Living Jesus

Living Jesus
John Pritchard, SPCK, 2010

£9.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

‘Vividly conveys how opening our hearts to Christ can release the transformative power of love … into our broken and needy world.’ Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

What do you get and how?

Book, with course material at the back. Potential 11 sessions e.g.:

  • Jesus – a personal obsession.
  • Jesus – the magnificent outsider.
  • Jesus – the world’s hope.
  • Jesus – crazy about the Church.
  • Jesus – in a world of pain.
  • Jesus – in a world of faiths.
  • Jesus – to the end of time.

Bookshops or order online.

Who is it for?

Growing Christians

Cost?

£9.99 eBook £9.99 www.spck.org.uk; £7.83 Kindle £5.99 www.amazon.co.uk.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Attractive book cover and nicely set out font.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Clear titles to each chapter

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Powerful, entertaining and honest engagement with the big issues of faith and the world. Group notes at the back of the book, with minimal directions but simple format: Way in (Bible passage and introductory questions), Way through (questions engaging with the relevant chapter), Way forward (application), Deeper (Prayer). Room for imagination too. Format may be simple but the questions are tough and challenging engagements with huge issues.

    Who could lead it?

    Could be shared around group.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Just the one book – idea being to read the relevant chapter beforehand. Clear titles and subtitles to each chapter. Engaging and lively writing.

    How good is any digital material?

    N/A

    How much prep will I have to do?

    A little – suggestions for music, candles, notes, other interactive materials. Reading of chapter.

    Is there website support? Links?

    N/A

    Is it dated?

    No

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Question and discussion based. Some suggestions for communal prayer.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Thought-provoking material, based on reading the chapter. Mix of reading, discussion, prayerful response. Some hands-on activities. Unlikely to suit low-literacy groups.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Imaginative, honest and lively but still based on chapter reading, so participants need to be comfortable with this. Unlikely to suit low-literacy groups.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Way forward section encourages a variety of responses to the material, both personal and communal.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Relevant ‘anchor' passage with time for reflection and later pertinent question.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Woven into the theme and always relevant. Many references to biblical sources to support chapter arguments.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Applied to broad theme or to more personal or communal application depending on topic.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Broad Anglican background.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Big picture engagement with the big issues and challenges of faith.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Group material is question-based, encouraging participants to work out implications for themselves.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    A particular strength of this book's style and message.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Unflinching engagement with the biggest challenges of life and faith, with open questions to encourage discussion.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Invites discussion about how to do this sensitively.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Big concepts are applied to local and personal situations particularly in the Way forward section.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Head on discussion about major global issues. Truthful and challenging.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Wrestles honestly with the implications of this in relating to those of other faiths, without diluting Jesus' command of Matthew 28:19.

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