No other person in the world has had an impact on humanity more than Jesus. You can see his influence all through the pages of Scripture (especially as you dig deeper into the 4 gospel accounts of His life). We would all do well to spend lots of time reading and reflecting on Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John on a regular basis. In addition to the gospels, here are 3 books about Jesus you should take a look at:
- Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola
“Virtually every other “Jesus biography” begins with the nativity account in Bethlehem. In this groundbreaking book, Sweet and Viola begin before time, in the Triune God, and tell the complete interconnected story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus: A Theography is the first book ever written to combine historical Jesus studies with biblical theology, crafting together one breathtaking saga that tells the Jesus story in both Old and New Testaments. This flagship book demonstrates clearly that every bit of Scripture is part of the same stunning drama, what the authors refer to as the theography of Jesus Christ.”
- Who Is This Man? by John Ortberg
“Jesus’ impact on our world is highly unlikely, widely inescapable, largely unknown, and decidedly double-edged. It is unlikely in light of the severe limitations of his earthly life; it is inescapable because of the range of impact; it is unknown because history doesn’t connect dots; and it is doubled-edged because his followers have wreaked so much havoc, often in his name. He is history’s most familiar figure, yet he is the man no one knows. His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental. From the Dark Ages to Post-Modernity he is the Man who won’t go away. And yet . . .you can miss him in historical lists for many reasons, maybe the most obvious being the way he lived his life. He did not loudly and demonstrably defend his movement in the spirit of a rising political or military leader. He did not lay out a case that history would judge his brand of belief superior in all future books. His life and teaching simply drew people to follow him. He made history by starting in a humble place, in a spirit of love and acceptance, and allowing each person space to respond. His vision of life continues to haunt and challenge humanity. His influence has swept over history bringing inspiration to what has happened in art, science, government, medicine, and education; he has taught humans about dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope.”
- Jesus: the Greatest Life of All by Charles R. Swindoll
“Journey with Chuck Swindoll through the life of Christ—from His divine birth, to His miracle-filled ministry, to His sacrificial death, and to His glorious resurrection and ascension. You’ll grow to know the Savior like you’ve never known Him. Jesus, the greatest Life of all, has much more to teach you.”
Erich’s note: you might enjoy the whole Great Lives from God’s Word Series by Swindoll.
Your turn… What are some other books on the life of Jesus we should take a look at?