Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence

Category: Book
By (author): Bass, Diana Butler
Subject:  RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
  RELIGION / Christian Life / General
  RELIGION / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: March 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.72in
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From The Publisher*

The award-winning author of Grateful goes beyond the culture wars to offer a refreshing take on the comprehensive, multi-faceted nature of Jesus, keeping his teachings relevant and alive in our daily lives.

How can you still be a Christian?

This is the most common question Diana Butler Bass is asked today. It is a question that many believers ponder as they wrestle with disappointment and disillusionment in their church and its leadership. But while many Christians have left their churches, they cannot leave their faith behind. 

In Freeing Jesus, Bass challenges the idea that Jesus can only be understood in static, one-dimensional ways and asks us to instead consider a life where Jesus grows with us and helps us through life's challenges in several capacities: as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence. 

Freeing Jesus is an invitation to leave the religious wars behind and rediscover Jesus in all his many manifestations, to experience Jesus beyond the narrow confines we have built around him. It renews our hope in faith and worship at a time when we need it most.

Review Quote*"From one of our great Christian writers, a book on the heart of Christianity.  Diana Butler Bass's new book is an inviting, accessible, provocative, challenging and always inspiring look at the one whom so many follow, and whom others will enjoy coming to know more deeply: Jesus Christ."
Review Quote*"Diana Butler Bass is one of only a few modern Christian writers who can absolutely blow me away with both spiritual insight and beautiful writing. She is a brilliant scholar and a wonderful storyteller, charming and devout, erudite and deeply human. She speaks for me in Freeing Jesus as in all her books."
Review Quote*"I would not have spent nearly as much time in jail, nor enjoyed half the friendships I've know, if I hadn't decided to follow the brown-skinned Palestinian Jew from Nazareth who Diana Butler Bass writes about in these pages. I'm grateful for the many ways her memoir theology resonates with my own experience of a faith that will never allow us to separate love for Jesus from work for justice in this world."
Review Quote*"With each new book, Diana Butler Bass goes more deeply into what it means to be a Christian now, in a moment when many can't summon the energy or the hope required. This may be her finest yet."
Review Quote*"Combining childhood memories and mature theological musings, personal story and Christian history, Gospel texts and present-day contexts, Bass invites all feeling caged by doctrine, silenced by tradition, or afraid of doubt  to find not just freedom, voice, and the glory of mystery, but also to find Jesus on their own terms and in their own lives." 
Review Quote*"As one of America's greatest living Christian thinkers, Diana Butler Bass is a perfect person to resurrect Jesus's life and lessons for a new generation. Freeing Jesus is a paradigm-shifting work on Jesus Christ that should be required reading for every Christian." 
Review Quote*"In this illuminating work of memoir and theology, Bass offers a good deal about herself and her personal experiences of theology, humanizing what might otherwise be arcane material. Her writing is always lucid and a model of clarity. Freeing Jesus, she concludes, means finding him along the way. Thanks to her enlightened commentary, many readers will be enabled to make that discovery."
Review Quote*"I recommend Freeing Jesus to anyone looking for a deeper understanding of who Jesus is. Bass's incredible wisdom is a breath of fresh air in a time where hope is desperately needed."
Review Quote*"From one of the most articulate of liberal Christian writers, a rediscovery of Jesus as a presence to transform lives and communities, and an essential message for every follower, or would be follower, of Jesus today."