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not for the light reader
on 19 October 2009
Indeed, not for any but the most serious reader. I gave this 3 stars only because I expected this to be a book that spoke clearly to the person with a strong interest in the life of Jesus Christ and hoped the writer would elucidate His life. But, I have to say, this is very thick stuff to wade through. Perhaps it is a clumsy translation, or perhaps the author is just too much of an academic used to negotiating truths with other deeply in-the-know academics in his field.
I must admit, at times light shines through and you see Pope Benedict as a true follower of Christ who knows The LORD Jesus as his personal saviour. This is not a book about the life of Jesus Christ in the way that another religious writer might write about the life of Mohammad, Moses or the Buddha. It is a book written by someone who has an intimate, living, personal relationship with the living Christ. As such it is so hopeful for this great church he leads.
But, perhaps I lack quiet times of enough intensity to sit down and make the most of this book. I am quite a serious reader, but this one has proven just a bit too hard for me to wade through, I confess.