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We expect to find Jesus on and through the pages of the New Testament, especially in the four Gospels where Jesus birth, life and death have been recorded.

In her book, The Jesus Who Surprises, author Dee Brestin challenges us to also discover Jesus in the Old Testament and in our everyday experiences.

“We must ask Jesus to remove the veil from our eyes so we can see Him in every corner of Scripture and life.”

Two disciples were on the road to Emmaus when “a stranger” came up alongside them and began conversing. Although this stranger explains Scriptures to them concerning himself, they did not yet recognize the stranger was Jesus Himself. Only later that evening, as they broke bread together, did their eyes become opened and they recognized Him.

With recognition came understanding:

“Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:45, NLT)

This is the premise of “The Jesus Who Surprises”. It is imperative to see the Bible in its entirety as a story. There are themes which thread throughout the Old and New Testament and point to Jesus and salvation.

The book, a Bible study, is broken into three parts:

  1. How the Story Began. This section takes the reader through the books of Moses.
  2. How to Live in the Story. The Psalms shows us how to live with authenticity.
  3. How the Story Will End. Here we look at the message which the prophet Isaiah brings to us – the hope of heaven.

Each chapter includes Bible study questions to be answered and discussed. There are videos which can be accessed on the author’s website for added teaching. Facilitator resources are also included at the close of the book to assist leaders of small groups.

The book reads easily and there is encouragement and truth in each section. The author closes with these words of hope:

“My hope is that seeing this same story from Genesis to Revelation will give you great confidence in the reliability of Scriptures and the truths they hold. For the Jesus that surprised the two on the road to Emmaus, and surprises us in our everyday lives, is not at all finished surprising us.”


*An ARC of this book was provided to me by the publisher, Waterbrook & Multnomah. My review contains my honest thoughts and opinions. This post contains affiliate links.ƂĀ  If you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small percent at no additional cost to you.