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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The impact of Christianity lies in the ripple effect of transformed lives and communities. The common factor associated with this dynamic is the experience of Jesus. This is the premise of John Pritchard's book which sees 'who is this Jesus?' as the big question to get people engaging with.

'Living Jesus' recognises the confusion of many in the face of the immense diversity of religion. Bishop John sees Jesus as one who can simplify the religious quest, deepen spiritual life and unify with minimal exclusion. The book starts by a critical celebration of different popular visions of Jesus: gentle, judge, professor, politician etc. It moves on to affirm the Jesus found in Christian tradition: 'generous evangelical, earthy catholic, Spirit-led 'charismatic', thoughtful liberal'.

The gospel of Jesus is described as a slow-burning fuse with explosive consequences, as in its impact on slavery. Like other religions Christianity has become 'the fall-guy for blind nationalism, when religion is the label but not what's in the tin'. The book has many such images that help counter negative perceptions along with positive affirmation of Jesus as centre point of history and the world's hope to the end of time.

The living Jesus written of is not just one to be found but one who is in a quest to find us all. In communicating this the writer comes across as one possessing spiritual authority. The chapter on Jesus as partner in prayer highlights the reality of Jesus in both spiritual consolation (in-sight) and desolation (night-sight). The author's pastoral experience of being with those in pain and suffering nervous collapse himself are deftly woven into the narrative.

`Living Jesus' concludes by celebrating the positive role of the arts in Christian tradition and by providing a reasoned examination of the place of Jesus in relation to other world faiths. The book's achievement as an invitation to think around Jesus is consolidated by a concluding series of biblically based group bible studies.

The Revd Dr John Twisleton, Rector of Horsted Keynes, West Sussex UK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2010
Living Jesus is an interesting, informative book that does not preach nor try to indoctrinate. This is a most useful book highly suitable for individual reading or for group work.
An excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2010
A good resource for study, especially in House groups. Easy to read and relevant selection of prompts for discussion. Also very good as a read for an individual, thought provoking and following the Bishops theme for the Oxford Diocese.
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on 7 December 2014
'Living Jesus' is such an intelligent, wise and thought provoking book. It examines, with great intellectual integrity, the different ways Jesus has been and is seen in culture, and also what 'a personal relationship' with Jesus can possibly mean. It's full of wisdom and compassion and does not shy away from looking at the dark side of Christianity, whilst also being a book which will really challenge, strengthen and help Christian readers in their faith. On page 42, for example, John Pritchard writes : 'A Christian is not someone who tries hard, goes to church a lot and has the truth captured, boxed and safely on a shelf. A Christian is someone who has put his or her life together with Christ, in a relationship of trust'. He then goes on to look at what this relationship with the living Jesus has to offer in face of climate change, the immorality of many big business corporations, and other challenges in the modern world, but it retains its emphasis on the personal faith relationship. I think it is wonderful.
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on 3 February 2014
This is the first book by John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford, that I've read. It's full of sane thoughts and practical wisdom from a man who neither blows his own trumpet nor talks down to his readers. I like him! Highly recommended for anyone who is tired or stale in their spiritual walk, or simply fed up with the usual sectarian nonsense.

There are many books in print about Jesus. Some are downright sceptical. Others are full of bluster. This one is quietly inspiring. It may just help to keep your faith alive. Here's some great advice from Pritchard: "Don't remain adolescent in your faith. Move on - grow."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2013
This is the first time I have read anything by John Pritchard. A good read and I will probably get more of his books in the future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2010
A brilliant book that examines the character of Jesus and puts Him into your life. Highly recommended for those who are beginning their journey into Faith but is also an excellent reminder of His power for all Christians.

The book is written in plain English and the Author illustrates and explains his messages with germane references to other sources. A thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
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My regret is that John Pritchard is a Bishop - he is far too good a parish priest to waste time in the House of Bishops!! Wish he was my PP!!
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