This illuminating examination of the Gospels reveals how the questions Jesus asks of his followers lead the way to a deeper understanding of the meaning of life and the mystery of God.
The Gospels are filled with stories, parables, miracles, commandments, and dramatic incidents that trace Jesus’ life and recount his teachings. A close reading of the Gospels reveals, however, that they are also filled with questions. As John Dear points out in this remarkable book, Jesus, like any great teacher and rabbi, “has a question for everyone he meets, for every occasion, for every experience, for every potential disciple.” Dear uses these questions as a starting point, an invitation to readers to discover the lessons they contain by searching their own hearts and minds for answers.
Throughout The Questions of Jesus, Dear interweaves insights from ethical and religious teachers ranging from Buddha to Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr. Using recent events as powerful and poignant examples, he shows why a renewed commitment to Jesus’ message of nonviolence, compassion, justice, and peace is essential to healing a world torn by violence and war.
About the Author
John Dear is a priest, retreat leader, author, and peace activist. He has served as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith peace organization, and as a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York City after the September 11, 2001 attacks. He has traveled to the world's war zones on missions of peace, has been imprisoned repeatedly for civil disobedience against war, and has been featured in the "New York Times," the "Washington Post," NPR's "All Things Considered," "USA Today," and the "National Catholic Reporter." He lives in northeastern New Mexico.
Praise for John Dear’s Living Peace
“Living Peace is a deeply moving and profoundly inspiring account of John Dear’s journey of enviable courage, boundless faith, unquestioned hope, and unconditional love.” —Martin Sheen
“In this inspiring book, John Dear proves himself the William Sloane Coffin of our day.” —Publishers Weekly
“Living Peace is a call to the reader that peace is no further away than a prayer to the Lord that He might come.” —St. Anthony Messenger
“John Dear is a bright young light in the religious peace movement. Living Peace shows the deep spiritual roots of his commitment.” —Jim Wallis, editor in chief, Sojourners