The Fragrance of Jesus looks at 20 of Jesus’ miracles in terms of them being glimpses of God’s kingdom; as demonstrations of God’s power and also illustrations of qualities that will be experienced in his kingdom: some here and now and some when Jesus returns. Patrick Coghlan invites readers on a personal journey of discovery, encouraging them to understand prayerfully more about the kingdom – and apply lessons from Scripture to their daily lives and experiences.
ExtraNote from the author 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 speaks about followers of Jesus being the ‘fragrance of the knowledge of him’ and the ‘aroma of Christ’ in the troubled world. The same applies to us today in the twenty-first century. The words that we say and the way in which we live our lives are noticed by others – penetrating into their lives – including those things that are not glorifying to God. To be more like Jesus and thus to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of him and the aroma of Christ we need not only to have a close relationship and walk with him, but also to take time to learn more about him and the Kingdom from studying the Bible. Bearing that in mind, I felt particularly challenged to write a book which was completely focused on Jesus – mainly his miracles, but a few parables as well – looking at what they have to say to us today about Jesus and his Kingdom. All my Christian material is written with the desire to encourage people to read, learn and prayerfully understand scripture – and develop a real hunger to delve deeper into the Bible. But, most importantly to act upon the things learned. For those who decide to read The Fragrance of Jesus: my prayer would be that you enjoy reading it, God speaks to you through it, your walk with Jesus becomes closer as a result of your journey through the passages of scriptures looked at, you receive comfort and challenge, and the fragrance of Jesus oozes from your life to the benefit of others and to the glory of God. Note from the editor Most of us wonder at some point or another if we are living up to our full potential or managing our priorities as well as we could be. But how often would we think of turning to Jesus’ miracles and parables as a way of finding the answers to these questions? When I was reading The Fragrance of Jesus I was time and again moved by Patrick’s eloquent way of highlighting the meaning of a miracle or parable and then being able to relate that to my own life. Patrick advises readers in his introduction to keep a journal close at hand when reading the book – I would definitely recommend this. It’s not always easy, but I defy anyone to not be inspired by the questions and prayers throughout the book. I would also recommend you keep a Bible close at hand – I couldn’t help keep going back to the parables as I discovered so much depth in these wonderful stories.
|Name||The Fragrance of Jesus|
|Size||297 X 210mm|
|Date Published||20 Apr 2009|