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Saturday, April 30, 2011

1000 Days: The Ministry of Christ

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The title of this book brings to mind JFK or the second wife of Henry VIII, both who made a special mark for a thousand days and were remembered for quite longer than that. This book is about someone who also shined for a brief moment -- the title refers to the days of his public ministry (a matter that honestly is an estimate) -- and explains how he enabled humanity to obtain true peace and happiness.

The book is meant for individual enlightenment and group discussion, each chapter -- lesson plan like -- have questions for individual reflection and/or small group discussion. An extended Bible Study Guide and summary of 100 Main Events in Jesus' Life is also included. There in no index, which is unfortunate. The author is the son of Rev. Jerry Falwell, himself a pastor and media commentator/columnist.

I have not read too many biblical analysis type books of this nature, so cannot honestly say how it compares with others. Nonetheless, I am unsure -- other than the author's celebrity -- the particular draw of this book. The writing is average, neither good or bad really. Some thought it cliche-ridden or such, but there are various standard themes, so not sure what that quite means. Some dispute its arguments. I am not a biblical scholar. I cannot dispute it on that level.

Still, especially for the newcomer, the book didn't really pull you in or offer much in way of novelty or must read material. If it was a required reading or a means to examine the material, fine enough. A nod for its attempts to make a personal connection and suggest the radical nature of belief in Jesus Christ.

Average. 2.5 stars.