Item description for A Whole New World: The Gospel of John by John Blackwell...
What makes life worth living? How do we develop relationships that are meaningful and rewarding? How does God transform our lives, bringing us to fulfillment and completion? These are the kinds of questions that the Gospel of John deals with. More than any other Gospel, John recognized that the life of Jesus Christ brings all of creation to fulfillment, creating a whole new world. The Gospel of John is also about relationships--the kind that last, the kind that bring deep satisfaction. A Whole New World is the first book in a new series. It is a most enjoyable read. Here, John N. Blackwell shows how our lives and our relationships can embody the love of God right where we are. The Gospel of John is all about insight, and Blackwell has written a series of short essays that will open your eyes to those insights. Eveyrthing in this book is clear and accessible. You will see those insights in this book. You will then be able to recognize the power of God in your life and in our world. By the time you finish this book, you will understand how John's powerful Gospel brings about A Whole New World.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.16" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.26" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2006
Publisher Morgan James Publishing
ISBN 1933596953 ISBN13 9781933596952
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More About John Blackwell
Dr. John Blackwell is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Mount Olive College in North Carolina. John has served as a faculty member in the areas of anthropology, religion, and literature. He is also a speaker and retreat leader with international experience. He is author of seven books, including A Whole New World: The Gospel of Matthew, A Whole New World: The Gospel of Mark, A Whole New World: The Gospel of John, Reflections (these four are published by Morgan James), Pride, Noonday Demon (both published by Crossroad in New York), and The Passion as Story (published by Fortress Press). Before coming to Mount Olive College, John served as Dean of the Chapel at Kansas Wesleyan University.
John Blackwell currently resides in Salina.
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Reviews - What do customers think about A Whole New World: The Gospel of John?
Therapeutic Gospel Dec 4, 2007
Reviewed by Dr. Michael Philliber for Reader Views (12/07)
What is the purpose behind the Gospel according to John? A quick perusal through any Bible study section of a local religious bookstore will reveal that there are as many answers to that question as there are authors. John Blackwell has added his voice to that mix in his little book "A Whole New World: Great Insights into Transformation & Fulfillment--The Gospel of John." Blackwell asserts that John's Gospel is primarily about relationships, and supplies answers on how to transform our relationships, "My desire is that the essays that follow will help that transformation come alive to you" (16). Blackwell works hard in his attempt to create this sense, though one gets the feeling that most of his exposition is shaped by his own personal experiences than it is from the Gospel of John.
Blackwell has written for the average reader, and writes in a style that is easy enough to follow. While he has not written a Bible study, he does try to pull together various themes and stories in John that fit his scheme. For example, Blackwell endeavors to summarize John's use of metaphors with statements like this, "[...]: Christ brings the world to fulfillment enlarging our capacity for authentic relationships with God and each other" (9, emphasis in original).
Occasionally Blackwell brings to the surface some solid reflections from this Gospel, as when he writes, "[...] Christ embodies God in the flesh. When we interact with Christ, we interact with God. When we observe Christ's interactions with others, we see God at work" (77). But most of the time Blackwell's observations are more focused on the therapeutic and self-help, and less with what the Gospel is addressing.
The format of the book is open and thoughtful. Each short chapter ends with questions that are tied to the chapter in some way, and have plenty of space for the reader to write her own reflections. While the book, "A Whole New World: Great Insights into Transformation & Fulfillment--The Gospel of John," gives the appearance that it is going to help the reader work through the Gospel of John, and give a greater grasp of the Gospel and how it personally applies, instead the book is more of a reflection on the author's preconceived mold into which the chosen texts are made to fit like a Procrustean bed.