God of Incredible Surprises
Jesus of Galilee
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of Pages: 160
Width: 15.8 cm
Height: 22.1 cm
Why was Jesus, Son of God, from an obscure village in Galilee? What does it mean to our spirituality that he chose not to seek favor from the powerful, but identified with the marginalized, the powerless and those in need of healing? In this remarkable rereading of the life of Jesus, theologian Virgilio Elizondo, cited by TIME Magazine as one of the spiritual innovators of our time, focuses on the humanity of Jesus and the healing his life offers to ourselves and our world today. Readers of this book will see Jesus in a new and powerful way. This is a thought-changing and life-changing book.
This book is an example of the truly visionary in theology, a book where scholarly and pastoral insight into the biblical text are one and the same. The very best theology seamlessly provides the reader with intellectual and spiritual profit, and Fr. Elizondo's book delivers admirably on both. -- John Cavadini, Chair of Theology, University of Notre Dame Elizondo masterfully weaves together moving personal stories and profound theological insights. In a style as dramatic as it is irresistible, Elizondo conveys the sheer extravagance of Christ's love and the radical character of Christ's witness. -- Robert Goizueta, President, Catholic Theological Society of America and Professor of Theology, Boston College A surprising reading of the gospels that helped me see the God in myself. It empowered me to understand how I too could work for unity and peace in these troubling times. -- Sandra Cisneros, author, The House on Mango Street By examining the most basic elements of the gospel narratives, Virgilio Elizondo expands the understanding of the journey for justice, dignity and acceptance. Women especially will find healing strength and courage in his insights into the humanity of Mary. -- Sister Maria Elena Gonzalez, President, Mexican American Cultural Center Maravilloso! It is Jesus up close and personal. I was unable to put the book down until I had read it all. As the center of gravity of Christianity is shifting to the periphery and the accent of theology moves to a more cultural exegesis, the reading of A God of Incredible Surprises makes the transition all the more exciting. -- Dr. Jesse Miranda, head of AMEN, the alliance of Hispanic Evangelical ministries Elizondo ... opens our eyes to what it might have been like for Jesus and Mary and other Galileans of their time. America Thought-provoking and occasionally provocative. Simply written with a powerful message. Religious Studies Review Father Elizondo does not finger-point but rather demonstrates how one can live the Christ-centered life. -- Brian T. Olszewski Today's Catholic Elizondo has produced a succinct personal testament to his life and thought. National Catholic Reporter This is a remarkable new work on Jesus...I recommend the book highly. -- William A. Barry Book Review Digest