No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. In this book, Adam Hamilton guides us through the last twenty-four hours of Jesus' life. Each chapter is designed to help the reader experience and understand the significance of Jesus' suffering and death in a way you have never done before. Whether readers are long-time Christians or simply curious about the story of Christ's crucifixion, they are invited to join the author in retracing the last 24 hours of Jesus' life. Although 24 Hours that Changed the World will be used as a Lenten read or in a Lenten study, Adam Hamilton's name and the important subject matter will make this book an important read anytime of the year. Adam Hamilton is pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country.
- Thought provoking study
Very thought provoking and insightful
- Insight Into The Most Important Day For Christians
24 Hours That Changed The World by Adam Hamilton is an important book for Christians to read because it thoroughly examines the 24 hour period before Jesus Christ was crucified to save the world. This book goes past the surface aspects of the Last Supper, praying in the garden, betrayal and death on the cross to present the underlying cultural and spiritual significance of Jesus Christ’s last day in his earthly body.
Although I have been a Christian for my years and know the majority of the content outlined in this book, there were quite a few cultural aspects that I had failed to understand when reading through the gospels that were explained beautifully.
The narration was solid, I don’t remember thinking it was bad but it wasn’t particularly outstanding either but this is fine because the focus should be on the content of the book, not the person reading it.
This audio book is a fine read, especially around the time of Easter when we are asked to reflect on what Christ did for us on that Roman cross all those years ago.
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- Informative and Inspiring
Each of the four gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - dramatically slow down during the last week and day of Jesus' life. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, traveled to the Holy Land while studying the final day of Jesus' mortal life to uncover why. The result is this readable, informative and inspirational account of "24 hours that changed the world."
This book will add few new insights to pastors and others familiar with an academic study of the historical Jesus, this is an excellent resource for most lay people.
The audio narration is adequate, neither riveting nor tedious. I would prefer if Hamiton himself had read his text, but this narration is suitable.
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- I recommend the print edition.
This audiobook edition is narrated by Lloyd James. James’ narration, overall, came across with a flat intonation, offset by a smooth and calm attitude. Listening to the audiobook play, it felt much like an English Literature instructor at a college lecture, or even similar to a traditional Southern Baptist pastor preaching without emotion. Sadly, this audiobook was not charismatic enough to maintain my interest.
Essentially, the book is about the twenty-four hours up to the death of Y’shua, focusing on the Gospel of Mark, with Matthew and Luke providing more depth. The goal of the book is to explain the theological significance of those twenty-four hours, while providing a historical understanding in regards to life and culture of the times. The author, Hamilton, desires readers to place themselves in the story of the death and resurrection, and allow themselves to be transformed by an emotional yet knowledge-filled experience. James, in his best intentions, desires the same of listeners. Yet, despite his best efforts and dedication to the pursuit, I left feeling like the book was read aloud more so than brought to life.
The flashback begins at the Pesach (Passover) dinner, and ends at the last breath of Y’shua (Jesus). At the end, there is a final chapter dedicated to the resurrection event. In the introduction to this book, Hamilton mentions videos that are designed to accompany each chapter. These did not come with the audio download that I have obtained, so I have no review or comment on them, and my review here is not impact by them, except for my recommendation at the end.
While James did not keep me entranced for long, if at all, many listeners will find his slight effort at pace and intonation enough to power through the audio edition. However, these efforts don’t power the narration much further than an advanced monotone speech.
The writing style of Hamilton is theological and reflective in nature, seeming to be a combination of Sunday morning small group lecture and personal journaling during the week. Based off this, James narrated the text faithfully, giving his best for how limiting the material truly was.
SG does not recommend the audio edition of this book. Rather, the print edition may make for a fine solution, given that videos could enhance the experience. This book is designed for small group reading and personal faith journeys.
- A good look at Easter
What happened in the 24 hours that changed the world? This is an account of the last 24 hours of Jesus' life before his crucifixion. The author has taken the account from Mark's Gospel and fleshed it out with the other biblical accounts where they have something more to contribute.
Essentially the format takes a look at the biblical account and expands it to help the listener fully appreciate each event within the time frame. From the last supper and Gethsemane, through to the cross the listener is taken into the midst of them all. Then there is a reflection on each event which is designed to bring the reality home.
While I have some minor issues with various statements within the book it is still a very solid work that will be useful for anyone to read especially leading into Easter.
The audio book is well narrated however I do wish there was some way around the regular referencing of biblical passages. While it is comforting to know how much the author used scripture directly every reference disrupts the flow.
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- Challenging Listen
This is an excellent audiobook to help to really get to grips with the last day in the life of Jesus. Its very comprehensive in biblical, cultural and historical detail which makes it an incredibly interesting audio. I've learnt so much from listening to this that I couldn't have got from just reading my bible and I am very grateful to Adam Hamilton,the author for going into so much detail.
At times it was very uncomfortable as the author puts you on the spot to consider how you would behave in the same circumstances as some of the 'villains' in the time-line. This is good though as it stopped me in my tracks and really made me think about my behaviour both past and present. I discussed this quite a lot with my husband as I was listening so it definitely does make a good resource for small groups whether that be in a church or a friends setting. The narrator Lloyd James is very good and clear in his narration and the quality of this production is excellent. Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for this copy.