We know Jesus the Savior, but have we met Jesus, Prince of Peace?
When did we accept vengeance as an acceptable part of the Christian life? How did violence and power seep into our understanding of faith and grace? For those troubled by this trend toward the sword, perhaps there is a better way.
What if the message of Jesus differs radically differs from the drumbeats of war we hear all around us?
Using his own journey from war crier to peacemaker and his in-depth study of peace in the Scriptures, author and pastor Brian Zahnd reintroduces us to the gospel of Peace.
- Come to this Book with an Open Heart
It was Shane Claiborne's book, Jesus for President, that first got me to think pacifistically. This book helped further my understanding of how God calls us to this lifestyle.
Zahnd starts this book with an incredibly convicting story from his own life that shows a lot of humility and grace on the subject. It's one of the best starts to a book I've seen.
I find that a lot of people come to books like this one with a lot of anger. I find people don't love being shown this version of Jesus. Even Zahnd himself mentioned that he lost a lot of people in his church after preaching this kind of Jesus. But I think if you come open to the conversation, you may find yourself impacted by Christianity in a way you never have before. I can't fully articulate all the wonderful ways that this view of Jesus has affected my faith.
I only have one real complaint about this book. I felt that there was a lot of historical information and thoughts interjected with little or no reference to any commentaries or anything. Perhaps the non-audiobook version has footnotes that the audiobook is missing. I just felt that some of the information would have made a bigger impact if they had sources mentioned to back it up.