Several years ago I realized I didn’t know Jesus very well. This insight surprised me. After all, I had been his follower for four decades, taught about his life and teaching, written two books based on his life and ministry, and contributed study notes on the four Gospels to three study Bibles.
So how could I say I didn’t know him well? Because I had only read his story straight-through a handful of times, and those readings occurred over a period of decades, not weeks or months. Plus, my previous studies focused on isolated teachings—like the Beatitudes, miracles, or his leadership methods.
As I reflected on these facts, it occurred to me that everything we know about Jesus comes from the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Why, then, had I spent so much time reading books about the Gospels, rather than reading the Gospels themselves? Why had I taken classes about Jesus, rather than read his story? Now don’t get me wrong. Such study is beneficial and I don’t regret a minute I’ve spent learning what others have said about Jesus.
Yet at the same time, why hadn’t I read the Gospels themselves to know Jesus better?
Without an answer to that question, I decided to read through the Gospels every month. And over the following six months, I read the Gospels six times. Then something happened that changed my life.
A friend gave me a copy of a book that’s no longer in print—a version of the Gospels I had never heard of (most people haven’t). It was a blending of the four Gospel accounts into a single harmonious narrative. Twenty-four years in the making, this masterpiece provides the whole story of Jesus, not just the view from one of the Gospel accounts.
Since receiving that book over three years ago, I’ve read it cover to cover every month. I’m not exaggerating when I say it has transformed my relationship with Jesus, my ministry, and my life.
In fact, this book has had such an impact on me that I recently acquired a license to print it, because I want to make it available for everyone to read.
Let me tell you: the book I’m putting together is unlike anything in the history of the church. Not only will it be beautiful to hold in your hands, I’ve also removed the distraction of chapter and verse references, topic headings, footnotes, cross-references and commentary. Between the seven divisions of Jesus’ life, the story flows uninterrupted like a novel.
And it will be available to you—and the world—beginning on August 1. But only for 30 days. And only on Kickstarter. Never again will this version be offered.
So check out the trailer below (it’s different than last week’s trailer) and forward it to everyone you know—family, friends, church, and pastor. Pray God favors the Kickstarter launch and uses The Jesus Story to help folks know Jesus better. Pray he uses it to help you know Jesus better.
“The Jesus Story” Trailer 2 from The Jesus Story on Vimeo.
Where can I buy this book?
You can get the book at http://www.kickstarter.com from August 1-30. I’ve given a complete answer to a previous question so you can read that. Thanks for asking.
Hi Bill. You see my name above; Paul Saunders is a very close friend and sent me info about your effort. I plan to get several copies of your work to give to new Christians in my universe. In the meantime I have a question for you: I had set out last summer to investigate traditions of Christianity. Within that effort I emailed my intent to Andrew Gabriel Roth, a Jewish Believer who lives near Atlanta GA. Andrew had been working that same issue for 20 years I have known Andrew (by email) for 10 years and he promptly sent me several PDF files documenting his conclusions. The most obvious tradition was Friday crucifixion (which contradicts Mat 12:40). I am nearing completion of a document (don’t know its “form” yet) summarizing his results for Western Christians. In his files he laid out his steps taken to arrive at his conclusions. Andrew baselined the 9th chapter of Daniel and used OT and NT sources plus historical events (i.e. death of Herod) in his efforts. His results satisfy -457BC => 27AD as the 483 yrs for the coming of Messiah, plus Jesus’ Ministry of 42 months before Messiah is “cut off”. As you might guess, Andrew is keen on Aramaic primacy. If you’d like to discuss further, please advise. Thanks for your efforts to make this life narrative possible. TB
Travis, good to hear from you. Paul’s a great guy and close friend.