05 February 2011

Book Review | King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus By Timothy Keller

Product Details
Hardcover: 256 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525952101
ISBN-13: 978-0525952107
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
Author: Timothy Keller

Synopsis: Reverend Timothy Keller, the bestselling author of The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Counterfeit Gods, now shares his deepest insights about the life of Jesus. He approaches that life through the Gospel of Mark, generally accepted to be the earliest of the four gospels. (Hand-selling tip: Reverend Keller has been praised for his "intellectual, brimstone-free sermons." He has been called "a C.S. Lewis for the twenty-first century.")

Kirkus Reviews
Exploring the life of Jesus through the Gospel of Mark.
Preacher and author Keller (Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just, 2010, etc.) provides a fresh biography of Jesus from an evangelical standpoint. Focusing on Mark, the earliest, shortest and most direct of the four gospels, the author paints a picture of a savior who was sure of his own identity and fate while most of those around him were not. Keller locates various themes from Mark's narrative and discusses each in turn, grouped under two major headings: "The King," regarding Jesus' identity, and "The Cross," regarding his purpose. In discussing the identity of Jesus, the author describes him as a man both deeply imbedded within his culture and times while also living counter to them in many ways. Jesus never doubted his identity or his ability and indeed made it clear from the beginning that he was not merely the messiah, but something more than what his culture had expected in the messiah—he was God's son. Of course, writes Keller, few understood the magnitude of his identity and his message. Moving on to Jesus' ultimate purpose—or from a broader standpoint, the purpose of his incarnation—the author describes a man aware of his upcoming sacrifice, and indeed, a man in continual sacrifice, as he had descended from heaven to live on earth. This sacrifice is the true model for human love: "All real, life-changing love is substitutionary sacrifice." Keller's work is more than a description of Jesus; it is also peppered with pastoral advice. His goal is for the reader to better understand Jesus in order to better imitate his life. Unlike the many academic and sensational biographies of Jesus in recent years, this one takes faith in Jesus largely for granted. The narrative is well-researched, with numerous references to authors as diverse as C.S. Lewis and Franz Kafka, but Keller does not attempt to prove Jesus' divinity or find the "historical Jesus."
Captivating reading from a Christian perspective.

About the author: Timothy Keller started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan in 1989. Today Redeemer has more than 5,000 regular Sunday attendees, plus the members of more than one hundred new churches around the world. Also the bestselling author of The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Counterfeit Gods, he lives in New York City.

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