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New York Times bestselling author and nationally renowned minister Timothy Keller unlocks new insights into the life of Jesus Christ. King's Cross is Timothy Keller's revelatory look at the life of Christ as told in the Gospel of Mark. There have been many biographies of Jesus, but few will be as anticipated as one by Keller, the man Newsweek calls "a C.S. Lewis for the twNew York Times bestselling author and nationally renowned minister Timothy Keller unlocks new insights into the life of Jesus Christ. King's Cross is Timothy Keller's revelatory look at the life of Christ as told in the Gospel of Mark. There have been many biographies of Jesus, but few will be as anticipated as one by Keller, the man Newsweek calls "a C.S. Lewis for the twenty-first century." In it, Keller shows how the story of Jesus is at once cosmic, historical, and personal, calling each of us to look anew at our relationship with God. Like Keller's other books it has tremendous crossover appeal, but it is also ideal for the faithful, those who are looking for a closer connection to Jesus and Christianity....

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King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus Reviews

  • John
    2018-12-21 18:40

    I'm all kinds of happy with this book. I've either liked or loved all of Keller's books. But this one is my favorite. It carries all of Keller's popular themes: justice, idols, gospel critique of religion, and worldview challenge. But they are all brought out from the text of the Gospel of Mark. The strength of this book is that it helped me trust in and love Christ more. Also, it's a wonderful example of reading the gospels. It's a wonderful book to read for devotions or hand to a skeptic.

  • Barb Terpstra
    2018-12-30 22:55

    I cannot recommend "King's Cross" highly enough. There were so many parts that spoke to me, that brought me to new awareness of the gift of Jesus to the World.How can it be that we have lost the urgency, the joy, the passion that is the real and true story of Jesus. Like C.S. Lewis, Timothy Keller opens my brain to new pathways of understanding of just how significant the death of Jesus on the cross is.I know this seems weird to say. I'm a Christian - one would think I'm feeling this all the time. But, I'm not. Honestly, sometimes I think I am more worried about hurting a person's feelings, or offending a person by sharing the story of Jesus. Keller explains gospel means "news that brings great joy"--why in the world wouldn't I be eager to share that with someone?How have we lost that? How have we let the world convince us that sharing Jesus' news of great joy is not a good thing?I'd like to entice you with excerpts, but I practically have to quote the whole book! I'll give you some pictures of the essence.In Chapter 1, we learn that the Trinity (the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) are"each centering on the others, adoring and serving them . . . this makes God infinitely, profoundly happy . . . if it's true that this world has been created by the Triune God, then ultimate reality is a dance . . . if this world was made by a Triune God, relationships of love are what life is really about . . . He must have created us not to get joy, but to give it".The author then goes on to the story of Jesus temptation in the wilderness. He explains the wilderness is a battleground, and Satan is wanting to tempt us away from the dance. Using the story of Adam, Keller explains that God said to Adam"because you love me, don't eat from the tree--just because I say so. . . Obey me about the tree and you will live".We know that Adam didn't live up to his end of the bargain.Now Satan goes to Jesus in the wilderness - Satan comes to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane,"the ultimate antigarden to the Garden of Eden. . .God said to Jesus, 'Obey me about the tree',--only this time the tree was a cross--and you will die. And Jesus did. He has gone before you into the heart of a very real battle to draw you into the ultimate reality of the dance. What He has enjoyed from all eternity, he has come to offer to you".In the afterward of the book, Keller tells us that "Steven Spielberg was refused any Oscars until he stopped making movies with only happy endings, yet his fairy tale-ending movies are his most popular. . . critics observe this and scowl that, of course, "escapist" stories will always be popular".He (Keller) goes on to say that Tolkien argues that"people sense that such stories point to some underlying Reality. As we read or watch them, we are being told that the world is certainly filled with danger . . . nonetheless there is a meaning to things, there is a difference between good and evil, and above all there will be a final defeat of evil . . .the gospel story of Jesus is the underlying Reality to which all the stories point. . . it is the true story; it happened".Keller also shares the words of theologian Robert W. Jensen who argues that"our culture in in crisis because the modern world has lost it's story. We once thought that life had a purpose, that there was something to live for, and that there was hope for a resolution to the sufferings of the world. Now, many say, none of these things are true".What a sad statement.If ever there was a time for sharing "news of great joy", it is now, don't you think? We as Christians have the antidote--the only question is, are we applying it?

  • Brian
    2018-12-21 21:38

    THERE IS GOOD NEWS!"God is the source of all love, all life, all light, all coherence. Therefore exclusion from God is exclusion from the source of all light, all love, all coherence. Jesus began to experience the spiritual, cosmic, infinite disintegration that would happen when he became separated from his Father on the cross. Jesus began to experience merely a foretaste of that, and he staggered."Pastor Kellers thoughts about the written word of God are at times staggering to me. I can think of no one that moves me in the same way he does. He uncovers aspects of the bible that are momumental in depth of insight, and this book is no exception. Taken from his sermons on Mark this book does a lot to answer the questions of WHY God loves us, WHAT he came to accomplish, & HOW aspects of his life can be the blue print for the direction we should live ours. Keller never assumes we can accomplish this(live as Christ did). Our love for Christ should propel us to that end, but never with a sense that moralism will accomplish this, rather the good news of the one who lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died.The chapters of this book correspond to the chapters of the book of Mark, there is a constant theme of selfless love that Keller is trying to get the reader to think deeply about. Preeminent Love of the triune God is always the missing ingredient in a humble success of the christian life. The reasons to read this are clear. You will see Jesus clearer than you presently do, you will see yourself clearer than you presently do, and you will most likely finish this book wanting to surrender.

  • Kate Hewitt
    2018-12-21 19:40

    This was a brilliant book, very theologically meaty but also easily read. Keller takes you through key passages in Mark, highlighting who Jesus was, what He did, and why. Very clearly thought out and well written. Highly recommended!

  • Eric Chappell
    2019-01-03 15:45

    I. BeforeBook "is an extended meditation on the historical Christian premise that Jesus' life, death, and resurrection form the central event of cosmic human history as well as the central organizing principle of our own lives" (x).1. A true life story: Keller goes through Bauckham's arguments about the gospels as oral histories.2. The Gospel of Mark: Peter mentioned in basically every episode--shows that Mark was writing Peter's testimony.Jesus has come--anything can happen now. Coming of Jesus calls for decisive action.Mark is divided into two acts: Jesus' identity (1-8) and Jesus' purpose (9-16).Chapter 1: The DanceJesus is Christ. Jesus is Son of God. Jesus is YHWH. All in the first couple verses!The dance of reality: The Spirit as dove is unique to Mark, connects with Gen 1:2. Same three parties at both creation and beginning of new creation.C.S. Lewis--trinity is kind of dance.Glorify: you glorify something when you find it beautiful for what it is in itself.If reality has been created by Triune God, then ultimate reality is a dance. Trinity is characterized by mutually self-giving love. If this world was made by a triune God, relationships of love are what life is really about (9). But if from all eternity...ultimate reality is a community of persons knowing and loving one another, then ultimate reality is about love relationships (9).Keller agrees with my interpretation on wild animals--inserted for sake of early Christians being thrown to wild animals.Garden of Gethsemane is antigarden to Garden of Eden.We are stationary when we do things to benefit us, out of a concern for us, in order to somehow help us.God said to Adam: "Obey me about the tree--and you will live." And Adam disobeyed.God said to Jesus: "Obey me about the tree--and you will die." And Jesus did.

  • Ashley Katsuyama
    2018-12-22 19:55

    This is a must read for anyone, Christian or not. For those already with a strong faith, it will solidify the core beliefs of Christianity and bring a greater level of intimacy with and understanding of Jesus himself. Walking through Jesus' ministry and life, with a focus on the facts, which Keller is so spectacular at, is a powerful way of rationalizing Christian practices and beliefs. For those still seeking, this book is beautiful in that it deals with the core of Christianity. Jesus' life is full of hope and his message was one of peace, acceptance and love, and Keller does and incredible job of focusing on these large concepts, while examining all the small details that make it so indiscriminately true.

  • Kristian Kilgore
    2018-12-23 15:38

    (I enjoyed this as an audio book and it was very listenable)Tim Keller is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and I have listened to his audio sermons for quite a few years - in fact, he is one of a very short list of preachers whose sermons I will actually pay to listen to. I'm familiar with his style and some of the flow of his thought, but this was by far the longest thing I've consumed of his to date. I was not disappointed.Keller is an incredible communicator. He has an uncanny knack for taking a floating idea, snatch it from the atmosphere by way of scholarship, place it in it's theological and sociological framework, and then in incredible ways apply these truths like a pastor. Keller is unique in his ability to say things you understand while retaining a strong sense of intellectual and spiritual integrity. "King's Cross" is basically a devotional and pastoral commentary of the Gospel of Mark. I will, in the future, use it as such and I would highly recommend it to anyone for the same purpose. He doesn't exhaust the text, that wasn't his intention, but he doesn't leave anything out that needs to be in this book. His approach is creative, but in a familiar way; by that I mean that he will offer perspectives that you may not have heard before, but he does it in a way that causes you to think, "surely I've heard this before". This is the genius of the book. The insights he offers are things that, after hearing them, you feel like you should have known. But, to be clear, I don't believe that he is merely exploiting "low hanging theological fruit", it is more the way he presents these things than the harvesting of them that makes them so easy to digest.Highly recommended is my review of this book. Whether for a pastor or just someone who wants to understand Jesus' life and the timeless, glorious message of the Gospel of Mark better - this is a definite gem in the Christian archives."Mark has given the story of Jesus and declared that this is actually the world's true story as well. Jesus, the King, created all things in love. He has the power and beauty to see His vision for the world through to its glorious end; to undo everything we have been able to do to harm it. To accomplish that He had to come and die for it. Three days later He rose again, and one day will come back again to usher in a renewed creation. The Gospel is the ultimate story that shows victory coming out of defeat, strength coming out of weakness, life coming out of death, rescue from abandonment. And because it is a true story it give us hope because we know that life is really like that." (from chapter 19)

  • Shelly
    2019-01-14 16:56

    I have just finished reading The King's Cross by Tim Keller, and I find myself (as is usually the case when I read Tim Keller) wanting more.Keller does a fantastic job of inviting his readers to join with him on a journey through the book of Mark. The pace is natural, the insights and teaching phenomenal. I felt as if I was right there, immersed in the first century as an eyewitness to the life of my Jesus. The nuances, the details, the tremendously multi-faceted story--all are written about with clarity and an underlying palpable urgency---it's as if Keller is saying to his readers, "Do you see? Do you see what is truly happening here?"I learned so much. The answers to questions I have held for decades were patiently answered through the pages of this book: What made Jesus' death so unique? What was the purpose behind Jesus cleansing the temple? Why did he curse the fig tree? And what's more---I was reminded again through Keller's writing, that God is a God of mercy and justice, grace and sovereignty.I certainly do hope that Keller will pursue writing in similar fashion about other books of the Bible.

  • Ben Zajdel
    2019-01-08 15:49

    Timothy Keller is being lauded as the next C. S. Lewis, and it's pretty easy to see why. He's got a distinctive writing style--intellectual, but not complicated. While his thoughts aren't as complex as Lewis's, his prose is much more enjoyable. King's Cross (just in time for Easter) is essentially a commentary on the Gospel of Mark. Keller focuses on the actions of Jesus, and he cites Mark's journalistic approach as the reason he chose to center King's Cross around that gospel. Keller's premise is that the cross of Jesus is the turning point of all of history. As you can tell from the cover, he claims that the story of the world was and is being told through the life of Jesus. His argument is compelling, as he weaves a narrative of reconciliation, not of just the world, but also of individuals. This is the story of the world, says Keller: reconciliation, to God and to each other. And the King's Cross accomplished this.

  • Gigi
    2018-12-16 20:51

    I loved this book! So many great points and illustrations. I will be going back it again and again. A clear, thorough guide through Mark and all the miracle of the gospel. Can't recommend it enough.

  • Rob O'Lynn
    2018-12-17 18:41

    Excellent! What else can I say about a Time Keller book. I am very glad that I selected this as a textbook for the Mark course I am teaching this fall.

  • Hannah Brandenburg
    2019-01-15 16:56

    This book greatly broke me then healed me. It showed me how to dance for Him.

  • Angus Mcfarlane
    2019-01-13 21:41

    Keller is a refreshing note for Christian writing, managing to maintain a biblical theology perspective without becoming turgid, whilst sustaining a practical aspect without descending into Christian self help. He also stays fairly abreast of the current voices criticizing Christianity, offering conservative but thoughtful responses to these when the context (in the case Marks gospel) allows it. And while this is a solid exposition of this style, I found myself zoning out about halfway through. I think it's because of the pattern that seemed to develop in each chapter - introduction, exposition of a text or two, gospel take home. Somehow this format seemed repetitive and 'old' despite being an approach I like a lot, in principle. So, I'd reckon this would be good to read as an accompaniment to a study of Mark, or in sporadic doses as a commentary of sorts, but I'm not sure it works so much as a book. This said, if you've never read Keller, this is worth picking up, as I doubt the zone out I had would kick in so strongly for a new reader.

  • Ruth
    2019-01-03 18:49

    I didn't intend to gobble this up quite so quickly (I meant it for Lenten reading), but it was just so good and so readable that the pages practically turned themselves. One aspect of Keller's writing and preaching that I've always appreciated is his Christocentric focus. With a title like Jesus the King, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed in that regard, and I wasn't. Jesus is King, and I'm so thankful!

  • Matthew
    2019-01-04 15:01

    Timothy Keller is very quickly becoming one of my favorite authors to read. His last book, Generous Justice, was fantastic and skillfully addressed the important issues of social justice and the gospel, generosity, and God’s heart for the marginalized in a profound way. Now, just a few months later, he’s following up with King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus.Built off a sermon series done by Keller at his church in Manhattan, King’s Cross is basically a guided tour of Jesus’ life in the book of Mark, as Keller traces key themes throughout the gospel. Divided up into 2 sections (The King and The Cross), Keller shows how Mark builds on different ideas and how different narrative sections further the gospel storyline. The result is an encounter with Jesus that is truly intense and forces readers to make decisions about what they will believe about the man.I was struck throughout the book by how well Keller is able to make familiar stories jump off the page. There’s an immediacy he’s able to create in the narrative where the principles illustrated feel directly applicable to my life. He mines the scripture for the timeless doctrines being taught, and expertly puts his finger on the pulses of modern listeners to confront them with the truths.My favorite chapters were “The Dance,” which deals with the eternal relationship of the Trinity in perfect harmony with one another, “The End,” which discusses Christ’s death on the cross, and “The Beginning,” where Keller explores the implications and hope of Christ’s resurrection. Keller is able to paint pictures in his writing that the Holy Spirit uses to enlighten my mind to new facets of these familiar stories I’d never seen. It’s a challenging yet joyful experience to read a Tim Keller book.King’s Cross is not going to be another Reason for God. It’s aimed squarely at believers for the most part, but there are also times where Keller anticipates objections that non-believers and believers alike may have to what Jesus says. His stellar apologetic nature comes out in these times and is very helpful. It’s a similar experience for me to reading C.S. Lewis at times. Reason for God is still probably one of the best books to give to non-believing friends or family, but this might be a great follow-up book to facilitate an encounter with the Jesus of the Bible. I would highly recommend this book for all believers.

  • Keiki Hendrix
    2019-01-16 19:50

    More than a few readers have dubbed Timothy Keller as the C. S. Lewis of our day. This is quite an impressive statement especially to me because of my particular fondness of Lewis' books. Not having read any of Timothy Keller's books, I was definitely intrigued.His words, his illustrations, and how he presented the gospel message matches Lewis' style. It did not surprise me to read that Lewis is of Keller's favorite author.In King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus, Keller focuses on the Gospel of Mark and settles on some very interesting passages, not every single passage, but certain sections that point to Jesus and His Truth.It is an exceptional book. There were many parts of this book that prompted me to think of Christianity in a different way, not a new way, but a different way.This is what I love about reading various authors. The Gospel message is the same. It does not change. But reading it through the words of a surrendered heart, just leaves me in awe of a mighty God. Perhaps this is why we have four Gospels in our bibles. God must like that too.What did I enjoy most? I loved reading Kellers' expansion on Lewis' view of the Trinity as a `dance`, how he constantly reminded the reader of the difference between religion and relationship, the reason he named the book as he did (ingenious), and the thought-provoking quotes like...-"When Jesus comes back everything sad will become untrue."-"Because faith is ultimately not a virtue; it's a gift."-"All love, all real, life-changing love, is substitutionary sacrifice.You have never loved a broken person, you have never loved a guilty person, you have never loved a hurting person except through substitutionary sacrifice"-"Jesus is both the rest and the storm, both the victim and the wielder of the flaming sword, and you must reject him on the basis of both. Either you'll have to kill him or you'll have to crown him. The one thing you can't do is just say, `What an interesting guy'"My recommendation? Listen to me, if you buy only one book this year, buy this one. There is deep wisdom here, both from Keller and others. I highly recommend it for the novice to those who've walked with Jesus for years. You will read it and want to reread it again. I did.Reviewed by: Keiki HendrixReviewed for: The Vessel Project

  • Leonardo Bruno
    2018-12-31 14:56

    O livro é uma espécie de comentário de Evangelho de Marcos. Mas não um comentário do tipo que estamos habituados a ler. Nas palavras do próprio autor, esse livro trata-se de "uma extensa meditação sobre a histórica premissa cristã de que a vida, morte e ressurreição de Jesus constituem o evento central da história humana a cósmica, assim como o princípio organizador central da vida de todos nós. Dito de outra forma, toda história do mundo — e o modo como nós encaixamos nela — é mais claramente compreendida quando analisamos de forma direta e atenta a história de Jesus". "Meu propósito aqui", continua, "é mostrar, por meio das palavras e atos de Jesus, a forma maravilhosa como a vida dele dá sentido à nossa vida" (p. 12). Para tal, ele estruturou o livro em duas partes. A PRIMEIRA se ocupa da identidade de Jesus, que abrange os capítulos 1 a 8 de Marcos — Jesus é o Rei sobre todas as coisas (o mal, a natureza, o pecado, etc). A SEGUNDA se ocupa do propósito para o qual Jesus veio à terra, o que abrange os capítulos 9 a 16 — é um Rei que se despiu da sua glória para salvar pecadores. Analisando as histórias que julgou mais pertinentes ao propósito do livro, Keller navega por temas como trindade, Queda, amor, justiça, ira, religião x Evangelho, graça, lei, pecado original (e as consequências da sua negação por parte dos esquerdistas — p. 99), cobiça, idolatria, sofrimento e uma miríade de outros temas analisados a partir da sua convicção de que a história de Jesus confere sentido à nossa. Todos os pontos convergem para Cristo. Keller deixa isso muito evidente. O livro é de leitura fácil e cativante, tanto para o mais letrado quanto para o mais indouto dos crentes. A habilidade com que Keller contextualiza a mensagem da Escritura — da qual estamos separados por todo um abismo cultural — é extraordinária. Ele identifica os ídolos modernos e os expõem à luz da linguagem que a Escritura utiliza para denunciar os ídolos daquela época. Por isso mesmo, é um livro ideal para evangelização. O descrente não poderá negar a força da argumentação do autor, ainda que não se debruce sobre a mesma. Fica aí uma excelente dica de leitura e de presente para esse natal.

  • Christy Lockstein
    2019-01-08 20:04

    King's Cross by Timothy Keller is a study of the life of Jesus and his message through the Gospel of Mark. Keller who is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan has written several other books about Christianity, but this is a compilation of his sermons on Mark. Mark is considered to be the oldest of the Gospels and is also the shortest. Mark keeps his Gospel short but sweet focusing on the true message of Christ. Keller's wisdom is evident on every page with a great deal of insight for readers. He encourages readers to know Jesus and accept Him as their Savior. "[Jesus] is both the rest and the storm, both the victim and the wielder of the flaming sword, and you must accept him or reject him on the basis of both. Either you'll have to kill him or you'll have to crown him," pg. 162. Keller's writing is straight-forward, much like Mark's, and filled with knowledge. Both readers new to Mark and those who have read the Gospel many times will find much to consider. "When [Jesus] comes back, everything sad will come untrue," pg. 17. His insight into marriage makes me want him to write a marriage guide that gives understanding to this statement: "If two people love each other more than they love God, their minor fight will become major fights, and major fights will become world-shaking cataclysms, because neither can take the other's displeasure or the other's failure. They become isolated from each other and eventually their relationship begins to disintegrate." pg 204. Keller tells readers that the basis of failure or success in every relationship of their life begins with their relationship with Jesus, and that He is their only hope of a satisfying life on earth with the promise of eternal life after. I read a lot of books like this, and Keller's stands out because it is both intelligent and easy to understand. This is a must read for those early in their walk with the Lord and those looking to strengthen their faith.

  • Cherrie
    2019-01-06 21:00

    This is my 1st Tim Keller book and I absolutely loved it. Took my time to chew through the book - SO many good things in here; I nearly highlighted the whole book. THAT good. "I trust that you will find the figure if Jesus worthy of your attention: unpredictable yet reliable, gentle yet powerful, authoritative yet humble, human yet divine."Takeaways: - knowing God as a goal - not using God as means to get to other life goals- "follow me bc I'm the King you've been looking for. follow me bc I have authority over everything, yet I have humbled myself for you. bc I am your true love, your true life - follow me."- "the roots of the discontent of the human heart go deep." "we need to be forgiven"- "problem is that we're looking to something besides Jesus as savior"- "Jesus is the source of the deep rest we need"- Jesus as not as a symbol of power but power itself- "patience is love for the long haul"- "taking up your cross means for you to die to self-determination, die to control of your own life, die to using him for your agenda" much more but this should be more than enough to work with.

  • Eric Anderson
    2019-01-05 22:39

    Keller does an excellent job walking through the book of Mark. His work is well-educated, yet still very much accessible. The book is divided into two sections: the first expounds upon Christ's identity (King), while the second more fully relates His purpose (cross). Overall, his treatment of the scripture passages was thorough and enlightening.I thought his comments on the uniqueness of the Gospel were right on. The Gospel is not simply good advice, but is rather life-changing news. Similarly, Christ does not claim merely to be a good teacher; He claims to be Savior and Lord. One can not accept part of Him. Keller also did well in incorporating OT prophecies/promises into he text.I had some issue with Keller talking of Christianity as not being a religion; I understand his meaning, but Christianity is certainly a religion. To borrow the language of Tolkien, it's not that Christianity is not a myth; rather, it's the true myth.

  • Keren Threlfall
    2019-01-01 18:58

    King’s Cross is hands down the best book I’ve read in recent months, and probably in years. Keller uses the Gospel of Mark to clearly articulate and examine the major themes of “the King” and “the Cross,” dividing the book in to two main parts under those headings. This work is both commentary and devotional, both theological and inspirational, both intellectual and easy to read (or listen to). It is written to address both the skeptic of Christianity and those already in love with this King.It is hard to briefly summarize the book. (Add to the fact that my mind is quite numb right now…) There are no one-liner quotes to put in your Twitter feed of Facebook status from this book (perhaps an overstatement), but there are certainly bold paragraphs and chapters that are well worth highlighting and dwelling upon. This is a book that I hope to ready again for many years to come.

  • Bethany
    2018-12-26 14:49

    I really loved this book.Tim Keller is an engaging communicator anyway, but this book did a fabulous job at blending apologetics and story. The gospel already feels alive to me, but his blending into story doesn't make me leap around through the Gospels in the same way, trying not to miss any important details. He explained the Gospel story as one and shot down some pervasive arguments against it. He did it gently and with logic and personal/emotional connection. He showed that while the gospel is a paradox, it is not inherently inconsistent.At the end of the afterword, Keller actually sums it up best: The gospel is the ultimate story that shows victory coming out of defat, strength coming out of weakness, life coming out of death, rescue from abandonment. And because it is a true story, it gives us hope because we know life is really like that.

  • Jonathan McIntosh
    2018-12-16 21:48

    Most of the best Keller gems are here, so King's Cross makes a great intro to Tim's work for those who are unfamiliar. Don't go into this thinking this is a commentary on the book of Mark - not everything in Mark's gospel is covered here. Keller has a cohesive theme he's working with, so the book is more like 18 little Tim Keller sermons packaged together... easy to read and insightful. Keller always writes/speaks with unbelievers in mind, so it makes a great book for seekers/skeptics as well as new believers or people re-discovering the beauty of the gospel. In fact, for some, this would be a better book than Reason for God to start with in that he is not knocking defeater beliefs down straight-on, but gently leading the reader through their doubts to Jesus.

  • Glenn Crouch
    2019-01-12 20:04

    This is a marvellous, easy to read book that has its origin in a set of Sermons the Author did on the Gospel of Mark. Thus rather than a scholarly exegesis (and there is nothing wrong with that), we have a more intimate journey through Mark - full of illustrations and references from the likes of CS Lewis and Tolkien. This could easily be used as a devotional book or as a basis of a Bible Study group. An excellent book I believe for a new Christian, or even someone who wants to know more about what Christianity is all about :)But don't get me wrong - as a life-long Christian, who has been preaching for over 30 years, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is good to be reminded of the beauty and wealth of Mark's Gospel.

  • Mark
    2018-12-26 20:56

    I am continually impressed by Tim Keller's ability to present the Gospel in refreshing and insightful ways. Once again, he has taken a familiar portrayal of Jesus (from the Gospel of Mark) and drawn out truths which are relevant and practical to ordinary, garden variety seekers of less intellectual than his (equally enlightening) The Reason for God, and a bit more socially-oriented than The Prodigal God. Keller fans will not be disappointed and those unfamiliar with Keller will become fans. I recommend it highly.

  • Jan Bustrak
    2018-12-19 20:41

    Highly recommend this journey through Mark with Tim Keller. I did not expect to find comfort with the current dismal state of U. S. politics, but Keller points out the world systems are more about power and oppression than justice and truth. Really, the only innocent man in the world was crucified, what else should we expect? Prepare to be challenged about how much God loves you, and how to return that love. I have so much left to learn.

  • Amy Kannel
    2019-01-10 15:39

    Classic Keller, full of the gospel where you've never seen it before. I actually went through this twice--once just reading it cover to cover, then again later as a commentary while reading through the book of Mark. As usual, Keller is excellent.

  • Krissie
    2019-01-08 18:38

    Great book. Lots of really good insight from the book of Mark, so many things I've never noticed. Made me love reading Mark!

  • Stephen Altrogge
    2018-12-24 17:59

    One of the best books I've read in a long time.

  • Buddy Draper
    2018-12-23 22:37

    This look at Jesus’ life in the book of Mark is so insightful. I love Keller’s work.