Monday, October 14, 2013

Book Review: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

A few thoughts and points from Sitting at the Feet of Rabbit Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg.

Quotable: "While the Gospels record many instances of Jesus instantly healing people's illnesses, we know of not even one instance in which he simply waved his hand to immediately fix an ugly habit for one of his disciples.  Instead, he simply kept teaching and correcting them, giving them time to grow." p56
"Unlike other gods, Israel's God was not confined to a geographic location, not even to the temple in Jerusalem. Instead of showing reverence for a certain place, the Jewish people have been able, through Sabbaths and other holy days, to sanctify time itself." p124

What I Liked: This was a great overview of some of the basics of Jesus' day to day life and practice.  I love the pictures and facts that the authors brought out that can illuminate the Bible as you read the stories of Jesus.  Jesus was (is?) a Jewish Rabbi, which has implications on how he did things and why he did them.  How Jesus did things has implications on how we should point people to Jesus and disciple them to be like him.  This book is a great primer on that subject for anyone to read.

What I Didn't Like: Despite the application questions at the end of each chapter, I didn't feel there was a lot of actual application I could take away and do.  It was more of an informational book than I expected.  Good information to be sure, but still just that.

2013 Personal Impact Ranking: 
  1. T4T by Steve Smith
  2. What Jesus Started by Steve Addison*
  3. What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp*
  4. Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin*
  5. How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex by Stan and Brenna Jones*
  6. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg*
*I own this one and you'd be welcome to borrow it.

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