3 Books to Deepen Your Delight in Jesus

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I have a new book coming out in early 2017 titled God among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leader (Baker Books). In this new volume, I compare Jesus with Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, and Muhammad. In preparation for writing my new book, I read close to 100 books about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and about the sages of the world’s religions. In light of all that reading, I want to highlight three books that stand out in terms of revealing great insights about the person of Jesus Christ. All three of these books differ in reading level and touch on topics such as Jesus’s identity, deity, and historicity.

1. Who Is This Jesus? by Michael Green

Michael Green, an insightful Christian theologian and apologist, addresses all the basic issues and questions concerning Jesus. Green discusses Jesus’s unique self-identity, his healing and teaching ministry, as well as the major events of his life, including his atoning death and bodily resurrection from the dead. Written for the layman, this book does a great job of introducing the extraordinary person of Jesus Christ for all who yearn to learn more about him. Who Is This Jesus? is the perfect book to give to someone who is just beginning their faith journey as a Christian or to the believer who wants to learn more about Christ’s mission, message, and identity.

2. Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ by Robert M. Bowman Jr. and J. Ed Komoszewski

This book does a wonderful job of presenting the biblical case for the deity of Jesus Christ. The work illustrates how Jesus uniquely possessed the honors, attributes, names, deeds, and seat of God. The authors also present the material using an engaging memory technique to help readers recall key points. Written as an introductory to intermediate level text, this book would be ideal for church study groups that want to focus on Jesus’s identity. I would also recommend this book to people who want to share their faith with individuals who deny the deity of Christ—such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses who knock on their door.

3. Jesus under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus, edited by Michael J. Wilkins and J. P. Moreland

Jesus under Fire discusses key issues surrounding Jesus’s life and ministry in eight scholarly essays written by leading evangelical academics in such fields as New Testament scholarship, Jesus studies, and Christian apologetics. The essays address the historicity of Jesus, his miracles, his resurrection, and his exclusive claims as Lord and Savior. This is an excellent book for someone who wants to learn how to address common skeptical challenges concerning the person of Jesus Christ. This book is also well suited for skeptics who have questions and objections concerning the traditional understanding of Jesus’s identity and mission.

These three helpful books have something significant to offer Christians no matter where they are in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ and historic Christianity. Reading these books about Jesus will help his followers grow intellectually and spiritually.

Reflections: Your Turn

What books about Jesus would you recommend?

  One thought on “3 Books to Deepen Your Delight in Jesus

  1. October 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I’ve read the 2nd one, and agree with your assessment. Will be on the lookout for the others. I appreciate book recommendations.

    • October 30, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you, Laura.

      I’m glad you are a reader.

      Best regards.

      Ken Samples

  2. October 31, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve dipped in and out of Jesus Under Fire, and I agree with your endorsement of it. It is a fine collection of essays. It has certainly strengthened my faith in very specific ways – e.g., Craig’s treatment of the historicity of the Resurrection.

    Thank you for suggesting the other two books, both of which I’ve not heard of nor read. I’ll be sure to check them out sometime soon.

    • November 1, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Chris:

      Greetings.

      Keep up the good reading.

      Ken Samples

  3. Monica temple
    November 2, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for these recommendations Ken. Many years ago, at a crucial juncture in my faith, a friend gave me a copy of The Signature of Jesus On the Pages of Our Lives by Brennan Manning. It had a profound influence on my relationship with Jesus.

    • November 2, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Hello, Monica.

      Thanks for your comments. I have one of Brennan Manning’s books in my library.

      Blessings.

      Ken Samples

  4. Tom W.
    November 3, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Jesus and the Logic of History by Paul Barnett. Also any Gary Habermas book.

  5. Aaron
    December 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Bought with Blood by Derek Prince.

    Down to layman terms as well. Spends a lot of time on why Jesus died on the cross using old and New Testament.

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