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Phillip Yancey's "The Jesus I Never Knew"

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The Jesus I Never Knew -by Philip YanceyThrough a very modern perspective, Philip Yancey explores and exposes the "real" Jesus, as few know him to be. From the very beginning, Yancey states his purpose--to piece together Jesus' life, and to portray the fact that anyone who is to follow in the ways of Jesus will have to make very large changes. He uses three sections to organize The Jesus I Never Knew: "Who he was," "Why he came," and "What he left behind." Yancey strives to show Jesus, as he really was, not as the Sunday school stereotype of a tall, handsome man with long flowing hair. In The Jesus I Never Knew, Jesus is represented through the words of the Bible. The idea of the title is that most people have been brought up with a picture book image, and have been hidden from the actual truths. Yancey was introduced to Jesus through the Sunday school image himself. Even after his Bible college years, Yancey admits that he did not know Jesus as he really was. Most people would not even realize the false images or ideals they have been brought into, but The Jesus I Never Knew could very easily change the ways that people view Jesus, and even the ways that they live.In most instances, books with a religious connotation would tend to be on the lackluster side. It becomes hard to keep such a topic interesting. However, Yancey manages to keep the reader from being able to put the book down. The book has a very unique and original perspective, where Yancey even compares with thoughts from other religions. His personal stories create environments that his readers can relate to. In the first section, "Who he was," I found myself very interested, and always wanted to continue reading. Until I started reading The Jesus I Never Knew, I had never thought about how little I actually knew about Jesus. I had always pictured Jesus as the perfect storybook image, just as most people do. The most significant part of "Who he was," was that almost every aspect sticks out, and was easy to remember. I am the kind of person that loves interesting statistics, such as in a sports game, and that was how I viewed the first section of the book. Even the little facts stay fresh in my mind. One of my favorite quotes discusses the different perspectives, particularly athletes, which people envision Christ as. From Norm Edwards book On God's Squad, "I guarantee you Christ would be the toughest guy who ever played this game...If he were alive today I would picture a six-foot-six-inch 260-pound defensive tackle who would always make the big plays and...

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