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Conversations with Jesus : unexpected answers to contemporary questions
Author:
Fickett, Harold.
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Publication Information:
Colorado Springs, Colo. : Pinon Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
184 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781576830345
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Book

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Jesus' parables and short sayings allow us to see His deepest thoughts and His view of our world. Discover the relevance of His stories as Harold Fickett puts them into today's terms and relates them to our every day lives. Fickett tackles issues such as why we encounter tragedy, why we need Jesus, and what it means to be God's friend. Readers will begin a fresh investigation of Jesus' teachings and understand Him better through "Conversations With Jesus." Fickett takes Jesus' teachings and re-writes them as contemporary stories. He then discusses the questions that arise from these stories and illustrates how readers can gain a better understanding of God.


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Years ago, Fickett shocked himself by moaning, "I feel so dead inside." In an alcoholism rehabilitation facility at the time, he recovered by asking basic questions again--" Is there a living God?" "What about tragedy?" etc.--and seeking answers in Jesus' parables. He reports gracefully on his consequent "conversations" with Jesus on 11 questions. In each chapter, he discusses a particular question, offers a contemporary story resembling one of Jesus' parables, then explicates the modern story, in the process reproducing its Gospel template (e.g., the Good Samaritan in answer to "How Good Do We Have to Be?") and comparing new and old stories. The order of the questions leads a reader deeper into becoming Jesus' follower, exchanging egoism and self-determination for the love and guidance of God--the ground of genuine life. Fickett's new parables are very good, and his historically informed readings of the Gospel fascinate. By both putting the parables' messages in modern clothing, so to speak, and revealing their original cultural subtexts, Fickett makes them speak doubly powerfully. --Ray Olson