First Time We Saw Him, The

Awakening to the Wonder of Jesus

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Pub Date 17 Jun 2014 | Archive Date 05 Aug 2014

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Scripture tells us that the words of Jesus made people uncomfortable, confused, angry, repentant, worshipful, and riotous. Today, we read the words of Christ in a steady, even tone and find ourselves wondering if maybe we're missing something. Could it be that we've lost the emotional power of Jesus's words simply because we're too familiar with them?

With incredible insight into the surprising and unsettling aspects of Jesus's parables and life, Matt Mikalatos reimagines familiar stories and parables in a modern-day setting, bringing alive all the controversy and conflict inherent in the originals. Emotional, sometimes humorous, and even jaw-dropping, these stories raise provocative questions and offer a glimpse of Jesus as his contemporaries must have seen him.

Scripture tells us that the words of Jesus made people uncomfortable, confused, angry, repentant, worshipful, and riotous. Today, we read the words of Christ in a steady, even tone and find ourselves...


Advance Praise

"So much of what we know about Christ is wrapped up in narrative--either stories about Jesus or parables told by Jesus. Considering this, it is difficult to underscore the importance of understanding these Gospel stories. But grasping their true meanings is a formidable task for those of us who are separated from them chronologically, geographically, culturally, and politically. In The First Time We Saw Him, Matt Mikalatos retains the scandal and surprise of the most famous Gospel narratives while recasting them in modern language that ignites the imagination and awakens the soul. This book will have you seeing aspects of the gospel anew and leave you wondering, 'Who wouldn't want to know a Jesus like this?'"

Jonathan Merritt, author of Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined; senior columnist for Religion News Service

"Matt Mikalatos extracts the best-known stories of the Gospels from their ancient setting and inserts them boldly into a modern context. Here, biblical characters appear more vulnerable, immediate, and accessible. This is a must-read for Christians seeking a fresh look at the living, breathing Christ."

Josh D. McDowell, author and speaker

"In this highly original book, Matt Mikalatos situates Jesus in contemporary settings with great insight and storytelling skills. In doing so, he ups the ante in our understanding of Jesus in ways that are unsettling, challenging, poignant, and inspiring all at the same time. No Christian will be able to remain complacent about his or her faith journey after reading this book."

Tom Krattenmaker, contributing columnist for USA Today; author of The Evangelicals You Don't Know

"So much of what we know about Christ is wrapped up in narrative--either stories about Jesus or parables told by Jesus. Considering this, it is difficult to underscore the importance of understanding...


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