I received a copy of THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST: 1000 DAYS by Jonathan Falwell, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. This book follows the life of Jesus, mainly during his final one thousand days. It really brought the Bible to life in a very personable way. Jesus becomes a real person, rather than a powerful figure in history and religion.
The writing is very smooth. It flows well from one page to the next, and feels more like a novel than religious nonfiction. It also works well in a group setting. The chapters end with questions for individual reflection and small group discussion. This way, when my family and I read it separately, we can come together by analyzing these thought-provoking questions.
My favorite section involved Jesus’ messages from the cross. This line, from page 160, stands out to me the most: “People don’t always manage to speak profound words as their last, but Jesus’ dying words were highly important.” The messages are breathtaking.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to connect with Jesus on a more personal level. It is great for self-help and for groups. Since the chapters are short, it also works well for a daily morning read: read a chapter every morning so that you can ponder the message throughout the day.