Book Review: The Jesus Who Surprises by Dee Brestin

What this book is about: 

This non-fic Bible study is an exploration of Jesus throughout all of the Bible. The author has taken care to highlight some less obvious places in Scripture where Jesus appears, even if not named exactly.

What I liked: 

The coverage was fairly comprehensive, as in representing all different sections of Scripture. Her voice and tone was also friendly and pleasant, and she used many real-life examples.

What I didn’t like: 

Unfortunately, this section is a little longer with this book.

I didn’t get the impression that this was a book full of the author’s own thoughts, but instead more of a compilation and conglomeration of the thoughts of many other people. She uses A LOT of quote by and from other people, and spends a great deal of time referencing other people.

While I completely understand the need for in-depth research, I would have preferred that she do the research and then distill it into her own thoughts rather than simply presenting the thoughts of others.

She also relies a lot on Tim Keller videos for the Bible Study portion, which I again found off-putting. After all, it’s a book by Dee Brestin, not Tim Keller. I didn’t find the study questions to be particularly engaging, either.

Overall thoughts and opinions:

I wasn’t overly impressed by this book. It was easy for me to put down and walk away and I found I really had to push myself to finish reading it.

Perhaps this would be a good study for newer Christians who perhaps don’t have a good understanding of how Jesus is found throughout the whole Bible, but I don’t think I would be interested in a study of this book in particular.

As I said above, I was especially disappointed by the compilation of opinions of others rather than the formation of her own original thoughts based on the research she has done and clearly the extensive reading/viewing of others. She seems to have a very broad base of knowledge, but it just didn’t come across very well in the structure of this book due to the heavy reliance on quotes.

I give this book two stars.

2 star rating

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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.