Official Review: The Words of Jesus by Lois Rader

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Official Review: The Words of Jesus by Lois Rader

Post by melissy370 » 20 May 2018, 20:11

[Following is an official review of "The Words of Jesus" by Lois Rader.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Lois Rader spent years using a reading guide for her Bible study. Soon she found herself not satisfied with that and wanting more. She felt the Holy Spirit leading her into a unique Bible study that encompassed over a year of examining the red-letter words (words attributed to Jesus). The outcome is her creating a devotional book titled The Words of Jesus. She found that when we get caught up in the narrative so much we miss the point Jesus is making. Each chapter is divided up into themes and have corresponding sayings of Jesus that go with it. For example, the first chapter's topic is "Jesus' Early Ministry" and all of Jesus' remarks from the beginning of his teaching years are in it. After reading what Jesus spoke, Radar gives follow-up questions to delve further into the meaning behind the axioms.

I found this devotional comforting and revitalizing. I sometimes have a penchant for skimming the story because I think I know the gist. But, because all I had was Jesus' words, it was easier to zone in on his points. The sole focus on Jesus' words drew me out of my own Bible study routine and gave me more insights into the scriptures. Background information is important in putting Jesus' words into context, so sometimes Radar would ask the reader to read other passages to get a fuller perception of what was happening. I thought that this was a useful approach to understanding the whole gospel.

Radar's study questions ranged from simple to the more profound. By simple I mean it would be "what do you think about this passage?" Some other questions would probe deeper, and I would often sit back and mull it over more. One such question was after Jesus speaks on the cross saying, "It is finished." The author asks, "What is finished? Jesus' work on earth or the old covenant?" For most of us, we at once think of his work being finished, but the latter part of the query is plausible too. Being saved by adhering to the old covenant's divine laws ended when Jesus died on the cross and in its place came salvation by faith in his name.

The author provides more information on the history during that time and the meaning of words spoken to enhance the understanding of the passage. In one of Jesus' famous parables, he talks about getting a camel through the eye of a needle. The "eye of a needle" pertains to an opening in the wall of a city and sheds light on the broader meaning of this parable. When Jesus curses a fig tree, its physical attributes hold the key in why he withered it. In Greek, the word "hand" means "power" and the word "right" indicates the hand we reach out with and which we receive. So, Jesus' usage of the term "right hand" is calculated when he declares that we should cut off our "right hand" if it makes us sin.

I wish I could say the book was perfect, but I can't. There were a few punctuation and grammatical errors. Also, the arrangement of the narrative was off periodically with the subtitles. The subtitle would be "Jesus is Tempted," but Jesus is talking to Simon and changing his name to Peter. Or a subtitle would be placed in between Jesus' words and the study questions. Sometimes the font color was incorrect. All of Jesus' words were in red, but occasionally, so was the name of the book of the Bible and its verses. All these though were minor, and it did not hinder my reading too much.

I give Lois Radar's book The Words of Jesus 3 out of 4 stars for its ingenuity and clarity in presenting a different way of learning Jesus' teachings. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to deepen their faith or are looking for a fresh way to study Christianity. New believers or anyone who is curious about Jesus' sayings would benefit as well. The Bible can intimidate some in its entirety and the red-letter words only being read for starters is more assessable.

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Post by agboola adenike » 23 May 2018, 05:35

this is really nice and should be kept by both young and the old, full explanation about the doubted meanings in verses in the bible are being done, I'll recommend this book for those who love the gospel and wish to know more about the gospel

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Post by teacherjh » 23 May 2018, 10:01

This sounds intriguing. I enjoy finding out about the deeper meanings in scripture.
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Post by stacie k » 23 May 2018, 10:27

This could possibly be a useful tool for personal Bible study. I always appreciate a nudge to dig deeper to draw out the meaning and encourage application. Thanks for your thoughtful review!
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Post by crediblereading2 » 23 May 2018, 10:46

I am thankful that someone is able to put all of Jesus's words into a book and analyze their deeper meanings. This is truly inspirational. Great review.

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Post by cpru68 » 23 May 2018, 18:56

This one looks inviting to me because I do love devotionals. It sounds like the author did a great job in putting it together so that Bible readers will enjoy its deep meaning. This one just may have to go on my overflowing shelf! Great job on the review, and maybe those errors will get tidied up to make it perfect.
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Post by SABRADLEY » 23 May 2018, 22:42

I'm glad it touches upon the symbolic meanings of biblical phrases. Too often, people take everything so literally and the result is a potentially harmful viewpoint and completely skewed. Thank you for a great review.

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Post by Libs_Books » 25 May 2018, 01:47

Thanks for a thorough review. This book sounds like a useful guide. I'm not sure that any of the information is new, but it might be handy to have it all pulled together in this context.

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Post by Dolor » 25 May 2018, 02:16

Because of the difference in faith, I would like to skip reading this book. It's in the eyes of faith that Christians believe that Jesus is God despite he eats, drinks, thirsts, and all... like humans. In the islamic faith, Jesus peace be upon him is one of God's messengers. Both Christian and the Islamic faith will think each other's claim blasphemous. Thanks for your detailed review.

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Post by Britty01 » 25 May 2018, 09:12

Thank you for the insightful review. I think this would be a good read for anyone who wants to dig deeper into their faith and explore questions they might have.

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Post by Gabrielumaru » 25 May 2018, 15:32

The words of Jesus.
the write-up gives clearity and explanation to some statements which may seem confusing. An inspiration to the lover of the true gospel.

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Post by Momiji1987 » 27 May 2018, 03:38

I would be interested in reading this book based on the in-depth look at the particular meaning and message in Jesus’ words. Well-written review!

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