A Teacher of Strange Things: Who Jesus Was, What He Taught, and Why People Still Follow Him
We’ve grown way too comfortable with the story of Jesus.
Nice man, right? Taught us to love one another. Said not to judge people. Tragically killed by his enemies. We celebrate his birthday every year.
It’s time to put away this small, safe version of Jesus, says Cy Kellett (host, Catholic Answers Live). Nobody that bland could have transformed the world as he did. In A Teacher of Strange Things, Cy presents Jesus Christ undiluted by sentiment or familiarity, with all his radical words and deeds uncensored.
Who was Jesus? What did he claim to be? Why did he captivate his followers and foes alike? Should we separate the “Jesus of history” from the “Jesus of faith”?
What did Jesus teach? Did he really say he’s the only way? When he commanded us to love and not to sin, what did that mean? Which doctrines did he take for granted and which did he turn upside-down?
Why do people still follow him? Where does Jesus still live and teach today? How does Jesus fit in a modern world moving away from God? Is it really possible to be friends with someone who died 2,000 years ago?
Cy takes you on a journey of discovery through these questions and many more, helping you see with fresh eyes the once-familiar Jesus Christ. If you are a seeker, you will rethink everything you took for granted about him. If you are his follower, you will come to love him with new and greater zeal.
Softcover Book, 224 pgs
I've been looking for something that I can give as a gift to my grown kids and grandkids ... all of whom claim to be Catholic, are really good wonderful people ... but I've felt for some time that they may not be able to articulate "why" they are Catholic (or Christian) except to imply or say "I was born into it"; to really "know why they go to Mass"; or what they really know about Jesus.... in fact, my second grown grandson once said when he was 3 or 4 "I don't know the growed-up Jesus" (he loved the figures of the nativity set). So the "story of the friendship of Jesus and Peter" as Cy has related it in this book ... will likely be the answer to that question for him. At least I hope and pray it will! It surely provided a model for me...
Cy introduces or reintroduces readers to Jesus, sharing profound Truth in an easily understandable format.
This is a wonderful, accessible book. Cyril Kellett manages to affirm and elucidate the essential strangeness of Jesus Christ, who is the only thing new under the sun. The book maintains a respectful and reasoned engagement with questions that contemporary people have about Jesus Christ as they ponder who they are going to say that Jesus is? The book also eschews the smug certitude of fundamentalists and their mirror image, so called "new" atheists. The book is in no way preachy while it offers what the community of followers of Jesus have handed on. It rationally presents why this offering is so much more authentic and life-giving than the diminished substitutes our culture keeps producing. Cyril Kellett accessibly presents why billions of people through 2000 years continue to encounter and ground their lives in Jesus Christ, the adventure and challenge of self-sacrificial love that they are called to, and the dynamic communion with God and others that is both the beginning and consequence of living as a follower of Jesus Christ. This is a perfect book for anyone who has good faith questions about Jesus Christ and is trying to sort out where she or he will stand in relation to Him.
I'm only about half way through the book, should finish it today or tomorrow. Love it!!! Great perspective! Great insights!