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Life of Christ [Paperback]

Fulton J. Sheen
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31 Dec 1977

Widely proclaimed a classic work of Christian faith, Life of Christ has been hailed as the most eloquent of Fulton J. Sheen's many books. The fruit of many years of reflection, prayer, and research, it is a dramatic and moving recounting of the birth, life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ, and a passionate portrait of the God-Man, the teacher, the healer, and, most of all, the Savior, whose promise has sustained humanity for two millenia.

With his customary insight and reverence, Sheen interprets the Scripture and describes Christ not only in historical perspective but also in exciting and contemporary terms -- seeing in Christ's life both modern parallels and timeless lessons. His thoughtful, probing analysis provides new insight into well-known Gospel events.

An appealing blend of philosophy, history, and biblical exegesis, from the best-known and most-loved American Catholic leader of the twentieth century, Life of Christ has long been a source of inspiration and guidance. For those seeking to better understand the message of Jesus Christ, this vivid retelling of the greatest story ever lived is a must-read.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell; New edition edition (31 Dec 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385132204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385132206
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.2 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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History is full of men who have claimed that they came from God, or that they were gods, or that they bore messages from God-Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, Christ, Lao-tze, and thousands of others, right down to the person who founded a new religion this very day. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars life of Christ - Fulton Sheen 13 April 2010
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I found this book among my late father's effects. I have read it twice over the last couple of years and can only say that it opened up my understanding of the New Testament and some prophesies of the old testament. Although I have been a church attender all my life (over 60yrs) it was like moving from black and white TV to High Definition. The purpose of Christ's life and the explanation of things in the gospels which I have never even noticed were there were truly mindblowing. I use the book on a weekly basis where there are references in it to the relevant Sunday gospel readings. I intend to buy copies for all my grandchildren when they are confirmed because I feel that would be an ideal time for them to become acquainted a book of this inspirational quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great work 9 Mar 2012
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Archbishop Fulton Sheen is a writer of considerable stature whose account of the life of Christ is a masterpiece. He probes the meaning of this life with wonderful insight. This book is very readable and has been a great contribution to Christian literature. Very highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 July 2014
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Excellent book snd service. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on the Life of our Lord 24 Mar 2003
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Fulton Sheen's book Life of Christ is a literary masterpiece. Sheen brilliantly navigates through the life of our Lord and highlights some of the more touching moments, while really bringing to life the moments that often get overlooked. Most importantly, this book will help you to nurture and inculcate a deeper and more profound love for Jesus Christ.
Sheen's treatment of Jesus' childhood is masterful. His narrations of Jesus' presentation in the Temple is so moving and spectacular that it will almost bring tears to your eyes. Sheen highlights that throughout Jesus' young life the cross was always looming over him and accompanying him wherever our Lord went.
Most of the book deals with Jesus' public ministry and Sheen does an excellent job of probing the gospel accounts for deeper spiritual insight. His constant references to the cross are always highlighted by His appeals to His resurrection and glory. Sheen illustrates how the apostles only wanted a bread king or a political Messiah, but never a suffering Messiah who was a sacrifice for our sins. It would be impossible for me to highlight all of the wonderful topics Sheen discusses in this book, but his treatment of Jesus' public ministry and his true reason for becoming a man are always highlighted throughout the book.
This book is perfect for anyone wishing to understand Jesus on a more intimate level, but it is also perfect of pastors and church leaders who wish to use this material for future lessons and sermons. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wished to know more about Jesus because when it comes to our redemption, Jesus is the only thing that truly matters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the life of christ 2 Dec 1999
By J. M. Williams - Published on
I am not a Catholic and I don't share all the views of this life of Jesus, but I have to say it is a wonderful presentation of the Gospel and of the Divine Jesus. I would recommend highly that everyone read this book. The insight of Bishop Sheen is astounding. It is a wonderful way for laymen to benefit from a man of God who obviously dedicated a large part of his life seeking the Creator, and then presented Him to the rest of us. Please read this book and take the adventure yourself to meet Jesus,the source of life and the way to salvation. You will not regret it and I'm betting it's message will remain forever etched in your being. I just want to say, Please read it! .
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5.0 out of 5 stars At once profound and accessible 13 Jun 2000
By Richard T. Rossiter - Published on
This book more than any other demonstrates the ability of Bishop Sheen to bring heavenly concepts down to earth. Bishop Sheen reawakens the magic of those familiar gospel stories, which we learned to listen to with half a heart. I found myself reading the sections such as the "the women caught in adultery" over and over again. Each page offers an insight into the mind of Christ. This book is a novel, a theological work and above all a prayer.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will get you to know and love Jesus more. 7 Aug 1999
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I always liked Bishop Sheen but this book in telling all about the life of Christ by quoting scripture and then elaborating on each quote is Bishop Sheen's, in my opinion, best and most important work. It explains the time and circumstances around each quote. This book has helped me realize more fully how much Our Lord suffered for me and how much he loves me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get closer to the Lord.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly remarkable work 19 Sep 2001
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Fulton Sheen is arguably at his best in his "Life of Christ", which, as he said in the book's introduction, he wrote "when gall did mix with ink in those dark hours". Suffused with scriptural references, exegetical insights, and a truly down-to-earth manner of bringing to the reader what is important in each Gospel narrative of this Nazorean called the God-Man, Fulton Sheen conveys to the reader a Person's life that is hard to reject, is hard to spurn once understood. This is a book that must be read a number of times over a period of one's life for a full benefit to indwell in the reader. Combined with Sheen's "The Priest Is Not His Own", "The World's First Love", and "Go To Heaven", the "Life of Christ" emerges with them as the working of a truly gifted and genuinely kind-hearted communicator, a text which marks Sheen as one of the truly inspiring religious writers of the 20th Century.
When I met Fulton Sheen at his office in 366 5th Avenue in 1966 I departed thinking to myself "Only one such person comes along every hundred years like this Bishop". When I read his "Life of Christ" for the first time in 1970 and most recently last year, I knew that what I thought in 1966 was truer than I had ever imagined.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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