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Publisher's Summary

Everyone has their own vision of Jesus - an all-powerful defender of the faith, a wise rabbi, a stained-glass cathedral image, or a soft and fluffy Sunday school flannelboard likeness. But the question of who Jesus really was and what his life was like has fascinated generations of Christians. Best selling author and respected journalist Philip Yancey takes a deeper look at the Christ of the Gospels. From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey reveals a complex character, a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who aims to transform your life and faith radically. The Jesus I Never Knew is a piercingly honest interpretation of the life and character of Jesus of Nazareth by a writer unafraid to tackle Christianity's most difficult issues in order to enhance our perspective and understanding.
©1999 Philip Yancey (P)1999 by The Zondervan Corporation
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5 out of 5 stars
By R. Whitten on 07-11-03

Makes you think

I really like a book that makes me think "outside the box", and the box I most want to think outside of is the notions of religion I grew up with. Don't get me wrong -- I love the church, and it has, actually served me well for the most part. But it took me 30 some years to get past some of the ideas I formed early on about who Jesus was and what he thought. This book was part of that process, and served to sum up what much of what I had come to so far, as well as pushing me past to challenge some of my thinking even further.

While some would like to put him in a box as a very nice man who made people feel good about themselves, or maybe a gentle religious teacher, this is not the man presented by the New Testament. This book goes to the parts that the Sunday School teachers glossed over -- the dangerous words an actions.

If you've never met the real Jesus of the Bible, and you've been chewing for years on the milk-toast image you learned as a child, it is time. Read this book.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Deborah on 03-21-07

Poor audio quality

Phil Yancy is great, this book is great, but the recording was obviously copied from a tape cassette - very poor quality, made worse by the narrator's deep monotone voice. But I found no other recordings available, so this is apparently the only choice for us who choose to listen to books.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 01-06-07

a wonderful human description of Christ

If you are thinking of buying this and have not listened to the unabridged version I would recommend that you did that first.

The first thing I must say is that the quality of the recording is quite poor, although I got used to it after a while, that said it is completely fascinating, the additional 6 hours are well worth listening to.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Fish on 04-18-16

Too much music

Would you try another book written by Philip Yancey or narrated by Bill Richards?

I cannot listen to this book. Every chapter starts with music which is played over the voice of the reader. I bought an audio book not a music album.

What did you like best about this story?

I do not know I could not use the audiobook to find out.

How could the performance have been better?

No music.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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