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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Rediscover Jesus: An Invitation

Rediscover Jesus: An InvitationRediscover Jesus: An Invitation by Matthew Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from my parish.

This book is an invitation. It invites us to rediscover Jesus. The premise of the book is that people are looking for ways to nurture their soul rather than destroy it, and that Jesus is the way to do that. It challenges the reader to truly get an understanding of Jesus, and to follow him. Many people know about Jesus, and are familiar with the story (it's been told often enough on TV and movies), but don't really know Jesus. The book invites us to reread the gospels and understand Jesus.

The book is divided into 40 short chapters. It could be used as a Lenten meditation, reading a chapter a day. Each chapter contains a point to ponder, a verse to live, a question to consider, and a short prayer. This is a lot to think about. He also invites us not to just read the gospels, but meditate on their meaning. He describes a prayer process to get the most out of prayer. Briefly, the process is this:
1. Gratitude
2. Awareness
3. Significant moments
4. Peace
5. Freedom
6. Others
7. The Our Father

The book is easy to read. The challenge is living it. I know I have problems trying to live up to what the book says. I know I'm not perfect, but I can try to get better. This book would be a great guide for that.

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