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Book Review: Following Jesus, Biblical Reflections on Discipleship by N.T. Wright

In Following Jesus, N.T. Wright has written 12 chapters divided in to two sections.
The first section holds 6 chapters and is entitled---Looking To Jesus. In this section he delivers short messages from Hebrews, Colossians, Matthew, John, Mark and Revelation. These chapters came from his sermons previously given at Lichfield Cathedral.
The second section entitled---A Living Sacrifice, which also holds 6 chapters. These short chapters are from various areas in the Bible, they were from sermons given at an Oxford Church. 
In each of these chapters the main thrust or theme is "what it means to truly follow Jesus today." Since we are to follow Jesus in order to be his disciple, how are we to do this?

This is the first book I've read by N.T. Wright. In my new stack of books, recently borrowed from the library, is another book written by him---After You Believe, Why Christian Character Matters.

I loved this book!
What I noticed forefront is even though the author is a theologian and with perfect English word usage; I had no trouble understanding him in my lay-person American dialect. His teaching speaks to any level person. Yet, that does not mean I did not have to ponder a bit on certain points.
When reading a Christian non-fiction book I cannot speed read or even quickly read, I must have time to read and digest. Taking notes help.

I was grateful he taught about "miss-beliefs and misconceptions of heaven." This topic was in chapter 11 entitled Heaven and Power. He wrote, "heaven is, in fact, one of the most misused religious words around today, with the possible exception of the word 'God' itself." The word heaven has been used countless times in secular songs, movies, and other media. There is much we do not know about heaven; but heaven is, the "dimension" where Jesus is. That is basically all we need to know. Heaven is where Jesus is, and it is where we will be after our bodily death.

My favorite chapter was chapter 8---The Mind Renewed. This chapter spoke to me the most and explained fully the authors theme of discipleship.
We are "first to present our whole-self, as a living sacrifice to God."
Second, we are to "think straight about ourselves. 'Do not be conformed to this world.'"
The story of Naaman (2 Kings 5) is told in this chapter and used to show how we can know that God is God above all, yet compromise ourselves to this world of idols.
Another outstanding chapter I enjoyed reading was chapter 9---Temptation.
"A serious Christian will realize that sin comes not in the things itself, but in its wrong use; not in a part of God's good creation, but in the attempt to use that good creation as though it were our toy, or our trash."

"N.T.Wright was the bishop of Durham from 2003 through 2010. He was formerly Canon of Theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He taught New Testament for 20 years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. He is currently serving as chair at St. Andrew's in New Testament and Early Christianity."
Information gleaned from Facebook and Wikipedia.

Published 1995 by Wm.B. Eerdmans
126 pages
Non-Fiction/Discipleship/Christian Living

Link @ publisher:
http://www.eerdmans.com/Products/4132/following-jesus.aspx

Link @ Christian Book:
http://www.christianbook.com/following-jesus-biblical-reflections-on-discipleship/n-t-wright/9780802841322/pd/41325?product_redirect=1&Ntt=41325&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCPPaperback $10.99

An interview with N.T. Wright on the difference between his book Justification: God's Plan and Paul's Vision and John Piper's book The Future of Justification.
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2009/01/13/interview-with-nt-wright-responding-to-piper-on-justification/

Another book by N.T. Wright----Paul: In Fresh Perspective
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0800637666?ie=UTF8&tag=kingdompeople-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0800637666
and
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the church
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061551821?ie=UTF8&tag=kingdompeople-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0061551821
and
Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He did and Why He Matters
http://www.amazon.com/Simply-Jesus-Vision-What-Matters/dp/0062084399/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338518006&sr=8-1
and
his New Release How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels
Released March 2012
http://www.amazon.com/How-God-Became-King-Forgotten/dp/0061730572/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1338518006&sr=8-4



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