Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola
The title itself should be an alert that something is different. The authors have coined a new word, theography. Perhaps it will become a new genre in books, but since it is unique enough to apply to just one person, maybe not.
The book is a long read—requiring more than an afternoon sitting. At times it was documented well enough to be a scholarly treatise, but at other times it was obvious that the writers were simply story-telling for the masses. Whichever mode the authors were in, they were challenging old paradigms of concepts concerning the Christ. While I did not find anything contrary to scripture, they often used their imaginations to stretch our thinking about Jesus.
I must admit that the first half was an analytical time for me weighing the various assertions, but by the time I was 2/3 through the narrative, my mind was often contemplating the fuller meanings suggested by the text. I found it fascinating to see all the other connections between the two testaments. While I knew many, there were fresh ideas throughout the book.
This will be one book I will re-read, not only with a high-liter but with a notepad. It has launched me into new understandings of our great Savior.