‘The Passionate Jesus’

What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically

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“The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically.” Peter Wallace. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2012. 208 pp.

“The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically” (SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2012) by Peter Wallace points out that sometimes what we already “know” about Jesus gets in the way of our really knowing him.

Wallace, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Atlanta and host of the national “Day1” radio ministry, examines how many depictions of Jesus show him as a character who coolly and calmly floats above the grit and grime of human existence. He doesn’t hurt, he doesn’t fear, he doesn’t laugh and, most tragically, he doesn’t love very passionately. He seems not to feel at all. But a closer look at the Bible reveals something surprisingly different.

In this eye-opening spiritual study, Peter Wallace examines Jesus’ actions as well as his teachings to uncover a human being who was involved, present, connected, honest and direct with others.

Through Wallace’s insights, you will be encouraged to model this passionate Jesus by building authenticity in every area of your life, particularly in your self-acceptance and self-expression, your relationships with others and with God. With study questions included, “The Passionate Jesus” is ideal for adult formation and study groups.

“The Passionate Jesus” can be ordered here.

“Wallace does a masterful job of pointing to the emotional-spiritual wholeness of the Word made flesh, who is clearly both fully human and fully divine. Offers hope and encouragement to every human being seeking a more holy and wholly integrated life.” — The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church

“To read this book is to experience the ‘off-kilter sense of deep familiarity juxtaposed by newness,’ which Peter Wallace winsomely finds in the gospel accounts – and in his real, embodied, gospel-informed life. This is for 21st-century people looking for a whole-body, whole-spirit faithfulness between the lines and within the words of the Bible.” — Krista Tippett, host and producer of “On Being,” American Public Media

“An illuminating and powerful personal meditation that underlines feeling and emotion as an important component of seeing and following Jesus.” — Marcus Borg, author of “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” (HarperCollins, 2009)

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