Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get to Know Jesus by Nancy I Sanders





He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"  Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."- Matthew 16:15-16



I love the heart of this author in proclaiming the Gospel message.  That is the thread that runs throughout the Get to Know series by author Nancy I Sanders.  I have written two other reviews of her books in the series including Get to Know Mary and Get to Know King David.  All of them end with Jesus.  He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

It is not hard for me to write this book review, because Jesus is the greatest topic we can ever discuss.  Ms. Sanders has included a wealth of information in this pocket-sized book about Him.  There are maps, photos of artifacts, works of art pertaining to His life, and other photographs of places in Israel where Jesus would have traveled. Her sources for her written material (not the photos, maps, or artwork) mainly include the four Gospels, but she has done a lot of research and so there is material she has gleaned from other places as well.  She includes many definitions of Biblical terminology, information sourced from historians and early Church fathers, who lived shortly after Jesus and lots of other interesting and educational facts about the life of Christ. Some of the chapter titles include A Special Birth, The TeacherMiracles, Preparing For Passover, and Unexpected News. Here is an interesting excerpt from a "Did You Know?" feature included in the text.


Did You Know?

Different people have done the math.  They've figured out how likely it would be for one person to fulfill every single prophecy about the Messiah.  The number has more zeros than one in a billion!  Many scholars agree this proves that Jesus is actually who he said he was...the Messiah, the Christ.


I learned new information while reading this book, gained a new perspective on some things, and read scriptures that I had not read before.  I especially liked the time that she spent talking about Him after His resurrection.  It is not something that is talked about a lot, and deserves further study.  It is what our belief in Him as Christians rests upon, that He was raised from the dead, and still lives today.

I recommend this book for any student of the Bible, young and old, who want to know more about Jesus.  This would be a great tool for churches to share with new young believers.  Homeschool families can also benefit from this book as part of their Bible study curriculum.  I am so glad it is now a part of our library!

Many blessings to you in your life with Him, whether just starting out, or you have been on this journey while!  And if you don't know Him already, check this post out to find out how you can start!

Much love in Him,

Beth


Disclaimer:  I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a review.  I was not required to give a favorable review.  The thoughts and opinions her are entirely my own.


To learn more about the author, Nancy I. Sanders, please visit her at her website nancyisanders.com.

To learn more about other books in the Get to Know series, visit www.zondervan.com.



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