"People often approach the biblical narratives of Jesus like a coroner dissecting a corpse, and then wonder why their relationship with Christ is so lifeless. In 52 Weeks With Jesus, Dr. James Merritt leads readers on a year-long journey to meet, experience, and fall in love with the most important person in history."
Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Ministries
"To know Jesus is to fall madly in love with Jesus. To understand who he is and what he did (and continues to do!) is to be awed and amazed. It will drive you to worship and then service in gratitude for such a great King. James Merritt helps us spend a year in devotional study of the Son of God. I read the book in a single sitting and was once again overwhelmed at the greatness and goodness of my Savior. So, spend a year and soak in this study. I am convinced you will never be the same."
Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
MoJo5 Stars Out Of 5inspiringJuly 13, 2015MoJoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very good daily reading.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Who is this Man- healer, teacher, leader- Crucified-yet-Risen One?February 20, 2015Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4James Merritt's 52 Weeks with Jesus is a fine and meaty devotional.
Although I would be inclined to complete this book in a month or less, it's arranged so that you can read it over a full year.
There are five chosen scriptures and five meditations/readings per week, with this pattern repeated fifty-two times.
As the old hymn says, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, Look Full in His Wonderful Face."
That's what this book is all about: gazing at Jesus and being undone by His tradition-shaking goodness, his tenderness and courage, his sorrow and his joy. It's about knowing Him better and thereby knowing better how to live in the world.
The aspects of Jesus's life and character that James Merritt explores include Jesus the Storyteller, Jesus the Miracle Worker, and Jesus the Overcomer.
The Scriptures he chooses range widely through the Bible- from the Psalms to the Minor Prophets to Gospels to the Epistles.
Biblical narratives (and modern illustrations) come together with pastoral commentary and application.
James Merritt has one goal- pointing to Jesus, who is alive right now in the middle of everything.
I have to say, this devotional has broad appeal. In my house, the book has already been appropriated by two different people.
Neither one is a big fan of devotionals per se, but they're both enjoying working their way through this one.
What better thing to do this year than spend some time beholding the One whose truth and beauty is transforming the world, one life at at a time?
I thank Harvest House Publishing for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.
CallieAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great DevotionalJanuary 13, 2015CallieAge: 18-24Gender: femaleSometimes I get nervous when I start a new book, because I don't necessarily know what I am in for, especially when it is written by an author I don't know much about. That is kind of how I felt when I started 52 Weeks With Jesus by James Merrit. I didn't know what kind of book this was, or whether I would agree with the author's thoughts.
But I have to say, my nerves were soon calmed! This book is a devotional-type book that is meant to take you through an entire year. Each chapter addresses a different story about Jesus from one of the gospels, including verses for reference, thoughts from the author, a prayer to close, and a question to consider.
I had never heard of this author before, so I was on the lookout for anything fishy through the whole book, and I thought everything he said was theologically sound. The only thing I wished for was a few more references on some of the historical background Merrit gives on some of the stories - that would have made this book even more solid, in my opinion.
The author has an easy-to-read style, and he includes a lot of illustrations, which I really enjoyed. I thought his examples and stories tied things in very well, and it made each chapter interesting to read. I loved the insights Merrit gives into the history and cultural context of Jesus's words, and he pulled points out of many of stories that I had never thought of before.
Overall, I think this would be a great devotional and Bible study aid, and it would be perfect to start for the New Year! I recommend it.
Note: I received a digital copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for tho review. This is my honest opinion.