Bring God into your life like never before with this easy-to-read, fresh approach to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
“. . . highly readable . . . superb . . . theologically sound
and succinct. . . personable and energetic. . .”
– BlueInk Reviews, starred review
“. . . eloquent and inviting. . . makes all the elements
of [the Jesus] narrative feel fresh. . . bracingly enthusiastic. . .”
– Kirkus Reviews
Can you think of a book that walks you through the life of Jesus as if you were there—from birth to resurrection—that’s not too thick, easy-to-read, and totally relatable for modern, busy, and sometimes skeptical readers?
Until now, there wasn’t one.
Here’s a completely fresh approach to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ for today’s adults and youth. Watch it all happen on this historically accurate guided tour through Jesus’s life, much of it written in present tense as if watching a movie.
With love, hope, and even humor, come to know Him as a real person. Watch as He dramatically unveils Himself as the God of all creation and the Savior of the world. Find insights and solutions for even your toughest, modern problems.
One lifelong Christian reader said,
“This book changed everything for me because now I see Him as a real person. God was always this unattainably perfect ‘something’ out there. But I never understood that He came here to show me what He was like.”
No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, the Spirit of God will whisper how it all applies to your life as you ponder the thought-provoking questions at the end of most chapters. The non-judgmental tone, evidence-oriented approach to building faith, and short chapters make this the ideal book about Christ for today’s insanely busy, sometimes skeptical readers.
This book takes a “Shared Faith Perspective” by focusing on the common core of Christian beliefs instead of focusing on denominational differences.
The real joy of being a Christian comes when we truly believe in Christ, love Him, and strive to follow Him. But how can we do that without knowing the details of His life?
This book takes the reader’s gospel experience to the next level by bringing us right beside Jesus to where we are absolutely astounded by Him.
And for all of us living in the “Twitter era,” the simple explanations and explicit connections to modern situations make His light more applicable and satisfying than ever.
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No Other Book about Jesus Quite Like This
After all of the lengthy, exhaustively researched works about the life and teachings of Jesus on the market today, most readers crave something short and sweet.
Why this Book is So Effective
- Makes Jesus “a real person” and relatable to us today.
- Uses simple language yet packs a powerful experience.
- Assumes no prior knowledge of the Bible whatsoever.
- Offers modern life examples and questions.
- Treats the reader with respect, love, and without judgment.
Whether you’re merely curious about the facts of Jesus’s life or you want to deepen your spiritual journey, as you study Christ’s life and teachings, the Spirit of God will teach you what they mean for you personally and inspire you to act. (See John 14:26 and John 16:13)
Who this Book is For
- New Christians
- Anyone whose faith feels stale and unrewarding
- Anyone seeking a “like you there” experience with Jesus
- Young adults
- Bible study groups
- Anyone with difficulty reading English
- Anyone who struggles to understand scripture
Amazon Reader Reviews:
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“. . . If there were six stars, I would give this book a six. . . I loved this book and will read it over and over and share it with family and friends. I teach Bible in a Christian high school and cannot think of a more timely book to present to my students, as a means for them to understand how relevant our Savior’s life is to their generation, and every generation.”
“. . . transformative, faith promoting, and educational. I believe [the author] succeeds masterfully on all fronts.”
“. . . I am an atheist but have been baptized and gone through confirmation. I learned more in this book then I did in a childhood’s worth of sitting in church. . . His voice is authoritative, educational, and thought-provoking. . . The book is very descriptive, allowing you to truly feel like you are watching the story of Jesus Christ as if it’s a movie.
Facebook Reader Review:
“. . . a breath of fresh air. It’s very modern and easy to understand for my generation.”
“. . . a wonderful approach for coming to know our beloved Savior Jesus Christ.”
~ Ed J. Pinegar, author of Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the Garden Tomb
“. . . a beautiful gem of a book. . . lucidly written . . . accessible for anyone. You cannot read through this treatise without weighing introspectively the significance of Christ’s life, his words and his actions to your life. For that reason, this is a resource that I will highly recommend to many people, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.”
~ Gary S. Comer, author of ReMission:Rethinking How Church Leaders Create Movement and Soul Whisperer.
“R. Christian Bohlen . . . has taken the story of Jesus and broken it down into challenging and relevant sections that directly connect to the lives of students. Many youth and churches will find this a very helpful addition to their spiritual journey.”
~ Stephen Ingram, author of Hollow Faith and Organic Youth Ministry.
What Qualifies the Author to Write a Book about Christ?
The life of Jesus is not to be treated lightly. It must be studied and presented with great care and reverence.
For over 30 years, the author has been designing audience-appropriate learning experiences. He is accustomed to interviewing experts and leveraging research to produce high-quality materials to make learning comfortable, enjoyable, and effective.
He makes no claim of original views about the life of Jesus. He is not adding to the mix of opinions. His goal is to provide busy, modern readers with a traditional, conservative, simple, short, and sweet spiritual experience with Jesus Christ by leveraging research and commentary from trusted sources representing varied denominations with conservative views. (Read the faith position statement on About this Site.)
In the Twitter era, fewer people read lengthy books. The need for a new approach—a fresh design—was great. And there was nothing like it.
Today, there is.
Learn more About the Author.
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About the Publisher and Editors
Carpenter’s Son Publishing is headed up by Larry Carpenter. With over 27 years of experience in the publishing industry, Larry is one of the few people who has worked in all aspects of the book industry including publishing, wholesale distribution, and full-service distribution.
Larry entered the book business in 1987, joining Ingram Book Company as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was promoted to President and CEO of Ingram’s Spring Arbor division in 1997. In 2000, he started his own distribution company, FaithWorks. After FaithWorks was purchased by STL Distribution, Carpenter joined Thomas Nelson as Vice President of Marketing. In 2008, he became President and Publisher of Standard Publishing. He started Christian Book Services, the parent company of Carpenter’s Son, in 2010. Larry has also served on the board of the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association.
The book was developed with editing support from Angela Eschler & Associates. Angela is a best-selling author with Deseret Book and her colleagues have rich experience with both Deseret and Covenant Communications. This excerpt from my Acknowledgements page sums up my depth of admiration and gratitude to this team: “My wholehearted professional thanks go to Angela Eschler for her boundless patience and her accomplished team of editors, Michele Preisendorf, Emily Halverson, and Sabine Berlin. How you all labored with me and prayed over the success of this project. Your care went far beyond the professional requirement.”